Saturday, January 28, 2012
Conspiracy Theories and Contradictory Beliefs
A study of people who believe in conspiracy theories showed that their main motive seems to be distrust of authority, or resistance to the official version of events. They are more likely to believe any idea that is contrary to the mainstream narrative, even if it contradicts other things they believe. People who think Princess Diana faked her own death are more likely that others to think she was murdered. People who think Osama bin Laden was dead before 9-11 are more likely than others to think he is still alive.