Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left) hold a press conference following their meeting at the Reception House of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in Moscow, Russia on September 9, 2021 (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“Hitler also had Jewish blood”: Why do people believe false conspiracy theories?

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One of my favorite podcasts is called “Philosophy Bites.” In one of the episodes, Quassim Cassam, a philosophy professor at the University of Warwick, explains why conspiracy theories are so dangerous.

Theoretically, conspiracy theories could be accurate or they could be remarkably delusional. Watergate, for instance, was a conspiracy that was true. Some theories may be justified.

But, what about conspiracy theories that are false and refuted by all the evidence? How is it possible that people believe these theories in the face of a prep...

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