Conspiracy Theories – Why Do People Believe Them?

Hours after the Boston bombings, the conspiracy theorists came out in full force, screaming about an ‘inside job’. What is it about society that makes some people believe in inside jobs, deadly chemtrails and satanic secret societies?


Dr. Barry Beyerstein was a scientific sceptic and professor of psychology. He says:

“People like to enchant themselves and this is classic mystery mongering. People want there to be grand conspiracies and they want the world to be an even more mysterious place than it is and want more simplistic pad answers as to why they’re not happy and why the world isn’t the wonderful place they think it should be. And that’s more satisfactory psychologically than the sort of thing that science or decent scholarship will say.”

“There are very rational explanations for corporate globalization. It’s not a conspiracy. Corporate organizations do what they do because they’re corporations and we don’t need to imagine conspiracies to explain why they would do everything they possibly can to increase their profits and take away the rights of workers and suppress democracy, that’s, that’s their business, in fact, that’s their only business.”

Journalist H.L. Mencken, wrote the following:

“The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common right and true desserts. He ascribes all his failure to get on in the world, all of his congenital incapacity and damfoolishness, to the machinations of werewolves assembled in Wall Street, or some other such den of infamy.”

☛ Paranoid Minds: Read LAPD Mass Murderer Chris Dorner’s Online Manifesto

Lastly, there is one thing I can commend conspiracy theorists on: they are truth-seekers, they want to questions things and be sure of the truth.  However for all the small inconsistencies they find in official accounts of any specific event, they ignore the gigantic, contradicting holes in their own logic, the likelihood of their idea of events taking place and always lack any real evidence to back up their claims.

As far as the Boston bombings, nobody knows anything yet. But we can be pretty sure of one thing: that guy on the roof is just as baffled as the rest of us.

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