If it’s the “people” kind then what you have to realize is actual conspiracies happen all the time - there are many interwoven plots, ulterior motives, and hidden agendas going on all around you.
People are generally good at noticing that something doesn’t add up - much worse at working out what might have actually happened.
They have also been lied to and mislead by our institutions often enough that they are unlikely to trust your sources or corrections.
The only long term solution I can think of is to clean up our institutions - but that won’t happen overnight.
If it’s the “flat earth” kind - overall these people are higher than average intelligence and fairly well versed in the topics they are discussing - and so unless you yourself understand the subject matter they will run circles around you.
This second group are actually really interesting to talk to and ask interesting questions - for example why do pilots fly without adjusting for the curvature of the earth? Why do many long distance snipers not adjust for the curvature of the earth? Etc etc.
I’m sure there are great scientific explanations - and I’m also sure that many in the flat earth crowd would listen.
Where does one find these people?
I have never met a sniper who didn't adjust for not just curvature of the earth, but also rotation of the earth with respect to the direction of the shot.
I struggle to imagine someone being a successful sniper without working these into their targeting in some way.
I wonder if we don't need some sort of reboot because it is no impossible to iterate out of where we are. I'm more hopeful for the later and human perseverance
Note that this is not a thing that is possible. There is no "after the revolution"
What makes you think so? Most reputable people I know consider them stupid.
Do they consider them stupid before they learn about their flat earth beliefs or after?
I found a few of my work colleagues are into it - and they are high performing engineers at a top tech firm.
Them: “The earth is flat! They’re trying to hide it from us!”
Me: Okay. So what?
I wouldn’t try arguing with them. It’s usually futile and reinforces their sense of superiority they derive from knowing the “truth.”
Here are a few links I grabbed some time ago
Before I learned that, I would try to change other people’s views with facts. Now, I don’t try so hard since I know it won’t make any difference. Love the conspiracy believer for their other qualities and ignore their crazy ideas.
Here's some structure to pull from :
The needs:feelings model from the Non Violent Communication course is great.
Are you dealing with the left or right conspiracy theory?
(assuming right because that's the main one I'm hearing people having concerns about family getting deep into)