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I'm not even sure if this thread asks something obvious
Originally posted by thejlxc
I think people mistakenly feel that someone willing to question things equals paranoia. Makes it easier to ignore.
Originally posted by Sherlock Holmes
I think it depends on how someone comes about to believe in a particular conspiracy theory.
The self-proclaimed, Dale Gribble-type ''conspiracy theorist'', who sees a conspiracy in absolutely everything, and who believes in an alternative version of events out of pure faith, wishful thinking and confirmation bias - rather than logic and valid evidence - is generally paranoid and deluded.
Whereas someone who analyses every situation and event, drawing their conclusions objectively and logically, and who, following this process, forms a position which happens to be generally considered a conspiracy theory, is not unduly paranoid.
edit on 25-10-2011 by Sherlock Holmes because: (no reason given)
1 : a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2 : a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others