Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


* * * * * 1 votes

Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
687 replies to this topic

#151    No Censorship

No Censorship

    Poltergeist

  • Validating
  • 2,784 posts
  • Joined:31 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male

Posted 28 May 2013 - 02:33 AM

View Postthird_eye, on 26 May 2013 - 08:10 AM, said:

Posted Image




the ultimate conspiracy trap ...


Turn that into a tattoo. If not, put the phrase on an index card, and glue or tape it to your bathroom mirror. We all have our own "political club", but some issues transcend our habit of pennant-waving. That's especially true when our clubs face an existential threat from a third party.

There is one reality with billions of versions.

#152    Frank Merton

Frank Merton

    Blue fish

  • Member
  • 17,137 posts
  • Joined:22 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:51 AM

I wonder if it's cultural.  Asian citizens are more concerned with stability and safety while Westerners (at least Americans) seem prepossessed by their idea of "freedom."  The reality is that there is no such thing in this world as either secure safety or of freedom, and, further, that one is never safe if not free and never free if not safe.


#153    Otto von Pickelhaube

Otto von Pickelhaube

    A complete moral vacuum

  • Member
  • 30,137 posts
  • Joined:09 May 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Garmisch-Partenkirchen

  • Vampires are people too.

Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:16 AM

View PostFrank Merton, on 28 May 2013 - 06:51 AM, said:

I wonder if it's cultural.  Asian citizens are more concerned with stability and safety while Westerners (at least Americans) seem prepossessed by their idea of "freedom."  The reality is that there is no such thing in this world as either secure safety or of freedom, and, further, that one is never safe if not free and never free if not safe.
I think that's very true. In fact, as I think has been remarked before, the U.S. Constitution was deliberately designed to prevent Government from being too efficient, in case it became Tyrannical. And the irony is that most Western "democracies" (well, the U.S. and UK, at any rate, certainly) turned out to be neither.

If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.

- Philip K. Dick.


#154    third_eye

third_eye

    _ M Ġ ń Ř Ī Ş_

  • Member
  • 12,282 posts
  • Joined:06 Nov 2010
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Malaysia

  • - God has no religion ~ Mahatma Gandhi -

    "Legio nomen mihi est, quia multi sumus"

Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:53 AM

View PostDetective Mystery 2013, on 28 May 2013 - 02:33 AM, said:

Turn that into a tattoo. If not, put the phrase on an index card, and glue or tape it to your bathroom mirror. We all have our own "political club", but some issues transcend our habit of pennant-waving. That's especially true when our clubs face an existential threat from a third party.

In a global 'economic' boom ~ the minds that are required to feed the production, factory lines or employment 'force' lured with the promises of a better future cannot be questioned as to what means a 'better' life or even at times ~ being in possession of a critical mind means the 'target' population does not feed the numbers of future projected success. You don't question them.
THe have the projected numbers, the target economical and financial percentages of the global growth pie ....
Have you ever been curious as to where these base numbers come from ? Who decides how big the pie is before the governments start slicing them up ... ?

FDR heard something  ...

Posted Image

.... but he didn't expect it would get this loud //




.

He who postpones the hour of living rightly ... is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out ... before he crosses.
Horace - Roman lyric poet & satirist 65 BC - 8 BC
~

third_eye cavern ~ bring own beer


#155    starchild1976

starchild1976

    Alien Embryo

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 83 posts
  • Joined:30 Aug 2012
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:texas

  • Truth is stranger than fiction.

Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:34 AM

I know why.. it's called marijuana. That is why people shouldn't toke if they don't  want to be a big dope.


#156    RaptorBites

RaptorBites

    Poltergeist

  • Member
  • 2,208 posts
  • Joined:12 Jan 2012

Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:34 AM

Some people want to believe they are "special", yet cannot admit they ride the bus.

No, you surround yourself with a whole different kettle of crazy. - Sir Wearer of Hats

#157    Kludge808

Kludge808

    Forum god of all things

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,741 posts
  • Joined:13 Oct 2009
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Completely off the map

  • Proud Member of the Geriatric Squadron
    Proud Member of the Thinking Class

Posted 31 May 2013 - 01:19 AM

Actually, ALL Conspiracy Theories are true.  Every single one of them without exception.

But only to those who believe them.

Whirled Infamous Author and all around really strange person
Not a complete idiot.  Some pieces are missing.

One of UM's Happy Mutants

#158    No Censorship

No Censorship

    Poltergeist

  • Validating
  • 2,784 posts
  • Joined:31 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male

Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:11 AM

View PostRaptorBites, on 30 May 2013 - 08:34 AM, said:

Some people want to believe they are "special", yet cannot admit they ride the bus.

Julius Caesar rode the short bus? Who knew?

There is one reality with billions of versions.

#159    third_eye

third_eye

    _ M Ġ ń Ř Ī Ş_

  • Member
  • 12,282 posts
  • Joined:06 Nov 2010
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Malaysia

  • - God has no religion ~ Mahatma Gandhi -

    "Legio nomen mihi est, quia multi sumus"

Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:50 AM

View PostDetective Mystery 2013, on 31 May 2013 - 02:11 AM, said:

Julius Caesar rode the short bus? Who knew?

Brute ?

Et too eh ? Brutus ?

~

He who postpones the hour of living rightly ... is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out ... before he crosses.
Horace - Roman lyric poet & satirist 65 BC - 8 BC
~

third_eye cavern ~ bring own beer


#160    Capt Amerika

Capt Amerika

    Remote Viewer

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 609 posts
  • Joined:31 May 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Frozen Tundra of the USA

Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:57 PM

View PostKludge808, on 20 May 2013 - 07:18 AM, said:

As an AE, pilot, A&P and ground instructor (Okay, inactive for a while but still), I do understand that part.  The Gimli Glider is a classic example of this. :-)
My favorite CT of all time was the one where the Govt is using KC-135 Air refuelers to spread "chemtrails" over the people.
I worked on them for over 20 years.  Not happening.  plain and simple.
I dont care if folks dont believe me but its the factual truth.
I love a good CT but the chemtrails one i dont bother even following anymore.


#161    Capt Amerika

Capt Amerika

    Remote Viewer

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 609 posts
  • Joined:31 May 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Frozen Tundra of the USA

Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 28 May 2013 - 06:51 AM, said:

I wonder if it's cultural.  Asian citizens are more concerned with stability and safety while Westerners (at least Americans) seem prepossessed by their idea of "freedom."  The reality is that there is no such thing in this world as either secure safety or of freedom, and, further, that one is never safe if not free and never free if not safe.
Which is why as a FREE American, i dont need the Federal Govt telling me how to live.
I dont need their healthcare, i dont need their mandated seatbelt laws etc....
I will care for myself and if i screw up, just toss the body in a hole somewhere and let my death serve as a warning to others.
The Govt has effectively thwarted Darwinism.


#162    Capt Amerika

Capt Amerika

    Remote Viewer

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 609 posts
  • Joined:31 May 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Frozen Tundra of the USA

Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:11 PM

Has anyone ever considered that people "believe" and i use that word loosely, because it simply makes for an awesome story.
I don't believe for one second that Reptilians are running the planet.
But that doesn't stop me from reading virtually every article i see about it.  Same applies to pretty much all CT's.
I find them entertaining and sometimes spine tingling in a weird sort of way when you can almost connect with what the writer is saying as truth.
This is exactly why i visit this site, and infowars (really had to swallow my pride to admit that one), and watch the weird stuff like ancient aliens and Jesse Venturas conspiracy theory.
Not because i believe it all, but i find it entertaining.
There are a lot of things out there that are unexplained and sometimes the CT is just a better story than the mainstream one from an entertainment pov.
Its almost like reading a good book.
And that is why i "believe" in CT's.


#163    RaptorBites

RaptorBites

    Poltergeist

  • Member
  • 2,208 posts
  • Joined:12 Jan 2012

Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:14 PM

View PostCapt Amerika, on 31 May 2013 - 03:57 PM, said:

My favorite CT of all time was the one where the Govt is using KC-135 Air refuelers to spread "chemtrails" over the people.
I worked on them for over 20 years.  Not happening.  plain and simple.
I dont care if folks dont believe me but its the factual truth.
I love a good CT but the chemtrails one i dont bother even following anymore.

Ahh Chemtrailers.

I say we vote to remove all warning labels off everything.  Eventually the problem will solve itself.

No, you surround yourself with a whole different kettle of crazy. - Sir Wearer of Hats

#164    No Censorship

No Censorship

    Poltergeist

  • Validating
  • 2,784 posts
  • Joined:31 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male

Posted 01 June 2013 - 02:24 AM

View PostCapt Amerika, on 31 May 2013 - 04:11 PM, said:

Has anyone ever considered that people "believe" and i use that word loosely, because it simply makes for an awesome story.
I don't believe for one second that Reptilians are running the planet.
But that doesn't stop me from reading virtually every article i see about it.  Same applies to pretty much all CT's.
I find them entertaining and sometimes spine tingling in a weird sort of way when you can almost connect with what the writer is saying as truth.
This is exactly why i visit this site, and infowars (really had to swallow my pride to admit that one), and watch the weird stuff like ancient aliens and Jesse Venturas conspiracy theory.
Not because i believe it all, but i find it entertaining.
There are a lot of things out there that are unexplained and sometimes the CT is just a better story than the mainstream one from an entertainment pov.
Its almost like reading a good book.
And that is why i "believe" in CT's.

I'm like that too. However, there are facts and truth to be found in some claims. These are the wheat among chaff. For example, I doubt that the official line on JFK is "wheat". On the other hand, the stories from David Icke and Steve Quayle, are mostly "chaff". Ditto for Texe Marrs. These kinds of conspiracy theorists make it seem like *all* conspiracy theories are "chaff", and that ain't so. Just start with Operation Northwoods.

There is one reality with billions of versions.

#165    Gummug

Gummug

    Poltergeist

  • Member
  • 2,426 posts
  • Joined:14 Apr 2009
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Kansas

  • "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy" -- Shakespeare

Posted 01 June 2013 - 07:44 AM

View Postshrooma, on 06 May 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

I usually apply abe lincoln's razor when it comes to conspiracy theories-
'you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.'
(double-edged razor though it may be.....)
But if you're lucky you can fool enough people all the time so that those that aren't fooled will be thought of as fools by most of the people.

The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know....




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users