It's not whether you believe in conspiracy theories, but *which* conspiracy theory you already believe in.
We all are convinced of things that can't be demonstrated, and assume (or reject) agency with no reasonable basis.

And we all discount other accounts for no good reason other than we don't want to believe them.

Was the novel Coronavirus developed in a lab? How do you know?
Did Bush knowingly lie about WMDs? Were drug laws passed in order to disenfranchise Black people? Were the Clintons behind Jeffrey Epstein's death?

What's the basis for your belief?

To what extent are you willing to entertain explanations that weaken your other commitments?
As our sources of information fracture; as every worldview comes with its supporting evidence, documents and inferences; as our networks branch off into ever more closed and self-reinforcing communities — our beliefs derive less and less from a common pool of consensus.
I guarantee you that a 9/11 Truther knows far more about what happened on that day than I do, and a guy who thinks Kubrick staged the moon landing can tell me more about sound stages in 1969 than I ever care to know.
I think they're nuts because . . . I think they're nuts. But not because I've entertained all their evidence and dispassionately measured it against other evidence.
We know a very few things with reasonable certainty. The rest is conspiracies all the way down.

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