A surge in conspiracy theories has caused many people to believe in sinister plots in everyday life. The anti-vax community is spreading false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, while others believe the virus is a hoax caused by 5G. These theories have led to real-world consequences, such as attacks on 5G towers. Other outlandish ideas include chemtrails behind airplanes and a Vatican cover-up of giants. Neuroscientist Shannon Odell explains that the human brain's pattern recognition can go awry, leading people to see connections where there are none. Empowering individuals can help reduce their reliance on conspiracy theories.