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There has been a growing interest in why people believe in conspiracy theories. While it might seem like these beliefs are pathological and has no scientific basis, studies have shown that they are surprisingly common. According to polls, over one-third of American adults believe that global warming is a hoax. Another research reported that half of all Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory.
Many people across the US believe that the government, secretive companies, or organizations are hiding the truth from the public. In a world where people often feel powerless and alienated, it’s easy for them to believe that forces are plotting against their interests. Most of the time, cognitive biases and mental shortcuts reinforce and strengthen these beliefs. Here are some of the more famous US conspiracy theories.
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Located in Nevada, Area 51 is a military installation at the Nellis Military Operations Area. It was known as the world’s most secretive military site since it doesn’t appear on any map or government website. This led people to create many conspiracy theories about it. According to an article by History Collection, a website focused on bringing stories from the past in an easy to read manner, conspiracy theorists believe that the facility holds the remains of aliens. They are convinced that the wreckage of an alien spaceship that crashed in New Mexico is there.
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The Holocaust did not happen
Despite the well-documented historical fact of six million Jews being killed by Nazis, there are still those who believe that the Holocaust did not happen. According to an article by Big Think, a multimedia web portal founded in 2007, a large 100-country survey by the Anti-Defamation League reported that only about 54 percent of the world’s population has heard of the Holocaust.
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Attacks on 9/11
On September 11, 2001, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda conducted four coordinated terrorist attacks on the US using hijacked airplanes. However, a fair amount of people believe that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by the US government itself. According to them, the Bush administration had advanced knowledge of the attacks and allowed them to happen so they can invade Iraq and advance their agenda.
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On November 22, 1963, US President John F. Kennedy was murdered during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Investigations revealed that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK and was arrested. He was killed on live television two days later. Although the Warren Commission already confirmed that the suspect acted alone, some people believe that there’s more to the story. According to an article by Insider, an American online media company, there are theories that Oswald was hired by the CIA to kill the president because of his stance on Communism and the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
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The Moon landing
Men setting foot on the Moon was one of the most significant scientific and political achievements of the human race. However, some people believe that it never happened. For them, it was all staged, orchestrated by NASA or the US government to fulfill JFK’s vow to put a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s go raise national pride and one-up America’s arch-rival, the Soviet Union.
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Aliens are contacting us
Belief in UFOs is something that a lot of people share around the world. Throughout the years, several explorations of the topic claimed that aliens are indeed real. Some people believe that these creatures are even contacting us. They also cite the alleged 1947 crash of a flying saucer in Roswell, New Mexico as proof that UFOs are real.
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Bigfoot is a creature from North American folklore known for its ape-like appearance and really big feet. It is believed to dwell in the wilderness and leave footprints. Up until now, some people believe that Bigfoot is real. It was reported that there has been 2,032 Bigfoot “sightings” in Washington alone. Some say that the creature is an extraterrestrial being that is harmless and just wants to be left alone.