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Your Conspiracy Theorist Next Door

Faux moon landings and Area 51 are quaint ideas compared with the proliferation of fake news and the dismissal of science. More than 50 percent of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory or another. Is it getting worse?
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One Common Trait of Theorists

By Mark Travers Ph.D.

New research explores the profile of a conspiracy theorist.
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The Mind of the Conspiracy Theorist

Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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The False Flag Conspiracy

By Joe Pierre M.D.

False flag denialism and gaslighting are driven by fear of gun reform.
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What Makes People Believe?

By Joe Pierre M.D.

The psychology of flat earthers, antivaxxers, and truthers