Why do people like conspiracies?

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Brian (September 04, 2012, 09:48:47 AM):
Mebbe conspiracy theories are the new spook stories.
brianvds (September 04, 2012, 13:40:38 PM):
I like Conspiracy theories because the standard theories to explain everything is boring....

That's exactly it: conspiracy theories make the world more interesting. And they make the believers feel special, seeing as they are privy to secrets almost nobody else knows about.
cr1t (September 05, 2012, 11:45:38 AM):
I agree it is a mix of making the believer feel like he is on the in.
And it is a comfort to people. Because the real truth is more scarier than any
conspiracy out there, and that is there is nobody behind the wheel.
beLIEf (September 05, 2012, 22:36:19 PM):
because conspiracies are AWESOME.

Agreed - yes for entertainment value, alternative theories cos yes some of them are boring, also looking at how ridiculously biased the viewpoints are, the feeling of being 'in" on something even if you're not - and having the ability to detach yourself from that do some other reading and make your own mind up.. regardless of what it is ....

There's so much information, misinformation, disinformation and plain shit information that we might as well have a giggle while we are sifting through it

Brian (September 06, 2012, 09:40:05 AM):
I have a son-in-law that's a serious conspiracy theorist/believer (he ain't religious at all)and has done an enormous amount of research into the Illuminati, the ANC's pending ethnic cleansing/genocide (8 steps to chaos) camps etc that will be sprung on us in the short term. This has had an impact on my daughter/grand daughter insofar as they intend moving to Panama. My exhortations that this is BS have not had any effect (GCG you know the litey and can vouch for me!!)
How do you address this in a serious and effective manner? As you say it's all misinformation (or is it?), half truths and preys on people's fear and is BS but extremely difficult to verify/triangulate with reality/facts. The mining unrest serves as proof to these guys that shit is imminent!

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