Have you ever wondered whether the moon landings were real? Was Princess Diana murdered? Is climate change a hoax? Is the government controlling people's brains with "chemtrails" sprayed from aircraft? Despite official explanations to the contrary, millions of people appear to believe these fringe theories.
Psychologists have begun investigating what it is that makes conspiracy theories appeal to so many people. Professor Karen Douglas, from the university of Kent, will give a broad overview of their findings so far and discuss her own findings and theories about the topic.
Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. Her other projects include examining sexism in language, and the psychology of internet behaviour and the influence of sexist ideology on attitudes toward pregnant women. Join her and the Merseyside Skeptics at The Vines pub in Liverpool on May 18, from 19:30–22:00.
The event is free, although donations towards travel and accommodation costs for the speakers are always appreciated.
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