Conspiracy theories and replicatability

I’m working on a theory around how many conspiracy theories a reasonable person is allowed to buy in to in their lifetime while still being completely normal.  My current thought is you’re allowed at least 3 during your teenage years, and then one every 5 – 10 years after.

When I say conspiracy theories, I will mention that I’m only including ones that do not actually change your daily life in a significant way.  

Conspiracy theories in general are a fantastic study of selective data interpretation.  All of them do it in different ways, but there are some general themes.  One of them was illustrated quite entertainingly by this morning:

To note: I never disbelieved the moon landing, but my (normally rational) little brother did for about 3 weeks one summer after watching a documentary on TV.  He’s now a high school science teacher, for what it’s worth.