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What if they’re not crazy? Belief in conspiracy theories may be normal

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At least since the publication of Richard Hofstadter's "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," belief in conspiracy theories has been seen as an aberrational, fringe phenomenon. But what if is isn't? A 2014 study by Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood…[Continue Reading...]

‘Vaccine’ Against Conspiracy Theories Could Be Closer Than You Think

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Conspiracy theories are nothing new. But, since the evolution of the internet, their ability to spread around the world has increased exponentially. As of 2022, roughly 70 percent Americans see misinformation as a major threat to society, compared to 57…[Continue Reading...]

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says Russell Brand is being accused of rape because he’s ‘fighting globalists’

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Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones defended Russell Brand from rape and sexual assault allegations — by saying the comedian is being targeted because he’s “come out against globalists”. Jones said he’s been friends with Brand for six years in a…[Continue Reading...]

How ‘climate lockdowns’ became the new battleground for conspiracy-driven protest movement

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At a protest in Oxford on Feb. 18, one placard said “THE 15-MINUTE WEF GHETTOS ARE NOT ABOUT CLIMATE. IT’S ABOUT TYRANICAL CONTROL.” Others went further and said the plan was comparable to Nazi “concentration camps’’ and the Warsaw Ghetto,…[Continue Reading...]

People Prone to Anger Are ‘More Likely’ to Believe Conspiracy Theories, New Research Suggests

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People who experience anger more frequently are “more likely” to believe conspiracy theories than others, according to new research. In a report published in the Journal of Research in Personality, researchers from Australia and Poland suggested that individuals who are…[Continue Reading...]

People who endorse conspiracy theories are more anxious and less tolerant of ambiguity, study finds

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Two studies in Germany found that endorsement of conspiracy beliefs was linked with higher levels of dispositional anxiety, but not situational anxiety. These individuals were also found to be less tolerant to ambiguity. The research was published in Personality and…[Continue Reading...]

‘Murderers’ and ‘criminals’: Meteorologists face unprecedented harassment from conspiracy theorists

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These are just a handful of the threats and abuse sent to meteorologists at AEMET, Spain’s national weather agency, in recent months. They come via social media, its website, letters phone calls – even in the form of graffiti sprayed…[Continue Reading...]

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