Two similar thoughts:
- No matter how insane you think a particular conspiracy theory is, there is someone way smarter than you who believes it. Ask yourself why.
- I would love to read an analysis of conspiracy theories throughout history. I think they are ineradicable. They will always be with us. But what interests me is why some particular thing becomes the subject of a CS at a particular point in time. Is it just a random coalescing that signifies nothing? I don’t think so. I think that which becomes the interest of CS at any given moment is itself information. I think we can learn a lot from these.