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Episode 16 | Studies & Signals: Insights into the Conspiracy Mindset - Because Reasons 4
Guest: John Poston, Theatrical Artist & Writer
We talk about the origins of some clichés about conspiracy folks, as well as some actual scientific studies about the mindset. We also deftly use Star Trek as a metaphor for the brain. And some questionnaires you can take at home to find out just how conspiracy-minded you are yourself. A lot of what you think you know about conspiracy theorists is probably wrong. But some of it is right.
- 01:28 - Conspiracy Folks Are People
- 02:47 - The Tin Foil Hat
- 03:47 - The Lunatic Fringe & The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter
- 04:50 - The Conspiracy Mentality Questionnaire (CMQ) (2013)
- 07:57 - Some Findings of the CMQ
- 08:58 - The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale (GCBS) (2013)
- 13:51 - Three Studies: Analytic thinking reduces belief in conspiracy theories - Viren Swami, Martin Voracek, Stefan Stieger, Ulrich S. Tran & Adrian Furnham
- 16:55 - Star Trek as a Metaphor for the Brain's Information Processing Systems, the First Study
- 20:37 - The Second Study - the First Evidence that Analytic Thinking Might Reduce Conspiracy-Mindedness
- 22:11 - The Third Study
- 23:47 - People Tend to Silo, Emotional Gratification is Key, Tribal Signaling
- 25:42 - Hofstadter Oversimplified Things, Social Media Is Also Tribe Signaling, Humans Have a Big White of the Eye, Film Actors Have Big Bobble Heads
- 27:52 - Conspiracy Thinkers Are Not Necessarily Tin Foil Hatters
How conspiracy-minded are YOU? Take the GCBS yourself!
- Music by Fanette Ronjat
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