Conspicacy Theories - Are You a Believer Or a Skeptic?

@irisheyes (4372)
United States
February 9, 2007 11:30am CST
It seems every decade produces a new little crop of conspiracy theories. The latest looms in the wake of the Anna Nicole Smith tragedy. I have a theory about these theories. I think if you believe one of them, you probably believe them all and people either believe them all or believe none. I'm definitely an unbeliever. I think Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman and Marilyn Monroe took too many sleeping pills. Curt Cobain and Vince Foster committed suicide. Princess Diana's death was the result of a high speed chase and a drunken chauffeur. As far as Catholic Church conspiracies, I refuse to even consider anything based on a work of fiction (The Da Vinci Code is a novel and novels are fiction.) I'm definitely not a believer. How about you? Do you believe them all or none of them? Is it possible to believe in selective theories and discard others?
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I'm also a nonbeliever. I think conspiracy theories are for people who are somewhat paranoid. My pothead ex-boyfriend believed in conspiracy theories. My friend's current botfriend believes that 9/11 was a conspiracy by our government. I'm just like...wow, dude
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I think people who avidly buy into all of them tend to be paranoid but they think I'm naive for not believing any of them.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I'm selective about which ones I believe. For me it all boils down to the amount of proof, and the quality of the proof. Most of the time I think conspiracy theorists are just trying to stir up things to make a buck. But every once in a while, one comes along that makes me think. Interesting topic!
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@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I'm a skeptic, and I think everyone should be. Occams razor tells us that the simplest explanation is probably the correct explanation. Why believe in something so fanciful that cannot be proven and is only harbored on the internet? I think there is another question we have to ask, "Why do people WANT to believe in conspiracies?" I think its because people want to feel special. They want to think they know something that someone else doesn't, or that they "uncovered" something important and dubious. It makes them feel better. Lets be honest, what are the chances some nut on the internet found sources, on the internet, that uncover a giant conpiracy that was supposedly hidden? It wouldn't be hidden then, not much of a conspiracy of all that info is out. Not to mention if there were a giant hidden conspiracy, why does it only show up on the internet? People on the net are the kind of people you want to trust for real information on stuff like that? Lets not forget that critical thinking is more important on the internet than anywhere else.
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@sunshinecup (7880)
10 Feb 07
I am a big time conspicacy beleiver, but I don't trust anyone any ways, LOL. I think I am not a beleiver, I just think, no strike that, I know there is always many sides to a story and people many times will hide things to clean it up a bit or try to fill in missing blanks. Plus I like going with against the given story and keep on questioning.
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