In our day-to-day lives, the search for the truth generally meets a
fair amount of success. We usually find our missing car keys and
figure out who ate our last piece of pizza. Most,
though not all, crimes are solved and though the criminal justice system makes mistakes,
we are generally satisfied that the punished are actually guilty. When a jetliner crashes we are often able to
decide what the cause was, be it a bomb, the weather, pilot error, or whatever. We were even able to determine why one of the
recent Mars probes burned up on entry into the Martian atmosphere; someone forgot to
translate from meters to feet! Though answers
to our questions are generally available, some of us are reluctant to believe them, no
matter how reasonable they appear to be. Some
of us are on the lookout for alternate answers that are most often less-reasonable. Well call these alternate
answers conspiracy theories, though not all actually involve a conspiracy. The links below offer information on conspiracy
theories, both on specific theories and on the phenomena of conspiracy theories in
- What is it that causes some people to deny the reasonable answer and
look for explanations that are more far-fetched? What
assumptions are these conspiracy theorists making? What
criteria for truth and evidence are they using? How
do these criteria differ from those generally employed by science and common sense?
- Many of these conspiracy theories directly discount the accepted
practice of using Ockhams Razor. Is
there something wrong with this principle?
- Are there similarities between the most common conspiracy theories? What are they and what conclusions do they lead
you to believe about the phenomena of such theories?
Theories Discussion Forum
Theories- Great resource with lots of links
Links to various conspiracy theory texts
Robert Anton Wilson and Miriam Joan Hill Conspiracy Theory Homepage
Make Your Own Conspiracy Theory
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