so i know quite a lot of people that believe in conspiracy theories to a varying degree, and most of them are NTP's (say 4-5 of them).
the universal one is "secret Freemason guild that rules the world", and then some other conspiracy theories such as "9/11 was done by the americans on purpose so they had cassus belli against AFghanistan/Irak" or "the financial crisis was purposefully created"
whilst these theories don't bother me very much, i fail to see why anyone, especially NTP's, would believe in them. in my opinion believing in such theories makes the need to search for answers redundant.
for example: I ask: "I wonder if political and fiscal unity for the EU will help its sovereign debt problem". he says "the Freemasons won't allow it, they want the EU to blow up and buy up they're economies and turn the EU states into personal fiefdoms."
WTH? In my opinion people who believe in such conspiracy theories narrow themselves a lot, because instead of trying to enhance one's knowledge and answer these questions by his own, he uses these theories as universal truths and so he doesn't learn anything new, and also pisses off his conversation partner.
And it is very surprising because of all types NTP's should shoot these theories down on sight.
I guess that they feel more confident and knowledgeable when they use the conspiracy theory card in a debate, especially with me since i don't argue with people that believe in them since i don't consider it to be worth my time.