Conspiracy theories. For some they make for fun water cooler talk or casual fascination, others take them very seriously. But one thing is for sure they do make up a part of our social fabric but where do they stem from and what needs do they fulfill, FOX 2 News sat down with some experts and one man who is a little on the fence on the subject.
The Kennedy Assassination, 911, the recent string of shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin. What do all these events have in common? They are major American tragedies that are shattering to our society and following these events they spawn endless conspiracy theories. Years ago in books and films, now they find a new home on the internet. The Blogosphere and news sites Abuzz with talk, the Huffington Post recently publishing one article, but where do these ideas stem from? And what do they mean to us as a society? Dr. Cynthia Jones, Associate Professor of Philosophy at UTPA sees it as a way for society to organize its anger and make order out of chaos.
Founder of Skeptic Magazine and Author of the book “The Believing Brain” Dr. Michael Shermer sees us picking and choosing to develop and reinforce our belief system.
As the investigation into the recent string of shootings continues and more information is released, there will never be a justifiable explanation for the innocent lives lost and the best we can hope for is to wake up to a more peaceful world orrow.
Tom Rader, FOX 2 News.