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Among the Truthers by Jonathan Kay
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Feb 15, 2012

bookshelves: history, politics, social-science, abandoned

Why do otherwise intelligent and reasonable people believe in conspiracies? And why do these otherwise intelligent and reasonable people interpret every piece of contradictory evidence (a new report on the rising CO2 concentration, or a paper linking vaccines and autism being retracted from a prestigious journal) as evidence that the conspiracy is ever vaster (not that the planet is actually warning, or that vaccines don't actually cause autism)? Whence our contempt for expertise and evidence?

I'm a goodly way into this book and not convinced that he's actually going to answer that question.
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