Why are so many so-called intelligent people so easily sucked into conspiracy theories?
I am not exactly sure but I dare say that our biases have a lot to do with it. That is, we are more likely to believe what we want to believe or as the saying goes “having itchy ears”…ha! just waiting to be scratched.
Unlike our legal system we have today, where the accused is innocent until proven guilty let’s make the information that we receive guilty until proven innocent. That is we check the sources. Where they came from, how many we can find and what possible conflict of interest they may have.
Coming from a Sherlock I would say this is elementary my dear, elementary!