posted on Apr, 19 2017 @ 10:30 AM
Dark Ghost recently created a really good thread on if having a healthy skepticism is a barrier to conspiracy research. This thread is the opposite
approach is claiming having a healthy skepticism is important in filtering out conspiracy theories that are just not possible to be true. Now trust
me I'm not one of those skeptics who doesn't believe in any conspiracy theories. There are many of them that I believe are most likely true based on
the points of evidence. I think data points are the essential part of any conspiracy theory. That's what makes conspiracy theories so much fun is
when you take a bunch of data points and connect them in some way that gives rise to a possibly credible narrative.
For this thread, as case study, consider the flat earth conspiracy. Here is a good video summarizing the conspiracy:
The idea is we live under a dome like in the movie The Truman Show. And the conspiracy is our government and agencies know we live under a dome and
are hiding the fact. When you watch the video, note the data points the author is using to build his narrative. The problem with this conspiracy
theory as opposed to many others is there are data points that are in direct conflict with the narrative. For example, consider the following web
"10 Easy Ways You Can Tell For Yourself That The Earth Is Not Flat"
This is very compelling in my mind. I can make the measurements myself and confirm the science with direct experience. So I can confirm with my own
experiences data points that are in contradiction to the narrative.
Another essential component to a good conspiracy theory is money. I think money and follow the money is an essential part of a good conspiracy
theory. For example, in the 9/11 conspiracy theory, one data point in the narrative supporting a false flag attack is Israel citizens having dual
citizenship and working in the US government. Dov Zakheim was the Pentagon Comptroller on 9/11. He was unable to explain the disappearance of a
trillion dollars from the Pentagon budget. For the math illiterate a trillion dollars is MORE than a million dollars. Whether you believe in the
9/11 conspiracy or not, the Dov Zakheim missing trillion dollar data point is a juicy one in supporting the conspiracy theory.
I think it is really interesting how we take data points and string them into a narrative. I think how we invent the narrative is really fascinating.
For example, I'm pretty confident in my house, I am not the center of the Universe. I think the main characters in my house are my cats. And I only
exist in this story as a member of their staff. The real story in my Universe is actually revolving around my one white cat because he has so much
personality. All the data points support my conspiracy theory. And if I ever find one piece of evidence to confirm my suspicion that my cats are
extraterrestrials I will add that to the story as well!
So time to weigh in. Do you believe in the flat earth conspiracy theory or not? If not, what is your evidence or reasons for your skepticism. If
yes, then how do you discount the skepticism as NOT being healthy?
edit on 19-4-2017 by dfnj2015 because: (no reason given)