What Are Conspiracy Theories?

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A conspiracy theory is defined as a theory that rejects the standard explanation for an event and instead credits a covert group or organization with carrying out a secret plot.

Chances are, you can think of at least one conspiracy theory you’ve heard about. For example, one in three Americans believe that global warming is a hoax. A full 49% of New Yorkers believe that the United States government was complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Over 50% of Americans believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Approximately 37% of Americans believe that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is deliberately keeping the public from getting natural cures for cancer.

Why do people believe these theories? And how do they keep spreading even when they’re debunked? In this article, we’ll talk about what conspiracy theories are, how they happen, and look at some well-known examples of conspiracy theories.

Content retrieved from: https://www.verywellmind.com/why-do-we-believe-conspiracy-theories-5181316.

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