Conspiracies vs Conspiracy Theories
Yes, there are conspiracies in this world, but let us look at the three signs of a conspiracy theory. Conspiracy theories are usually nurtured by those who don’t understand how the world works or how it is changing. Here are three criteria I came up with:
- The theorist’s doctor/engineer friend sitting on a sofa looking at a picture or video is a more reliable expert than the dozens of professionals directly involved in the event. These dozens of professionals are all presumed to be part of the conspiracy.
- The event disturbs some deep comfort zone within the theorist and they must set it right by hanging on to something illogical but not daring to challenge his deep-seated conviction or sense of order.
- The theorist jumps from one straw of ‘evidence’ to another hoping to convince the skeptic. On the other hand, a real conspiracy is thrown open by just one minor devastating and incontrovertible fact, e.g. Watergate, Memogate etc.