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conspiracy wall

conspiracy theories | humanness | political partisanship | power differentials

Conspiracy Theories and Human Psychology

The unsettlingly normal cognitive roots of outlandish explanations

September 9, 2021
Shofar

repentance | political religion | conspiracy theories

On Zealous and Unrepentant Times

A Call to Self-Reflection amidst a Dangerous Devotion

September 28, 2020
Q

conspiracy theories | Donald Trump | political religion

Playing the Ostrich; or, How Not to Think about QAnon

American conspiracy theories and the task of the scholar of religion

May 18, 2020

anxiety | conspiracy theories | epistemology | fake news | knowledge | Media | Pizzagate

"We Don't Have Enough Proof": Pizzagate as Epistemological Panic

A man with a rifle enters a pizza place, not for the purposes of mass murder or terrorism but on a quest for epistemological certainty. Twenty-eight-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch had heard a theory, and he wanted to know if it was true. He had encoun...

December 15, 2016