Thursday, 9 June 2011

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

Conspiracy theories are rife, and some people feel the need to share them with me all the time.

There was an interesting discussion on yesterday's Today programme about their growth and why otherwise sensible people sometimes believe them.

Jonathan Kay, author of 'Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground', is the guest.

He admits he has never wins any arguments with conspiracy theorists, and describes the experience of engaging in one as descending into an never ending 'rabbit hole'.

Believe me, I know the feeling.