Short Takes from CSICON 2017

Paul Fidalgo

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Rob Brotherton on Conspiracy Theories

So, my help was suddenly needed at the CSICon AV station for the presentation by Rob Brotherton, author of Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories, so I didn’t take notes about his talk, and instead pressed a button to switch camera angles for the video recording.

Luckily, it was a really compelling talk that I think I retained a great deal of.

So, why do people believe in absurd conspiracy theories such as the faked moon landing or the shadowy network of plotters behind the Kennedy assassination? It helps to think about it in terms of people’s perceptions of agency and intent.

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