Why conspiracy theorists won’t give up on MH17 and MH370

By Professor Martin Parker, Professor of Organisation and Culture, School of Management

Professor Martin Parker, School of Management, discusses on the Conversation whether accepting random events as mere coincidences is just too hard

A huge criminal investigation is underway in the Netherlands, following the downing of flight MH17. Ten Dutch prosecutors and 200 policemen are involved in collecting evidence to present at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The investigation may take time to find the real perpetrators, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists from speculating.

Human beings are pattern-seeking creatures. We take the raw material from our senses, and shape it into descriptions, theories and predictions. The conspiracies that now surround MH17 and prior to that flight MH370 are an example of the same urge to order.

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