Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

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Shortlisted for the 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, Suspicious Minds decodes the psychology of why we all believe in conspiracy theories--some of us just hide it better than others.
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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


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.