Salem started a thread here: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=247
that got me thinking about the crazy things that people believe. Dale and I were talking about Kevin Trudeau and his book that is supposed to tell you health secrets that THEY
don't want you to know.
I started thinking about conspiracy theories that bug me the most.
I keep an eclectic bunch of friends and from that group came a guy a long time ago that I was friends with for a few years until he started talking about some things that I just no longer could tolerate listening to on a consistent basis. I like eclectic, but conspiracy theory nuts do nothing for me.
One his (many) beliefs was that there never really was a Nazi Holocaust. Now you and I may think that's insane, and it is! But what he did was read books exclusively that supported his viewpoint and then when you asked him to cite his sources he could cite quite a few of them, but they were all form the same point of view
. He also has a pretty high IQ and although he didn't really flaunt that, he was known for it in the small town he lived in.
Anyway, he had a lot of crazy conspiracy beliefs like how the Jews control the world, blacks are inherently less intelligent than whites and how that was secret information that 'they' didn't want you to know, and that there was a secret group of 7 people that controlled all the wars and finances of the world. How that secret group of 7 could control the world when the Jews were supposed to be controlling it was never explained. I always wondered how someone with such a high IQ could be so dumb, but it really all boils down to what you feed your brain as far as information.
His beliefs started to become popular with our little group of friends and me being the sole person in that group at that time that had been to college was hard because I was told that I was only believing what I was told to believe in college and not exploring the other side. This reminds me of Ray Comfort standing out here at UNLV and yelling at the students something along the lines of they believe propaganda told to them by their professors and how evolution is just myth but he is 'in the know'. There is a video of that on YouTube.
Eventually I separated myself from that group except for one person who was relatively sane. He is still friends with me and with Mr. Conspiracy Theory and from what I hear Mr. Conspiracy Theory is still going strong.
OH! I forgot to mention that Mr. Conspiracy Theory was also an HIV denier.
So I told you all that to ask you this: What is the the craziest/most annoying conspiracy theory you've ever heard ? Do you know anyone who actually believes it? Did YOU ever believe a conspiracy theory and if so what was it and why did you stop believing it ?
I'm not gonna kiss your ass because you have imaginary friends.