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Conspiracy theories are not more prevalent today than they were previously.

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Although it may appear like there is a conspiracy for everything, we are no more paranoid now than we were 130 years ago. To demonstrate this, researchers examined over 100,000 letters to the editor from The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune between 1890 and 2010. According to the Washington Post, the study indicated "a steady background hum of conspiracy thinking, rather than an ever-increasing cacophony." Of course, this does not rule out the potential that things have altered in the last ten years, but the evidence we have suggests that we've remained rather stable. The internet may make investigating and reading about conspiracies easier, but humans still believe and invent them at a fairly consis

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