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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 22 2013: The reason I asked this question was because the first time I started merely asking questions about the official story of 9/11 on a "skeptic" forum I was immediately called a "conspiracy theorist" even though I was simply questioning and not presenting an alternative explanation.

    Closer to home, before asking this question I had been trying for a week to start a debate here on why the official story of the Twin Tower collapses on 9/11 which had absolutely no scientific evidence is considered scientific. Conversely why is the controlled demolition hypothesis rejected when it actually has scientific supporting evidence.

    Eventually the response I got was basically that discussing conspiracy theories were not allowed here. 9/11 makes a lot of people including TED highly irrational.
    • Aug 22 2013: Conspirators want to assure that all skeptics are considered to be irrational. Unfortunately, their job is very easy because people do not want to believe that they are being manipulated by conspiracies.

      There are many valid questions about 9/11 that have never been adequately answered. In addition, there is a small quantity of evidence that the attack involved people within the USA. Plenty of reason for rational skepticism as opposed to believing "without sufficient evidence to the contrary."

      TED can rightfully limit these discussions according to any policies that they determine, and there are other sites available to discuss 9/11 in more detail.

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