Rational people don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy adherents share a flawed worldview with religious adherents, one derived from flawed thinking and anti-scientific methods.
Conspiracism mirrors Creationism or its ridiculously pretentious euphemism, Intelligent Design.
These ideologies invariably begin with a false premise and then amass entirely selective factoids said adherents believe will support their crackpot hypothesis, but their false premises inevitably only lead to false conclusions.
Their methods are alien to civilised notions of the pursuit truth and of course, a complete disregard for scientific principles and methodology.
Religious fundamentalism embraces conspiracism and is historically the seminal source of modern conspiracism.
Here’s first hand accounts and insights, tripping through the millieu of conspircaism and Christian fundamentalism:- Christian Fundamentalism’s Easy Compatibility with Conspiracy Theories
I began my journey through Christian Fundamentalism in about 1975. In short order, even at my good church, Bensalem Baptist Church, I was introduced to the idea of a conspiracy of Satanists from then reigning conspiracy cuckoo, Johnny Todd, who barked at us from the pulpit that the Satanists, the Illuminati, the pope and–oh, I can’t recall who else–probably Henry Kissinger, were all running the world from one huge Satanic secret society.
Though Shermer has given us a list of great cognitive fallacies typical of belief in conspiracy theories (posted in yesterday’s blog), he does not give us a reason that some people (or cultures) persistently flock to conspiracy theories, urban legends, etc., as a pillar of their world outlook.