Aug 172020
 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300084702/kiwi-study-challenges-popular-idea-on-cause-of-conspiracy-theories

 

“Victoria University’s school of psychology acting dean, Marc Wilson, said the September 11, 2001 terror attacks were the catalyst for a “huge surge in both conspiracy theorising’’.

“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.”

  2 Responses to “Kiwi study challenges popular idea on cause of conspiracy theories”

  1. Perhaps Marc Wilson and his associates, as experts in cognitive dissonance should bin the control hypothesis and look at the candidate of objective, scientific evidence.

    https://www.ae911truth.org/evidence/technical-articles/articles-on-psychology/278-part-1-preface-and-introduction

    • Wrong! His comment, “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.”,
      strongly implies, “Oh, s***, now we have to make up a new story to discredit people who question authority in any way.”
      Poor guy, I’m sure he’ll come up with something.