Well, first of all, let's not treat it like a modern phenomenon. A hundred years ago people were having seances and going to health resorts for yogurt enemas. We've changed very little, and it is discouraging. People want to believe the unprovable, and disavow the provable (like evolution).
If you want good info on pseudosciece, check out the group No Nonsense.
My point was that nowadays, with the internet, people have the ability to look up the facts and analyze them in a mathematical objective manner, but they still insist in believing things that just aren't true.
That's true, but that may also be part of the problem. Are there more natural disasters now than there used to be? Not likely. However, every time we go to yahoo.com you can find an "earthquake in..." or whatever. We're so plugged in that we are, perhaps, more aware of these things than we used to be.
Another problem with all the info is that there is just so much of it. It is overwhelming, and if you're critical in your approach to gathering info, you'll know that just because it is on a website, that that doesn't make it necessarily true -- so you need additional info/statistics to corroborate it, and that takes time.
I totally see what you're saying, but it seems to me that it is a mixture of both good and bad.
I wasn't calling you creppy, btw. : P
Oh, the Horror is the horror movie group on this site. Not much activity, besides me though.
I totally know what you mean. I know people who completely believe every bit of nonsense that is forwarded to their email. Then we have things like Fox News and the idiots who swallow that BS lock, stock, and barrel. It is disgusting and frustrating. Critical thinking is not valued at all.