Five Myths About Conspiracy Theories

I wrote a piece for The Boston Globe that debunks five myths about conspiracy theories. Here are the myths; you'll have to read the article for the debunkings:

1. People today are uniquely prone to believing conspiracy theories.
2. Conspiracy theories always involve villains.
3. Conspiracy theories are just a feature of the fringe.
4. Conspiracy theories are never true.
5. Untrue conspiracy theories have no truths to teach us.

Postscript: I wrote a book about this stuff too, and I'll be discussing that tome at a Barnes & Noble in Baltimore tonight. Details here.

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  • sarcasmic||

    You know who else wrote a piece for The Boston Globe?

  • Elphie||

    Jesse Walker?! Damn near Jesse Texas Ranger!

  • Copernicus||

    myth 6. Articles about conspiracy theories are really interesting.

  • SIV||

    Ha! The Boston Globe puts the comments behind a paywall.

  • Mr. Soul||

    myth #7 - disbelief of a lying govt is not the same as belief in a conspiracy.

  • GILMORE||

    I don't know who spreads these myths but I have it on good authority it more than likely has something to do with The Jews.

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