Why are y'all ignoring all the true "conspiracy theories" I've posted?
But conspiracy theorists aren't interested in boring stories featuring things like incompetence and the truth. They want the story where evil people cause explosions. In this way, they're exactly like the presidents who they believe are a species of lizard people.
Here is the thing about conspiracy theorist they can come up with these over complicated plots that I guess could happen, but they never come up with the answer of why. Why is the plot so complicated? Why do the conspirators want to do whatever the plot is? Why did so many low level functionaries not spill the beans?
patternicity, or a tendency to find meaningful patterns in random noise;
agenticity, or the bent to believe the world is controlled by invisible intentional agent;
confirmation bias, or the seeking and finding of
confirmatory evidence for what we already believe;
hindsight bias, or tailoring
Some points from his article:
People who believe in one theory are more likely to believe in others.
There is a strong association between income and belief levels: the better-off are less likely to believe in conspiracy theories. (Perhaps this can be chalked up to education.)
Instability makes most of us uncomfortable; people prefer to imagine living in a predictable, safe world. Some conspiracy theories offer accounts that feel “safe” or “predictable.”
Conspiracy theories often mutate over time in light of new or contradicting evidence.
Conspiracies usually require a big newsworthy event on which to peg it.
But it’s Shermer who drives the point home. He writes:
“The more elaborate a conspiracy theory is, and the more people that would need to be involved, the less likely it is true.”
You can make a conspiracy theory out of anything you want to, really. Just question a bunch of shite that few people can answer. There are some conspiracy theories that are probably true, but most are too small for anyone here to have heard of, or too small for anyone to really care about. Anything huge involving many people is just too difficult to cover up over time.
1. George III called the American revolt against the throne "Sam Adam's conspiracy", and they grossly undervalued the depth and scope of their beliefs.
2. The Pope also considered Galileo's attempt to explain the invention of the telescope as a conspiracy of the devil to cloud the minds of true Christians.
Each so-called conspiracy theory should be judged on its own merit. Most of them will not stand the test of time, but that doesn't mean that they are false just because they do not fit the beliefs of the time.