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Old 06-12-2018, 04:18 PM  
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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, 04:24 PM   #3
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They are simply mentally ill and should not be in possession of a firearm.

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Old 06-12-2018, 04:24 PM   #4
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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, 04:28 PM   #5
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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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Old 06-12-2018, 04:32 PM   #7
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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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Old 06-12-2018, 04:35 PM   #9
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Oh look at the source of this pseudo-science. Remember, psychology is mostly opinion.

European Journal for Social Psychology
EU socialists and even some Nazis like Junker at it again where people go to jail for criticizing migrants or Islam.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:37 PM   #10
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this is definitely going to #trigger some of the tinfoil hatters up in here
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:39 PM   #11
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Oh, these guys only tested Americans:

The study of 394 U.S. individuals was conducted before and after the 2016 presidential election.

Looks like it indicts leftist Democrats.
The researchers found this was particularly true after the election for individuals who supported the losing candidate, Hillary Clinton. In other words, Clinton supporters who were overconfident about their political knowledge became even more likely to endorse conspiracy beliefs after she was defeated.

“One surprise is that the relationship between this inflated confidence in understanding politics and conspiracy beliefs increased after the 2016 U.S. presidential election among people who supported the losing candidate,” Vitriol explained. “Our findings are consistent with several lines of research demonstrating that losses in the political realm encourage conspiracy thinking.”

http://www.psypost.org/2018/06/peopl...theories-51447
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this is definitely going to #trigger some of the tinfoil hatters up in here

It already has.
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You just didn't want to tell the whole story. What are you hiding?
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It already has.
That would include you with your Russian Collusion Delusion Conspiracy currently being floated.
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