Even if your crazy uncle insists that he's seen the photos of aliens with his own eyes, you are skeptical. That's a credit to you (and the species).  Today's episode delves into the bizarre world of conspiracy theory. Namely, we discus why people believe them, how it manifests itself, and what we should do about it. 

Let's go down a rabbit hole.

A list of sources referenced in this podcast:

The initial analogy posed by Michael Shermer on “Patternicity.” (TED Talk).

CNN Reporting on the viral video of Covington Catholic.

Ron Paul’s show discussing John Bolton’s statement during a Fox News broadcast:

Twitter link to Bret Weinstein’s thread on discussing conspiracy:

The Psychology Today article highlighting conspiratorial thinking by lead author Karen Douglas:

Study linking conspiratorial thinking to a belief in creationism (teleological reasoning):

Daniel Jolley’s study on systems-theory of the mind.

The article in Scientific American highlighting the biases at work in conspiracy theories.

WikiPedia entry on the “David Something” (Irving) Brannon briefly referenced who espoused Holocaust denialism.

David Frum appearing on “Stay Tuned” with host Preet Bharara.