Conspiracy theories

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This page is a list of known conspiracy theories. For discussion of the idea itself, see conspiracy theory.

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  • Are there any major tragic events since approximately 1900 for which no popular "conspiracy theory" exists?
  • Why are there so many conspiracy theories?
  • What is the approximate ratio of theories which remain unproven or disproven to those which prove true? Is there enough data to draw a curve of {likelihood that any given theory will be proven or disproven} over time? (What is the half-life of a conspiracy theory?) Are there any characteristics which make a theory more likely to be resolved sooner? Are there any characteristics which make a theory more likely to be found true when it is resolved?

silly but amusing


Later Proven Valid

Some conspiracy theories which turned out to be true and are now officially recognized (and are no longer called "conspiracy theories"):

Inconclusive But Taken Seriously

  • If Karen Silkwood had died in the Internet era, the theory that she was rammed from behind by agents working for her employer might well have been branded as a "conspiracy theory".



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