Did they or didn't they? A physicist has devised a formula that puts math to work in testing the validity of a conspiracy theory.

Irish physicist David Robert Grimes, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford currently involved in cancer studies, has done something conspiracy theorists aren’t particularly keen about: devised an equation that applies a mathematical formula to the validity of a conspiracy theory. Why the negative response from the conspiracy-backing community? For one thing, Grimes’ equation proves most popular conspiracy claims as being impossible to achieve. Another, some groups believe this ‘equation’ (imagine that being said sarcastically by a conspiracy theory supporter for the full effect) is itself part of a conspiracy backed by those who are part of the conspiracies people have been working so hard to expose. While no judgement is being passed either way here towards who is right in all of this, studies have shown that the better educated a person is, the less likely they are to believe in a conspiracy theory in the first place. But those findings could also be part of a conspiracy, too…

Story by Jay Moon