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?
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.
Conspiracy theories are often heavily researched
Conspiracy theories are often backed up by significant amounts of research and written academically.
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.
Believing in conspiracy theories is comforting
It is more comforting to believe things are planned than being due to chance.
Fatal attribution error
People believe in conspiracies because of fatal attribution error - a psychological instinct.
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.
Group mentality makes people believe in conspiracy theories
The belief of conspiracy theories is part of a sort of groupthink.
Those who distrust the mainstream in some sense are far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.
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.
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.
People believe in conspiracy theories because they are conspiracists
Many of those who believe in conspiracy theories have a worldview that is singularly geared towards supporting them.
This page was last edited on Monday, 16 Mar 2020 at 15:24 UTC