One in eight Australians believe Microsoft founder Bill Gates is somehow responsible for the coronavirus and the 5G wireless network is to blame for spreading the disease.
And the same number of people believe the pandemic is being used to force us into getting vaccinations.
Seven in every ten Americans believe that there was a second gunman, and one in three believe that there is a deep state working against Donald Trump.
Whether it’s coronavirus, the second gunman in the assassination of John F Kennedy, the faked moon landing or the myth of climate change, conspiracy theories are everywhere.
And while there is no doubt that we should be sceptical of systems, of institutions, even of people’s motives, it is also important to be rigorous in how we assess particular claims.
So, why do people believe in conspiracies?