Culture Wars/Current Controversies

People Drawn to Conspiracy Theories Share a Cluster of Psychological Features

There is certainly all kinds of absurd nonsense that people on the margins believe, some of which would be dangerous if it had real power. But even more problematic are perfectly normal, mainstream people who actually believe in the “system.” How many normies have you heard say, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain?”

By Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American

Stephan Lewandowsky was deep in denial. About six years ago the cognitive scientist had thrown himself into a study of why some people refuse to accept the overwhelming evidence that the planet is warming and humans are responsible. As he delved into this climate change denialism, Lewandowsky, then at the University of Western Australia, discovered that many of the naysayers also believed in outlandish plots, such as the idea that the Apollo moon landing was a hoax created by the American government.


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