Quite a few conspiracy "theories" have later proven to be conspiracy facts.
I have to admit, I'm a bit confused by you lumping people as either conspiracy theorists or critical thinking skeptics. In my opinion, they are one
and the same.
To wholly swallow official stories that can easily be picked apart by critical thinking is something I refuse to do. Thinking critically and
examining all the evidence which can be found is essential in today's confusing world of lies, conspiracies, and sometimes weird coincidences.
Sometimes people go off on weird tangents with ideas, but I consider that to be nothing more than examining all the possible angles.
Take the "official" story of Osama Bin Laden's death this past May. The official story stinks to high heaven, and I am amazed at how many people
took the bait hook, line and sinker. Do you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone nut assassin? Do you believe that RFK was shot by a lone nut
named Sirhan Sirhan? If so, then you haven't done any research on it. Do you refuse to believe in ESP because science hasn't developed a way to
test it? Science is only as good as its current technology, and has many failings, the biggest one being the manipulation of junk science to
influence people's ideas, usually for the benefit of only a few. Beware of those who claim to do the thinking for you.
But if you must pigeon hole me into a stereotype, you can feel free to call me a conspiracy theorist, and I will call you a coincidence theorist. No
hard feelings, though. It takes all kinds.