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If you don't believe in conspiracies, then why did you choose ATS?
Originally posted by Suspiria
Who's to say they don't have an interest?
If all those so called trolls, shills, paid agents or god forbid normal people who don't blindly follow some youtube claptrap left what would ATS become?
A retirement home for people away with the fairies.
Originally posted by Aqualung2012
Its a matter of which conspiracy theories one believes in. There are ET people, NWO people, 9/11 people, fragile earth people, etc etc. One person may accept many or few of these theories, and pursue information on any given topic, while considering others to be ridiculous.
To deny ignorance, that is the slogan here at ATS. In the realm of conspiracy theory, we must all take painstaking measures to be empirical, (after all, we have abandoned being "spoon fed" our news and information,) and so necessarily we must face each theory squarely and in the same way we do not bite at every story on FOX news, we certainly cannot swallow the works of amateur theorists on a website.
I personally subscribe to several cross-linking "conspiracy theories," and I always assert that its all bigger than we can imagine. However, I would be quick to deflate anything I find to be non-empirical, or presented in the fashion of fear mongering. I am a member on ATS to seek information from like minded thinkers, and to "suspend disbelief" in order to try to make my worldview a bit less ignorant, and a bit more accurate... perhaps in order to avoid as much "shock of the gods" as possible.
Thank you for your thread, and I will say that people who just shut out any thought of possibility need to be quiet and doubt to themselves, unless they have some substantial qualm with any given information. I share your disdain for the "knee-jerkers," but I realize that there are "knee-jerkers" on both sides of the argument.
Originally posted by davesmart
i say thank goodness for none believers
if it was not for them i would believe a lot more tripe
thank you debunkers for helping me see more
Originally posted by DerepentLEstranger
Originally posted by Hawkwind.
Originally posted by DerepentLEstranger
I'd like to see one single piece of proof to back up this often repeated claim on A.T.S. The idea that the government pay people to post here to 'put people off the scent' is laughable, so there's one conspiracy I don't believe in although I do believe in others.
I think people will find it hard to find someone who doesn't believe in some sort of conspiracy.
Originally posted by schuyler
Basically what you are saying is that unless everyone believes in the same old conspiracies you do they shouldn't be here. You want a homogenous group who nods in unison every time you come up with another "Queen Elizabeth is a reptilian" schtick. I believe the large majority of conspiracies on ATS are pure hokum. They're bunk. From 9/11 truthers to chemtrail "believers" you're not going to get a rational discussion about those issues here. Anyone who disagrees, as is already the case on this thread, is labeled a debunker, a disinformation ageny, or a paid shill for TPTB. More silliness with absolutely no proof whatsoever. There's a certain entertainment value to watching people make the most incredible leaps of faith and logic imaginable, but by and large it leaves you shaking your head in amazement over how ignorant people have become and how easily they see a conspiracy behind everything they don't understand.
But I think it is a mistake to believe that ATS is all about conspiracies and about nothing else. I came here originally because of my long-time interest in UFOs. We also have some interesting discussions on human origins including paleontology and archaeology, paranormal issues, and even practical discussions on how to do stuff. ATS is composed of a great many people with a great many ideas. "Conspiracies" is a subset, but certainly not even the majority of what goes on here.