Yes, please:

It would be nice if people started with the presumption that the world is not run by an evil conspiracy, and then required strong evidence to falsify it, rather than the other way around.

I think this every time someone talks about a government or large corporate conspiracy.  Having worked for both the government and a large corporation, I can tell you that at the end of the day both are staffed by people.  Normal, ordinary people who would response to an ethically outrageous conspiracy the same way as you, your friends, or any of the normal people to whom you spin your conspiracy theories.  No organization has managed to cull together 1000s of evil, cackling geniuses, all equally committed to carrying out and keeping secret some grand scheme to deprive you of your liberty or happiness.

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