posted on Aug, 9 2010 @ 12:34 PM
I think this is one of the most important questions on ATS when dose a conspiracy theory become a conspiracy fact? There answer I suspect is
incredibly complex and it probably changes allot for case to case.
The way i see it was have four categories for what fall under the umbrella term “conspiracy theory”. The first one is the conspiracy story, which
basically somebody is telling us a personal testimony of something that has happened to them. This is usually a story of UFO abduction or about
something suspicious they have seen. Typically they have no other way of verifying what they have said other than their own testimony. Then we have
the conspiracy hypothesis, which is basically somebody with an idea based upon superstition and speculation, might be right might be wrong. I think
there are allot more of these two types of conspiracies on ATS than we would generally like to think.
These two seem pretty straight forward, but what about true conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact. What’s the difference? There must be one because
not all conspiracy theories are true so there must be a line at which they become conspiracy fact. I suppose it could come down to what the individual
thinks of as being a fact, but that then creates the problem of inconstancy and the problem remains because it is still not a fact, it is just a
personal opinion. We have some conspiracies that are widely recognised as being conspiracy fact such as MK-Ultra and Iran-contra so what makes these
different from other conspiracy theories.
Does anybody have a clear answer to this question that is universally accepted, or dose ATS have its own definitions that we can work to.