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18:25 2021-01-13

Conspiracists peddle myths, not theories | Letter

It is misleading to suggest that elaborate lies are “theories”, writes Harriet Friedmann – it’s time to change the discourseI was pleased when the Guardian began to use the phrase “global heating” instead of “global warming”. In the same vein, I ask you to reconsider repeated use of the term “conspiracy theory” (Authorities on high alert across US as fears over far-right violence intensify, 12 January).It is misleading to suggest that elaborate lies are “theories”. Undergraduate students have occasionally responded to objections to unsupported claims as “that’s just your theory”. Theory is serious.

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