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Michael Fullerton

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Why is someone a "conspiracy theorist" merely because they question the government account of something? Isn't that plain old skepticism?

Skepticism is supposed to involve objectively questioning claims based on evidence. Why then is someone called a conspiracy theorist when they merely question a government's extraordinary claim which is seriously lacking in evidence?


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    Aug 4 2013: First of all, i noticed that many people don't understand questioning, which explains why they don't like those who ask too many questions. Second, people don't really need evidence, which explains why they believed (and many still do) in all kinds of Gods.

    Finally, authorities in most countries, including the democratic ones, couldn't care less about your questioning as long as you don't make waves. Corporations and governments don't like that because it undermines their authority (at least that's how they see it).

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