The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Today, more people believe that more than one person was involved in killing President John F. Kennedy than believe the "official government" findings in the Warren Commission report. (

Some people simply do not like the discomfort that a conspiracy theory creates. But for others, conspiracy theories are intriguing. They like to explore all of the possibilities that a conspiracy theory presents, like a puzzle or mystery novel. Sometimes a conspiracy theory is ridiculous and learning about it is a form of entertainment. Or you may find that the theory is credible and makes you think. It's interesting to consider the theory, weigh the evidence and come up with a conclusion.

Which type of person are you? What does it say about our society that so many people ascribe to these conspiracy theories? (

Let's explore conspiracy theories - from the kooky to the proven - and see what they can tell us about ourselves and our world.

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