Why are so many attracted to Whacky Conspiracy Theories?

David Gamble
Science and Critical Thinking
7 min readMay 8, 2024

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This is a modification of the Flammarion engraving by an unknown artist. It is referred to as the Flammarion engraving because its first documented appearance is in page 163 of Camille Flammarion’s L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire (Paris, 1888), a work on meteorology for a general audience. The engraving depicts a man peering through the Earth’s atmosphere as if it were a curtain to look at the inner workings of the universe. The original caption below the picture translated to: “A medieval missionary tells that he has found the point where heaven and Earth meet…”.

Last Saturday, UK based journalist George Monbiot published a fascinating interview with a conspiracy theorist.

It is titled — You’re going to call me a Holocaust denier now, are you?’: George Monbiot comes face to face with his local conspiracy theorist”. It was published on Star Wars day, May 4.

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David Gamble
Science and Critical Thinking

Blogger and writer with a keen interest in science, skepticism, critical thinking, and many other weird and whacky topics.