Study: Conspiracy theory believers tend to endorse other unsubstantiated beliefs as well

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People who believe in conspiracy theories are also more likely to believe in pseudoscience and paranormal phenomena, according to new research published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. The findings indicate that some people appear to have a general susceptibility to believing unsubstantiated claims.
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The researchers surveyed 286 psychology undergraduate students regarding their paranormal beliefs, endorsement of conspiracies, factual knowledge about psychology, and acceptance of pseudoscience.

The participants were asked to indicate how much they agreed with general conspiracist ideas, such as “Technology with mind control capacities is used on people without their knowledge,” and how much they believed in 30 specific conspiracies, such as “Alien ships crashed near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 and the U.S. government has covered it up.”


The latter category included popular but debunked conspiracy theories, conspiracies that were made-up by researchers, and conspiracies that have been verified as true.

Bensley and his colleagues found that participants who endorsed general conspiracist ideas also tended to believe the debunked and fabricated conspiracy theories.

In addition, participants who believed the debunked and fabricated conspiracy theories also tended to believe in other non-conspiratorial unsubstantiated claims, including pseudoscience, poorly-supported psychological practices, and paranormal phenomena.

“People show an individual difference in the tendency to endorse unsubstantiated beliefs. It has been known for some time that people who tend to accept one false conspiracy theory, such as the claim that the 911 attack was an inside job, are also more likely to accept others, as well,” Bensley told PsyPost.

“Our research goes beyond this to show that people who tend to accept conspiracy theories also tend to endorse psychological misconceptions, pseudoscientific claims, and paranormal and superstitious claims.”

But there is some nuance to the generality of belief in unsubstantiated claims. The conspiracy-related measures appeared to be more tightly clustered together than the other measures of unsubstantiated beliefs.

“Although all of these measures of unfounded beliefs are correlated with each other (inter-correlated), conspiracy theories of different types (false, true, and fictitious) are more strongly related to each other than are the other measures of paranormal belief, psychological misconceptions, and pseudoscience,” Bensley explained.

“These other measures cluster together better and form a different factor than the conspiracy theory measures. In other words, they are more related to each other than they are to the conspiracy theory measures.”
Study: Conspiracy theory believers tend to endorse other unsubstantiated beliefs as well

Trump taps into this. It amazes me how Trump can toss out a claim he provides no substantiation to, but he is in a position to provide such evidence if it actually existed.
 
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CNN and MSNBC try to tell us that the misinformation submitted to the FISA Court is a conspiracy and that the Trump/Russia Collusion Hoax is not one...... This is just a continuation of that distraction....
 
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the guy with the Hillary/Epstein/Mass Shooting conspiracy theory in the other thread should have gone with this (slightly) more benign one

3 of the last big shootings

Florida- 29 electoral votes
Ohio - 18 electiral votes
Texas- 38 electoral votes

All states Trump won to win in 2016
All states the Dems need in 2020

Coincidence?
 
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Wake up....The Russians did not give a shit who won the 2016 election....Their end-game was to create chaos... they wanted to destroy confidence in our electoral system.....And thanks to Cummins. Shift and Nadler they succeeded beyond their wildest imaginatioin.....This country will never trust another election...ever...
 
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Wake up....The Russians did not give a shit who won the 2016 election....Their end-game was to create chaos... they wanted to destroy confidence in our electoral system.....And thanks to Cummins. Shift and Nadler they succeeded beyond their wildest imaginatioin.....This country will never trust another election...ever...
They definitely wanted trump. Read the first 8 or so pages of the Mueller report to see that.

But you’re absolutely right about them wanting to sow discord as well. And they succeeded. If Hillary had won, they still would have succeeded in that department.

America needs to fight back by fighting disinformation, because that was the tool they used most successfully.
 
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Wake up....The Russians did not give a shit who won the 2016 election....Their end-game was to create chaos... they wanted to destroy confidence in our electoral system.....And thanks to Cummins. Shift and Nadler they succeeded beyond their wildest imaginatioin.....This country will never trust another election...ever...
There has never been a free and fair national election in American history. The Russians, Cummings, Shift, and Nadler had nothing to do with those unfair elections.
 
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I heard these conspiracy theories about the Trilateralist Commission, the Billdibergers, Council on Foreign Relations and other assorted actors running our politics from the shadows 20 years ago.... And I thought they were nuts... However.... In the last 3 years, Trump's win in 2016 has spooked something out ot the shadows and it is ugly..

I still can't wrap my mind around all these malcontents actually sitting down and putting their plans together to surreptitiously run the US Government... But I do believe that there has been concurrent similar schemes running in parallel... This is why Barr's investigation into the origins of the Mueller Report are so damned important.. Leftroids can dismiss a plot of the Obama Administration to interfer with the 2016 election and insure a Clinton Administartion, ansd failing that undermining the Trum Administration as pure cccconspiracy theory..... But what it isn't ?....The American people have every right to know the facts on that one... The Republic depends on it...
 
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There has never been a free and fair national election in American history. The Russians, Cummings, Shift, and Nadler had nothing to do with those unfair elections.
I didn't say there was...... But up until now the winner of those elections were treated as the legitimate leaders of the country.... And Yes, the Russians and others have been trying to interfere at least since WWII.. (we do it.don't we?..see Israel). But this election has ushered something new.... And Cummins, Shift and Nadler are part an parsel for Russia's success in casting doubt on our system..