Conspiracy theories: how to distinguish reality from fiction

Conspiracy theories: how to distinguish reality from fiction

It is necessary to clearly distinguish the firm ground of facts from the swamp of fictions, since it is this uncertainty that makes the passage of conspiracy from the periphery into the center of social life possible.

Fortunately, we have the tools at our disposal to determine that we are fiction or conspiracy theories. These tools include: common sense, knowledge of history and the ability to recognize stereotypes and clichés.

Conspiracy theories: how to distinguish reality from fiction

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Author: Daniel Pipes, Research Associate, Hoover Institute, Stanford University, Professor, Harvard University. The material is published in an abbreviated and adapted translation from English.

The distinction between real and imaginary conspiracies or conspiracies and conspiracy theories is an absolutely necessary process. You can not put on a par with the sound in the 1930s.Winston Churchill’s warnings about the Nazi's secret intentions and the delusions of his contemporaries Hitler about the Jewish conspiracy. It is necessary to clearly distinguish the firm ground of facts from the swamp of fictions, since it is this uncertainty that makes the passage of conspiracy from the periphery into the center of social life possible.

Fortunately, we have the tools at our disposal to determine that we are fiction or conspiracy theories. These tools include: common sense, knowledge of history and the ability to recognize stereotypes and clichés.

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