Some dare say “conspiracy”, while others would say “bullshit”. What is it exactly that makes us fallible humans so easy to fall for the lies of the snake-oil salesman? Why are humans so attracted to bullshit, as if it has some sort of magnetic quality to it, when the truth is far grander than anything some junkie cooked up after a 12 hour acid trip (*cough*religion*cough*). The answer lies deep within our evolutionary past, humans are naturally adept at pattern recognition, seriously, it’s what we needed to survive as hunter-gatherers in our primordial days. One can’t make the connection between a hoof-print and the animal that made the hoof print without some sort of ability to recognize patterns. It’s this same ability to easily see patterns, even when they aren’t there, that also leads us to making and believing all sorts of crazy ideas. One wouldn’t believe so earnestly believe in ghosts if they hadn’t experienced something that led them to believe in ghosts and other supernatural apparitions, irregardless of the ultimate cause of those experiences.
Another answer lies in the tendency of humans to seek confirmation of what they want to believe, and ignore evidence that contradicts their presupposed notions (this *is* the basis for apologetics, BTW), which is why convincing a creationist of the fact that he’s wrong *won’t* work unless he’s open-minded to the fact that he might be wrong, if someone is utterly convinced of their position, especially if they’re being paid to support that position, it’s hard, if not outright impossible at times, to convince them otherwise. I’ve had people tell me they know I`m right, but they want to continue believing in their preconceived notions and silly superstitions anyways, since faith matters more than truth to these people. It’s why faith healers are able to get away with all of their wild claims, aka bullshit, because the audience they’re deceiving wholeheartedly believes the bullshit, even if they on some level *know* it’s bullshit.
This is called confirmation bias, and it is the source of a *huge* amount of society’s ills, someone looking up NaturalNews.com and is a naturopath already isn’t likely to find anything that contradicts their notions, and in fact supports it irregardless of the facts that say otherwise, and it’s the same thing with religion, too, because it’s all bullshit. People don’t go onto the Answers in Genesis website expecting to find evidence that contradicts the bullshit they so earnestly want to believe, they go on it in order to confirm the bullshit they so earnestly want to believe, and they wouldn’t need to go onto it if they weren’t on some level aware of what they believe is pure bullshit.
Bullshit is powerful, and it is hard to get rid of bullshit’s magnetic influence because of basic human psychology, the tendency to believe bullshit is ultimately based on several survival mechanisms that were vital in the distant past, and long ago some ingenious con artist realized they can exploit these flaws in human psychology to get what they want, and the rubes they’re deceiving won’t know any better. The result of this ancient, prehistoric con artist’s work was religion, since if I pretend to be the only speaker for some imagined deity and then get the people to believe me, I can do whatever I want.
There’s a reason only Moses was allowed to speak to God in the Book of Exodus, and it wasn’t because God had chosen Moses to be his Prophet, aka his sole representative either