Science or Fiction
An international survey found that overall belief in conspiracies was higher in the US than the 8 European countries surveyed. (Britain, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary) https://newatlas.com/conspiracy-theory-belief-study-cambridge/57456/
A recent study shows that those who believe in conspiracy theories are more likely to accept and engage in minor criminal behavior. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bjso.12311
Current evidence suggests that overall belief in conspiracy theories has been relatively stable over at least the last century. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-conspiracy-theories/2019/01/17/0ef1b840-1818-11e9-88fe-f9f77a3bcb6c_story.html?utm_term=.68d36130710a
Skeptical Quote of the Week.
‘All scientific work is incomplete – whether it be observational or experimental. All scientific work is liable to be upset or modified by advancing knowledge. That does not confer upon us a freedom to ignore the knowledge we already have, or to postpone the action that it appears to demand at a given time.’ – Sir Austin Bradford Hill