Conspiracy ‘thinking’ is a sign that the cognitive has gone non-functional and therefore the intelligence is lacking. It is the simpleton’s way to deal with a more complicated reality. This Dutchman can still remember driving on the 405 Fwy and passing the Santa Ana water tower. It had “Education 1st” written on it. That slogan has long gone, so are people’s ability and willingness to learn and listen to each other before believing the phoney and the fake, and passing judgement.