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The Science Of Why Our Brains Seek Out Conspiracy Theories

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Matt Cardy Dan Kitwood Ralph Orlowski
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this is something that we all do all the time whether it's in the context of conspiracy theories or just everyday life where all looking for patterns constantly trying to explain what's going on around us and some time we we do that I love that moreso for me to feel ambivalence or from made to feel a lack of control which is something that other studies have but that whether people feel like they're in control of their life for the but even so run them or whether people feel like they don't have control an influence I like they they aren't and find the conspiracy theory so again when people feel a lack of control the more likely the by and the conspiracy theories because they compensated for that feeling of a lack of control, so again we although we all liquor patterns all the time to explain what's going on around us and it's one of our brain fast abilities is basically what are brain does passed a spot patterns finds meaning, and you know does that for good reason think those we need to be able to do that makes sense of the world around us off and the patterns that it sponsors are cracked there right released their useful for us and so we didn't have this ability we would you know we wouldn't be able to get by an everyday life that cost of having a brain that so finely tuned seeking patterns is that occasionally it's gonna spots in patterns that just aren't there,