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Create your free Reedsy account to browse hundreds of professional profiles. Rob It's funny you should mention that because… yes! I wonder about this too… Apparently, in the s television footage of the moon landing, the American flag is fluttering — and there's no air on the moon so the US government must've faked it!
Alice To fake something means to make something that isn't true appear to be real. I didn't realize you were so gullible Rob — and that means easily persuaded to believe something. Rob I have a healthy distrust of authority, Alice. And today we're talking about conspiracy theories — a conspiracy theory is a belief that some organization or group of people is responsible for a situation or event through secret planning.
Alice We'll talk more about how healthy this type of distrust might be later on in the show. But now please focus your intellectual powers on today's quiz question, Rob. Around what proportion of the US population believes that the assassination of President John F Kennedy was not the result of a lone gunman?
Alice Well, we'll find out if you chose the right answer later on in the programme. But for now let's move on. Let's talk about what types of people are thought to be susceptible to — or likely to be influenced by — conspiracy theories. Rob The stereotype is of a loner, maybe male, middle aged, sitting in front of the computer. But in actual fact this isn't true. People of all ages and from all social classes are susceptible to conspiracy theories. Lots of us worry that important things are being covered up — and a cover-up means an attempt to prevent the public from discovering information about something important.
Alice Let's listen now to Professor Chris French from Goldsmiths, a college within the University of London, talking more about people who believe in conspiracy theories. INSERT Chris French, Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London There are quite a few personality dimensions that seem to be related to belief in conspiracy theories and not surprisingly paranoia is one of them; also openness to new ideas — people who are willing to entertain ideas that are kind of off the beaten track. People who believe in conspiracy theories tend to believe in the paranormal.
Rob That was Professor Chris French. So he says that paranoia is a personality trait — or quality — that leads some people to believe in conspiracy theories. Alice Paranoia is a strong and unreasonable feeling that other people don't like you or want to harm you. Rob And ideas that are off the beaten track are those which are unusual and aren't shared by many other people. Alice Believing in the paranormal means believing in strange things that can't be explained by science, for example, ghosts. Most of the time believing in conspiracy theories is quite harmless and might even be good — because we shouldn't just accept everything that we're told.
But there can also be serious consequences. Let's hear more from Professor French on this. People who accept medically based conspiracies are likely to avoid getting their kids vaccinated. And even terrorist acts — it's been shown that terrorist groups will actually use conspiracy theories as both a means to get new recruits and also to motivate people to carry out extreme terrorist acts.
Rob So the toothpaste thing I mentioned at the beginning of the show is a medically based conspiracy theory? Rob But more serious examples are parents choosing not to vaccinate their children against diseases because of unsubstantiated ideas that they are harmful — 'unsubstantiated' means 'not supported by evidence'.
OK, now remember the question I asked earlier, Rob? Around what proportion of the US population believes that the assassination of President John F Kennedy wasn't the result of a lone gunman? Alice And you were wrong today, Rob, I'm afraid. And this statistic comes from a Gallup poll from that suggests a clear majority of Americans still believe others, besides the gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, were involved. Rob That's more than I expected. But they might have a point. Alice There you go again… Come on, Rob. Now let me remind everybody what words we've heard today.
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