Michael Brown on Why the Conspiracy Theorists Scare Me

I know the term “conspiracy theorists” is broad, so allow me to define what I mean. I’m referring to those who claim to know the secret truth behind the news, the hidden intrigues behind the historical narrative. I’m referring to those for whom what is reported publicly is virtually always a cover-up for some sinister plot.

Those kinds of people scare me, since facts, truth and evidence have no meaning for them. At all costs, the theory must be preserved.

Should you show them a picture disproving their idea, the picture has surely been edited. (Or the person in the picture is a shape-shifter!)

Should you present them with eyewitness testimony that refutes their theory, the eyewitnesses have been bribed—or, worse still, they are secret agents for a shadow organization that runs the world.

Should you say, “I’m 100% sure your claims are wrong, since I was there myself and I know exactly what happened,” that just proves you are lying. Obviously!

A sympathizer would reply, “You’re missing the whole point. We have our evidence too. We have our testimonies. That’s why we reject the commonly accepted narrative. The cover-up is obvious.”

In reality, however, in the vast majority of cases, the alleged cover-up is anything but obvious. Rather, you have to start with an unhealthy suspicion that questions the reasonable and doubts the probable. Then, you have to put undue faith in tenuous, far-out theories, with scant supporting evidence.

Put in graphic terms, if you picture a scale with balances, then five pieces of tenuous evidence plus a large dose of suspicion outweigh 100 pieces of solid evidence.

To repeat: That kind of thinking scares me.

As the Wikipedia entry states, with fairness and accuracy, in my opinion, “A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event or situation that invokes a conspiracy by sinister and powerful actors, often political in motivation, when other explanations are more probable. The term has a pejorative connotation, implying that the appeal to a conspiracy is based on prejudice or insufficient evidence. Conspiracy theories resist falsification and are reinforced by circular reasoning: Both evidence against the conspiracy and an absence of evidence for it, are re-interpreted as evidence of its truth, and the conspiracy becomes a matter of faith rather than proof.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News