Today, I know a lot of people who believe in different conspiracies.
We didn't go to the moon.
The world is run by the Illuminati.
Colin Powell was responsible for the 911 conspiracy.
JFK was assassinated by LBJ.
The Clintons are murderers.
I have not been able to influence any of these people to change their minds regardless of how logically I approach the subject.
I try to show them how impossible or improbable such a conspiracy would be.
I try to appeal to evidence-based reason.
About 2 years ago, I gave up and realized that this is an exercise in futility.
When I was younger, I didn't know anyone who believed in such theories.
It says something about how people today are influenced to shut off all critical thinking about a subject, but I still don't know why.
Is it cable television, radio talk shows, the internet, lack of education, lack of real-world experience that causes them to live in a bubble?
I think it's all of those things.
If someone makes a false statement of fact, I still challenge it and point them to Snopes or Fact Check, but they usually reject that too because those sites are part of the conspiracy.
The common thread I recognize in conspiracy theorists is that they tend to be "victims" of those with higher authority and they have very little knowledge of how the world really functions on a practical basis. They are idealistic rather than pragmatic. They tend to have no business experience, government experience or military experience and they are not interested in history.