Why Do So Many People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?



The internet is full of all sorts of wild claims about shadow governments, lizard people, and the shape of the earth. How can these stories inspire tin foil hats …


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    ABC 123

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Trolls who act as if they believe conspiracy theories are the worst. I do feel bad for the people who really do believe in loads of conspiracies though. Mental illness ruins people's lifes

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    Jaime Gandarilla

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Because… people.. are dumb?

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    michael flegel

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Even the guy looks totally bogus

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    Clinton Boucheix

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    This is really interesting. I'm not much for buying into conspiracy theories. I think it ties into victim mentality.
    But, I notice myself seeing irrational patterns in my life, like experiencing life changing and temaltuous events at specific times of year. I have this whole thing about April and October screwing with my life in some way.

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    It is proven that people who promote and believe in conspiracy theories are one or many of these things: unemployed, uneducated, have a low paid job, in economic trouble, use drugs, feel inferior to the standards set by society(Usual response is aggressive behavior, general indifference towards everything mainstream, extreme political views, anti academia), struggle with depression, struggle with anxiety.. AND most of them are actually teenagers and young adults who will grow out of it… 13-24 years old.

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Seems like most moronic conspiracy believers are from the United States…and also believe in an imaginary bearded man living in the sky

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    manny mo

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    the clear majority of them are actually fact

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    jacky zhu

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Smart Banana said Japanese people are aliens. Is that a conspiracy?

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Doesn't answer why certain groups or cultures are more likely to believe conspiracy theories. Low IQ, refusal to self-reflect or accept responsibility, isolation from the larger culture and even laziness (thinking things through is harder and time consuming) and deflecting blame. The same mentality that draws people into cults and gangs.

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    Jean-Philippe Tremblay

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    163 people believe in conspiracy theories

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    Alpha White Male

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    We believe cuz not everybody is a dumb, ignorant, naive sheep with its head stuck up its ass like you!

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    Pepper Austin

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    In other words….conspiracy theorists are assholes.

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    Kashia Iwanowicz

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    My advice to people: stop using your brain, turn on TV, watch some CNN, SkyNews, ABC and you will be free from all conspiracy theories. As soon as you start having some doubts, reading about the banking system, asking simple questions…then well, your brain has been hijacked, you started thinking with your own thoughts, not good, conspiracy theory has just been born. Most of all buy Hank's books and support him on patreon, btw. patreon blocks accounts only for hard right wingers and conspiracy theorists, liberals and leftist are all safe there.

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    Unknown Legend

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    This guy is obviously being paid by someone.

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    Unknown Legend

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    People that believe theory’s are smarter.

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    Phil Lopiano

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Because conspiracy theories are true

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    Stoned Guy

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    yall forget that gravity is refered as a theory too…

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    Mandy Taylor

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Conspiracy's r more real and stranger than fiction

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    All very interesting – I think they missed something.
    It is related to wanting to know – but basically make them feel like they are "aware", and are rebels or heroes for challenging some authority or establishment caused by some insecurity in a lack of understanding or control.
    Technically this point was addressed in the wanting to understand patterns/cause effect – but the person's own personality or desire to feel "in the know" honestly is a huge factor (kind of like those people who thrive on gossip – it makes them feel like they know something someone else does not").
    Regardless, the video was solid – thanks for doing scishow.

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    Coda _

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I wonder if some people believe in conspiracy theories just because they’re just too dumb or mentally lazy to actually understand phenomena that govern our world. I’m referring to flat earthers

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    DD BB

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    People who believe this stuff too much should use logic not listen and believe.

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    Kyle Krantz

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Do yall see the pattern between this episode and the episode of predicting political outcomes by being open minded. There is a pattern there. Fibonacci; -Non -Euclidean triangles. Robert Sapolsky's lecture on non linear dynamics. He mentions nancy pelosi in his first lecture on human behavioral biology. She worked with Bush. Skull and bones society. 9/11 was an inside job.

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    Samantha Peters

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I know some people that believe in conspiracy theories. They don't like facts. I almost ditched a friend because he believes in Chem trails in the sky, and government conspiracies to kill the weak. He also wants to be a reporter, because he thinks the government is using reporters to control people. So he wants to reveal the truth.

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    It could also be that there are patterns in what seem to be random, and that there is no such thing as "illusory pattern perception." It could be that people are more sensitive to patterns, and see them when other people don't.

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    John Di Francisco

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    That sounded like a lot of nothi'n.

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    Abraham Carrasco Torres

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    The mainstream media does not inform the true reality of our world, you should not believe all they feed you through newspapers, television, or even here. If you want to wake up, learn how to surf the unregulated part of the web, usually governments dont work too hard to keep things hidden, people never want to see the truth willingness, it is allways a shock when they find prove of something they thought was fiction all along. This is why they overdose on reality, become paranoid and start believing thing that are ridiculous, of course there is a gap between mainstream media depiction of reality and what it's really happening, but they both have to adhere to the grounds of reality itself. Old school Pop culture always tried to tell us this, Matrix is a metaphor, but some idiots took it literally, watchmen is another metaphor ("this city is afraid of me, i have seen it's true face"). Just took the red pill, don't overdose on it.

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    Tordy Jack

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Joe Biden is a creep. Fact or conspiracy?

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    Goldie O

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I think you're trying to make us sane with rationalism. Another conspiracy?

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    True Jitsu

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I don't believe anything that I can't see and know for myself…I do consider it a possibility. Even then, I don't believe truly I only accept them as a temporary fact that may or may not change in my lifetime. And that's with everything. I accept the earth is a globe and how and just what the universe is…but I don't actually know..but it makes sense. I like thinking for myself but I don't trust my own thoughts willy nilly. Its complicated, I'm crazy that's why I am a guy on a YouTube comment.

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    Matthew Trevino

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Not to mention the fact that the media has incentives built in to promote or not promote certain facts, concepts, or motives which leaves huge gaps of information conspiracy theorist have to use their creativity or analytical skills to fill in. This has nothing to do with finding patterns it has more to do with incomplete information or competing interpretations of an Observation. This happens in every field of life and a conspiracy is usually drawn out by all observers or it was an accidental due to again incomplete information.

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    The president doesn't even know what goes on in area 51. They may not be hiding UFOs but they are hiding something the public and not even the president should know.

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    No idea lmao

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Because people are desperate to feel special and unique

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    Beau Davis

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    We do not need a scientist to tell us why some people believe in conspiracy theories. There is a very simple reason for it: THEY ARE EXTREMELY STUPID. They are so stupid, they ought to be in jail. Yes, I am confirming my bias and discrimination against them.

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    Cynical Red

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Aww found this video too late to make sun of conspiracy theory folks…. well I guess it's never too late. If you waste you life believing in bigfoot, nessie, boogie monsters, fake moon landing, flate earth, ghosts, the devil, karma, pizza gate, etc then please do not reproduce. I know if you believe that crap odds are you wont find many candidates but the gene pool doesn't need your crazy. And yes I put pizza gate is the equivalent of all of those BS things I put above

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    Tin Tizzy

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    My pineal gland is bigger than yours

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Because they re dummies

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    How about rothschilds, rockefellers and soros? i am sure there are many ludacris theories out there but putting stigma around theorists even more sounds like the most normie thing you can possibly do unless you have a secret agenda…ha ha.

    p.s. after rewatching this video for about 50 times i have a suspiction Hank is a lizard himself. few frames here and there shows true form of his nature. SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!!!@@@@@!!!!

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    ma lama

    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Now a shity male groops thinks that all the beautiful women are transgenders. They just cant get a beautiful woman….

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Hank is Illuminati confirmed!

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