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Conspiracy theorists do not wear tin-foil hats (for the most part). They are not just a few kooks lurking on the paranoid fringes of society with bizarre ideas about shape-shifting reptilian aliens running society in secret. They walk among us. They are us.  

Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Yet conspiracy theories are not a recent invention. And they are not always a harmless curiosity. In Suspicious Minds, Rob Brotherton explores the history and consequences of conspiracism, and delves into the research that offers insights into why so many of us are drawn to implausible, unproven and unproveable conspiracy theories. They resonate with some of our brain's built-in quirks and foibles, and tap into some of our deepest desires, fears, and assumptions about the world.  

The fascinating and often surprising psychology of conspiracy theories tells us a lot - not just why we are drawn to theories about sinister schemes, but about how our minds are wired and, indeed, why we believe anything at all. Conspiracy theories are not some psychological aberration - they're a predictable product of how brains work. This book will tell you why, and what it means.

©2015 Rob Brotherton (P)2020 Tantor

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  • dennis katsefes
  • 27-12-2020

Enlightening ....nonsense makes sense.

never care what i am thinking, or doing. it will never make sense. frailties of the human mind ,double cross our thinking. what is obvious isn't and what is confusing is simple. Conspiracy is a way to play the game of life. power conspires, corrupt minds, insarional need for being tight. and insarional need for mind altering things that enable others to conspire and destroy.

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