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Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?
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Group mentality makes people believe in conspiracy theories

The belief of conspiracy theories is part of a sort of groupthink.
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The Argument

A group mentality is a core part of conspiracy theories. The narrative of conspiracy theories often focuses on an “intergroup context where a powerful out-group threatens the well-being of the perceiver’s fellow in-group members”.[1] People are likely to become more entrenched in their groups through conspiracy theory believe, as they develop mistrust towards other group and a collective narcissism carrying their belief that their group alone has access to the truth.[2]

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[P1] Conspiracy theories are likely to appeal to certain groups. [P2] Therefore, members of these groups are then more likely to believe in conspiracy theories because of their group mentality.

Rejecting the premises


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