Sometimes on this forum we seem to be plagued with conspiracy theorists pushers and those with delusions of Grandeur. I see a connection between both maladies. In general conspiracy theories arise out through a proven sense of powerlessness and fearful outlook on life in general. The 9/11 terrorist plot revealed to the world how dangerous Islamic terrorism could be, and all Americans [and the western world] were dismayed and terrified. Yet the conspiracy theorist instead of facing the terrible reality behind these attacks, chose instead to deny the obvious and fabricate within his befuddled brain an inside job. If one studies the methodology of these independent theorists, one quickly realizes that the conspiracies are designed to support these individuals’ pre-established fears, prejudices, personal hatreds, and/or delusions of grandeur. Why the connection with the "delusions of Grandeur" malady? Because obviously they consider themselves the only ones that are "willing to think" in a country that has been fooled by the government, the establishment, the media, and popular culture. They believe and imagine that because they are so intelligent and so incredibly capable of "independent thought" that everyone else must be just plain too stupid or brainwashed to see the bigger truth. They take immense pride in the fact that they are able to think for themselves and that the apparent reality of the conspiracy in their minds, are not realised by the blind and brainwashed majority. They believe that people are lead by the nose to believe whatever "mainstream science"tells them, despite the obvious fact that mainstream beliefs are mainstream simply because they are the most likely and sensible outcome. They will search endlessly for deeper meaning to any situation, rather then accept what mainstream tells them despite the more apparent logical picture painted by mainstream. Again this imagined quality of thinking for themselves, over rides any logical common sense feature of what the majority are telling them. They disregard or deride that the mainstream opinions are opinions, theories and models that stem from expert professional people with access to many state of the art equipment. While they themselves are totally inexperienced and unqualified. Yep, I'm sure there is a definite connection.