Rational Wiki lays out a solid page on conspiracy theories and ‘checklists’ of determine the credibility of such.  They also propose the below definition.  What I do not agree with is the phrasing ‘pre-formed conclusion.’  Why does it have to be pre-formed?  If events occur and evidence leads to a theory, what is the pre-formed part?  Again, to me, they are the ones pre-forming the idea that, if one believes in a theory, they must have already made up their minds in advance.  Maybe I’m reading too much into it.  Check it out, let me know you thoughts…

-Matty

P.S. Here’s their definition; almost forgot!  It’s hell to get old…

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A conspiracy theory originally meant the theory pre-formed conclusion that an event or phenomenon was the result of conspiracy between covertly or deceptively interested parties; however, from the mid-1960s onward, it is often used to denote ridiculous, misconceived, paranoid, unfounded, outlandish or irrational theories.  The problem is this results in possibly-rational conspiracy theories getting lost in the midst of the noise of newsworthy but disingenuous ideas such as New World Order or the Moon landing hoax.”

Do you like to read about conspiracies?  You must, if you’re on this site!  So check out this excerpt from my speculative fiction novel, The Altered States of Hector Haveck:

#1.  Drop what you’re doing and follow the remaining directions.

Gladly!  He was sick of reading the Alice in Wonderland dossiers on the other agencies and contacts he would work with (one dossier, on Indrid Cold, was disconcerting.  A special investigator, he was one of several unstable assets trolling the country to root out cases of UFO close encounters.  Way the dossier read, the government wanted to spook its citizens by sending out freakish bullies like Cold, a half male, half female schizophrenic).

#2.  Go to Brian’s Used Books, ID yourself as a good friend of the owner, and ask for a copy of Notes from Underground.  They’ll have one on hold for you; it will say To My Good Friend inside the cover. 

Great, he thought.  More books!

But under the directions, Perrin had written: #3.  DON’T READ THE BOOK!

#4 was to listen to the cassette tapes and practice the voice contained on them until he mastered it.  Paris opened up his desk drawers; inside were a Sony cassette recorder, headphones, and a microphone.  He took out the recorder, inserted the first cassette…of Lieutenant Commander Perrin reading The New York Times.

What’s all this then? 

The fifth direction–open the envelope and use his mimicking power to practice long-term mimicry of the face in the photos.  He opened the envelope; the photos were, of course, of the commander, facing forward, left, right.  Shaven, unshaven.  Smiling, frowning, looking thoughtful.  Looking pensive.

He’s setting me up to be a doppelganger! 

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