The Irrational Stigma Against Conspiracy Theories & Alternative Thinking

There’s an irrational stigma against conspiracy theories and alternative thinking. The word “conspiracy” is infected. The moment someone brings up the notion of conspiracy, people have an immediate knee-jerk reaction and that’s simply irrational. If one truly believes something is absurd, crazy, or statistically unlikely, then they should not fear the exploration of it. In fact, they should confidently encourage the exploration of it to remove any doubt and to validate their own position.

Conspirators rely on the absurdity and unlikelihood of something being true to veil the fact that it is. Any truly intelligent individual understands this to be true and acknowledges the necessity for exploration and transparency.

History is absolutely packed full of verifiable conspiracies, many of which people don’t even think of as conspiracies. The American Revolution and Culper Spy Ring was a conspiracy. The Watergate scandal was a conspiracy. Operation Mockingbird was a conspiracy. Domestic mass surveillance was once considered a mere conspiracy. There are too many verified conspiracies to list. There is simply no reason why anyone should reject the potentiality of conspiracy when history is absolutely full of conspiracy. No one should be so arrogant as to assume, that it could happen then but not now.

“The arrogant attitude of incredulity, which rejects the facts without any attempt to investigate them, is something more injurious than unquestioning credulity.” – Alexander von Humboldt

 

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