Why Creationists Are More Likely to Buy into Conspiracy Theories

By Kimberly Hickok

When something occurs that’s hard to explain, many people say that “everything happens for a reason” and that the event was “meant to be.”

The thought provides a purpose for what, in reality, was a random, accidental event.

This type of thinking, called teleological thinking, is what gives rise to creationism, which, in this case, refers to the belief that Earth was created by an all-powerful being less than 10,000 years ago. That same kind of reasoning also promotes a belief in conspiracy theories, a new study has found.

“I think the study is a valuable and interesting contribution to work on the ways that our gut intuitions can promote particular non-scientific world views,” said Deborah Kelemen, a developmental cognitive scientist at Boston University, who was not involved in the study.

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