A lot of people believe aliens walk among us. Maybe Russia does too…
It kind of looks like Russia is pumping the Coronavirus conspiracy theories.
I don’t have proof of that. It just looks like that.
Basically, there are organisations now that monitor trends on social media, with a particular interest in fake news.
What they’ve noticed is that there’s been a spike in activity linking the Coronavirus with the 5G roll out.
What they’ve also noticed is that there’s a lot of bot activity on this topic – the topic is getting pumped around the socials by profiles that look inauthentic – like bots.
And it’s being done in a way that looks very similar to the fake-news meddling that we saw in the last US election, a lot of which was traced back to Russia.
So it seems that someone – with deep pockets – is keen to spread the news that 5G causes coronavirus.
Man, who knows. I find this mind-blowing, but who knows what’s going on here.
I can think of at least three theories:
- Billionaire patriots are determined to expose the truth, and have decided that random Facebook posts are the best way to do that.
- The people / lizards behind the 5G rollout and undermining legitimate opposition by tainting it with conspiracy theory nuttiness.
- Russia (and China?) are sowing disunity in the liberal west to undermine our response effort, in an attempt to a) boost Trump’s base, because they like Trump; or b) simply hurt the West economically, or c) show that their more authoritarian models are better at dealing with shit like this.
Which one is it? Who knows?
Theories, theories, theories.
My point is that with some partial data, it’s easy to come up with ‘plausible-enough’ theories, depending on your existing beliefs and biases.
It’s why I’ve argued in the past couple of posts that we need to use what I call ‘conspiracy theory filters’. The ‘truth’ is often almost impossible to determine, and if it is discoverable, it’s expensive. You’ve got to put in a lot of hours to get to the bottom of it.
So with all this information on offer, you need a system to manage it all. That’s what the conspiracy theory filters are about. They’re not helping you discover the truth. They’re just helping you manage the theories on offer.
The Magical Lizard Filter
Does the theory ask me to believe in magical lizards, supernatural phenomena or wildly implausible tech?
There was a time in my life where I was open to the semi-popular idea that humanity had been infiltrated and controlled by a ‘Reptilian’ super-species.
But I gave it up. Not only does ‘infiltrate and pretend’ seem like such an unlikely strategy for domination (it was how we controlled the great chicken uprising, but that was an isolated example), but the existence of malevolent aliens itself seems like a real long-tail probability.
Unlikely doesn’t mean untrue, but it does mean ‘generally not true’.
And what am I going to do with that theory anyway? If humanity is being controlled by a super-intelligence, what are we going to do about it? You remember how many good chickens gave their lives to that ill-fated rebellion. They never stood a chance.
And if some species has come half-way across the galaxy, and has the capacity to mimic us perfectly, it kinda just feels like game over.
The general point here is that I just filter out world-views that give me nothing but disempowered despair. And so if there are powerful aliens walking among us, or earthquake machines or methods of mass mind control already in deployment, what are you going to do about that?
And if a theory is so unlikely that it is, by definition, likely to not be true, then I’m pretty happy to do away with it.
Again, this doesn’t prove that space lizards don’t exist. But that’s not what I’m trying to do here. I’m trying to give you a system for dealing with the abundance of theories and world-views that are out there.
Next up, the Contorted Competence Filter.