Monthly Archives: October 2012

When the levees break: Hurricane conspiracy theorising

Hurricane Katrina remains one of the worst natural disasters to occur on U.S. soil. It’s estimated that at least 1,833 people were killed in the hurricane and subsequent floods, and property damage was in the region of $81 billion. Conspiracy … Continue reading

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When Prophecy Fails in the Digital Age

Hello all! Blog introductions are always awkward, so I’ll just say that my name is Mike Wood and I’m another contributor to this blog. I’m currently a Ph.D. Student at the University of Kent, working with Karen Douglas alongside Dan. … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Round-Up 19/10

A few noteworthy conspiracy-oriented stories from around the internet over the past few days and weeks. Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson, Ed Asner to star in 9/11 Truther film ‘September Morn’ – Poster (left) appears to have been designed by Ed Asner himself … Continue reading

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Dan’s consequences welcome

As this is my first blog post on here, I thought I best start by introducing myself properly. I’m Dan, based at the University of Kent, going into the second-year of my PhD. My research is based around the psychology … Continue reading

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How to sell a conspiracy theory

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (A&E9/11 for short), more than any other conspiracist organisation I’ve come across, showcases the psychology of sales techniques, influence, and persuasion. I don’t doubt the sincerity of those who believe the claims made by … Continue reading

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Psychology of A&E9/11Truth on SGU

This week’s Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe features a discussion (starting at 38:20) of the claims made by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. A&E9/11Truth is a conspiracist organisation whose main argument is that the collapse of the three World … Continue reading

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What ConspiracyPsych is all about

Now that the first-post-general-introduction is out of the way, here’s a little more about who’s behind the blog, and what to expect from it. ConspiracyPsych is written by myself (Rob), Dan, Mike, and Christopher. We’re all at various stages of … Continue reading

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Welcome to

Conspiracy theories are everywhere. Books, TV shows, films, documentaries, magazines, newspapers – you almost can’t help being exposed to some form of conspiracy theory on a daily basis. And then there’s the internet. Millions of websites and vast, thriving communities … Continue reading

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