Suspicious Minds : Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

Suspicious Minds : Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories


'A first class book' Sunday Times

We're all conspiracy theorists. Some of us just hide it better than others.

Conspiracy theorists do not wear tin-foil hats (for the most part). They are not just a few kooks lurking on the paranoid fringes of society with bizarre ideas about shape-shifting reptilian aliens running society in secret. They walk among us. They are us.

Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Yet conspiracy theories are not a recent invention. And they are not always a harmless curiosity. In Suspicious Minds, Rob Brotherton explores the history and consequences of conspiracism, and delves into the research that offers insights into why so many of us are drawn to implausible, unproven and unproveable conspiracy theories. They resonate with some of our brain's built-in quirks and foibles, and tap into some of our deepest desires, fears, and assumptions about the world.

The fascinating and often surprising psychology of conspiracy theories tells us a lot - not just why we are drawn to theories about sinister schemes, but about how our minds are wired and, indeed, why we believe anything at all. Conspiracy theories are not some psychological aberration - they're a predictable product of how brains work. This book will tell you why, and what it means.

Of course, just because your brain's biased doesn't always mean you're wrong. Sometimes conspiracies are real. Sometimes, paranoia is prudent.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 1138696102
ISBN 13: 9781138696105

30 Jul 2018
Jan-Willem Van Prooijen

ISBN 10: 0805070893
ISBN 13: 9780805070897

01 Sep 2002
Michael Shermer

ISBN 10: 1471178285
ISBN 13: 9781471178283

29 Oct 2020
David Robert Grimes

ISBN 10: 1974719758
ISBN 13: 9781974719754

04 Mar 2021
Haruichi Furudate

ISBN 10: 0062135562
ISBN 13: 9780062135568

20 Oct 2014
Jesse Walker

ISBN 10: 0190844086
ISBN 13: 9780190844080

03 Jan 2019
Joseph E. Uscinski

ISBN 10: 0691202257
ISBN 13: 9780691202259

04 Feb 2020
Nancy L. Rosenblum

ISBN 10: 1800960387
ISBN 13: 9781800960381

22 Jun 2021
Mike Rothschild

ISBN 10: 0190062274
ISBN 13: 9780190062279

09 Oct 2019
Adrian Bardon

ISBN 10: 0691173427
ISBN 13: 9780691173429

01 Jan 2017
Jason Stanley

ISBN 10: 0199351813
ISBN 13: 9780199351817

25 Sep 2014
Joseph E. Uscinski

ISBN 10: 1780335296
ISBN 13: 9781780335292

07 Jun 2012
Michael Shermer