Everyone knows someone who’s a little bit too invested in conspiracy theories. By that, I mean everyone tolerates that weird dude who enjoys spouting complete and utter shit.
Well, it looks like science has finally figured out why people flock to conspiracy theories, and it’s not necessarily a good thing.
“Conspiracy theories are for losers,” Joseph E. Uscinski of the University of Miami told PsyPost. “People who are on the outside, people who lost, people who lack control, tend to believe in conspiracy theories.”
The researchers of the study, which was published in the scientific journal Political Research Quarterly, surveyed 1,230 Americans to figure out why some people believed that voting fraud had swung the outcome of the 2012 election.
“We see this play out in our national debates: when Bush was president, Democrats were the ones propagating the conspiracy theories. They put forward theories about 9/11, war for oil, Halliburton, Cheney, Blackwater, etc. When Obama came to office, those theories became socially and politically inert.
“The prominent conspiracy theories came from Republicans and were about Obama faking his birth certificate, killing the kids at Sandy Hook, Benghazi, etc.”
“Now that Trump is president, the popular conspiracy theories come from Democrats and focus on Trump and Russia,” Uscinski said. “Conspiracy theories follow the ebb and flow of power and losers tend to propagate them the most.”
“The people who believe in conspiracy theories tend to do so because of an underlying disposition towards seeing events and circumstances as the product of conspiracies,” Uscinski said.
“This is why some people (and we all have a friend like this) believe in almost every conspiracy theory out there, and some people reject most conspiracy theories out of hand.
It isn’t really evidence that drives people to believe in conspiracy theories, it’s their own biased interpretations of evidence.”
So there you go, we now have science to back up what we already know.
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