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The Cultural Evolution Society's Online Learning Series

The Neverending Story: Cultural Evolution and Narratives

Lecture 8: Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy theories are a genre of narrative that has been with us for millennia and has had a significant impact on our society. But what might explain their cultural success? This lecture explains how culturally successful conspiracy theories appeal to a combination of fundamental aspects of human psychology. In the exercise you will code examples of popular conspiracy theories from the last sixty years and assess their appeal.


Slides: (pdf)
  Instructions (pdf)
  Model answer (pdf)
  Work sheet(docx)

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