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Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

Studies show that the majority of people believe in at least one conspiracy theory. They’re becoming increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives, with it not being uncommon to hear conspiracy theories coming from commanders-in-chief. Why would someone believe something that others perceive as crazy?
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People believe conspiracy theories because they’re true

The reason that people subscribe to conspiracy theories is simple: because they’re true.

Conspiracy theories often turn out to be true

Watergate, MK Ultra… plenty of things have been considered conspiracy theories in their time but have later turned out to be true. Explore

Conspiracy theories are often heavily researched

Conspiracy theories are often backed up by significant amounts of research and written academically. Explore

People believe conspiracy theories as a cognitive reaction

The reasons we believe in conspiracy theories are rooted deep in our subconscious.

Degenerating research programs

Conspiracy theorists hang onto theories despite the indicators you would expect to see if it were true not being there. Explore

Believing in conspiracy theories is comforting

It is more comforting to believe things are planned than being due to chance. Explore

Fatal attribution error

People believe in conspiracies because of fatal attribution error - a psychological instinct. Explore

Social factors make people believe in conspiracy theories

We don’t believe in conspiracy theories in a vacuum; rather, there are social factors to belief.

Peer pressure makes people believe in conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theorists are often part of communities which socially reward them for believing. Explore

Group mentality makes people believe in conspiracy theories

The belief of conspiracy theories is part of a sort of groupthink. Explore

People believe in conspiracy theories because of distrust of the mainstream

Those who distrust the mainstream in some sense are far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.

People believe in conspiracy theories due to a conspiracist worldview

Many of those who believe in conspiracy theories have a worldview that is singularly geared towards supporting them. Explore

People believe in conspiracy theories because they distrust the media

Distrust of the ‘mainstream media’ is increasingly common, and has led to the spreading of conspiracy theories. Explore

People believe in conspiracy theories because they distrust the government

Governmental distrust is on the rise, meaning that people are more likely to subscribe to beliefs that characterise it as an evil entity. Explore
This page was last edited on Monday, 16 Mar 2020 at 15:24 UTC