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4 Reasons why we believe in Conspiracy theories Answered

Did NASA really land on the moon?

Did the government cover-up involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks?

Is Elvis still alive and kicking? What about Michael Jackson?

Was John F. Kennedy assassinated at the hands of multiple shooters?

Do the Freemasons control the United States?

A small but fervent group of people believe there was more than included in historical record about the aforementioned events. Conspiracies, they call them. And every generation has its own.

Some of them turn about to be true, after all: Pearl Harbor was a Japanese conspiracy and Nixon’s Watergate break-in was a coverup.

But with so few that turn out to be true, why do people believe in conspiracies?

HERE is the link to the Rest of the story.

And one final note:
so, NOW we know who was on the grassy knoll and shot JFK LOLIt was JFK himself !!!


I cant say that the theories are true or false, because they are theories. Some parts make sense, others seem exaggerated. What I can say though is the official explanation for many of these events seems patchy at best and sometimes completely ridiculous. This doesn't automatically mean the conspiracy is correct either though.

In science, a theory is an explanation that generally is accepted to be true. It is a hypothesis which is an educated guess, based on observation.

Of course, conspiracy theories then, are simply NOT scientific theories by any stretch of the imagination.

when people say conspiracy "theories", they mean theories as a view or a way of understanding the situation, I agree they aren't scientifically proven whatsoever.

Drop the word "proven." That's irrelevant to what Goodhart is saying. A "scientific theory", regardless of whether it is "true", "false", "proven" or "disproven" has certain philosophical properties.

One of those properties that a proper "scientific" theory can be disproven -- that is, a well formulated theory makes specific predictions for observations that have not yet been done. If those predictions are wrong, the theory may be disproven.

Goodhart's point about these wacky conspiracy ideas is that they are not theories in that sense. They are, by their very formulation, impossible (in the minds of the believers) to disprove. Anyone who tries, or who claims to have contrary evidence, is ipso facto part of the very conspiracy.

Conspiracy ideas are the pre-eminent examples of both confirmation bias and circular logic.

If you had all the facts and all the information you could prove/disprove conspiracy theories, but because we don't always know what happened we cant do that. I would encourage people to try and disprove either the theories or the official explanation, that way people think and don't just regurgitate what they are fed through the news. Any what right have you to call conspiracy theories "wacky" ? You don't know what happened any more than they do, these people have just chosen to formulate their own opinion.

Besides, wacky means taking the long way around most of the time, when the simplest solution is most likely correct: Ockham's Razor.

I will agree that we should not accept things at face value, especially conspiracy laden half baked ideas (since they are, by nature, unprovable and undisprovable as it were).

Questioning is not saying that some sequence of events had to be THIS way however. But that is how the conspiracy advocates behave.

Reality is boring. These things like religion space-aliens, are more exciting. People are not satisfied with the ordinary - there must be something more to life. Hidden depths are there if you make the effort (science, psychology, politics etc.), but an easier "fix" is to believe something. The joy of belief is that you can make it up as you go along, connecting reality & fantasy. People feel better for believing they know the truth (ditto religion & space-aliens). Getting trashed on drink and/or drugs is different, but related in the escapism aspect. L

Reality is only boring to those that haven't the imagination to make it less boring (i.e. less routine) ;-)

I find many conspiracy theories boring |:-)

Yes you said it. It is those people who often end up as subscribers to conspiracy theories, in between watching fiction on TV. L

*chuckle* the type of persons that William Shatner addressed in a SaturdayNight Live skit. Where he said:

Get a LIFE !!!

I skimmed the article, and agree with what I got out of it - people believe wacky conspiracy theories because, on some level, they want to.

Sometimes, when you really, desperately want to believe something is true - when you want to believe anything other than what everyone else says happened - burying your head in the sand is easier and emotionally comforting.

Yes, the equivalent being the old standard that most everyone has experienced: lost keys (or glasses, or pencil / pen, etc) that they can't find ANYWHERE and is later discovered, out in the open, where they had looked before. Since they did not think they were there, since they believed strong enough that they were not, the simply did not see them there. It happens all the time in our lives, many times without our even being aware of it.

It is the ole: I'll see it when I believe it, problem.