“It was a dramatic event that has continued to invite speculation in public as well as corners of the internet ever since,’’ he said.
“Even in New Zealand, around a third of us endorse the idea that the US Government knew about in advance, or actively planned, the 9/11 attacks.’’
Wilson said the results of the new study undermined the academic consensus regarding conspiracy theories.
“A strong reading is that we should bin the control hypothesis and focus on another candidate for best explanation of conspiracy belief. But we don’t have many more obvious candidates.”