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“The best predictor of belief in a conspiracy theory is belief in other conspiracy theories,” says Viren Swami, a psychology professor who studies conspiracy belief at the University of Westminster in England. Psychologists say that’s because a conspiracy theory isn’t so much a response to a single event as it is an expression of an overarching worldview.
… Perfectly sane minds possess an incredible capacity for developing narratives, and even some of the wildest conspiracy theories can be grounded in rational thinking, which makes them that much more pernicious… believers are more likely to be cynical about the world in general and politics in particular. Conspiracy theories also seem to be more compelling to those with low self-worth, especially with regard to their sense of agency in the world at large. Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness. –Maggie Koerth-Baker

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who investigates a conspiracy theory and discovers a shocking truth.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about conspiracy theories?

Art Prompt: Conspiracy Theory

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a conspiracy theory and put your own spin on it.

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