This discussion made me unreasonably angry. Normally, I just ignore these things, so I must be extra sensitive today. But I don't really want to debate the merits of the argument. I want to ask a question of you all, dear readers, which is this:
What is the benefit to believing in conspiracy theories? What purpose does that serve?
Believing in God or gods serves a purpose that I can understand, whether I believe the same thing another person does or not. Following a code of ethics or morals - even if they aren't the same as mine - provides a discernable benefit. Being a disciple of science, as I am, makes sense to me. But believing in conspiracies? What does the believer get out of this? How does this help someone get through the day? Please help me understand.