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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    So I had the pleasure last night of talking to someone who was really in to the David Icke conspiracy theory. Up until this point, I'd genuinely thought it was a satire. It turns out not only is it not intended to be a jokey parody of more plausible conspiracy theories, but it's followed in 47 countries and sells out stadiums full of people when he gives talks on it.


    For those of you unfamiliar with the theory;




    Reading up about it and hearing from a true believer really have made me wonder about this strange phenomenon. I've come up with some theories on what makes this so widely believed:


    1. The Insecure Human

    For many people who're insecure and unhappy, this theory is a godsend. It tells them 'It's not your fault you're worse off than them, because they're monsters'. It works as a kind of comfort to the idea that it's physically impossible to be successful, and so it's not your fault if you've done badly in life. Alot of the 'evidence' for finding these lizard people is in films, stills of impossibly good looking men who of course are only good looking because they're 'cheating' rather than because they take care of themselves. Obviously that's an extremely appealing idea, and one that has served numerous religions (Scientology in particular) extremely well.


    2. The confusion over Evolution

    So many people still see evolution as a 'ladder' metaphor rather than as a 'tree' or circle. In our culture, numerous examples can be found: King kong, alien films, the 'new' vampires, X men, all of these are manifestations of a fear of the human race being out-evolved. This lizard theory is a prime example of this anxiety over evolutionary theory, the vulnerability of being an animal that can be preyed upon. Naturally a theory like this tapping into those fears makes it massively popular.


    3. Weed

    Just going to come out and say it, if there's a single person who believes this theory that hasn't smoked weed I'll eat a hat or something. It's comforting for someone who smokes too much to think that their naturally growing paranoia isn't just in their head but is based on reality - it's so easy to comfort yourself with the idea that you're not paranoid but suddenly able to see through some sort of illusion, which of course is just a roundabout way of convincing yourself that you're allowed to go have another joint.


    4. Trolling

    I'm almost certain that some of the followers of this theory are just trolling. There must be some marginally intelligent people amongst them, and I have to say they're braver than me to spend time with such seriously dodgy people.



    Anyway, I wanted to post this and see if anyone shared my views on this weird theory, or if anyone had alternatives. If there's anyone who actually believes this, I'm genuinely open minded, but I'm afraid you're going to have an extremely hard time convincing me.



    Someone's been smoking too much green...

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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)

    Having spent time on the forums, what calibre of people tend to be on there? Are they young, or older office types? Just curious.
    People from all walks of light. A lot of people on the forum don't even trust Icke, others don't trust any of the conspiracies. Theres old hippies, Christians, students, soldiers, police officers: people from all walks of life, all ages and all levels.

    I suppose the main reason for that is, because Icke is so famous (relatively), his forum is the go-to place for conspiracy discussion.
 
 
 
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