The Psychology Behind Conspiracy Theories

The reasoning errors and psychological disposition of conspiracy theorists. (3 videos)

conspiracySomewhere between the polar extremes of conservatism and liberalism are those unwilling to believe something simply because it may bolster their world view or agenda. The dogmatic voices at the poles have in common the innate and default credulous and emotional human psyche-the optimal state for belief in conspiracies. Those who refuse to believe simply because it appeals to their emotions have set aside this natural human tendency towards credulity, and have train themselves in critical thinking and logic. There are no short-cuts. Rational thinking is an acquired skill, usually requiring years of practice. This is not only properly applying logic and critical thinking, but, more importantly, dismissing both the positive and negative human emotions that dangerously attract or repel us within the matrix of all possible interpretations of the data.





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