Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

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'A first class book' Sunday Times We're all conspiracy theorists. Some of us just hide it better than others. 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. Of course, just because your brain's biased doesn't always mean you're wrong. Sometimes conspiracies are real. Sometimes, paranoia is prudent.
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ISBN-13: 9781472915634
ISBN-10: 1472915631
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.23 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Sigma
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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Valentin Postolache a dat nota:

Deoarece a fost publicată prima dată în 2015, îmi pare rău că abia acum (2021) am descoperit cartea. Cred că a surprins pe toată lumea, atât pe „credincioși” cât și pe opozanții diverselor teorii ale conspirației, fiecare tabără deținând o parte din adevăr. Mințile suspicioase sunt ale noastre, ale tuturor. Este clar că Brotherton a făcut un mare efort pentru a înțelege - el mai întâi -mecanismele psihologice care ne duc la construirea unor astfel de teorii care, până la urmă, încearcă să explice lumea, fără a da vreo șansă hazardului. A obținut astfel o carte foarte clară, ușor de citit și de înțeles, chiar pentru cei care nu stăpânesc pe deplin limba engleză (ca mine :-))

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Explores why conspiracy theories can have consequences for us all - even those who don't believe them.

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Rob Brotherton is an academic psychologist and science writer who likes to walk on the weird side of psychology. Rob completed a doctoral degree on the psychology of conspiracy theories, and taught classes on why people believe weird stuff and science communication as a member of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He now lives in New York City.Rob writes about conspiracy theories on his website


Introduction. Down the Rabbit Hole Chapter 1. The Age of ConspiracyChapter 2. What's the Harm?Chapter 3. What is a Conspiracy Theory?Chapter 4. Conspiracy Minded Chapter 5. The Paranoid Fringe Chapter 6. I Want to Believe Chapter 7. (Official) Stories Chapter 8. Connect the DotsChapter 9. Intention Seekers Chapter 10. Proportion DistortionChapter 11. I Knew It Epilogue: Only Human


Sophisticated and absorbing...This is a first-class book. It melds science, history and popular culture cleverly and with purpose.
A thought-provoking analysis and an appealing guide to thinking about conspiracies, real and imagined.
...presents a textured and often surprising look into the fascinating world of conspiracy theories. A world so often described as dark and shady is shown to be much closer to home than we could have first imagined.
Suspicious Minds details the various psychological 'quirks and shortcuts' that make us susceptible to conspiracy theories [...] offering a convincing argument against the common practice of tarring political opponents as conspiracy theorists.
Clearly written and with liberal use of humor and numerous examples from scholarly research, this title provides a valuable look at why conspiracy theories abound and why we should continually assess our thinking.
An enlightening and educational read.
In this fascinating, and often startling book, Rob Brotherton reveals that the crazy people may well be completely wrong in their beliefs, but they are no more crazy than you and me.