Considering COVID a hoax is ‘gateway’ to belief in conspiracy theories

HAVE YOUR SAY.Join us in The Bullpen, where the members of the Scientific Inquirer community get to shape the site’s editorial decision making. We’ll be discussing people and companies to profile on the site. On Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30pm EST, join us on Discord and let’s build the best Scientific Inquirer possible. Belief that the COVID-19 pandemic was a hoax – that its severity was exaggerated or that the virus was deliberately released for sinister reasons – functions as a “gateway” to believing in conspiracy theories generally, new research has found. In the two-survey study, people who reported greater belief in conspiracy theories about the pandemic – for which there is no evidence – were more likely to later report they believed that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from Donald Trump through widespread voter fraud, which is also not true. Participants’ overall inclination to believe in conspiracy theories also increased more among those who reported believing COVID-19 was a hoax. Based on the results, the Ohio State University researchers have proposed the “gateway conspiracy” hypothesis, which argues that conspiracy theory beliefs prompted by a single event lead to increases in conspiratorial thinking over time. ON SALE! Charles Darwin…

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Considering COVID a hoax is ‘gateway’ to belief in conspiracy theories

Updated: October 28, 2022 — 10:26 pm