Wake up sheeple! The moon landing was faked by the US government, Elvis is alive (as is Tupac) and Walt Disney's body is cryogenically frozen. These are all facts and if you don't believe them you are a brainless drone. Except of course they're not facts and you're probably not a brainless drone – not unless you ask devout conspiracy theorists.So what leads some people to believe that major world events are fabricated, covered up, or reworked by a mysterious and omnipresent organisations?IBTimes UK spoke to Viren Swami, professor of social psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, to find some answers. He has spent years researching the psychology of anomalous beliefs like conspiracy theories, and in a 2016 published a study suggesting that people who believe in such falsehoods are more likely to be suffering from stress than non-believers.How do you define a conspiracy theorist? At what point does a person with a passing interest in these ideas pass the threshold into being a … [Read more...] about Have Donald Trump and social media made conspiracy theories more acceptable than ever before?
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Nearly half of children in London are concerned about terrorism, according to their parents in a new survey. Parents in London with children aged five to 18 featured in a national poll, which showed 49% of them believe their children worry about the threat of terrorism, compared with the national average of 41%. Almost a quarter (24%) believe their children were anxious about the threat of nuclear war, 33% about Donald Trump's presidency and 41% about global warming and climate change. The YouGov survey was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation to uncover the impact world events may have on children, and equip parents to respond. Read More Latest headlines from west London Child psychology expert Dr Camilla Rosan said: “We often forget that distressing world events can have a significant impact on the mental health of our children. "This is especially true in the digital age where it’s no longer possible to shield our children from worrying or scary news. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and terrorism: Youngsters’ fears revealed in survey
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined women's marches across America in protest against President Donald Trump and sexual assault. Rallies in more than 250 US cities saw demonstrators denounce Mr Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.Adele, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Whoopi Goldberg were among a host of celebrities who joined the walks, which also voiced support for campaigns against sexual misconduct following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.Many protesters carried signs with anti-Trump messages including "Real news, fake president", while in Oklahoma, demonstrators chanted: "We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter!".Similar protests were also taking place in cities around the world, with a women's march planned in London on Sunday.Responding to the protests, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that it was a "perfect day for all women to march" to "celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic … [Read more...] about Thousands join women’s marches opposing Donald Trump and sexual assault
Donald Trump and Theresa May will meet for talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. The Prime Minister and the US President will hold a bilateral meeting in the margins of the Swiss summit. Downing Street and the White House made the announcement just a day after reports Mr Trump would snub the PM at the gathering. It also comes after Mr Trump said last week that he would not be travelling to London to unveil the new US Embassy. A No 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with President Trump in the margins of the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland next week." The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the meeting would "strengthen the US-UK Special relationship". Mr Trump is thought to be likely to use his appearance to promote his America First strategy at an event associated with the rise of globalisation. The event takes place at the upmarket ski-resort Davos between January 23 and 26, with business leaders, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and Theresa May to meet for talks next week
Russian President Vladimir Putin is viewed more favourably around the world than US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, according to a new poll. Trump's predecessor Barack Obama also fared better in a previous poll from 2015. Published yesterday (11 January), the poll from Gallup International Association and CVoter International found that just 31% of those asked around the world had a favourable view of President Trump. For Theresa May, the figure stood at 38%, meaning she just beats China's president Xi Jinping at 37%. Putin was viewed favourably by 43% of correspondents, which marked a rise off 10% over the the 2015 poll. He tends to poll better in regions outside the US and Europe. Obama's favorability in the 2015 was 59%. A total of 53,769 men and women were interviewed around the world, with representative samples of around 1,000 from each country. The margin of error is reported at 3-5%. Of those asked in the most recent survey, 58% shared an unfavourable … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin more popular than Donald Trump and Theresa May, reveals new international poll