Massive End-Of-The-World Conspiracies

What is it about conspiracies? What is it about the unknowable that makes otherwise intelligent people believe the most far-fetched ideas regardless of the amount of information to the contrary? I have had my fair share of contact with people who believe that there is a “higher power” of some sort (human or supernatural) that is either plotting for the demise of humanity, or knows of the inevitable doom waiting for us just around the...

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