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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:34 PM

As much as half of the population of the United States believes in at least one conspiracy theory.

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According to researchers Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood at the University of Chicago, the combined results of four surveys conducted between 2006 and 2011 show that belief in conspiracies is as strong now as it has ever been in the past.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:36 PM

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If we use the strict definitions of the words, conspiracies are very common.  No pun intended, but common sense knows that.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:44 PM

Coming from the nation that gave the world warmonger bush they will buy anything. Just clutch your bible, ar15, muh freedoms and "there's a coloured man in the white house". Most obese country in the developed world, I turn on cnn every other day and some school is getting shot up. Piers morgan tell you yanks how to behave and you won't heed his advice, china practically owns all of their debts.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 01:03 PM

View PostEvan92, on 15 June 2014 - 12:44 PM, said:

Coming from the nation that gave the world warmonger bush they will buy anything. Just clutch your bible, ar15, muh freedoms and "there's a coloured man in the white house". Most obese country in the developed world, I turn on cnn every other day and some school is getting shot up. Piers morgan tell you yanks how to behave and you won't heed his advice, china practically owns all of their debts.

Piers Morgan, LOL! Britain, please take him back, ASAP.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 01:57 PM

Everyone believes in 1 conspiracy or another. Just because it isn't as out there as aliens in Area 51 or Illuminati doesn't mean it isn't a conspiracy.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:04 PM

i'm trying to figure out from the article what, exactly, the questions were that they asked the people surveyed. am i right in thinking that they just took those three questions listed, the percentages who said they believed them, and added them together? that doesn't seem like the most accurate thing.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:05 PM

Just a reflection of how much people feel they can actually trust their government right now.

Plus with all the vast conspiracy theories, (and proven ones) out there if your a reasonable person your probably bound to believe one( if you think everything is a conspiracy then there is probably a problem) . unless of course you have a blind trust for any and every official story :innocent: . In that case I have a bridge to sell you

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:05 PM

Conspiracies have been proven to be true over the centuries and anyone that doubts that is an idiot.  Oh but I'm sure there are no conspiracies going on now, right?  I mean Just because a company owned by Harry Reid owns all of the land bordering the land they were trying to clear that Bundy rancher off of, and Harry Reid was labeling them all domestic terrorists, and they were ready to shoot a bunch of civillian's over a tortoise there was probably nothing conspiratorial going on there.

Edit to add I've never heard the one about the fluorescent bulbs and mind control.  There is a conspiracy behind those extremely toxic bulbs but as per usual it was a financial conspiracy not nefarious mind control.

Edited by OverSword, 15 June 2014 - 02:10 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:07 PM

View Postseaturtlehorsesnake, on 15 June 2014 - 02:04 PM, said:

i'm trying to figure out from the article what, exactly, the questions were that they asked the people surveyed. am i right in thinking that they just took those three questions listed, the percentages who said they believed them, and added them together? that doesn't seem like the most accurate thing.

Good point these are the only questions the article shows, and that dosent really say much. Iv never even heard of the last one


According to the results, 19% of Americans believe that the events of 9/11 were orchestrated by the government, 25% believe that the recent financial crisis was due to a small cabal of Wall Street Bankers and 11% even believe that the recent switch to energy efficient fluorescent lighting has taken place because the new bulbs make people more obedient and easier to control.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:10 PM

I hadn't heard of the last one either,who thinks them up?


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:16 PM

I think it is natural to be suspicious of government, generally speaking they are the least trustworthy people we see, past experience should teach us that. I think it is natural in any situation to question and analyse what we have witnessed and draw our own conclusions. Sometimes it takes someone to form an opinion and others will agree and follow, that is the essence of a conspiracy theory I think, thus ends the neat and tidy part of it lol.

Unfortunately, the desire to see collusion, and deceit in everything can sometimes lead to rampant paranoia, giving us some of the more bizarre theories, some just plain stupid.

I for one do not discount conspiracies as a neutral observer, some are very tantalizing, and some, without opening up a can of worms and taking this post off at a tangent, are almost certainly closer to the truth than what we perceive and see spoon fed to us by the media, who fall into the second category of pond life as regards trustworthiness.

Therefore I don't think it is surprising that they should see the results they have from this, surprised it isn't higher to be honest lol.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:19 PM

View Postspartan max2, on 15 June 2014 - 02:07 PM, said:

Good point these are the only questions the article shows, and that dosent really say much. Iv never even heard of the last one


According to the results, 19% of Americans believe that the events of 9/11 were orchestrated by the government, 25% believe that the recent financial crisis was due to a small cabal of Wall Street Bankers and 11% even believe that the recent switch to energy efficient fluorescent lighting has taken place because the new bulbs make people more obedient and easier to control.

that one was new to me as well. but not surprising; if there's something new out there, someone will somehow take it as a sign of impending doom.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:31 PM

New conspiracy, the 3rd one was made up on the spot to see how many people believed it


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 04:01 PM

Here is another version of this article published last year. Enjoy


http://mobile.usnews...piracy-theories

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 04:29 PM

The us is run by a vast government entity made up of citizens voted into office by the millions of other citizens that live there.

Of course conspiracies exist, if they didn't nothing would get done.

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