Medical conspiracy theories: cognitive science and implications for ethics

@article{Andrade2020MedicalCT,
  title={Medical conspiracy theories: cognitive science and implications for ethics},
  author={Gabriel E Andrade},
  journal={Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy},
  year={2020},
  pages={1 - 14}
}
  • G. Andrade
  • Published 16 April 2020
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
Although recent trends in politics and media make it appear that conspiracy theories are on the rise, in fact they have always been present, probably because they are sustained by natural dispositions of the human brain. This is also the case with medical conspiracy theories. This article reviews some of the most notorious health-related conspiracy theories. It then approaches the reasons why people believe these theories, using concepts from cognitive science. On the basis of that knowledge… Expand
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