Between the speculation against Michael Jackson portrayed on HBO’s latest documentary: Leaving Neverland and the infamous case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Netflix, there has been a lot of speculations in offices and dinner tables around the world. Which started to make me wonder, what is it that makes us so absorbed by all these conspiracies? And what is it that makes it so exciting?
I’m the first of my friends to subscribe to the next attention-grabbing crime podcast or even read some (and most likely not proven) conspiracy theories on social media, but I’m not one to come up with actual new theories. See, I am more into the idea of the entertaining aspects of speculations and not so much interested in the pushing or promoting of these ideas.
The word speculation is defined in the English Oxford dictionary as: The forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence. But the fact that it is subject to be on something without firm evidence means that it also enables people to speculate about just about anything regardless of their knowledge, which doesn’t exactly sit right with me.
Magazines, newspapers, TV shows and other forms of informative media speculate on topics ranging from celebrity’s relationship situation, to more somewhat serious matters such as the financial market going up and down, and all this based on supposed facts. Which started to make me seriously think about the meaning of it all.
What is it that draws us to this fake or at least unsupported information? What makes us, humans, so interested in reading about this so-called truth? And whilst speculating with your co-worker on wether or not Madeleine McCann was kidnapped, there are a few other ways this guessing game could have a much bigger impact on the world, such as our financial situation.
Investors frequently trade information which they believe to be relevant or superior which is very often based on speculation on what could be happening the next day in the stock market. To put in simpler words, some people think they know better because of some information they have, whilst others will believe their information is better and more relevant, and often more than not all this information is based on speculations and theories which literally means the outcome could go both ways.
Does knowing that make you question whether you want to invest your money on what the stocks are predicting? It literally makes me so nervous I never want to think about stocks anymore, but do we really have a choice?
Some also believe that speculation is a way for humans to hypothesis and make predictions on topics we somewhat have a basic understanding on. And having interesting discussions with people that have a more convincing or much better proven theory, also enables us to adapt our beliefs and grow as individuals which is a definition of speculation I personally identify with.
I think overall a lot of us see the art of speculation as a way to use our knowledge and brains, and playing with our curiosity. I find it normal for anyone to have a theory about a topic they are not experts in, and more popularity on topics that don’t have a defined answer. It’s OK to talk about whether or not Beyonce and Jay Z have a good marriage, but I also think we need to be much more aware of the fact that at the end of the day, speculation isn’t fact, and never will be. So don’t go wasting your savings on stock market speculations! Or at least not all of it…
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