Wednesday, May 3 2017 at 7:30PM
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The Star and Garter
60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY
What's the talk about?
We live in a country where a large minority of us believe that a secret group of powerful people really control world events, that global-warming is a hoax, and that Diana was definitely assassinated. Conspiracy theories try to convince us about how the world 'really operates', and range from the mundane to the more serious - but aren't they just harmless fun? This talk will give an overview of what psychology can tell us, demonstrating that belief is widespread and not limited to 'tin-foil hat wearers', that conspiracy belief has serious real-world consequences, and why we all have a little conspiracy theorist inside of us. It will summarise the existing psychological findings in an interesting and interactive way, and also provide some exciting results from new experimental work.
Christopher Thresher-Andrews is an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Forming part of his PhD, his research aims to explore possible psychopathological links to conspiracy belief, and also to place conspiracy theories into a wider political and social context. Some of his best reviews from conspiracy theorists include accusations of being “a government stooge”, “a puppet of the establishment”, “a craven satanic manipulator”, and “a deceptive empty-headed moron with all the intellectual capacity of a squashed potato”.