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Words have denotations, literal references, and words have connotations, informal associations. While a 'conspiracy theory' in the simplest sense means nothing more than a suggestion that some people got together and plotted something, real-world use has accumulated some additional meanings. (The wiki article is quite good in this case.) The phrase dates back more than a century, but seems to have gotten its additional layer of meaning after the assassination of President Kennedy. People who thought the claims that more people than Lee Harvey Oswald himself were involved started referring to the claims as "conspiracy theories" and your choice of phrase -- "an allegation that isn't credible" -- seems a pretty good capture of the meaning. After that, the additional meaning was readily available when all sorts of other wild claims began to appear, like the claims that UFOs were a sign of genuine aliens visiting Earth and it was being covered up. Over time it seems to have broadened to cover any sort world-view that seems paranoid, like Davide Icke's inter-dimensional shape-shifting lizard-people.



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Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognative Problem 2139 Archaic 24-Oct-17 12:10
Re: Who Can the Public Trust? 302 adequatedane 24-Oct-17 15:15
Re: Who Can the Public Trust? 299 Archaic 25-Oct-17 20:48
Re: Who Can the Public Trust? 263 adequatedane 26-Oct-17 10:30
Re: Who Can the Public Trust? 258 Thunderbird 28-Oct-17 01:38
Re: Who Can the Public Trust? 239 adequatedane 28-Oct-17 23:15
Re: Who Can the Public Trust? 195 Raja 12-Nov-17 12:24
Re: Who Can the Public Trust? 218 adequatedane 12-Nov-17 17:00
climate change deniers, 9/11 truthers... 278 Racho 24-Oct-17 17:26
Re: climate change deniers, 9/11 truthers... 300 Archaic 25-Oct-17 20:50
Re: climate change deniers, 9/11 truthers... 197 D-Archer 08-Nov-17 16:39
Cognative Problem - sounds serious bro 182 D-Archer 08-Nov-17 13:16
Re: Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognative Problem 157 Rob Williams 03-Dec-17 06:34
Re: Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognative Problem 177 Nolondil 03-Dec-17 17:03
Re: Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognative Problem 156 Rob Williams 03-Dec-17 18:34
Re: Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognative Problem 143 adequatedane 04-Dec-17 22:00
Re: Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognative Problem 147 adequatedane 04-Dec-17 21:14
Re: Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognative Problem 157 adequatedane 04-Dec-17 21:12
Re: spelling error 179 Orpheus 03-Dec-17 20:00
Re: spelling error 180 Dr. Troglodyte 04-Dec-17 00:25
Re: spelling error 170 Orpheus 04-Dec-17 00:33
Re: spelling error 175 Dr. Troglodyte 04-Dec-17 00:43
Gosh Darn Gee Whizz it [Mod edited for language] 181 Orpheus 04-Dec-17 05:16
Re: spelling error 176 carolb 04-Dec-17 14:06
actually 162 Pashupati 04-Dec-17 15:48
Re: actually 171 carolb 04-Dec-17 16:20
blah blah blah 156 रुद्र 04-Dec-17 19:05
Re: blah blah blah 169 carolb 04-Dec-17 22:08
Re: actually 147 adequatedane 04-Dec-17 22:02
Re: spelling error 401 Rob Williams 05-Dec-17 05:30
Re: Conspiracy Theorists Have an Ingrained Cognitive Problem 170 Reagent 05-Dec-17 03:34


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