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When does a conspiracy theory become fact?

August 28, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

We have all heard about "conspiracy theory nuts." Politicians and other thieves use that phrase to discredit people who expose them. If I have a thought about something and I publish my thoughts without any underlying authority my thoughts, in reality, are just "my theory."

When does a theory no longer remain a theory? Consider this:

Say that I write or state "a theory" but along with my theory I add a proof. My "theory" is no longer just a thought, it may now become "a possibility." Then I add another proof and it becomes "somewhat likely." Then I add another proof and another until it becomes "highly likely." After more offerings of proofs it becomes "probable." Then with empirical discussion on my proofs, eventually my theory becomes "highly probable" whereas it is no longer just a theory at all.

But could my theory become fact?

Let's say my theory suggested criminal activity and my theory made itself into a courtroom. During a trial it is possible that by using my theory - with my proofs as evidence - it could ultimately lead to the conviction of a crime. My theory has made it full-circle and it has now been adjudicated as fact.

People that have something to hide habitually: "label people" as haters, racist or whatever; vilify them by deeming them to be "conspiracy nuts"; or more commonly as we have witnessed locally those that have deviously contrived agendas refuse to respond, they remain silent.

Regardless of whom you are or where you are the bottomline to all this is if you have nothing to hide why not respond honestly and let the light of day shine on the issues? Isn't that the fair and honest way things should be done?

Keith Kaye

Lehigh Acres

 
 

 

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