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Mathematical Model Debunks Conspiracies

One of the hallmarks of conspiracy theories is that those involved must keep silent about it. After all, it’s not much of a conspiracy if people in the know share their knowledge. But this leads to a thorny problem for believers: How could these conspiracies remain intact year after year and decade after decade? Is it plausible that the world’s governments have successfully colluded over the past half-century (across multiple presidents and administrations) to hide evidence of alien contact? Is it reasonable to think that oil companies have successfully prevented the public from learning about engines that run on air or water? In this Internet age, could these secrets really remain hidden?

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