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Who Falls for Conspiracy Theories?...

Post by Rockhopper on Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:49 am

An interesting survey on why people believe conspiracies.

As we noted last year, belief in conspiracy theories is surprisingly common. So who is particularly susceptible to falling for these often-outrageous narratives?

New research from the Netherlands suggests the answer is people on the political extremes.

Those on both the far right and far left tend to “adhere to their belief system in a rigid fashion, leading them to perceive their political ideas as the simple and only solution to societal problems,” writes a research team led by psychologist Jan-Willem van Prooijen of VU University Amsterdam.


This in turn “induces them to perceive evil conspiracies as causal explanations for various events,” they conclude in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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Post by Stargate on Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:48 pm

@Rockhopper wrote:An interesting survey on why people believe conspiracies.

As we noted last year, belief in conspiracy theories is surprisingly common. So who is particularly susceptible to falling for these often-outrageous narratives?

New research from the Netherlands suggests the answer is people on the political extremes.

Those on both the far right and far left tend to “adhere to their belief system in a rigid fashion, leading them to perceive their political ideas as the simple and only solution to societal problems,” writes a research team led by psychologist Jan-Willem van Prooijen of VU University Amsterdam.


This in turn “induces them to perceive evil conspiracies as causal explanations for various events,” they conclude in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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Don't know Tim, sometimes too much research, and too much science. Too many deceptions lead to the idea of conspiracy in my humble view.

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Re: Who Falls for Conspiracy Theories?...

Post by Agartha on Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:00 am

And this is true on so many levels.... for example:

Iranian president blames oil price fall on political conspiracy (and blames unnamed countries).
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Post by Mordae on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:23 am

That's the thing...any deviation from the narrative we are told is considered to be "conspiracy theory". Plenty of them have turned out to be true Wink

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Post by Agartha on Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:11 am

True, Mords... many have indeed turned up to be true.... and I guess we never know what's true and what's false lately!

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Post by Rogue on Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:44 am

@Mordae wrote:That's the thing...any deviation from the narrative we are told is considered to be "conspiracy theory".  Plenty of them have turned out to be true Wink


Yes so true. So often we never really can tell if we even have half the true story fed to us.
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