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World Dispatch: Why we love conspiracy theories

From lizard people to crisis actors, we dig into the science behind it on the Outline World Dispatch.

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World Dispatch: Why we love conspiracy theories

From lizard people to crisis actors, we dig into the science behind it on the Outline World Dispatch.

Every Monday through Thursday, The Outline World Dispatch brings you stories about Power, Culture, and the Future. We guarantee you’ll feel smarter and more hydrated.

9/11 was an inside job. Tupac is still alive. Shawn Wayans is a clone. We love to devour conspiracy theories, whether or not we agree with them. But why do our brains crave them so much?

Today on the Dispatch, multimedia journalist Ivana Rihter joins Future editor Casey Johnston to discuss the science behind it, thanks to a couple experts. They dig into Ivana’s own experience with a nightmare roommate, why the term “crisis actor” is on the lips of many YouTubers, and their favorite conspiracy theories.

Give it a listen, and let us know what you think on Twitter. We’re @OutlineDispatch. Besides, we all know what really happened in that elevator with Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Solange.

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