“Conspiracy theory” is a propaganda smear, deployed to keep us all in line—and it’s not working anymore…

One way politicians deflect charges of wrongdoing is by uttering the words “conspiracy theory.” The term suggests a certain level of looniness, conjuring images of paranoid people struggling to find sinister patterns in random events.

Or does it? University of Winchester psychologist Michael Wood decided to test whether the widely disparaged two-word phrase is really as pejorative as most of us assume.

To his surprise, he found it is not.

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