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Re: Why Do Conspiracies Have so Much Appeal?

Postby cecil1 » 10 Nov 2013, 20:50

The reason conspiracy theories have so much appeal is because people do not know love, it is directly related to this topic. Of course people who don't know love wouldn't know that. They would prefer their own theory than to learn the truth of the matter and simply ban me, someone who prefers truth over a conspiracy theory, so they can appear correct and remain smug in their ignorant ways.
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Re: Why Do Conspiracies Have so Much Appeal?

Postby TheParanormalAnalyst » 25 Dec 2013, 05:52

really? wrote:I was just reading the 9/11 conspiracy thread and it got me to wondering this. Why it does it seem that nearly all paranormal forums and many of the people that believe in the paranormal also will argue, take to heart what and agree with the conspiracy mongers ? What draws such persons to such cloak 'n' dagger ideas and specifically 9/11?


I think the root is simple - mistrust of the establishment. Some of us (including myself) believe in the notion that the institution does not always act in our best interests and understand that there are powerful motivators for people in positions of power to commit such acts. Part of this could be confirmation bias - we fixate on what we want to see, but there are many past cases that give a citizen reason to doubt the govt's intentions.
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Re: Why Do Conspiracies Have so Much Appeal?

Postby kevinsonnier » 11 Jul 2014, 17:43

There are number of factors, but probably one of the most important ones in this instance is that, paradoxically, it gives people a sense of control. People hate randomness, they dread the sort of random occurrences that can destroy their lives, so as a mechanism against that dread, it turns out that it’s much easier to believe in a conspiracy. Then you have someone to blame, it’s not just randomness.
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Re: Why Do Conspiracies Have so Much Appeal?

Postby Scepcop » 17 Jul 2014, 12:53

kevinsonnier wrote:There are number of factors, but probably one of the most important ones in this instance is that, paradoxically, it gives people a sense of control. People hate randomness, they dread the sort of random occurrences that can destroy their lives, so as a mechanism against that dread, it turns out that it’s much easier to believe in a conspiracy. Then you have someone to blame, it’s not just randomness.


That's true but it is only one factor. Another reason is that there is very strong evidence for some conspiracies. In some cases, there is absolute proof, such as in the JFK assassination conspiracy. But of course, proving a conspiracy and getting the government to hold a press conference and admitting it is quite another thing.

What the establishment defenders and pseudoskeptics would have you believe is that there is no evidence or weak evidence, for any conspiracies that the government or major media have not admitted to. So they would have you believe that your theory above explains all "conspiracy theories". That's what they want you to focus on of course, because they don't want you to look at the evidence. Instead, they want you to focus on psychological reasons why "conspiracy nuts" believe what they do. It's classic mind control and obvious.
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