What is the first thing you think of when you hear the phrase: "Conspiracy Theor

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  1. kwade tweeling profile image90
    kwade tweelingposted 13 months ago

    What is the first thing you think of when you hear the phrase: "Conspiracy Theory"?

    Or if you prefer: What is the first thing you think when you hear a conspiracy theory. Do you dismiss it outright or consider the information before making a judgement? Why?

  2. Jeremy Gill profile image95
    Jeremy Gillposted 13 months ago

    I consider the information, as not everything most people is true (the popular series "Adam Ruins Everything" discusses these). That said, I disbelief in the vast majority of theories I come across, as there's usually more counterevidence than evidence.

    The first conspiracy theory that comes to mind is the infamous "the moon landing was faked" idea.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image90
      kwade tweelingposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I love "Adam Ruins Everything."

  3. Aime F profile image81
    Aime Fposted 13 months ago

    I always consider information but usually it ends up being a little far-fetched for me. I do tend to buy into the more fun ones despite my better judgment (like aliens at Area 51) because, well, they're fun. On the other hand I think a lot conspiracy theories can be harmful, like the Sandy Hook theories that have people harrassing families who have lost their children or vaccine conspiracies that have people not vaccinating their kids against deadly diseases... so my reaction really depends on the particular theory.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image90
      kwade tweelingposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Taking any story and running with it before finding out what's true is typically bad.

  4. Elyse Thomas profile image95
    Elyse Thomasposted 13 months ago

    My first thought was the Sandy Hook theories that are forever floating around.  I definitely don't buy into that one, but I think looking at the information is always a good practice.  For example, is the theory based on actual evidence, or just playing on potential room for doubt?
    As a middle school teacher, I listen to Illuminati Conspiracy theories all day every day.  In general, I'm not a fan, but I think it is a good exercise in questioning.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image90
      kwade tweelingposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Most conspiracy theories start because of some doubt.

      I started looking into them for exactly the reason you mentioned. It's a great way to open your mind to asking questions. As long as you don't close it for them.

  5. tsmog profile image81
    tsmogposted 13 months ago

    I'm curious when I hear someone say, "Conspiracy theory" and I don't have to know what that theory is. I want to know what is being given that label and then why. So, perhaps that means wanting to know the truth of the matter too.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image90
      kwade tweelingposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      That's a good way to look at it. A lot of interesting things have been labeled like that to discredit them, only to turn out to be true.

  6. Cleo Burch profile image86
    Cleo Burchposted 13 months ago

    I usually think of aliens, funnily enough, because I've seen so many episodes of ancient aliens and other history channel conspiracy shows just for the heck of it.

    After hearing a theory I try to understand it from as many angles as I can. It really depends on the evidence the theory has to back it up. However, sometimes a theory sounds so probable that I can't help but believe it before even looking at the evidence.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image90
      kwade tweelingposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I feel much the same. I used to dismiss them all, until I started learning about some that have been proven true. Now I have a fondness for digging through crazy ideas.

  7. Terrielynn1 profile image92
    Terrielynn1posted 13 months ago

    I think of people sitting around with tin foil hats on waiting for aliens to take them away. or area 51 and how it's changed over the years. When people throw these theories around most make me want to roll my eyes. The saddest and most ignorant is the recent sandy hook. IT was shear ignorance and lack of empathy or compasion that kept it going, that sickened me.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image90
      kwade tweelingposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the input!

 
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