Why urban legends are more powerful than ever

Neil Dagnall, Manchester Metropolitan University and Ken Drinkwater, Manchester Metropolitan University Have you heard the one about the guy who went on holiday to Bolivia? You know, he went on a night out and randomly woke up in an ice-filled bathtub after someone had removed his kidney and harvested it for sale. You probably have …

There’s a psychological link between conspiracy theories and creationism

Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol Ask a three-year-old why they think it’s raining, and she may say “because the flowers are thirsty”. Her brother might also tell you that trees have leaves to provide shade for people and animals. These are instances of teleological thinking, the idea that things came into being and exist for …