I got an email today from Psych Central detailing the main traits of people who believe in conspiracy theories, namely:
“… personality traits such as openness to experience, distrust, low agreeability, and Machiavellianism are associated with conspiracy belief.”*
“In terms of cognitive processes, people with stronger conspiracy beliefs are more likely to overestimate the likelihood of co-occurring events, to attribute intentionality where it is unlikely to exist, and to have lower levels of analytic thinking.”*
*Lantian et al. (2017)
Now here is my problem with these assertions, first there is no need to add the word “conspiracy” to a THEORY. This is pure psychological smoke and mirrors. It’s quite brilliant, you see. To discredit someone’s opinion or THEORY all one has to do is tack on “conspiracy” and it immediately discredits the assertion made. Secondly, I would like to say that in my experience most people interested in so-called conspiracy theories are quite intelligent and have higher than average analytical thinking skills. The article goes on to name some major catastrophic events that people have questioned. My mind immediately goes to 9/11, the Boston marathon bomber, and the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting. Here is the deal, sometimes when you start pulling at a thread you soon realize that as official reports start completely unravelling you have gone too far to sew that thread back in. All you have now is a mound of something quite closer to the truth but also something that causes you major cognitive dissonance. You want to go back and leave that thread alone sometimes!
In conclusion, whether you believe a theory or not is up to you. But the label “conspiracy theory” was a major coup de tat psyops operation to discredit/invalidate without any further discussion needed on the matter. Like I said, it is quite brilliant but dangerously destructive.