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I was just wondering if anyone knew of any work into the psychology of
I ask for several reasons, not least I'm interested in how the persuasive
industries' textbook strategies work or fail to work in relation to
particular conspiracy theories (e.g. how do NASA PR people deal, or fail to
deal with fake moon landing conspirators etc. etc.).
I also think it's an interesting question for memetics, because conspiracy
theories seem to grab people and not let go, even in the face of conflicting
evidence. (e.g. America's obsession with the murder of Jonbenet Ramsey- a
recent documentary on UK TV showed strong evidence of an intruder using a
stun gun, but checking the US press the next day, not a single word- not
even in the Colorado press).
Anyway, must go.
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