posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 12:25 PM
I graduated University last April with a BSc so my classes were all geared towards the biology, microbiology, neuroscience and so forth courses. When
you are learning about biochemical pathways and how to identify bacteria in the lab there is generally not much room for the mention of conspiracies.
I was mainly around students who were in the same mindset, conspiracies simply do not come up. However I have taken a bunch of psychology courses and
there would be mention of conspiracy theorists more than the conspiracies themselves. My abnormal psychology course for example we would be talking
about paranoia in patients and then the topic of paranoia would become more broad simply looking for examples and conspiracy theorists would come up.
Not much said other than mentioning conspiracy theorists can be looked upon as paranoid in some cases. Other psych classes would brush upon the idea
that conspiracies provide excitement that some are looking for, something different, some order in the chaotic word...but there was no discussion of
actual conspiracy topics.
Overall there really was not much conspiracy talk in classes or even when you were sitting in a room full of people and you happened to listen in on
conversations around you. There were a few acknowledgements of conspiracies in some of my classes though. One of which was an advanced botany class
about drug plants, very very interesting, and the prof would occasionally say things like "there are some people who believe there is a conspiracy in
drug companies to push more medications rather than explore the plants we discuss here". She would not go beyond that but it was an acknowledgement
and no one in the class would snicker or laugh at the idea, it seemed like we all were like "yeah I see how that could happen". There was another
brief acknowledgement in a sociology class I took in my first year, the prof simply said something along the lines of "there are those who believe
9/11 was a conspiracy and matters of that magnitude can affect how people interact with one another". Very broad description, as the class was
intended to be, and I think (it was 5 years ago so trying to remember) he went on to talk about how conspiracy opinions can divide people and lead to
animosity...again broad and a "yeah no kidding that would divide people" answer.
In general though I think students do know that there are conspiracies, I think more of it is tied to Government or Political topics though. If you
are into those topics I would assume you may be more aware of conspiracies but I myself have zero interest in politics of any sort on any level so I
simply do not read anymore into it. However if I was asked if I think Government members and politics in general is full of liars and if that could
lead to more sinister plots I would absolutely answer yes. I may not have an interest in Government or Politics but I do know power and money can