Monthly Archives: December 2012

Mass shooting conspiracy theories: Newtown, competence, and politics

As the conspiracy theories around the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut continue to grow, Rob’s insightful post from a couple of days ago has generated a lot of interest. We can talk about evidence or lack of evidence as much … Continue reading

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Debating the 2012 apocalypse

I was recently in a debate about what’s going to happen on December 21st, 2012, with a few interesting folks, including Richard Hoagland, who unfortunately dropped the call early on. Have a watch…  

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Conspiracy theorising in the wake of the Newtown shooting

On December 14th, 2012, 26 people, most of them young children, were killed in a shooting spree at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Unconfirmed rumours about the identity and motives of the person responsible immediately began to be … Continue reading

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The influence of conspiracy information: Beliefs & Intentions

Conspiracy theories are influential. Empirical work, both of my own and other scholars have indeed shown that this is the case. Whilst watching “Did we land on the moon” on channel 5 last night, I therefore wondered what influence this … Continue reading

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