A Conspiracy Theory about Conspiracy Theories

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If you have studied conspiracy theories long enough, not so much the conspiracies themselves but the structures, origin, participants etc., you could easily come to the conclusion that conspiracy theories are in a fact part of a larger conspiracy theory. In other words they are all junk to keep you busy and build mechanisms to label you as a member of the tin foil hat community. After you study them long enough they begin to appear as intentional fabrications rather than just organic ideas that sprung up from some random individual.
According to the experts, “Belief in conspiracy theories predicts maladaptive perceptions and behaviors such as withdrawal from politics, decreased civic virtue, hostility and radicalization.” (This sets the stage to make you out to be a lunatic)
Conspiracy theories are tied to superstition, belief in the paranormal, extraterrestrial, telepathy, and a host of wacko ideas.
Cognitive bias is a systematic error in thinking that occurs when people are processing and interpreting information in the world around them and affects the decisions and judgments that they make. (more setting the stage to make you a lunatic).
Here is a list of cognitive biases: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases that I find fascinating and provides a glimpse into the thinking of people and how they process information provided. On the flip side I firmly believe that if your aware of these cognitive biases, you can avoid falling prey to them.
My favorite is “confirmation bias”. It’s when someone wants something to be true they only seek out that which supports their idea while rejecting that evidence which is contrary to it.
Another favorite is “illusory pattern perception” (connecting the dots). This appears to only be used by certain groups of people. If your caught “connecting the dots” then your a conspiracy theory lunatic.
These cognitive biases are flaws in your thinking that can lead you to draw inaccurate conclusions. They can be harmful because they cause you to focus too much on some kinds of information while overlooking other kinds. (More from the experts copy/pasted here)
In my opinion, based on a great deal of study, most conspiracy theories are created to hide the truth. Its a shell game or maybe smoke and mirrors to borrow a couple of cliche’s. Its goal is to keep you busy and to keep you from the truth. More on this later.



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