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Old 06-12-2018, 04:18 PM   Topic Starter
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People who overestimate their political knowledge tend to believe conspiracy theories

Posting just because I'll be amused to watch the discussion. Not that there's anyone here this would apply to.

http://www.psypost.org/2018/06/peopl...theories-51447

People who overestimate their political knowledge are more likely to believe conspiracy theories
By ERIC W. DOLAN June 11, 2018

People who overestimate their understanding of political issues are more likely to believe conspiracy theories, according to new research that appears in the European Journal for Social Psychology.

“Conspiracy theories about government actors and institutions are widespread across the political ideological spectrum,” remarked study author Joseph A. Vitriol, a postdoctoral research associate at Lehigh University. “These beliefs attribute outsized influence to hidden actors or clandestine groups who are perceived as the root cause of an important world event, action, or outcome.”

“Because conspiracy beliefs often preserve discredited assumptions or serve as a basis for dismissing information that challenges one’s worldview, they are often difficult to correct (as is true for many political misperceptions) and can therefore undermine the ability for citizens to effectively and ethically engage in the political process.”

“Indeed, these beliefs are not constrained to the politically disengaged or the uninformed. Instead, conspiracy theories are commonly endorsed and propagated by actors at the highest levels of political power and, as a result, are consequential for public policy,” Vitriol said.

“In short, conspiracy beliefs are important influences on citizens’ political judgment and behavior. This can undermine the ability of elected officials to address problems in society with evidence-based public policy and governance. By investigating the psychological underpinning of conspiracy beliefs, we are better able to understand how these beliefs form and spread. We are also better able to identify strategies for informing or educating the public and combating the influence of false and fabricated information on political psychology and behavior.”

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Old 06-12-2018, 04:18 PM   #2
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Apologies for the slightly modified thread title. The actual article title was too long for CP's title limits.

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Old 06-12-2018, 04:42 PM   #3
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Apologies for the slightly modified thread title. The actual article was too long for CP's title limits.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:24 PM   #5
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Well then that would apply to 80% of the people in America, but I doubt most of that 80% don't read many in-depth political books, but rely on TV.

I say BS. I mean it's not like the psychology profession gets much right since they even admits they can't cure anyone. They mainly categorize and list disorders.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:33 PM   #6
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Well then that would apply to 80% of the people in America, but I doubt most of that 80% don't read many in-depth political books, but rely on TV.

I say BS. I mean it's not like the psychology profession gets much right since they even admits they can't cure anyone. They mainly categorize and list disorders.
They also study pathology of behavior, which is what I find fascinating.

While it's still a soft science, I give it more credit than most social sciences for attempting to be evidence based.

80% of sociology papers published are never cited and it's inept at controlling for confirmation bias. Which is sad, because there's a base to study if people would stop thrusting their political ideology into it and gatekeeping wrong thinkers out of teaching it.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:40 PM   #7
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They also study pathology of behavior, which is what I find fascinating.

While it's still a soft science, I give it more credit than most social sciences for attempting to be evidence based.

80% of sociology papers published are never cited and it's inept at controlling for confirmation bias. Which is sad, because there's a base to study if people would stop thrusting their political ideology into it and gatekeeping wrong thinkers out of teaching it.
I give it some credit but not much beyond categorizing and listing disorders; some talk therapy which is often more hit and miss. Even some of those lists they compile get ridiculous, so that nearly everything is a disorder. It's really not all that evidenced based because they can't achieve consistent results. So something is off. If it they can't cure anyone which they admit, then they haven't isolated causes on an evidence basis to confirm as fact like a many physical ailments. It's still mostly opinion and has bias. It's a social science not a hard science.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:30 PM   #8
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Well then that would apply to 80% of the people in America, but I doubt most of that 80% don't read many in-depth political books, but rely on TV.

I say BS. I mean it's not like the psychology profession gets much right since they even admits they can't cure anyone. They mainly categorize and list disorders.

I had a Poli Sci minor in College. Thank God I got through that. It is the most boring subject matter in the entire universe.

However, I do have a fairly good understanding of our Founders and what they had in mind for this "New World". This ain't it.
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I had a Poli Sci minor in College. Thank God I got through that. It is the most boring subject matter in the entire universe.

However, I do have a fairly good understanding of our Founders and what they had in mind for this "New World". This ain't it.
They had zero concept of 21st century America from a technology standpoint alone.They put a brilliant framework in place that has been incredibly resilient. But it is up to us to find our own way, just as they found theirs.
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They had zero concept of 21st century America from a technology standpoint alone.They put a brilliant framework in place that has been incredibly resilient. But it is up to us to find our own way, just as they found theirs.
They didn't need to know about 21st century America. They had timeless universal concerns about the nature of man and the nature of power. I don't know what you're suggesting because it's too vague and unspecified but no one around today, imo, is wiser than those men even though they weren't perfect.
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They didn't need to know about 21st century America. They had timeless universal concerns about the nature of man and the nature of power. I don't know what you're suggesting because it's too vague and unspecified but no one around today, imo, is wiser than those men even though they weren't perfect.
Many people living today are just as wise (this is a statistical certainty). Values and circumstances are different. Modern values are clearly superior to those at that time that allowed slavery to exist. Circumstances are better too -- we don't shit in a bed pan and life expectancy is far beyond mid 30s.
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Like the conspiracy theorists are gonna believe that....
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Like the conspiracy theorists are gonna believe that....
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Like the conspiracy theorists are gonna believe that....
Like conspiracy deniers are going buy it hook-line-and-sinker.
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Like conspiracy deniers are going buy it hook-line-and-sinker.
... what's a "Conspiracy denier?"
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