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David Robson

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Commissioning Editor and Freelance Writer — BBC, Freelance
Commissioning editor for @BBC_Future + freelance writer. Author of The Intelligence Trap (Hodder/WW Norton) davidrobson.me/the-intelligen…

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RT @AngelaDSaini: This is a vital read on the hidden characters behind the spread of disinformation, what motivates them, and how the… https://t.co/uQHXQ1w1hK
@TravE1230 Do you mean the climate change example?
Or as Harry Houdini, the illusionist, wrote to Arthur Conan Doyle: "As a rule, I have found that the greater brain a man has, and the better he is educated, the easier it has been to mystify him."
As George Orwell said (about conspiracy theories in WWII): "There is no limit to the follies that can be swallowed if one is under the influence of feelings of this kind...One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool."
What a thread, mapping out the astonishingly convulted and complex arguments of conspiracy theorists! It fits with reseach showing that more educated people are *more likely* to believe in medical conspiracy theories! It takes brainpower to weave such a convoluted worldview.
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