I have a professor who loves conspiracy theories. While this person does not say it outright, one can pick up the hints by the things said in class. Things like, “This article was published by NASA revealing this information, but not it’s no longer there. I wonder why.” Or, things like, “Why does Google Earth says ‘access not allowed’ to certain parts of Mars and the Moon?”
I think it’s great that a professor can be this candid and speculate. This is a rare trait in academia, where most professors put on the “know it all” hat, even though there are many mysteries in the world around us.
While I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I am a skeptic by nature and I love to do research. So I don’t always trust what the powers that be say as fact. Instead, I like to investigate on my own and reach my own conclusions.
But, back to the contradictions part. I think this is a big part of what makes us human. In my professor’s case, this person is supposed to teach us hard scientific facts, and yet, this professor reveals a level of personal uncertainty in some scientific claims.
Examine yourself. Are you filled with little contradictions, too? Don’t you say something in public, but think or do something else in private? For instance, are you a vocal “pro-green” activist, but sometimes forget to recycle your own plastics?