I just thought of something. I mentioned this in a previous post, but I'll mention it again.
Belief in God versus Conspiracy Theories...
I think we can all agree that a belief in God is essentially irrational. Worse, people don't just think maybe or kind of or mostly or probably. They
BELIEVE. Not somewhat or vaguely!
I don't know about others, but I've NEVER investigated a conspiracy theory and came away believing it so much that I could not doubt it. Even
conspiracy theories like UFOs and Bigfoot, the ones I've put most of my time in, I've never believed with anything resembling certainty. I have more
certainty in a nuclear physicist being able to understand how a nuclear power plant works than I do in the genuine existence of ET UFOs as they're
reported. In fact, I have more certainty that the typical news channels are accurate than I do that a UFO case I read about is an actual instance of
somebody or some group witnessing something extra-terrestrial.
See, i always have the curiosity. It hasn't left me. I have about 5 UFO books on my shelf still. In all my life, I might have 5 others that I donated.
But I sometimes will look at them and still not KNOW. I have not come to a conclusion about UFOs. How can I? There's nothing that's irrefutable.
Yet, so many people I know do not have the same sense of wonder that I do. They just do not wonder about these things. They look at me like I've lost
my mind if I even bring it up.
So I don't bring it up. Hell, I can't bring up anything anyway. Want to talk about the universe? Oh, you think that's just some gas bag scientist? Oh,
you think they're just all intellectuals?
So my conversations with most people are cut short. And I end up feeling weird. Yet, I know there're other weird people out there. One way I find them
is by going online. It's just a tactic.
Anyway, I came here to say there's a very real difference between those who have an interest in conspiracy theories and people who have religious
faith. It's a matter of the presence of doubt. And I believe the presence of doubt means you have some amount of ability to rationalize it. The lack
of doubt or the denial of its presence would be far more worrisome in my view.
Allow me to suggest that maybe conspiracy theorists DO have a mental disorder and it increases their curiosity to extreme amounts. Ever heard
"Curiosity killed the cat"?
Too much curiosity when the evidence is too little.
BUT curiosity is not certainty. It's not a belief. It's just an impulse to wonder or investigate.
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