Facts about conspircy theorists and beleivers.

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I have a theory: There’s something inherent in human nature that makes people
need religion. Some kind of religion. Any kind of religion. Even the most
atheist people in the world still can’t fight this urge to have some
kind of religious conviction.

With this I don’t mean that every single individual person in
existence
has religious convictions. Of course there are exceptions, ie.
people who truly are neutral and skeptic in the proper sense of the word, who do
not obsess about some conviction. However, these seem to be more the exception
than the rule. What I mean is that no matter what group of people we are talking
about, there will always be some fanatic individuals which obsess about
something with religious conviction.

Even people with an atheist world view can still have hard time resisting
this urge, and thus they will find some substitute.

One such substitute in the modern world are conspiracy theories. Conspiracy
theory fanatics present all the symptoms of religious fanatics. Here
are some of them:

  1. A conspiracy theorist has “seen the light”, so to speak. That is, he has
    seen the Truth, which the majority of other people haven’t.
  2. A conspiracy theorist has the absolute, irrefutable, unshakable
    CONVICTION that he knows the Truth, only the Truth, and nothing but the
    Truth. There’s absolutely no doubt in his mind that what he believes is
    the Truth.The conspiracy theorist will say things like “there’s NO WAY these photos
    are not faked”
    and “there’s NO WAY this is something else than
    controlled demolition”
    , etc. He is absolutely sure and certain at all
    possible levels that he knows the truth.
  3. There’s absolutely nothing you can say that will convince the
    conspiracy theorist otherwise. You can refute every single claim he makes to
    absolute smithereens with hard scientific easy-to-understand facts, and that
    will not move his conviction even a fraction of an inch. Not even a shadow of a
    doubt will cross his mind at any point.
  4. The doctrine which the conspiracy theorist believes is based on a series of
    books, web pages and “documentaries” made by some other conspiracy theorists
    (which are completely akin to prophets), and every single word in these works is
    considered the absolute Truth by the conspiracy theorist. Every single claim, no
    matter how small or how ridiculous, is the absolute Truth. Not a single claim is
    considered dubious or unimportant.
  5. The conspiracy theorist has the irresistible urge to spread the Truth to
    others, the lost lambs who wander in darkness and still don’t know the Truth,
    who haven’t seen the light, and who must be converted.Spreading the Truth is in no way limited to the Internet. Like the most vocal
    religious movements, also conspiracy theorists will organize protest marches and
    parades, where they will disturb the peace of completely unrelated events, they
    will get into TV shows to spread their convictions, they will preach to
    individuals at their workplaces and other places, etc, etc.
  6. Trying to discuss critically the views of the conspiracy theorist will
    always cause a tirade of contempt and arrogant religious mongering. Trying to
    rationally argue against any of the claims of the conspiracy theorist is a
    completely futile endeavor. There’s just no convincing the conspiracy theorist.
  7. Like all religions, conspiracy theorists also have their big enemies. The
    Government is the enemy number one. The scientific community is just an evil
    organization under the control of the Government, part of the system, and thus
    cannot be trusted.
  8. Like some religions, also conspiracy theorists will twist and bend science
    for their own purposes, and quote science and writings of scientists completely
    out of context, changing the original meaning, to support their claims. When
    actual scientists show how the “science” of the conspiracy theorists is
    completely flawed, the conspiracy theorists will discredit the scientists
    because they are just part of the system.Basically any scientist who opposes their views is delusional, incompetent
    and part of the system and thus not to be trusted, while any scientist (or
    anyone claiming to be a scientist) who agrees with the conspiracy theory is
    immediately credible and competent, and will be much quoted.

There’s almost always a certain arrogance to both conspiracy theorists and
people who believe in them. The firmer the belief, the more arrogant the
attitude. Perhaps not in every single individual case, but in average this seems
to be very true.

Even if they don’t use directly these types of expressions, their attitude is
nevertheless like: “Ha ha, do you really believe that we went to
the Moon?” (or substitute with any conspiracy theory which is currently trendy)
with a tone of voice saying “you fool, you have been deceived, I know the
Truth, ha ha!”

As already stated, they are so utterly convinced that there’s not
even a shred of doubt or place for alternatives. They already know the Truth,
the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth, and anything else (especially the
“official explanation”) is utterly false.

I suppose that in most cases this comes from a sense of belonging to a
special “elite” group of people who know the inside secrets of the government or
whatever organizations, who are “in the loop”, and thus superior to the average
person in terms of knowledge. In the most basic sense it’s a childish “I know
something you don’t” attitude, but escalated to “adult” proportions (while still
being equally childish). It’s the same kind of mentality as with gossipping, but
slightly different in nature and scale.

If directly confronted with the question how they know it to be true
with such certainty, they might back up a little and concede that it
might not be so (but they are still convinced because of all the
“irrefutable evidence”). However, that’s usually only for show, and without such
direct confrontation their attitude tends to be very arrogant and childish.

I find it both amusing and sad at the same time that these poor people are so
convinced that they know the truth and that they know more than the rest of
people, and that they are more intelligent and they cannot be deceived, while in
fact they have been completely deceived into believing lies and distortions.
It’s both amusing and sad how arrogant they are about their “knowledge”.

When confronted, they will also always claim to have studied the subject
impartially, and that they have come to the conclusion by deducing from all the
available evidence. Yet quite contradictorily, when they are pointed to evidence
which disproves the conspiracy theory, they will always outright dismiss it
without any consideration, without being able to disprove the evidence, and
without giving it any thought, immediately proving that they are not
being impartial and considering allthe evidence.

(In some exceptional cases some believers will admit that the evidence might
be valid, but they will not falter in their belief anyways. After all, as
already stated, this is a religion, and doubting the premises of the religion is
showing weakness, which they cannot permit.)


Conspiracy theorists really like to talk about the scientific community as if
it was some kind of secret society who have secret meetings where they agree on
which lies they will announce to the world. This is just absolutely ridiculous.

Just think about this: There are tens of thousands, if not even hundreds of
thousands of scientists from around the world, from different cultures, from
different countries, cultures and countries which have absolutely no interest in
defending some possible conspiracy the United States government (or the NASA)
has put up. These different people from all around the world all form the
so-called scientific community. What possible interest would there be for
all of them to lie in order to defend the United States government for
something they might have made?

One could argue that they are not lying, they are just misled, like all the
other people. This is not any less ridiculous. From hundreds of thousands (if
not even millions) of critically-thinking intelligent people from all around the
world, from different countries an cultures, all of them are so gullible as to
believe some lies set up by the United States government or the NASA?

These scientists are not everyday people. They have measurement devices,
laboratories and expertise to test and corroborate all physical facts
surrounding these conspiracy theories. If there would be, for example, something
wrong with, let’s say, the Moon landing photographs, these hundreds of thousands
of scientists from all around the world would certainly have all the means and
expertise to determine that.

The conspiracy theorists also want us to believe that all scientists are
actually afraid of publishing discoveries and claims which contradict what is
currently established as the scientific truth. This couldn’t be farther from the
truth. This is certainly not how the scientific community works.

There would be nothing more exciting and rewarding for a scientist
than to be able to publish a paper which presents a new discovery or
scientifically credible theory. That’s actually the dream of most people who
work in a scientific field: To be the first one to discover something, to get
one’s name to be known around the world. This is the ultimate goal and dream of
all scientists: To become famous, to do something earth-shaking, something which
would change the world.

If there was any scientific ground on any of these conspiracy
theories, you can be absolutely sure that scientists would be rushing
to publish papers about it. It would be absolutely ridiculous to think that all
the scientists would actually be afraid of doing so. This is just not how
science works.

The conspiracy theorists are asking us whether we choose to believe these
hundreds of thousands of scientists, or some random people in the internet with
dubious competence and credibility (namely the conspiracy theorists themselves).

Who are you going to believe? The hundreds of laboratories around the world
(from countries which have absolutely no interest in defending a possible hoax
by NASA) who have the equipment to measure whether the Apollo missions put a
reflector on the surface of the Moon, or a random conspiracy theorist in the
Internet who claims that there’s no such reflector?

Who are you going to believe? The hundreds of demolition experts from around
the world who don’t see any problem with the mechanics of the fall of the WTC
towers, or some random conspiracy theorists in the Internet who have absolutely
no expertise on demolition or physics?

Conspiracy theorists like to be non-conformists, they like to be “different”,
they like to rebel against authority and against official explanations, they
don’t want to be misled by some false information, they don’t want to be naive
and gullible. Rather ironically, people who believe in these conspiracy theories
are naive, gullible and easily misled. In their desire to rebel, they
are just jumping on the bandwagon. The sad thing is that they are misled from
the real truth to nothing but a bunch of lies and deceit.

What these people lack is a healthy source criticism: These gullible people
will believe all the elaborate “documentaries” the conspiracy theorists have
created, be convinced that there is something odd going on, and most
importantly, will never do more researchabout the subject.

For some reason the idea that maybe there is more information about the
subject, that maybe some knowledgeable people have actually debunked
those “documentaries” and websites, never crosses the mind of these people who
are misled by conspiracy theories, and they will never do the research to find
out (even though in the Internet era this is a laughably easy thing to do).


There’s an odd phenomenon with conspiracy theory believers. If they say
“25% of Americans doubt that the official story is true”, and you
respond with “that just goes to show how gullible people are”,
approximately 90% of these conspiracy theory believers will respond:
“Exactly!”

I don’t really understand what is it with these people. Either they can’t
understand what is being said, or they are deliberately distorting what was just
said, for whatever reason I cannot grasp. The funny thing is that they end up
actually agreeing with you (ie. that people who believe in conspiracy
theories are gullible) while thinking they are proving some kind of point
(regardless of whether they responded like that without understanding or
deliberately).

Conspiracy theory believers can be roughly categorized into two groups:
Passive believers, and activists.

Passive believers are those otherwise normal everyday people who mostly live
their lives as anybody else, but who have been deluded into believing a
conspiracy theory using all the tricks in the
book
to fool them. They might tell about it to their friends and relatives,
but that’s about it. They don’t actively seek to spread their delusions to
others beyond that.

Then there are conspiracy theory activists. These are like the street
preachers of many religions and cults, who actively seek other people to preach
their religion to them. This activism can range from literally preaching on the
streets (or eg. organizing “protest” marches etc.) to ranting on the Internet
(in personal websites, blogs and public forums), to writing and publishing
books, going to the TV (most effective when the believer is already a TV
celebrity) and so on.

There’s a wide range of conspiracy theory activism, all the way from people
who try to sound as calm, rational, intelligent and academic as they can, to
those who are outright aggressive (mostly verbally, but in some cases
even physically, crossing the line between what is legal and illegal behavior).

It’s the verbally aggressive conspiracy theory activist which amuses me the
most.

The picture of a conspiracy theorist wearing a tinfoil hat, believing in the
secret “New World Order”, black helicopters, super secret governmental special
forces whose mission is to further the goals of the NWO secret government and
eliminate all opposition and so on, might seem like an overused cliche. However,
there really are a number of very vocal conspiracy theorists who are
like this (except perhaps for the literal tinfoil hat) and even worse.

These people are 100% convinced, without any doubt whatsoever, that the 9/11
terrorist attacks were an inside job of the American government, which was just
the latest and most visible act in a long history of the secret NWO government
running everything behind the scenes. This secret government does not hesitate
to kill people to further their goals, and they will eliminate all opposition
quickly and efficiently.

Yes, there are people who believe exactly that, and more. Very vocal
people. People who preach this eg. on radio and TV shows, printed publications
and all over the Internet.

These activists see themselves as forming a small but ever-increasing
resistance force whose mission is to expose and undermine the goals of this NWO
secret government.

The reason why this is extremely amusing is that these people loudly preach
how the secret government has no hesitation in eliminating anybody who they feel
as a threat, yet these vocal conspiracy theory activists can freely express
their theories in all media for years and years.

If there was a secret government running things behind the scenes and
eliminating anybody who threatens to expose them and their secrets, and if they
have the means and motivation to do so, why are these conspiracy theorists still
alive and preaching their theories to the world? These conspiracy theorists
openly claim that they are exposing all the darkest secrets of the secret
government for everybody to see, while at the same time claiming that the secret
government eliminates anybody who does so.

Many of them don’t see the contradiction here. Some of them might see the
contradiction, and try to explain it with some hand-waving (which in itself
usually contradicts their own claims that the secret government eliminates all
people who expose their secrets).

So which is it? The secret government does kill people who they feel are a
threat, or they don’t? Empirical evidence, ironically provided by the conspiracy
theorists themselves, shows that they don’t eliminate such people. Thus
the conspiracy theorists are dead wrong, and they are themselves the (literally)
living proof of that.

Yet these people still continue to proclaim their crazy theories
regardless of this. Thatis what makes them so amusing.

But of course, what can you expect from people inebriated with religion? At
least not consistency and logic, that’s for sure.