Why We Love Conspiracy Theories (And Why They Are So Popular Today)

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The Good Stuff April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

The Roswell UFO crash, the JFK assassination, the Moon Landing . . . these are some of the most famous conspiracy theories out there.

But they're not the only ones.

In the past couple of decades, the popularity of conspiracies has been on the rise. They have infiltrated our politics and contaminated our social media networks. Conspiracy theories have fueled the anti-vaccination movement, climate change denial, mass shootings, and our current president's political agenda.

But what has caused this surge in conspiratorial thinking? Why do we like them so much? Well, we might be built to believe in conspiracies.

But can we cure ourselves of them?

Check it out!

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Jennifer Isaacs April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

To fight against superstitious woo lord of the flies still is not so easy. Yes there can be attempts to fight but con artist to charlatan rewarded for such wooishness is still very difficult even more so than when gullible believe in conpiracies lacking evidence.
Ignorance in pride is cherished more than morals at times even in cults. There is a history of abusive and dangetous cults, but cults still exist and keep coming up with other labels to similar tactics. Keep trying anyhow.

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richard ouvrier April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

An expert will say anything a lying journalist wants. Epistemic problem, big time.

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richard ouvrier April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Because journalists lie.

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richard ouvrier April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Yes, but when you know MSM lies some conspiracy theories are somewhat plausible. Dulles was behind the Warren Commission so it's plausible JFK was assassinated by the CIA, not saying I believe but I almost do.

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F-22 Raptor April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I haven't seen a bird in a few months but then again I don't leave my house.

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Moogle Midgar April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

so many believe in the conspiracy theory that the earth is a ball. lol

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Michael Pesta April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I hate to be that guy, but there's a lot of facts that the average person doesn't access, and they not only confirm some theory's, but spell them out before implementation. It sucks that more of these theory's are true, than I or you would like.sorry to rain on the parade

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MrAhmedUA April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

trump : windmills cause cancer

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Maverick Hargrave April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Conspiracy theory is a very bad term. It dismisses things that could be true, but no one wants to investigate for fear of being labeled as a "conspiracy theorist." For example, the MK-ULTRA project was treated as a very stereotypical conspiracy until it turned out to be true. There was also the espionage on some celebrities during the Cold War, like Lennon and Hemingway, that were also true. And even more disturbing is the Gulf of Tonkin incident that started the war on Vietnam.

There was the fact that the tobacco industry already knew about the connection between cancer and smoking, but kept it hidden from most of the population for years. There was the conspiracy that the Canadian government developed a machine to detect homosexuality in public sectors, and it was actually true. And another conspiracy involving a weapon capable of giving heart attack in its target, it was also true. And the bullshit conspiracy saying that Iraq and Saddam Hussein had the bomb.

Many conspiracy theories you're laughing now can turn out to be true.

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Robert Klauco April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Amazing video. And just for your info, US is no more hotbed for conspiracies than the rest of the world. It's everywhere 🙁

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thevisionary2007 April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

The problem with this video is that it misunderstands what a conspiracy theory is and what it isn't. It implies that a conspiracy theory is always a baseless and incorrect story that ignores established indisputable evidence, defies common sense, is thought up by an uneducated crackpot, and believed by paranoid shut-ins. That is not what a conspiracy theory is.

Conspiracy theory does not equal paranoid crackpot

If two people murder someone and hide the body then tell people they don't know where the person is, and there is no evidence; but they are both the primary suspects due to motive and opportunity, then the people who suspect them have developed a theory about how they conspired to commit and cover up the murder. According to this video, those who suspect the guilty parties are fools, because the guys they suspect said they don't even know where the person is.

A conspiracy theory arises when people sense that they have been told a lie. There are liars in the world, and many lie their way into positions of great power. Accepting everything you are told without question is a bigger symptom of low brain function than questioning the powers that be.

Oh, and as far as Trump being a conspiracy theorist because he talks about fake news, he is vindicated with the revelation that the Russian collusion news narrative was exactly the fake news that he blasts against. The collusion story itself is however an example of a real crackpot conspiracy theory, but it's funny how that didn't make your list.

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twistdshade April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

People like conspiracies for a lot of the same reasons they like religion.

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Charles Marshall April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Thanks for putting together such an eloquent video

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Nidhi Kesharwani April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Everything aside, How can Americans be so unaware that there are other countries and continents and birds do exist here no matter the government working 🤦🤦

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it's ok to smirk April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Have you notice how YouTube only clamps on Conspiracy theories that go against their narrative? Now the Trump Russia Collusion is PROVED FALSE, it's nothing more than a conspiracy theory, that's still being pushed by some in the Media. But YouTube already gives the media preferential treatment…so RussiaGate is allowed to circulate, even though it's now nothing more than a bogus conspiracy theory.

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it's ok to smirk April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

The term 'conspiracy theory' itself is a conspiracy theory. The CIA coined the term to make people questioning the JFK assassination and the Warren Report. Very meta.

[Tinfoil hat intensifies]

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it's ok to smirk April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

But….birds AREN'T real.

As a Bird Truther, I always knew this channel was a paid shill. Now I know who's pulling the strings….Bird Realists.

What a farce.

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Owen Hunt April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I feel like it would have been worth it to mention the King Conspiracy Trial in this, agencies in US local, state and federal government all conspired to have Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated and have James Earl Ray, who was not the shooter, take the blame. I don't believe most conspiracy theories, but stories like this make many of them easier to believe. http://thekingcenter.org/conspiracy-trial/

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Lawlietftw30 April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Of course, there's also confirmation bias AGAINST conspiracies, if you find the very idea of a conspiracy to be ridiculous.

Also, if you live in the USA, it seems like the political parties love to throw conspiracy theories at each other now. Also, they love to actually conspire anytime they can. Fun times to live in. I like that the video points out that there have been real, documented conspiracies perpetrated against Americans on American soil.

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Josh Bodhi'Sattva April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

7:38, the "tusk-kuh-gee" experiment???? what????
It's pronounced "tus-kee-gee"

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KaaSerpent April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

For future reference, it's "tus KEE gee" (with a hard 'g') and not "TUS kuh jee."

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audiofunkdialect April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Also our education system tells us to listen to and believe the authorities and experts. Not to be critical of the info we’re receiving.

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DOOMZDAY April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

he says birds are real…. what a stupid lier

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Mushroom1882 April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Chlamities.

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Aaron Raines April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Could Religions (mainly monotheistic Religions) be considered under the same umbrella as conspiracy theories if this type?

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Signatelli April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Fun fact: A survey from the University of Kent found that people who believe in conspiracy theories are much more likely to be narcissists. It's no wonder they would be the ones who are always craving the feeling that they are part of the special "woke" crowd.

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Silver Lining April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

So what you're saying is, anti-vaxx and the flat earth movement are both part of a larger conspiracy designed to erode our trust in scientific fact.

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umbre fallenstars April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

<3

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Jerry Rupprecht April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I didn’t vaccinate my kids and the one who survived turned out fine.

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Jerry Rupprecht April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I like how you did an entire video on conspiracies without once mentioning flat earth. Well done.

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Wesley Morgan April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

"Confirmation Bias" a.k.a. the YouTube algorithm.

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Justin Pogge April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

the most harmful and potent conspiracy theories are the ones that have threads of truth woven in. like the anti vaccine movement. when you have an industry that has a history of falsifying data to get drugs passed through the FDA(which also has a cosy relationship with big pharma) and their profit motive outweighs the public good of creating life saving drugs, its easy for conspiracy theories to take hold. despite the fact that most of those companies make little or no money off of the vaccines they create and actually governments have to convince them sometimes to produce them. the issue of profit motives over the public good should be a critique of capitalism instead of fodder for conspiracy theories.

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Project-awesome customs and music April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I don't really believe in conspiracy theories, but I think they can be fascinating, especially in a fictional sense. Take G.I. Joe Renegades for example. I love the twist where Cobra seem like the good guys, but aren't. Justice League Unlimited is cool to with the whole Cadmus plot. And then you have fictional theories in music. Take Matt Bellamy's lyrics for Muse. They're all filled with themes of conspiracy and rebellion. Their latest album Simulation Theory is full of the idea that we just live in a simulation. Again I don't think these conspiracy theories are true, but they're definitely fun to think about.

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Modern Modern April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

To convoluted 🔥🎯🥁😂

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Oscar the Grouch April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I hate the conspiracy that says vaccinations cause autism. I absolutely despise it. I don't hate it because it is ridiculous and untrue (although it obviously is), or even because it is allowing the spread of preventable diseases (it is definitely causing that too), but because it is basically saying that anti-vaxxers would rather have a dead kid than one with autism. I am autistic, so are both of my parents and my brother. We may be a bunch of socially awkward misfits, but we deserve to exist. We have never hurt anybody. I, personally, could not literally hurt a fly (I can't bring myself to kill bugs). We are good people, I like to think. We deserve a chance at life just like anybody else. The fact that some people believe otherwise is terrible and extremely offensive.

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ıllıllı sωεεтsтαя ıllıllı April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I've been deconvinced of a conspiracy theory (Mandela Effect)

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Lorenz Zahn April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Conspiracy theories are fun! They are an exciting re-imagining of reality.

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Roman Giertych April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Birds Aren't Real is a satire, no?

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Katerina Urbanova April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

This is precious guys! <3 Thank you 🙂

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Khandar William April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

your subscribers are a conspiracy

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Division Alpha One April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

5:13 That's what they what you to think

Music intensifies

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green house April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

so this is the reason why they say do not feed the birds….. because it would malfunction.

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Kevin Charlson April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Wheezywaiter and friends ain't too proud to take a check, and that is alarming to me.

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Kevin Charlson April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

I was vibing to this at times, but then turned off very much at other times. Truth with Lies, like the Bible for example, here folks. For them to not even make the point that anti vaccinators should have every right to not vaccinate due to spiritual truths shows their hand. Nice try, not really, Fuckfaces 😉 I would unsub, but I want to be in these comments as a lightworker for all the fellow questers 😉 love you all, please check out my music on my channel! The Good Stuff as it stands, from my perspective, are ignorant, or sellouts, and it is very very likely the latter, and it's pretty sad really man. Anti vaxxers stay strong, we can literally do ANYTHING, so included in that should be the ability to maintain optimum health without any supplement at all, (but especially not one with all the dang chemicals!) Dr. Dale Brown here on youtube will lead you to all the proof you need to become an anti-vaxxer (RIGHTS activist), if you are a good discerner of truth, and energy. So you can look him up, but here is a couple links to some REAL Good Stuff! Stanley Plotkin, the Godfather of vaccines admitting all the horrible things you could imagine, there is Evil afoot, and if you don't smell it in vaccines, all of them, your sensors could use calibration. Learn to discern, or burn.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiNzMmNUVHukXBG7ZdFzt7A/videos

https://www.facebook.com/VaXismVideos/videos/934563850073999/UzpfSTUxNTcxMTM4NToxMDE1NTgwNTQyNDEyNjM4Ng/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

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XDLSD MOVEMENT April 18, 2019 - 8:57 am

Who ever made this video would suck at being detective.

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