There is a growing flow of people who see conspiracy theories everywhere but the reality is the easiest explanation.
Between 20 to 30% of the world population doubt about man has never gone to the Moon, obviously those who’s knowing the human history, to these we would have been to add an approximately 10% who believe that really we have gone but not in the way which tells the story (later, on other trip which wasn’t recorded); and complete this group who believe in secret Encounters of the Third Phase on the Moon or the existence of hidden colonies on the far side. Although we have many proofs of this historical fact and now has been aerially photographed locations and what was left there (in fact until the ruts of the Rover); not having become more (read “That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind” but we wait the second) and certainly none that are reading the article have seen any live, it helps create not one of the most importants events in human history.
Stonehenge on the Moon !!
"Seeing is believing". Although such religions speak of facts of which we have no evidence, and instead contradicts our daily lives. This is called "faith". We also often say that "faith moves mountains"; mountains, I reported you that no, but it gives a strong will that overcomes obstacles considered impossible beforehand. So humans have on the one hand a strong feeling of wanting to make sure that is real and that there, but otherwise a great ability to believe in things beyond everyday logic. Here is where it lays the belief in Conspiracy Theories.
David Hume showed that the principle of cause-effect is not real. Certainly the causality principle (every effect is due to a cause) is valid, the question is if we could be sure the real cause of some effect, and Hume said no; let me to explain. If I release an object in the air all will think that fall to the ground, but we have no guarantee that will happen, because nothing indicates that the object will fall if we let go. We can say that almost certainly will fall because we have a statistical law (the falling bodies) that implies, that is almost always an object to air this fall is released; and I speak not releasing a balloon that obviously will not fall (or other). Although it is precisely this principle that governs our mind. And not only that, our intuitive mind works linking everything with everything establishing relationships of things that have nothing to do. If we put these two things it is that two totally causal events (by chance) events will become causal (cause and effect), and the why of them it will be as amazing as our imagination is capable of generating.
We are addicted to magic. First because it is transparent: A implies B and amidst anything we can imagine. Science is open to any theory but it must pass a test, the magic does not need proof: it passes. The Conspiracy people generate complicated theories where one side believe show how clever they are to see what no one is able to see (the magic), and on the other satisfy that urge to be "someone", attributing their own unfortunately of to be "nobody" at the hidden forces which they have been able to uncover.
Mars is another place where Conspiracy people take more of their theories. A few days ago NASA released a video where a stone looked like the fossilized head of an alien fighter (frankly seems to me a crocodile). The case does not matter are three stones sculpted by wind and beaten by UVA that from another perspective is completely different. But our intuitive mind, for hazards and opportunities, has made an erroneous association and imagination has the rest. In internet fly a pictures and even films where show Mars with blue skies and even water (as film John Carter of Mars). All of this proves are FALSE because temperatures, air composition, gravity and atmosphere pressure are incompatibles with blue skies and liquid water; this data is measurable in the majority of astronomy observatories (mainly without any link with to any government, except pay the taxes as all the people) since XIX century; but It’s so beautiful, you know.
The martian cocodrile
The problem of Conspiracy thoughts is that we believe more in any wild story than what we see every day; and from what we believe now we make decisions in consequence. No matter what we believe about Mars or the moon; the problem is when reality as proves that our way of life is no good for us while we are at ease with it. Obviously to be second planet where we could go is calm for the conscience while we are destroying an only planet where we can live; but we don’t go at home so it’s easier to thing that government is laying about Climate Change or the extraterrestrial people are managing our society. The sad part of this question is that people who want to govern us are the first more times to recourse at these theories to collect votes. Racism, xenophobia, public enemy… everything is valid to challenge their objective.
As I said in “Ignore the evidence“ people listen who talk about is linked with own reality, because people doesn’t perceive reality but interprets it. We must be wary of the government but more of who is saying that distrust of them (even me).