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The psychology of why people believe conspiracy theories – explained by experts

We speak to four conspiracy theory experts about the psychology of the people who believe them, their dangerous potential – and leaders like Donald Trump appear to use them for political ends. We also look into widespread Covid-19 coronavirus conspiracy theories and ask – in an age of disinformation – can anything be done to stop the spread of conspiracies?



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    Edson Morozini


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    First one to comment!!!!!! Boo yea

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    Dont forget the last popular conspiracy: UK was prisonner of EU and that EU is evil and all powerfull

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    con•spire :
    To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.

    yeah no one would ever do that

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    Conspiracy Theories was a term dubbed by the CIA to shutdown any counter narrative. Isn't very clear that most conspiracy theories are actual conspiracies.

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    Its simple there have been enough conspiracy theories that have turned out tp be true….wmd in Iraq for example. Its ironic a news org asking why people believe conspiracy theories…if they did theor job even half competently people wouldn't be so attracted by such theories.

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    Oh sure…that's just want the psychologists want you to believe!👽

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    Because sometimes there is a real conspiracy.

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    infinite potential

    The CIA created the term conspiracy theory to throw people off the scent of truth.
    Also might I add most people who believe in conspiracy theories are using something called common sense as anyone with a brain can tell most if not all governments LIE and deceive the general population..
    But you clearly know all this don't you channel 4?
    Thanks for confirming you are part of the elite controlled main stream media.

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    No doubt – Corona is an attack, biological weapon

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    I mean this is nonsense. These "experts" are either shills or idiots. Time and time again conspiracy is clearly provable and evident. It's not even theories. It's facts and the establishment is covering up.
    Epstein didn't kill himself. The FACTS prove it. Prince Andrew was lying. It was CLEAR for ALL to see.
    WTC 1,2 and 7 collapsed with freefall acceleration and with symmetrical collapse. Observable FACTS PROVE it.

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    We wouldn't believe in conspiracy theories if the mass social media was reliable and truthful. YOU guys are out here not to inform but to defend your bosses/masters narrative. Yall can keep your nice suits and words. It's over.

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    Pizza gate is no conspiracy

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    Because government doesnt telk truth so we believe everything else

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    2 Thessalonians 2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

    2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

    6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

    14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

    16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

    17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

    Romans 1:28-32
    King James Version
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    🙏🔥🥰🛐✝️ amen

    Seek Salvation in Christ Jesus while you still have time and opportunity

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    You can fool some people all the time. You can fool all people some of the time.

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    Maybe don't include people with twonumbersIQ

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    Click bait for conspiracy theorists

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    I will now believe everything that i am told without thought or question.

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    Hey, you should look for the stories they are trying to distract you from.

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    AntiSemitic Kiwi

    Using Government controlled workers to explain conspiracy theories is the reason that pedophiles like Epstein existed

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    Listen to the "experts" who get nothing right.

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    Might be helpful for some commenters.

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    Those who rule over us have been conspiring against us since the year dot. Conspiracy FACT.

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    5G at 60hz is a weapon, created by the military industrial complex

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    the moon landing was fake…



    whos larry?

    CONSPIRACY THEORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    75% believe in conspiracy … I'll leave out the words theory. It's pretty much irreverent now. So 75% of the people … that sounds like a majority to me. Critical thinking is a key requisite to uncovering conspiracies. No longer theories. There's no smoke without a fire.

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    Conspiracy Theorists or logical thinkers?

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    Christina Massey-Stucki

    So, nuking Nagasaki and Hiroshima was a conspiracy theory, or de fore sting Vietnam with agent orange,? I am not paranoid, nor am I following any ‘leaders’, I just try to find out the truth, as obviously we are continuously being lied to and told what to believe. This video is just another patronising, condescending propaganda mind washer from the approved and censored manipulated mass media. How much did you guys paid for this pathetic attempt to keep the masses within their tiny box?

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    Mainstream fake news media elites hate other people's views that put there high paid jobs at threat

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    "Non-evidence" sure…

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