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From coronavirus to 5G, uncertainty breeds conspiratorial thinking. Here’s how it happens – ABC News

When are you being sceptical and when are you being conspiratorial? Here’s how to recognise the traits of conspiratorial thinking.

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When are you being sceptical and when are you being conspiratorial? It’s not always easy to tell the difference.
Conspiracy theories flourish in moments of disruption and a pandemic, most likely caused by the seemingly random transmission of a virus from an animal to a human, can be hard to wrap our heads around.
People are often uncomfortable with this kind of randomness, says John Cook, a cognitive psychologist at George Mason University who studies conspiratorial thinking.
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