Creationists more likely to believe in conspiracy theories

It's claimed people who identify as creationists are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.

A new study by the University of Fribourg found a the belief that God created the Earth less than ten thousand years ago was linked to beliefs in things like faked moon landings.

 

The team at the University conducted a number of different experiments through questionnaires with over 800 people.

The link between the two was attributed to teleological thinking where a person doesn't question certain facts.

Researcher Sebastian Dieguez said: "We find a previously unnoticed common thread between believing in creationism and believing in conspiracy theories.

"Although very different at first glance, both these belief systems are associated with a single and powerful cognitive bias named teleological thinking, which entails the perception of final causes and overriding purpose in naturally occurring events and entities."

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