The research indicates that people who hold more extreme political beliefs are more likely to believe in a conspiracy theory than those with more moderate stances. The scientists suggest that, for some, believing in conspiracy theories is easier than accepting a complex and nuanced version of reality.
Sure. Twenty years ago, a beer company that advertised on the Toronto transit system thought their customers should award themselves a beer just because they did NOT claim to have seen Elvis in a donut shop. The ad featured such an awful ceramic bust of Elvis, I have to say, I had not seen the like in the previous thirty years, not since the cigar store in a small Ontario town closed.
This one isn’t nearly as bad as theirs, and could be worth the money to someone who cares.
But when—just curious—did plain common sense start having to be dressed up as science? Who do we think believes in conspiracy theories?
Note: Yes, there are real conspiracies out there, but they are typically small and short-lived, like 9-11 (the conspirators almost all died, right?). Once people are talking about a vast left-wing conspiracy or vast right-wing conspiracy, pardon me, they sound off their respective nuts. They have mistaken possible confluence of interests for secret plots, and it might make a B movie but …
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