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Why we are all attracted to conspiracy theories

G    10 March 2021

 

 

 

 

Why we are all attracted to conspiracy theories

Video        G        10 March 2021

 

Belief in conspiracy theories is far more widespread

than the stereotypes that dominate pop culture.

 

Recently, QAnon, Covid-19 and 5G theories

have gained traction and criticism

while less controversial conspiracies

like the faked moon landing

have persisted for decades.

 

We all share hardwired evolutionary traits

that make us vulnerable to them,

from the way we assign truth to new information

to our tendency to find patterns in unrelated phenomena.

But if we're all potentially susceptible to conspiracy theories,

how can we manage these cognitive shortcuts?

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9xtpqXzyfA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conspiracy theories        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2021/mar/10/
why-we-are-all-attracted-to-conspiracy-theories-video

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/may/05/
osama-bin-laden-conspiracy-theories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conspiracy theories        USA

 

2022

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/03/
1133686674/how-documentary-style-films-turn-conspiracy-theories-into-a-call-to-action

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/02/
1133477897/reawaken-america-brings-together-some-of-the-u-s-most-prolific-conspiracy-theori

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/09/
1076529761/right-wing-conspiracies-have-a-new-target-a-tool-that-fights-actual-voter-fraud

 

 

 

 

2021

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/04/15/
987182241/the-most-popular-j-j-vaccine-story-on-facebook-a-conspiracy-theorist-posted-it

 

https://www.gocomics.com/mattdavies/2021/04/13

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/
971457702/exit-counselors-strain-to-pull-americans-out-of-a-web-of-false-conspiracies

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/01/
971436680/from-the-u-s-capitol-to-local-governments-disinformation-disrupts

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/03/
opinion/qanon-conspiracy-theories.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/25/
960354929/in-tiny-kansas-town-pandemic-skeptics-abound-amid-false-information-and-politics

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/
us/who-was-ashli-babbitt.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/
opinion/trump-qanon-georgia-call.html

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/congress-electoral-college-tally-live-updates/2021/01/06/
953634750/to-cast-doubt-on-election-results-republicans-lean-on-conspiracy-theories

 

 

 

 

2020

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/30/
951095644/even-if-its-bonkers-poll-finds-many-believe-qanon-and-other-conspiracy-theories

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/23/
948828692/the-toll-of-conspiracy-theories-a-voting-security-expert-lives-in-hiding

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/15/
946381523/right-wing-embrace-of-conspiracy-is-mass-radicalization-experts-warn

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/19/
936248527/covid-19-denial-still-rampant-in-some-virus-hotspots

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/15/
technology/youtube-bans-qanon-violence.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/08/
921506695/conspiracy-theories-such-as-qanon-appear-to-gain-ground-in-britain

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/26/
906333307/why-many-people-are-drawn-to-conspiracy-theories

 

 

 

 

2017

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/
us/jfk-assassination-files-questions.html

 

 

 

 

2011

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/apr/28/
jfk-oliver-stone-john-f-kennedy

 

 

 

 

1991

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1991/12/20/
movies/review-film-jfk-when-everything-amounts-to-nothing.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1991/12/15/
movies/film-does-jfk-conspire-against-reason.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

right-wing conspiracy theories        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/09/
1076529761/right-wing-conspiracies-have-a-new-target-a-tool-that-fights-actual-voter-fraud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conspiracy theories / false information        USA

 

the federal government

"invented" the coronavirus

so that it could force people to take

a vaccine containing a microchip

that could track their movements

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/25/
960354929/in-tiny-kansas-town-pandemic-skeptics-abound-amid-false-information-and-politics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conspiracy theorist        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/02/
1133477897/reawaken-america-brings-together-some-of-the-u-s-most-prolific-conspiracy-theori

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/04/15/
987182241/the-most-popular-j-j-vaccine-story-on-facebook-a-conspiracy-theorist-posted-it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Can You Do About QAnon?

NYT    27 October 2020

 

 

 

 

What Can You Do About QAnon?

Video        NYT Opinion        NYT        27 October 2020

 

A global cabal of celebrity pedophiles?

 

Trafficked children being sold online through a furniture website?

 

And Donald Trump about to rescue us from it all?

 

These QAnon conspiracy theories are so outlandish

ó not to mention demonstrably untrue ó

it feels like the natural response Ö is laughter and mockery.

 

But according to documentary filmmaker Kirby Ferguson,

thatís the opposite of what you should do.

 

Dunking on fools may feel good,

but humiliating QAnoners risks driving them further down the rabbit hole.

 

And you should care

because you might have a QAnon believer among your friends or family

ó and on Nov. 3,

itís possible several will be elected to Congress.

 

Q is not going anywhere soon.

 

So what can you do?

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lg6cZmfpeM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

online conspiracy theory network > QAnon        USA

 

2021

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/17/
1056225488/self-styled-qanon-shaman-is-sentenced-to-41-months-in-capitol-riot

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/13/
1027133867/children-dead-father-claims-qanon-conspiracy-led-him-to-kill

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/
us/capitol-riot-boyland-qanon.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/18/
997559036/americas-satanic-panic-returns-this-time-through-qanon

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/
opinion/qanon-hillary-clinton.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/03/
opinion/qanon-conspiracy-theories.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/31/
962104747/unwelcome-on-facebook-twitter-qanon-followers-flock-to-fringe-sites

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/
us/leaving-qanon-conspiracy.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/26/
opinion/trump-qanon-washington-capitol-hill.html

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/inauguration-day-live-updates/2021/01/20/
958907699/the-qanon-storm-never-struck-some-supporters-are-wavering-others-steadfast

 

https://www.gocomics.com/mattdavies/2021/01/15

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/
us/who-was-ashli-babbitt.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/
opinion/trump-qanon-georgia-call.html

 

 

 

 

2020

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/15/
technology/youtube-bans-qanon-violence.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Chansley,

the self-styled "QAnon shaman"

who became one of the faces

of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

after storming the building

in a fur headdress with horns,

has been sentenced

to nearly three and a half years in prison

for his role in the riot.

 

Photographs of a bare-chested Chansley

carrying a bullhorn and a spear

adorned with the American flag

while howling in halls of the Capitol

became some of the iconic images

of that violent, chaotic day.

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/17/
1056225488/self-styled-qanon-shaman-is-sentenced-to-41-months-in-capitol-riot

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/17/
1056225488/self-styled-qanon-shaman-is-sentenced-to-41-months-in-capitol-riot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

online falsehoods about coronavirus / viral conspiracy theories >

Covid misinformation        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/27/
covid-lies-cost-lives-right-clamp-down-misinformation

 

 

 

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-55355911 - 26 December 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 > vaccines > Misinformation and mistrust        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/07/
974383411/misinformation-and-mistrust-among-the-obstacles-latinos-face-in-getting-vaccinat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conspiratorial thinking        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/05/
971767967/trump-is-no-longer-tweeting-but-online-disinformation-isnt-going-away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

misinformation        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/08/
1134550280/stories-about-crime-are-rife-with-misinformation-and-racism-critics-say

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/07/
974383411/misinformation-and-mistrust-among-the-obstacles-latinos-face-in-getting-vaccinat

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/06/
974394783/far-right-misinformation-is-thriving-on-facebook-a-new-study-shows-just-how-much

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

disinformation        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/series/973275370/
untangling-disinformation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

outright falsehoods        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/27/
covid-lies-cost-lives-right-clamp-down-misinformation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fringe conspiracy        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/30/
929200098/andrew-marantz-what-happens-when-fringe-conspiracy-theories-become-mainstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

believe        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/30/
951095644/even-if-its-bonkers-poll-finds-many-believe-qanon-and-other-conspiracy-theories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

believer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

belief            USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/12/
976337203/useful-delusions-examines-how-beliefs-can-be-powerful-in-positive-and-negative-w

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

perception of reality        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/
us/leaving-qanon-conspiracy.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

delusion        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/03/
opinion/qanon-conspiracy-theories.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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