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May 21, 2020

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How to debunk a conspiracy theory

We’re hearing more and more about conspiracy theories these days. From seemingly benign ones to fantastical ones such as the world being ruled by lizard people. Some can be dangerous for people. Here’s how to debunk a conspiracy theory. Perhaps my favourite statement to people who start going down the rabbit hole of a conspiracy theory is to ask them; “have you ever tried to manage a project involving ten or more people?” If you think about that, it’s an easy first step to realizing why 99.9% of conspiracy theories are pure fantasy. So why do people believe in conspiracy theories anyway? According to Dr. Karen Douglas, a British psychologist who conducted research into this topic, that was published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, there are three primary reasons; The desire for understanding and certainty A desire for control and security The desire to maintain a positive

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