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Is "conspiratorial­" thinking really thinking?

This topic provoked a fascinating dialogue at a recent meetup. Thus I thought I would revisit the subject given that our new home can now accommodate more members --all of whom should enjoy this intriguing topic. Philosophy thinks both 'analytically'--breaks problems down into their basic parts--and through 'synthesis'--connecting apparent disconnected ideas into larger and larger "wholes"--or frameworks-- in the striving toward a comprehensive view of reality. So where does 'conspiratorial' thinking fit in here? It seems to strive toward a kind of 'connectedness' but where does philosophical thinking part ways from 'conspiratorial' mindsets? What is 'conspiratorial' thinking anyway and how does it differ from other kinds of thinking? And what is the difference between it and an awareness of real conspiracies? (Some have been proven to exist). And further what is the difference between it and 'paranoia'?

Come join our little group as we conspiresmile to find ,if not the ultimate truth, at least some interesting questions that will provoke you to hunt for equally interesting (but probably provisional) answers.

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