conspiracy theory

From: Vincent Campbell (
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    Hi everyone,

    I was just wondering if anyone knew of any work into the psychology of
    conspiracy theory/theorists?

    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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