Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

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Bloomsbury Sigma #ad - They are not just a few kooks lurking on the paranoid fringes of society with bizarre ideas about shape-shifting reptilian aliens running society in secret. Sometimes, paranoia is prudent. Sometimes conspiracies are real. A first class book' Sunday TimesWe're all conspiracy theorists. They walk among us. They resonate with some of our brain's built-in quirks and foibles, and tap into some of our deepest desires, fears, and assumptions about the world.

The fascinating and often surprising psychology of conspiracy theories tells us a lot – not just why we are drawn to theories about sinister schemes, but about how our minds are wired and, indeed, why we believe anything at all. Some of us just hide it better than others. Conspiracy theorists do not wear tin-foil hats for the most part.

Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories #ad - Conspiracy theories are not some psychological aberration – they're a predictable product of how brains work. Yet conspiracy theories are not a recent invention. In suspicious minds, rob brotherton explores the history and consequences of conspiracism, and delves into the research that offers insights into why so many of us are drawn to implausible, unproven and unproveable conspiracy theories.

They are us. Everyone loves a good conspiracy. This book will tell you why, and what it means.

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The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory

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Harper #ad - When such tales takes hold, they reflect the anxieties and experiences of the people who believe them, Walker argues, even if they say nothing true about the objects of the theories themselves. With intensive research and a deadpan sense of humor, Jesse Walker’s The United States of Paranoia combines the rigor of real history with the punch of pulp fiction.

This edition includes primary-source documentation in the form of archival photographs, cartoons, and film stills selected by the author. Jesse walker’s the united states of paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror.

The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory #ad - The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn’t exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our national identity.

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Trust: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Without trusting others, or even stay alive for very long, we cannot function in society, but being overly-trustful can be a bad strategy too. Trust is pragmatic, but it also has a moral dimension: trustworthiness is a virtue, and well-placed trust benefits us all. In this very short introduction, Katherine Hawley explores the key ideas about trust and distrust.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Trust is indispensable, yet it can be dangerous. Considerings questions such as 'why do we value trust?' and Why do we want to be trusted rather than distrusted?', Hawley raises issues about the importance of trust in both the personal and public spheres, including family and relationships as well as politics and society.

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Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

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Holt Paperbacks #ad - A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, with more than 80, 000 copies in print, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. In an entirely new chapter, " michael shermer takes on science luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, "Why Smart People Believe in Weird Things, who hide their spiritual beliefs behind the trappings of science.

Shermer, the satanic ritual abuse scare, the recovered-memory movement, science historian and true crusader, also reveals the more dangerous side of such illogical thinking, including Holocaust denial, and other modern crazes. Revised and Expanded Edition. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, many people still believe in mind reading, and alien abduction.

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The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories The Psychology of Everything

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Routledge #ad - Who believes in conspiracy theories, exploring their broad social contexts, and why are some people more susceptible to them than others?What are the consequences of such beliefs?Has a conspiracy theory ever turned out to be true?The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories debunks the myth that conspiracy theories are a modern phenomenon, from politics to the workplace.

The book explains why some people are more susceptible to these beliefs than others and how they are produced by recognizable and predictable psychological processes. Featuring examples such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and climate change, The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories shows us that while such beliefs are not always irrational and are not a pathological trait, they can be harmful to individuals and society.

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Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic

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Zephyros Press #ad - The matter is only made worse when you realize that your defeat came at the hands of someone’s abuse of logic—and that with the right skills you could have won the argument. Designed for those who are ready to gain the upper hand over their opponents, this master class teaches the necessary skills to identify your opponents’ misuse of logic and construct effective, arguments that win.

Mastering logical fallacies is the clearest, boldest, and most systematic guide to dominating the rules and tactics of successful arguments. With the empowering strategies offered in Mastering Logical Fallacies you’ll be able to reveal the slight-of-hand flaws in your challengers’ rhetoric, and seize control of the argument with bulletproof logic.

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American Conspiracy Theories

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Oxford University Press #ad - Joseph E. We are living in an age of conspiracy theories, catholics, jews, whether it's enduring, widely held beliefs such as government involvement in the Kennedy assassination or alien activity at Roswell, or communists, fears of a powerful infiltrating group such as the Illuminati, or modern fringe movements of varying popularity such as birtherism and trutherism.

Parent draw on three sources of original data: 120, blogs, and other web sites, 000 letters to the editor of the New York Times and Chicago Tribune from between 1890 and 2010; a two-wave survey from before and after the 2012 presidential election; and discussions of conspiracy theories culled from online news sources, also from before and after the election.

Through these sources, war, economics, they are able to address crucial questions, media, and whether politics, such as similarities and differences in the nature of conspiracy theories over time, the role of the Internet and communications technologies in spreading modern conspiracy theories, or other factors are most important in popularizing conspiratorial beliefs.

American Conspiracy Theories #ad - Ultimately, they conclude that power asymmetries, both foreign and domestic, are the main drivers behind conspiracy theories, and that those at the bottom of power hierarchies have a strategic interest in blaming those at the top-in other words, "conspiracy theories are for losers. But these "losers" can end up having tremendous influence on the course of history, and American Conspiracy Theories is an unprecedented examination of one of the defining features of American political life.

What is it in american culture that makes conspiracy theories proliferate? who is targeted, and why? Are we in the heyday of the conspiracy theory, philosophy, American Conspiracy Theories is the first to use broad, or is it in decline?Though there is significant scholarly literature on the topic in psychology, and more, sociology, long-term empirical data to analyze this popular American tendency.

Uscinski and Joseph M.

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Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11

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Oxford University Press #ad - Along the way, she introduces readers to a lively cast of characters, from the Nobel prize-winning scientist who became a leading conspiracist to a housewife who believed she could unlock the secrets of the JFK assassination. Polls show that thirty-six percent of Americans think that George W. Bush knew in advance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Real enemies, important topic, sheds light on such theories, an engaging work on a timely, revealing how the rampant fear of conspiracy at once invigorates and undermines American democracy. While americans had worried about bankers, and Catholics for decades, Jews, Olmsted sees World War I as a critical turning point for conspiracy theories.

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Although the paranoid style has been a feature of the American scene since the birth of the Republic, in Real Enemies Kathryn Olmsted shows that it is only in the twentieth century that strange and unlikely conspiracy theories have become central to American politics. As the federal government expanded, Americans grew more fearful of the government itself--the military, the intelligence community, and even the President.

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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History

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Riverhead Books #ad - A highly entertaining rumble with the century's major conspiracy theorists and their theories. John lahr, so true, national book critics circle Award-winning author of Tennessee WilliamsFrom an award-winning journalist, a history so funny, so scary, it's bound to be called a conspiracy. Most important, they elevated their believers to membership of an elite- a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality.

Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere- from pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. These theories used similarly murky methods with which to insinu­ate their claims: they linked themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past it happened then so it can happen now; they carefully manipulated their evidence to hide its holes; they relied on the authority of dubious aca­demic sources.

Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History #ad - In this age of terrorism we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one, one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. For david aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories. But why believe something that entails stretching the bounds of probabil­ity so far?In this entertaining and enlightening book, he examines why people believe conspiracy theories, and makes an argument for a true skepticism: one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.

. Meticulous in its research, forensic in its reasoning, robust in its argument, and often hilarious in its debunking.

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Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect

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Skyhorse #ad - They consume countless books and videos, and even, join like-minded online communities, try to convert those around them, on occasion, alienate their own friends and family. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the most successful approaches to helping individuals escape a rabbit hole aren't comprised of simply explaining why they are wrong; rather, honesty, West's tried-and-tested approach emphasizes clear communication based on mutual respect, openness, and patience.

Here is a conclusive, well-researched, practical reference on why people fall down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole and how you can help them escape. West puts his debunking techniques and best practices to the test with four of the most popular false conspiracy theories today Chemtrails, 9/11 Controlled Demolition, False Flags, and Flat Earth -- providing road maps to help you to understand your friend and help them escape the rabbit hole.

Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect #ad - With sections on:the wide spectrum of conspiracy theoriesavoiding the "shill" labelpsychological factors and other complicationsand concluding with a look at the future of debunkingMick West has put forth a conclusive, well-researched, practical reference on why people fall down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole and how you can help them escape.

Mick west shares the knowledge and experience he's accumulated debunking false conspiracy theories, and offers a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are. The earth is flat, planes are spraying poison to control the weather, the World Trade Center collapse was a controlled demolition, and actors faked the Sandy Hook massacre.

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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them

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Oxford University Press #ad - And while they have always been with us, their ubiquity in our political discourse is nearly unprecedented. In conspiracy theories and the People Who Believe Them, Joseph E. In recent years, scholars have begun to study this genuinely important phenomenon in a concerted way. Conspiracy theories are inevitable in complex human societies.

Uscinski has gathered forty top researchers on the topic to provide both the foundational tools and the evidence to better understand conspiracy theories in the United States and around the world. Their salience has increased for a variety of reasons including the increasing access to information among ordinary people, a pervasive sense of powerlessness among those same people, and a widespread distrust of elites.

Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them #ad - Each chapter is informed by three core questions: why do so many people believe in conspiracy theories? What are the effects of such theories when they take hold in the public? What can or should be done about the phenomenon? Combining systematic analysis and cutting-edge empirical research, this volume will help us better understand an extremely important, yet relatively neglected, phenomenon.

Working in combination, these factors and many other factors are now propelling conspiracy theories into our public sphere on a vast scale.

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