As I have noted before, I'm a fan of conspiracy theories. (CT) Why, you ask? Conspiracy theories satisfy a basic human need to make sense of information in an orderly fashion. It is a well-accepted notion that humans never experience the world in its raw form. We always interpret what we experience. Think about trying to recall every detail of sense data you receive in a day. We filter. We collate. We store for recall. The information we remember is highly selective for the simple reason that we would explode if we had to remember every single detail of a day in order to function. Not only is our memory selective but our actual perception is selective as well. Physically, we are limited in what we can experience, e.g. four dimensional space-time, a small section of the light spectrum, limited aural range, etc. Our senses are easily enhanced with instrumentation (microscopes, telescopes, etc.). But even these are limited to enhancing our five senses. Throw in the collating and heuristic power of mathematics and you have a potent means for connecting a lot of cosmic dots. Conspiracy theories seem to be one of the ways some of us filter, arrange, and understand vast tracts of information. With the rise and wide availability of the internet, CT's have become the daily bread of on-line paranoids worldwide.
Besides, they're fun.
By far my favorite CT: We are secretly ruled by a reptilian race.
Videos proving that many of our global leaders are actually evolved reptiles.
Here's another fav: the Mayan-Masonic connection using numerology.
The grandaddy of all CT's: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Jesus survived his execution: Priory of Zion (made famous again by hack, Dan Brown)
Global governance by the elite: New World Order
Anti-Catholic CT's abound
AIDS/HIV CT's: made famous in 2008 by B.O.'s pastor, Jeremiah Wright
Can't forget the hundreds of CT's about the JFK assassination
The Evil Jesuits and their plots to control the world (this is true, btw. . hehehe)
The Jesuits killed Pope John Paul I. . . I have irrefutable proof but the Jebbies kidnapped me and put a chip in my head that prevents me from revealing the truth!
During the recent celebration of the Apollo moon landing it was revealed that the original pics of the landing were destroyed. All we have left are pics of pics. Suspicious much?
Reptilian agents, working with George Bush, Bono, and the Queen of England used advanced alien technology to bring down the World Trade Center on 9/11 in order to start the war in Iraq in a run-up to a global coup by the New World Order Committee of 300. No, seriously.
Aight, that should be enough to keep you busy this weekend. Remember the essential tools for filtering the information provided by CT:
Occam's razor: does the alternative story explain more of the evidence than the mainstream story, or is it just a more complicated and therefore less useful explanation of the same evidence?
Logic: do the proofs offered follow the rules of logic, or do they employ fallacies of logic?
Methodology: are the proofs offered for the argument well constructed, i.e., using sound methodology? Is there any clear standard to determine what evidence would prove or disprove the theory?
Whistleblowers: how many people – and what kind – have to be loyal conspirators?
Falsifiability: is it possible to demonstrate that specific claims of the theory are false, or are they "unfalsifiable"?
Of course, we all KNOW that CT debunkers are actually working for the reptiles as a way of keeping their existence secret. Sheesh. Do they think we are stupid?