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Originally, this just meant a theory about a conspiracy. Declassified CIA memo# 1035-960 ("Countering Criticism of the Warren Report") reveals that it has been deliberately given associations of craziness, as if conspiracies no longer happen.
originally posted by: babybunnies
From time to time, a real conspiracy comes up that hardly anyone ever really looks into. Those are the ones that need attention. Anyone know who David Kelly is?
originally posted by: rockpaperhammock
a reply to: John_Rodger_Cornman
One of the greatest assets and intelligence officer can have is their own ability think out of the box and sound like a conspiracy theorist....we are basically open source intel officers who use analytic thinking....I wouldn't be surprised if they look to us for ideas at times.
originally posted by: 12m8keall2c
think a lot of the nuttier perceptions of critical thinkers [i.e.: conspiracy theorists] comes from those few folks who 'see' a 'conspiracy' in the way their toaster browns their bread. and the like.
There are number of factors, but probably one of the most important ones in this instance is that, paradoxically, it gives people a sense of control. People hate randomness, they dread the sort of random occurrences that can destroy their lives, so as a mechanism against that dread, it turns out that it’s much easier to believe in a conspiracy. Then you have someone to blame, it’s not just randomness.
Conspiracy theories can form a monological belief system: a self-sustaining worldview comprised of a network of mutually supportive beliefs. The present research shows that even endorsement of mutually incompatible conspiracy theories are positively correlated.