Expert on Conspiracy Theories Visits Morning ShowOctober 13, 2020
Expert on conspiracy theories Joseph Uscinski will visit The Morning Show on October 15th.
Host Mary Jacobsen will interview Uscinski, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, about his research on the underlying anxious mindset of people prone to adopting conspiracy theories.
Historical context, notes Uscinski, reveals that even the most extreme and outlandish sounding beliefs of contemporary groups like QAnon – such as the existence of political cabals engaging in cannibalism of infants – are longstanding and common components of conspiracy theories over the ages.
Uscinski will discuss the role that “motivated reasoning” plays for everyone in what we choose to believe. He will also discuss the possible evolutionary benefit of a conspiratorial point of view — as well as how past benefits can prove dangerous in today’s world.
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