Patt Morrison for Monday, July 20, 2009

Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories: Why do they Persist?

A recent poll found that more than a quarter of Americans 18-25 expressed some doubt that humans set foot on the moon. What is the persistent appeal of conspiracy theories to their believers? If you can’t prove a negative, is it even possible to lay a conspiracy theory to rest in spite of the allure of, as astronaut Buzz Aldrin sees it, “knowing something that somebody doesn’t know”?

Ted Goertzel, professor of sociology at Rutgers University

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