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Studies show that the majority of people believe in at least one conspiracy theory. They’re becoming increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives, with it not being uncommon to hear conspiracy theories coming from commanders-in-chief. Why would someone believe something that others perceive as crazy?

Social factors make people believe in conspiracy theories Show more Show less

We don’t believe in conspiracy theories in a vacuum; rather, there are social factors to belief.
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Group mentality makes people believe in conspiracy theories

The belief of conspiracy theories is part of a sort of groupthink.
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The Argument

A group mentality is a core part of conspiracy theories. The narrative of conspiracy theories often focuses on an “intergroup context where a powerful out-group threatens the well-being of the perceiver’s fellow in-group members”.[1] People are likely to become more entrenched in their groups through conspiracy theory believe, as they develop mistrust towards other group and a collective narcissism carrying their belief that their group alone has access to the truth.[2]

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Premises

[P1] Conspiracy theories are likely to appeal to certain groups. [P2] Therefore, members of these groups are then more likely to believe in conspiracy theories because of their group mentality.

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References

  1. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Politics-Paranoia-Suspicious-Leaders/dp/1316617920
  2. http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/25/15408610/conspiracy- theories-psychologist-explained

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