Way to twist my words Here's what I actually said, with the relevant bits bolded; "That's a fair point, but it overlooks a second variable; the cost of not heeding a warning coming from that source. The problem with conspiracy theories is that even if the risks of them being true are small, the costs you would incur if they were true and you chose not to heed their warnings are massive (failing to prevent the advent of a global fascist / "1984" type state). "It doesn't mean you accept what you say as gospel, but nor does it mean you dismiss them as nutters without at least being willing to put your preconceptions aside long enough to look squarely at what they're saying. So, I think a case can be made for accepting a lower threshold of proof in order to start taking them seriously, than for something fairly trivial like whether or not Uri Geller is a hoaxer. He's a successful guy who kept a lot of people (including me) entertained during a bleak time in this country's history; power cuts, three day weeks etc." The reason I said "start taking them seriously" is to present that as an alternative to dismissing them out of hand with a sneer, a guffaw and an insult aimed at the originator, which is what too many people on this thread seem to do. I'm not suggesting they should be accepted as true without further investigation, in fact I've specifically said they shouldn't be.