Citation metadata

Date: Wntr 2021
From: Skeptic (Altadena, CA)(Vol. 26, Issue 1)
Publisher: Skeptics Society & Skeptic Magazine
Document Type: Essay
Length: 843 words
Lexile Measure: 930L

Document controls

Main content

Article Preview :

When real conspiracies are exposed, it's natural to ask, "What other plots might still be hidden?" It's easy to speculate--and it's easy to let our imaginations run away with us.

Our story today isn't about conspiracies that are proven or even suspected on the basis of good evidence. We're going to focus on conspiracies that people imagine. A "conspiracy theory" is an unproven story or rumor about a supposed conspiracy. A "conspiracy theorist" or "conspiracist" is someone who shares or believes such an unproven rumor.

The problem with rumors is that anyone can start one for any old reason. Most rumors aren't based on facts, but on imagination, guesswork, or even deliberate lies. (You've probably heard gossip at some point that you knew wasn't true.)

People have started unproven conspiracy rumors about practically any topic we could name. Here are a few actual examples. Maybe the world's governments are conspiring to conceal the existence of Bigfoot, or aliens, or the Flat Earth? Is our drinking water dosed with mind control drugs? Were the Moon landings fake? Could the President of the United States be a reptile disguised as a human? Is the Smithsonian covering up evidence that giants used to exist?

None of these stories have proven true. Just the...

Source Citation

Source Citation   

Gale Document Number: GALE|A656765717