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WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IN CONSPIRACY THEORIES ?
TUESDAY, 25 JANUARY 10:30 PM IST/ 9 AM PST
Dr. Cailin O'Connor is a philosopher of biology and behavioral sciences, philosopher of science, and evolutionary game theorist. She is currently the Associate Professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, and a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science at UC Irvine. She Co-Authored "The Misinformation Age" and Authored "Games In Philosophy of Biology"
Conspiracy theories no longer seem to be at the periphery of society. They've become forces mobilising and locking thousands into a common, warped belief system. From the Illuminati to the denial of Holocaust, to dismissing evolution, to the theory of the Earth being flat, proponents of conspiracy theories actively aid the spread of misinformation across the world.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, for instance, we saw the internet being flooded by elaborate speculations around the virus, with some questioning its very existence. While most dismiss such unfounded theories as harmless tales, they seem to capture and sustain the attention of many. Moreover, experts point that such beliefs can lead to highly problematic, endangering action.
What emerges from that, are some complex questions about human behaviour and the way our society is built. But where do conspiracy theories begin in the first place? What drives them, who is most likely to believe in them, and how can we use logic to tackle them effectively?
We navigate such pertinent questions through this knowledge session.