Tuesday, February 11, 1997

Have any large-scale studies investigated the personality types likely to follow "conspiracy theory" fads ....?

....related to diet and health (e.g. deploring "artificial chemicals" vs. "natural" cures, favoring "colon cleansing" and "raw foods" versus "evil agribusiness", etc.)

I'm not interested in reading emotional rants rehashings of the classic debates surrounding these topics. (Those are easy to find through any search engine or by visiting quackery websites.) I'm asking about published psychological studies appearing in peer-reviewed journals attempting to profile the types of people likely to be drawn to various health fads despite the scientific evidence weighing against their efficacy and safety.

Answer on Have any large-scale studies investigated the personality types likely to follow "conspiracy theory" fads ....?

apparently it never crossed your mind that the people running these "quackery" websites might be supported by the actual quacks. so conspiracies don't exist, do they? then you had better get to work straightening out all those misinformed history book writers. tell them that all the revolutions throughout the centuries were just spontaneous popular uprisings, that hitler's takeover of the german government was legitimate, and that the bailout of goldman sachs was the will of the american people. next, you'll have to get a large portion of the criminal code annulled, and delete all those crimes beginning with,"conspiracy to...". use your brain, man, instead of just repeating other's ignorance and disinformation.