It would be interesting to know more about the socio-economic status of conspiracy theorists, their IQ, their physical network of family & friends, their job satisfaction, and their level of education. In my limited experience conspiracy theorists tend to be unsuccessful both in the personal and professional realm and appear to use addiction to conspiracy theories much as an alcoholic uses addiction to alcohol: to mute their sense of unimportance and dull the pain of loneliness. Unfortunately, just as alcohol destroys the alcoholic so too do conspiracy theories tend to destroy the theorist. It ought to be noted also that the only major difference between conspiracy theories and religions is the relative newness of the former and their relationship to contemporary events. Both conspiracy theories and religions posit black/white thinking, both posit some small number of specially privileged beings controlling everything, and both of course welcome initiates into a self-referential world. In the end it would seem that the only difference between conspiracy theories and formal religions is that the latter have settled down into predictable routines whereas the former are still bubbling & seething and have yet to establish hierarchies of control.