Why people believe the Earth is flat and we should listen to anti-vaxxers

The Internet, as we are all patently aware by this point, is awash with some incredible nonsense.

In recent years, some of that nonsense has managed to gain a disturbing amount of traction: the anti-vaxxer movement, a religious belief in alternative medicine, the flat-Earth theory and even astrology have all experienced a tremendous surge of interest and support in online spheres.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2019, with the headline 'Why people believe the Earth is flat and we should listen to anti-vaxxers'. Print Edition | Subscribe