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Secrets & Lies: Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

NOTE: This event is on the 3rd Monday in December because there's apparently something happening on the 25th...

Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy theories’. In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Prof. Karen Douglas will broadly overview what psychologists have found out so far, and will discuss some of her own findings on the causes and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories.

Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. In addition to conducting work on the psychology of conspiracy theories, she is involved in projects examining sexism in language, the influence of sexist ideology on attitudes toward pregnant women, and the psychology of internet behaviour.

SCIENCE asks questions that may never be answered. RELIGION has answers that may never be questioned.
Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told regardless of what is right.
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