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The Trap of Grand Conspiracy Thinking

Lecture no. 19 from the course: Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

The Trap of Grand Conspiracy Thinking

Taught by Professor Steven Novella | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

Theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The existence and power of the Illuminati. The Roswell incident. Grand conspiracies such as these are cognitive traps that result from our attempts to make sense of our complex world. Examine both the compelling nature of conspiracy thinking and ways to determine which theories are true and which are just pseudoscience.

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