How conspiracy theories, such as the Crowdstrike theory that Ukraine was behind the attack of the Democratic Party's server, draw from storytelling techniques.
Being accepted by others matters more to us than being factually correct – and this is the key to tackling our post-truth society.
Real-life adherents to the Mandela Effect veer into conspiratorial thinking. But they do hit on an important truth: Our understanding of history is malleable.
We analysed eight years of Reddit posts from conspiracy theorists. Our findings have helped debunk some common myths about this somewhat alienated group of people.
Popular theories of high-level electoral conspiracy shaped the emergence of new political orientations
With the rise of internet groups for conspiracy theorists, it may feel like Americans live in a unique time. But conspiracy theories have been common for decades.
Scientists know the bacterium that causes Lyme disease has been out in the wild since long before any biological weapons research could have focused on it. And that's just for starters.
Listen up, conspiracy theorists – it is virtually impossible that there could be alien visitors on Earth.
Three classic examples of the "Mandala Effect" debunked.
Conspiracy theorists claim NASA used the Apollo special camera to stage the moon landings in a studio and then slowed down the footage to make it look like there was less gravity.
They reflect wider concerns about the US – and its leaders.
In episode 2 of The Conversation's new podcast series, we look at how people reacted to the moon landing – and why some still believe it was a hoax.
Conspiracy theories help sports fans make sense of unexpected events – like when a whole rugby team becomes sick before a world cup final, or the retirement of Michael Jordan from basketball.
Media-savvy, far right-wing activists in the U.S., Hungary and Poland spread white nationalist politics using paranoid Soros conspiracy theories. This new global extremism is coming to Canada.
If you believe a conspiracy theory about a specific minority group, you are more likely to have negative views about other, unrelated groups too.
If you think Americans are suckers for conspiracies theories, you ought to hear some of the theories that are popular in Putin's Russia.
Over a quarter of people believe that humans have psychic abilities.
Some people are habitual conspiracy thinkers – there’s a plan behind everything, and it’s usually malevolent. One scientist set out to understand who is likely to ascribe to these theories.
Ever since the philosopher Karl Popper popularised the expression in the 1950s, conspiracy theories have had a bad reputation. But is it justified?
The reverberations of JFK's assassination can still be felt to this day in the paranoid and racialised politics of the American right