Why are there so many conspiracy theorists?

@bonbon664 (3480)
Canada
December 9, 2006 8:40pm CST
There has been much written on this site and others about the horrible conspiracy perpetrated upon the world about 9/11, and other horrific events. The bigger the event, the more ridiculous and more numerous are the fanciful rantings which circulate in relation to it. Once they get desperate enough, you can be sure that the UFO conspiracy stuff will make an appearance. The Arabs are in league with the Martians. Space aliens snatched the remains of the Pentagon plane and fixed most of the hole in the wall, just to confuse people. I don't understand the whole phenomenon. There have been these theories in the past about other events, so, it's not new. So, I guess history does repeat itself. Did you know that there were conspiracy theorists who thought that the CIA killed Hendrix, and the Pope had John Lennon murdered? Sounds ridiculous now doesn't it. Well, they didn't think so at the time. I think it's all part of the human condition, and believe what you want to belieive, but why do the theorists have this compunction to make everyone believe it? Enlighten us. Thank you.
25 responses
@not4me (1713)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I personally think conspiracy theorists are the ones who wrote the Bible. I mean I believe Jesus was a real person but I don't believe all of that mystical crap for one minute (I'm a science girl myself). People who are hard-core conspiracy theorists seem to believe anything they hear or read and they come up with these wild ideas for events that can not be easily explained. Even though they pretend to think big I believe they are actually small-minded. I agree with your choice for a best answer. There is some aspect of truth and conspiracy in major events but people who go overboard need to get off the computer, put down the Enquirer and study quantum physics/mechanics or something equally as mind bending in reality!
@balasri (26577)
• India
10 Dec 06
Because it sells.Humans are attracted towards aberration.They cah on the curiosity.
@lilaclady (28278)
• Australia
10 Dec 06
I am just trying to make one up so I can make millions in book sales but I am not very creative.....
@gtfteam (140)
• Malaysia
10 Dec 06
There are a variety of conspiracy theories have emerged about the attacks which contradict the mainstream account of events that day. The theories typically include suggestions that individuals in the government of the United States knew of the impending attacks and refused to act on that knowledge, or that the attacks were a false flag operation carried out with the intention of stirring up the passions and buying the allegiance of its people. Some conspiracy theorists have claimed that the collapse of the World Trade Center was the result of a controlled demolition. Some also contend that a commercial airliner did not crash into the Pentagon, and that United Airlines Flight 93 was shot down. The mainstream scientific community does not support the controlled demolition hypothesis and U.S. officials, mainstream journalists, and mainstream researchers have concluded that only al-Qaeda was involved in the attacks.
@k3tk3t (3136)
• Philippines
10 Dec 06
i agree
• United States
10 Dec 06
TRUE: Most conspiracy theories are false. TURE: All major events of human history have some kind of conspiracy conected with them. Can both of these facts be true? Certainly, and a little thought shows they go together like hand in glove. Consider 911. Was there a conspiracy? Certainly. Bin Laden and his cohorts conspired to do all that is now so infamous. Fortunately, we now know about that conspiracy. Did we know about that conspiracy before 911? No, we did not and what would you have thought of anyone who had suggested it? That's right, anyone would have thought a person suggesting what happened to be a conspiracy nut of the worst kind. Before 911 the conspiracy was a SECRET! That's the thing about conspiracies. The more evil they are, the more secret they are. All anyone can do is speculate. Speculation is usually wrong, just like major human events usually involve conspiracy. So it is, that there are many many conspiracy theories. Whenever anything happens, especially when it is evil or illegal, there is almost always a conspiracy involved. People just don't know what conspiracy. People know from the past that there are lots of actual real conspiracies. They just don't know the truth of many conspiracies. So they speculate. Most speculation is wrong. That there is a conspiracy involved with most evil is not incorrect. Only the guessing and speculation as to the details is wrong. Does this help?
• Abbotsford, Wisconsin
11 Dec 06
They Knew enough to stop it.. :( .. Gosh how I could go into writing a whole bunch on this but I fear I'd get myself into trouble doing so.. Al lI can say is they knew enough!
@Auxarcer (151)
• United States
13 Feb 07
The reason that there are so theories is because there are so many unanswered questions.And the government seems to have little interest in answering these questions which only fuels the fire.If you can't prove a conspiracy does that mean there isn't one? And if it can't be proved that there was no conspiracy does, that mean there is one? I can only wonder as do millions of Americans.
• Pakistan
21 Dec 06
there are so many theorist conspiracy because people are found of discussing about it and love spreading it mostly because people need a time pass
@unisis (1674)
• Indonesia
11 Dec 06
A conspiracy theory attempts to explain the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events (usually political, social, or historical events) as a secret, and often deceptive, plot by a covert alliance of powerful or influential people or organizations. Many conspiracy theories claim that major events in history have been dominated by conspirators who manipulate political happenings from behind the scenes. The term "conspiracy theory" is used by mainstream scholars and in popular culture to identify a type of folklore similar to an urban legend, especially an explanatory narrative which is constructed with methodological flaws.[1] The term is also used pejoratively to dismiss claims that are alleged by critics to be misconceived, paranoid, unfounded, outlandish, irrational, or otherwise unworthy of serious consideration. For example "Conspiracy nut" and "conspiracy theorist" are used as pejorative terms. Some whose theories or speculations are labeled a "conspiracy theory" reject the term as prejudicial. The term "conspiracy theory" may be a neutral descriptor for any conspiracy claim. However, conspiracy theory is also used to indicate a narrative genre that includes a broad selection of (not necessarily related) arguments for the existence of grand conspiracies, any of which might have far-reaching social and political implications if true. Whether or not a particular conspiracy allegation may be impartially or neutrally labelled a conspiracy theory is subject to some controversy. Conspiracy theory has become a highly charged political term, and the broad critique of 'conspiracy theorists' by academics, politicians, psychologists, and the media cuts across traditional left-right political lines.
@ThulsZ (784)
• India
11 Dec 06
fire - fire
to prove the old things are wrong or else to say they had made mistakes
@RealIolo (1838)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Call me naive but I actually gave ethnicbarbie the benefit of the doubt on this and spent some time looking into some stuff and what I found was the greatest volume of material on the net that supported the conspiracy concept with 911 was generated by people from the middle east or east asia. My conclusion was to fall back on what I believed to begin with which is that is was not a conspiracy. Interesting to note too was the people who agreed with ethnicbarbie about it being a conspiracy. Here they are: smbilalshah (22) 19 pakistan ateebansari (2027) M 19 karachi pakistan qouniq (37) F 29 malaysia masoud02 (128) 46 bahla oman lilaclady (1920) F 59 australia fadzy1314 (74) 23 karachi pakistan nexturl (63) 22 yogyakarta indonesia kutchi (9508) 20 karachi pakistan reviandi (235) Lion 23 united states hardy2986 (13) 20 india And those that didn't think it was a conspiracy: bonbon664 (91) 43 brampton canada not4me (388) 30 united states vipul20044 (4963) M 21 new delhi india soldenski (796) 35 san diego, california united states wwfn2223 (87) M 22 knoxville, tennessee united states jimbl75 (41) 31 grand rapids, michigan united states RealIolo (370) M 41 lincoln, nebraska united states What do the people in each of these groups have in common with each other? Hmmm
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
10 Dec 06
The whole thing about the conspiracy theories about 911 is non-U.S. members that like to bash the U.S. and criticize them for anything they can. No realistice American citizen would suggest the crap the non-Americans on here have about it.
@sarkar1 (336)
• India
10 Dec 06
Well! conspiracies do make topics intresting and make the readers curious. Ofocurse not all of the conspiracy theories are true , but at the same time not all of them are false. I say live with them and enjoy them.......!
@remaster74 (4067)
• Greece
10 Dec 06
First of all, conspiracies do exist. It's a theory that all human minds accept. It's in our DNA structure to see everywhere this fact. But I don't think that CIA killed Hendrix. They didn't have a reason to do so. On the other hand killing John Lennon ordered by the Pope I do understand cause J.Lennon tried to teach freedom etc and that's not always wanted. You know, ethics, morals etc. But, all in this world are based in big conspiracies. It's just that the human mind always makes the fly as a aeroplane.
@Craggy (13)
10 Dec 06
These theories are all true - I know because Elvis told me when I saw him land his flying saucer on the Lock Ness monsters fake moon base where he filmed the 1969 moon landings. He did, I saw it all......
• India
10 Dec 06
God knowz
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I think it's just because they're "fun." I don't think very many people take them seriously - not people grounded in reality, anyway.
• India
10 Dec 06
its the same wid me (confusing)
@k3tk3t (3136)
• Philippines
10 Dec 06
its becuase we are disunited
@Mickey76 (78)
• Romania
10 Dec 06
Many people want to know about senzational things. If it doesn't exist such a true stories then something has to be done....It's about money circulation and need of variety.
@smbilalshah (1319)
• Pakistan
10 Dec 06
there must be some truth to all this i mean for instance the US govt now has a known history of sacrificing innocent civilians even its own for its ambitions of maintaning supremecy like in the pearl harbor,some say they heard an explosion on the barrage in katrina near the poor states and similarly some say they knew abt the WTC they let it happen to fullfil their dreams of the NWO and maybe the Jewish lobby or the Illuminati are after all this.....
@ss2007 (151)
• India
10 Dec 06
i think they are intelligent