On Conspiracy Theories



Wikipedia describes conspiracy theories as “an event or situation that invokes a conspiracy by sinister and powerful groups, often political in motivation, when other explanations are more probable. The term has a negative connotation, implying that the appeal to a conspiracy is based on prejudice or insufficient evidence“.

In an article published in journal Plus One, study authors Evita March and Jordan Springer found that there is certain personality type who most like tend to believe in conspiracy theories. “These individual may have unusual patterns of thinking and cognitions, be strategic and manipulative, and display interpersonal and affective deficits”.

A conspiracy theory refers to an alternative explanation of an event involving a conspirator plot organised by powerful people or organisations. Belief in conspiracy theories is related to negative societal outcomes such as poor medical decisions and a decrease in prosocial behaviour.

Evita March and Jordan Springer In Plus One Journal

In an another recent article, New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey writes in detail about theory about conspiracy theories. According to the Carey’s article, ‘more than 1 in 3 Americans believe that the Chinese government engineered the coronavirus as a weapon, and another third are convinced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has exaggerated the threat of Covid-19 to undermine President Trump’.

Conspiracies theories are known to exist in all communities as long as we can remember. They are spreading much faster and wider with the availability of Facebook, Twitter, other social media and other publications. Once spread, it is hard to rectify once the conspiracies has spread.

According to a recent study, government authorities and health officials are struggling to manage the spread of COVID-19 in the US because of the intentional spread of pandemic related conspiracies theories by some government officials including President Trump.

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