It is important to understand that the human brain is manipulable and that there are people out there who exploit that. For example, we tend to believe the first thing we hear. We also tend to believe the things we hear the most (or repeatedly).
Let me give you an example you can try. I suggest trying this alone, that way you can be truly honest with yourself and not allow your ego to get in the way of finding the truth.
Exercise: In the last 15 years, think about how many times you heard 9/11 was a plot by Osama Bin Laden. Now think about how many times you heard 9/11 was an inside job. If those two were the other way around, what would your opinion be?
Try this exercise with a few other popular “conspiracy theories”. Would your opinion on some of these events be different had the source of the information changed?
Be careful who you trust
If you performed the exercise in the previous section, you may have noticed that the source of information is important. While you may not consciously think it, on some level you are thinking “CNN is saying this, I can trust this completely”. CNN may not always be telling the truth (that doesn’t mean that they’re always lying either!)
Trust only yourself.
Keep an open mind
Remember the old adage; “Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out”. While it may be annoying to listen to conspiracy theories sometimes, understand that the person sharing these theories sincerely believes everything he is saying, and is only attempting to “enlighten” you.
Don’t get me wrong, some theorists are bat-shit crazy, but that’s only 1% of conspiracy theorists – just listen to what they have to say and decide for yourself. Do not base your assumptions on your perception of them or their theories.
True conspiracy theorists will welcome your questions and answer them. If you find a hole in the theory, point it out. We are all in search of the truth, and discussion will help us to achieve our goal.
Keep an open mind; conspiracy theorists are not out to get you, they are simply sharing their point of view. If there is a flaw, by all means point it out. If there is not, then perhaps it is time you did some research.