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originally posted by: ItVibrates
I have a couple of friends like that, and I think the cause is different depending on their own background. I'll try and sum up why I think they think the way they do.
Subject 1: 35, Female, Micro-biologist.
This lovely lady was raised in a very religious household, and broke free to become a scientist and atheist. This I think is was a rebellion of sorts, but she just switched the christian dogma for the science dogma and had never actually developed her own critical thinking skills. Very inteligent, but VERY naive.
Subject 2: 40, Male, Java programmer.
This guy has sometimes made me question if he is working for "them", but I know thats totally unsubstantiated by facts. He suffers from ADHD (Attention deficet hyperactivity disorder) and I think his need to cling to the OS's is his fear of being labelled "mentally unstable". He knows about a lot of the conspiracies, but thinks they are all bunk.
Subject 3: 36, Male, IT professional and Freemason.
I knew this guy before he joined the masons, and he always had his own crazy ideas that made David Icke look like a sane rational human being. After he joined a lodge, he didnt gain any more sanity, he did however develop an "Official Story" paradigm toward most conspiracy ideas. I think the egg board must have got to him too. That said, he has ADHD as well as other mental health issues so it may be a reason similar to Subject 2??.
Subject 4: 37, Male, Environmental scientist.
This guy comes from a rich family and will never have to worry about the things most of us folk do, he is part of the status quo. This is why I think he rejects conspiracies--because they destabilise his position. What we see as nepotism, he would just see as "doing the right thing". I think money (and always having it) has blinded him to the realities of the world.
The friends I have that are conspiracy minded (agenda aware) all come from poor or working class backgrounds like myself. They have all had to struggle, they have all been marginalised by the government, they have all lived in "live or die" world. Those subjects above mentioned are all from middle to upper class backgrounds and their view of the real world--well we all look like ants from up there. Credibility seems to be only part of the issue, and when you are poor, people tend to take you as less credible--so there is less rist to your credibility when you embrace truth.
That or all the people I know are on the CIA payroll????????
originally posted by: MrConspiracy
My mother will not hear of the 9/11 conspiracy. I think she feels if she accepts 9/11 was an inside job the world becomes a whole lot scarier.
originally posted by: Rocker2013
a reply to: Moresby
In your example it could simply be that this has no bearing on his existence and he wasn't willing to pander. Why should he show an interest in your theory if it has no bearing at all on his life? I wouldn't waste that time either, unless I had an interest in the story for some reason.
You're claiming this is about him denying "the truth", when it seems you're just angry that he's not interested in your theories.
Ah..yes at times I have looked deeper and found the real truth.
I see that you may be part of (The Borg).
originally posted by: hellobruce
A much better question is "why do some people believe every silly conspiracy theory that comes along, refusing to look at the facts just blindly believing a silly conspiracy theory"!
originally posted by: Moresby
It got me thinking. What makes some people so wedded to official stories? And so unable (even in a casual conversation with a friend to even briefly entertain the possibility of alternate explanations?