Why do people Love Conspiracy Theory, Part 2.
I recommend everyone read the post at Eject, Eject, Eject. I'm looking forward to the promised post about Global Warming.
Bill Whittle talks about the emotional need people have to believe. I've said similar things.
He rags on conspiracy in entertainment quite a bit, and I suppose he's got a point. And a good point about Leonard Nimoy (or the show he hosted, at any rate). Didn't Commander Riker do a similar show? All the ghost and paranormal and whatnot shows really do teach us not to think critically. In fact, they are the one sure fire "content censorship" in this house. Sex or violence don't come close.
On the other hand, stuff like the X-files is fun.
Still, I have to admit that the *reason* I believe shows like the X-files are so popular is because they tickle the exact same parts of our brains as conspiracy theory.