People from different countries and with different levels of education who are convinced of the dangers of vaccinations, supported conspiracy ideas (negative, secret plan of a group of influential people or organizations) and described them as "an individual world view," according to a study by the Queensland University in Australia.
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"Vaccination is one of the greatest achievements of mankind and one of the main reasons why people live about 30 years longer than a century ago. Therefore, it is interesting to know why some people are so afraid of vaccinations," explained study co-author Matthew Hornsey.
The survey participants 5,300 people from 24 countries were asked about their views on vaccination and four conspiracy theories: that the elites were secretly preparing a redivision of the world, Princess Diana was killed, the US government was aware of preparing the September 11 attacks, and the murder of John Kennedy was a well-considered plan that special services.
Conspiracy therapists also believe in a flat Earth.
In this case, a popular argument against vaccination was the “conspiracy of pharmaceutical companies” who are interested in selling vaccines.
Convincing supporters of conspiracy is incredibly difficult. Researchers do not deny that vaccines bring income to their producers, but emphasizes that the benefits of society from them are proven by scientific methods.
Why is conspiracy science nonsense? Conspiracy science explains important historical events and tendencies by secret conspiracies, they are mainly used for a simple explanation of complex social phenomena. Conspiracy theories have many logical errors and have no evidence. Conspiracyologists attribute to individuals and small groups supernatural abilities to control and manage the most complex social and political processes, presenting any private conflict as part of a general struggle between good and evil. Among the proofs of conspiracy theories, double standards can be found: any facts that contradict conspiracy are rejected as weak or fake, and the assumption of conspiracy is accepted unconditionally, like those that have no alternative and do not require evidence.
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