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  1. Coal_Miki_Resta

    I find it the case with a lot of conspiracy theories (and especially ones that are science based, such as the NASA moon landing etc.) that if they actually just asked the questions rather than assuming the answers to be self-evident, they'd get to learn some really cool stuff. "Why are there no stars in any of the moon surface photos? They must be fake!" is the path of ignorance, whereas "I'm wondering why there are no stars visible. Why is this?" is much more fulfilling.

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