Conspiracy theories: how belief is rooted in evolution – not ignorance

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  1. Space_Time

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    Is there absolutely nothing to conspiracy theories? Are conspiracy theories rooted in evolution? Or is that just what they want you to think?

     
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    As I understand the research, understanding the world was a strong evolutionary pressure, but far stronger was social acceptance. That combines with the ability of pattern recognition to go haywire and we get conspiracy theories, and the groups that buy into it.
     
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    I find conspiracy theories quite fascinating. I love to hear people talk about them.

    I think one of the hallmarks of them is there actually based on a grain of Truth. The ones I like the most are the ones based on some sort of global cabal of people that control the world. There are several different organizations that actually exist that are attributed to global control. The bilderberg's the Illuminati. Even just in generic the government. With these there are several grains of Truth. The government doesn't always tell you the truth. And do these organizations exist and they are secretive.

    And then you get some more fantastical versions of this concept. Aliens or reptilians or even thetons. These ideas have actually been pervasive within humanity for centuries even millennia. The concept of demons and the Greeks had this mythological creature that could only dwell at night I think they were actually the embodiment of fear, which is essentially being afraid of the dark.

    These are fascinating to me because they play on a human instinct to not trust things you don't know.

    There are some things relating to it that I think can be can you bleed to human psychology. But I'll hold off on that. Somebody posted a very interesting video of different psychologists talking about it.

    So to answer your question in the strictest sense no there isn't absolutely nothing to conspiracy theories. That doesn't mean they're accurate it just means that they are developed out of doubt. There is a group called The bilderberg's there is a group called The Illuminati and obviously there is a government and certainly there are governments that keep their people in the dark. We often use the word propaganda to describe things the government tells you that isn't necessarily true.

    I think conspiracy theories operate in the realm of assigning motive to these things.
     
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    Start watching this video at the 7:20 time mark.

    provocateurs,shills and disinfo agents



    One tactic that the establishment uses to try to discredit conspiracy theories is to associate them with whacky ideas about space aliens and reptilians, etc. David Icke is a classic example. He says all the things that the leading anti-establishment pundits say but he also says there are reptilians in the government. It's pretty clear that he works for the establishment.
     
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    Contract theories have no credibility to begin with.
     
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    Anybody interested in the role of conspiracy theories in this country should read the book by Lance deHaven-Smith, "Conspiracy Theory in America".

    The term "conspiracy theory" never became popularized until after the failure of the Warren Commission's report.
     

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