A conspiracy theory is an idea that some secret group of people are doing bad stuff and hiding it all from ordinary people. Many conspiracy theories involve politics.

Reasons for conspiracy theoriesEdit

  1. Conspiracy theories can exist because someone with psychiatric problems has strange ideas. Alternatively a group of people with psychiatric problems can get together and encourage each other to believe wild ideas.
  2. Conspiracy theories can exist because some enterprising businessman/businesswoman or corporation hopes to make money selling material about imagined conspiracies to the gullible public.
  3. Finally conspiracy theories can exist because there is a real conspiracy and one or more people are trying to draw public attention to what's happening.

Real and imagined conspiraciesEdit

The larger a conspiracy is in a conspiracy theory, the less likely it is that it is true. The more People that need to be involved, the more likely that some people will not join, that someone will spill the beans, and the more likely that people will find out about it.

The more likely a conspiracy is to be beneficial to a group with a large amount of power, such as a corporation, the more likely it is to be true.

The more of a monopoly of information there is- in other words, how much the flow of information is controlled by one or a few powerful sources, the more likely a conspiracy theory is valid.

Sorting out the sensible conspiracy theories from the junk conspiracy theories isn't always easy.

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