Wonderful chart by Abbie Richards, mis- and disinformation researcher with focus on and theories. Have saved it to disc.

I never knew that Greta Thunberg is a time traveler.

I like how "unequivocally false but mostly harmless" items are all quite obviously false, yet a few of the "dangerous to yourself and others" items may rationally be questioned. 😉

@VictorVenema why is Iran Contra not considered grounded in reality?

@thufie She answers this question in the threat. You move from one to the other. It is not intended to claim that only claims more harmless than the lowest category are grounded in reality.

There are questions about Iran Contra.

I am more surprised why flat and hollow Earth are so high up. They are dumb, but I thought mostly harmless.

@VictorVenema putting it alongside UFOs just because some people are skeptical of specifically Reagan's involvement in Iran Contra seems poorly thought out

@thufie Which of the five categories would you put these two items in?

@VictorVenema UFOs stays, Iran Contra is grounded in reality.

@thufie That is also a good solution. Although I do have questions. Maybe Abbie, as an expert, even more.

Unfortunately Democrats are excessively reluctant to investigate Republican crimes.

@VictorVenema a worrying pattern in American history, that one.

@VictorVenema simulation and ufos are waaaayyy too low on this thing

@VictorVenema reading more on this chart and i take back my previous statement

@VictorVenema yup, posted the followup right after seeing "alien abductions" as its own line item

Very useful classification and essential to navigate modern day hearsay an internet fora. This only touches upon American conspiracies, and likely similar other conspiracy inverted pyramids exist for other cultures makes me 🥶

@ashwinvis Even "just" for America (or Anglo-America) you could probably add a few dozen more.

Nearly all the dumb talking points of the climate "skeptics" in Europe in the end come from Anglo-America. I wonder whether that is similar for conspiracies or whether, e.g., the Germans have unique ones.

But, tbh, I am not willing to find out. It is wonderful that Abbie Richards is willing to sacrifice herself, but I would rather not destroy my brain.

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