My Relative, the Anti-Vax Conspiracy Theorist

[image: Wikimedia; this is essay #307 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

I have a close relative, A., who is a smart woman, with college degree, and who has been able to make a good life for herself in a foreign country, against many odds. In other words, not the stereotypical country bumpkin. And yet, a few years ago I discovered that A. accepts all sorts of conspiracy theories and is now an anti-vaxxer. In the middle of a pandemic. How is this possible?