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  •  My cousin, previously a liberal who voted for (9+ / 0-)

    Obama, became an Alex Jones listener after 9/11.  At first, it was all about 9/11.  Now, there is a long list of CTs that he spews out in a continuous loop.  I've asked him to stop several times but whenever we get together (which is infrequently now), he somehow manages to slip one in.  Everyone just ignores him now but it's still irritating.  The Federal Reserve, flouride and "trailings" seem to be his primary concerns.  I think the combination of right-wing radio, Fox "news", 9/11 and the financial collapse created a perfect storm wherein hatred, fear, and mistrust created a petri dish for the growth of the CT industry.  Like in the 30s and 40s, the world's financial situation can contribute to feelings of insecurity and worries about day to day existence, leading the mind to go places it wouldn't normally go in better times.  Interesting stuff for the history books and future psych students!

    •  Well, according to (1+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook

      this link, it's half genetics and half not (e.g., the political environment, I suppose, including factors like 9.11).

      So for any individual person, it could go either way I suppose based on (questionable, IMHO) statistical analysis in that link.

      There are also other studies out there that have purported to have found specific "conservative" genes.

      I suppose that based on our growing understanding of epigenetics they could be imprinted (e.g., shut down) in some people while being active in others; interestingly there are dietary factors that can affect this equilibrium such as genestein (sp?) found in soybeans.

      So I guess the first thing to ask is "did your cousin coincidentally start eating a shitload of tofu round or about 9.11"?    Just saying, that * could * be an alternative explanation for the change in political orientation.

      •  Well, she was prone to magical thinking (2+ / 0-)
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        in the first place. She was a medium. Science meant little to her. Facts were not a factor in her rmysterious experiences, I am a an empirical first.easoning to start.
        While I have had some

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