Thursday, February 13, 2014

PressTV - New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile

PressTV - New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile

Recent studies by
psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK suggest that
contrary to mainstream media stereotypes, those labeled “conspiracy
theorists” appear to be saner than those who accept the official
versions of contested events.

The most recent study was published on July 8th by psychologists
Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent (UK).
Entitled “What about Building 7? A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories,” the study compared “conspiracist” (pro-conspiracy theory) and “conventionalist” (anti-conspiracy) comments at news websites.

The authors were surprised to discover that it is now more
conventional to leave so-called conspiracist comments than
conventionalist ones: “Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded
as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist.” In other words, among
people who comment on news articles, those who disbelieve government
accounts of such events as 9/11 and the JFK assassination outnumber
believers by more than two to one. That means it is the pro-conspiracy
commenters who are expressing what is now the conventional wisdom, while
the anti-conspiracy commenters are becoming a small, beleaguered

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