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Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

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The Moon landing is a hoax? The US government was involved in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001? Elvis lives? But Michael Jackson? Who killed┬áJohn F. Kennedy? Freemasons control the world? … Do Reptilian-Human hybrids run our world? However unlikely it may be, if you know you will be amazed how many believe in conspiracies.

Some conspiracy theories are so irrational that doesn’t deserve to be brought into discussion, but others are really intriguing. They are exploring all possibilities such as a puzzle or a novel full of mystery. But not always these theories were “harmless”. The conclusions drawn on the basis of fabricated evidence had tragic effects such as invasion of Iraq as a result of alleged chemical weapons.

us dollar eyeBy definition, a conspiracy theory based on unverified hypothesis is advanced by an individual or group of individuals in order to transmit information as truthful, exposing a conspiracy that would hide this supposed truth. Conspiracies are built starting with the conclusion, then add “evidence” demonstrating that “theory” is true.

Conspiracies are numerous and there were always groups of individuals who believed that truth hidden by their authority. Each generation had its conspiracies and can say that I lacked the conspiracy literature.

Some of them proved to be true, like Pearl Harbor or Watergate, but their number is very small compared to the conspiracies that are just delusions. So what makes people believe in conspiracies?

In an article in Scientific American, Michael Shermer tries to highlight some of the traits of those who believe in conspiracies: the tendency to find patterns with a certain understandable belief that we are led by a world order secret or error confirmation – tend to seek out and to interpret information in a way that confirms their own conceptions.

Big Pharma, moon landing, reptilian elite, New World Order, BigFoot, the Kennedy assassination or UFOs from the US in Area 51 are just some of the conspiracy theories.

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