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2013-04-25 12:53:42 AM  
I'm about to tell you all something that will blow your minds....

There is no Pepe Silvia.
 
2013-04-25 12:54:45 AM  
CONSPIRACY FACT: 19 hijackers armed with box cutters directed by OBL commandeered planes and brought down WTC 1, 2, 7 and damaged the Pentagon.

CONSPIRACY THEORY: That any factor other than the above may have been involved.

CONSPIRACY FACT: That Saddam Hussein was deeply involved with Al-Qaeda ,and helped orchestrate 9-11. He also had WMD's and could "strike Israel" in as little as 40 minutes.

CONSPIRACY THEORY: Anything other than the above.


/Are you a "Conspiracy Theorist"?
 
2013-04-25 12:55:26 AM  
Are there certain types of people who are more prone to believing in conspiracy theories than others?

Yes, dumbasses.
 
2013-04-25 12:56:52 AM  
It's funny that this popped up today of all days. I was trolling around on youtube watching those nutty videos about how Obama is a time traveling martian and I saw the name Dr. Courtney Brown listed in some crap talk radio video. Looking over, I thought to myself, "It simply can't be! That was my weird ass professor on stochastic modeling." I kept pulling the sweater and found this gem:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaLMnUybkVA

So it turns out my professor is ALSO the "leading researcher in the field of remote viewing." I thought to myself, "Noooo. Surely a rigorous research institute wouldn't hire some fraud like this." It turns out he runs this money making scheme teaching people to be psychics under the ruse of "scientifically" predicting the future. From what I could make of it, he seems to gather people up and lead them toward conclusions. The viewer is told to make some statement about what a certain place looks like in the future or past. Rinse and repeat until you have a ton of random statements about events. Then my former professor sifts through the predictions and finds ones that are "accurate" in so far as that they got some details in their made up timeline correct. He then uses the claims that they made about the future/past as predictions and calls this evidence that remote viewing is real.

The crazy is strong these days, and it freaks me out that so many people can delude themselves to nonsense so quickly.
 
2013-04-25 12:57:13 AM  

hardinparamedic: So your response to it being pointed out that you're so full of crap it's dripping from your ears is to equate your wife cheating on you with, say, 9-11 Trutherism?


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Putting your cognitive dissonance aside, this isn't about any particular conspiracy. Just how people, probably like yourself, dismiss them as possibilities because they're conspiracies, as if such things never happen.
 
2013-04-25 12:58:33 AM  
What's a more entertaining perspective on life?

1. I'm a completely unremarkable member of the human race; an actor in nature's grand game of chance where a few of us hit it big, but most of us toil in obscurity.

Or

2. I'm among the privileged few who are aware of the sinister forces of power controlling everything. My life may suck, but I can blame the Illuminati/Rothschild/Bilderberger alliance for keeping me from reaching my full potential. I'll fight the New World Order till my dying breath!
 
2013-04-25 01:00:16 AM  
there is also the desire to believe that someone, somewhere, actually knows what they are doing
 
2013-04-25 01:01:34 AM  
People need to matter, but they also don't want to take a lot of responsibility.  Conspiracy theories fit the bill!

I am important because I know "the truth."  It is such a big truth that I am not responsible for it and don't have to control it.
 
2013-04-25 01:03:41 AM  
If only we had some kind of special sunglasses that would let us see what was really going on in the world around us.

www.jnack.com
 
2013-04-25 01:03:52 AM  

bootmoop: Looking over, I thought to myself, "It simply can't be! That was my weird ass professor on stochastic modeling."


Have you seen what Ben Stein is up to?
 
2013-04-25 01:05:58 AM  

hardinparamedic: Amos Quito: What crap?

Agenda 21, Vaccines as Population Control, Reptile Aliens controlling the Earth, secret UN Armies, FEMA Concentration Camps, 9/11 was a false flag/holographic missile...

These are generally things which can be called crap.


Do YOU believe that Saddam was involved in 9-11?

That he had WMD's?

That he could "Strike Israel in 40 minutes, hardinparamedic?


Do you believe everything that BushCo told us as we went to war with Iraq?

Because if not, you're a reptilian believing "Conspiracy Theorist" - armed with band-aids.
 
2013-04-25 01:06:19 AM  
UsikFark:Have you seen what Ben Stein is up to?

Anything other than denouncing evolution and periodically making an ass out of himself?
 
2013-04-25 01:06:38 AM  

bindlestiff2600: there is also the desire to believe that someone, somewhere, actually knows what they are doing


This impulse is so interwoven in the fabric of our DNA that, frankly, it'll probably take another 20,000 years of human evolution to get rid of it. At the minimum.
 
2013-04-25 01:13:22 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: how people, probably like yourself, dismiss them as possibilities because they're conspiracies


people dismiss them as conspiracies because there is no evidence to back them.

People who believe in conspiracies start with a conclusion and look for things to back that conclusion. They don't go where the evidence takes them.
 
2013-04-25 01:13:48 AM  
Conspiracy theorists make a fundamental mistake in assuming that power needs to hide itself from an intellectually lazy public.

There's really no need to conceal misdeeds from people who are too stupid and deferential to care in the first place.
 
2013-04-25 01:14:59 AM  

Amos Quito: hardinparamedic: Amos Quito: What crap?

Agenda 21, Vaccines as Population Control, Reptile Aliens controlling the Earth, secret UN Armies, FEMA Concentration Camps, 9/11 was a false flag/holographic missile...

These are generally things which can be called crap.

Do YOU believe that Saddam was involved in 9-11?

That he had WMD's?

That he could "Strike Israel in 40 minutes, hardinparamedic?


Do you believe everything that BushCo told us as we went to war with Iraq?

Because if not, you're a reptilian believing "Conspiracy Theorist" - armed with band-aids.


False dilemma. try again.
 
2013-04-25 01:16:46 AM  

hardinparamedic: Amos Quito: What crap?

Agenda 21, Vaccines as Population Control, Reptile Aliens controlling the Earth, secret UN Armies, FEMA Concentration Camps, 9/11 was a false flag/holographic missile...

These are generally things which can be called crap.

J. Frank Parnell: I'll also add that anyone who mocks conspiracy theorists should have their wife cheat on them with their best friend for years. Weaving an elaborate web of lies and having thousands of covert bangings, right under their nose. It will be all the more easier because whenever they begin to suspect something, they'll stop themselves because they don't want to be a 'crazy' conspiracy theorist.

So your response to it being pointed out that you're so full of crap it's dripping from your ears is to equate your wife cheating on you with, say, 9-11 Trutherism?



You tell 'em, hardinparamedic!

Anyone who doesn't blindly believe that the Reichstag Fire  was caused by Communist Jews deserves to be gassed!
 
2013-04-25 01:17:59 AM  

log_jammin: Amos Quito: hardinparamedic: Amos Quito: What crap?

Agenda 21, Vaccines as Population Control, Reptile Aliens controlling the Earth, secret UN Armies, FEMA Concentration Camps, 9/11 was a false flag/holographic missile...

These are generally things which can be called crap.

Do YOU believe that Saddam was involved in 9-11?

That he had WMD's?

That he could "Strike Israel in 40 minutes, hardinparamedic?


Do you believe everything that BushCo told us as we went to war with Iraq?

Because if not, you're a reptilian believing "Conspiracy Theorist" - armed with band-aids.

False dilemma. try again.



Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.

Prove it.
 
2013-04-25 01:18:43 AM  
I'm going to go with because so many different conspiracies have been revealed/confirmed. It doesn't mean that all conspiracy theories are true but most of the big rocks in space miss our planet. Most of them, but not all.

Crazy things get easier and easier to believe the more absolutely insane things you find out really did happen. Especially when you look up Project MKUltra.
 
2013-04-25 01:18:52 AM  

log_jammin: J. Frank Parnell: how people, probably like yourself, dismiss them as possibilities because they're conspiracies

people dismiss them as conspiracies because there is no evidence to back them.

People who believe in conspiracies start with a conclusion and look for things to back that conclusion. They don't go where the evidence takes them.


log_jammin, I think it is worse than that. Conspiracy theorists' nutty conclusions tend to be what they work toward, but as they work toward it everything they touch turns into crap because they are clearly crazy people. There are several radar accounts and visual citings of UFO's for instance but there is never going to be any legitimate inquiry using a scientific approach as long as they are going to be associated with the Ancient Aliens cast or Steven Greer.
 
2013-04-25 01:20:12 AM  

Zeppelininthesky: There have been conspiracy theories as long as humans have been humans.


The human who thinks every rustling in the grass is an approaching predator may live longer than one who thinks it's just the wind.
Of course, there's a lot of things that were helpful to us as paleolithic hunter-gatherers that actually aren't any more.

iaazathot: People need to matter, but they also don't want to take a lot of responsibility.  Conspiracy theories fit the bill!

I am important because I know "the truth."  It is such a big truth that I am not responsible for it and don't have to control it.


And, of course, this - the delusions of persecution are always accompanied by delusions of grandeur.
 
2013-04-25 01:20:29 AM  

Amos Quito: Anyone who doesn't blindly believe that the Reichstag Fire was caused by Communist Jews deserves to be gassed!


so your argument is, if there really was a conspiracy to seize power by setting the Reichstag Fire then blaming the jews on it, then Reptilians must control us all and plan on sending us to FEMA camps.
 
2013-04-25 01:22:18 AM  

Amos Quito: Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.


That's because you're an idiot. If you weren't you would that a logical fallacy is in no way the same thing as a conspiracy theory.
 
2013-04-25 01:22:44 AM  
This is genuinely a problem for democratic governments today, so much so that they have top men working on it.
 
2013-04-25 01:22:51 AM  

contrapunctus: Conspiracy theorists make a fundamental mistake in assuming that power needs to hide itself from an intellectually lazy public.

There's really no need to conceal misdeeds from people who are too stupid and deferential to care in the first place.


This - if you can keep them asking the right questions, you needn't worry about the answers. People are stupid, and don't have to be deceived - they are more than capable of deceiving themselves.
 
2013-04-25 01:24:49 AM  

bootmoop: There are several radar accounts and visual citings of UFO's for instance but there is never going to be any legitimate inquiry using a scientific approach


I understand what you're saying, but there absolutely is legitimate inquiry into those events. It's just that there is no evidence to conclude that anything "alien" caused them.
 
2013-04-25 01:26:38 AM  
It's the same reason people believe in religions.  Praying makes it seem like you're doing something useful.
 
2013-04-25 01:27:08 AM  

log_jammin: people dismiss them as conspiracies because there is no evidence to back them.


But they rarely even try to discuss it rationally. Just dismiss them on the grounds that they're conspiracy theories, and begin mocking and insulting like that fellow did.

Most 'conspiracy theorists' are quite open to intelligent debate, and you might be surprised to see the evidence is sometimes in their favor. But it seldom gets that far before someone starts frothing at the mouth and calling anyone who suggests a conspiracy names.
 
2013-04-25 01:30:32 AM  

iaazathot: People need to matter, but they also don't want to take a lot of responsibility.  Conspiracy theories fit the bill!

I am important because I know "the truth."  It is such a big truth that I am not responsible for it and don't have to control it.


Good answer, good answer.
 
2013-04-25 01:31:03 AM  

hardinparamedic: J. Frank Parnell: Human history is absolutely rife with conspiracies. This recent notion being forced on the public that you have to be crazy to believe they happen is rather, suspicious.

And this is what is known as the vindication of all kooks corollary to the theory of crank magnetism.

Just because some idiot proposed Operation Northwood doesn't mean it happened. Just because Tuskegee occurred does not mean that the Government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. Just because Iran-Contra happened, does not mean that the Reptilian Overlords are using vaccinations to cause your precious little snowflake to have autism and rambunctious behavior.


People like conspiracy theories not just because it gives them personally control, I think, but because it puts order on the larger face of chaos: it makes it seem like SOMEONE is in control, even if that "someone" is an evil sinister force. The best simple example is TWA 800, when everyone was claiming it was a missile fired from a sub that was being covered up by the Navy. Because which is more reassuring: That it was a deliberately fired missile, or just a random design flaw that could exist in any airplane (as the NTSB report later determined)?

And most large-scale conspiracy theories are like that. People would rather think our government was SO POWERFUL (if evil) that they could manage to coordinate the 9/11 attacks, than that 19 guys funded by a small-scale terrorist group could do it. The former says "we are in control!" and the latter says "things are random". People hate randomness like nature abhors a vacuum.
 
2013-04-25 01:32:03 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: But they rarely even try to discuss it rationally. Just dismiss them on the grounds that they're conspiracy theories, and begin mocking and insulting like that fellow did.

Most 'conspiracy theorists' are quite open to intelligent debate, and you might be surprised to see the evidence is sometimes in their favor. But it seldom gets that far before someone starts frothing at the mouth and calling anyone who suggests a conspiracy names.


That is usually because the conspiracy they are wanting to discuss as already been discredited over and over again.
 
2013-04-25 01:32:23 AM  

log_jammin: bootmoop: There are several radar accounts and visual citings of UFO's for instance but there is never going to be any legitimate inquiry using a scientific approach

I understand what you're saying, but there absolutely is legitimate inquiry into those events. It's just that there is no evidence to conclude that anything "alien" caused them.


I'm still unsure that if someone wrote their doctoral thesis considering it and found it to be negative conclusion that they still wouldn't be laughed out of their defense for even wanting to look.
 
2013-04-25 01:33:01 AM  

MrBallou: This is a false flag operation. It says Salon, but American Thinker is really behind it. Need proof?

FTFA - "I don't think there is a systematic association between political views and the propensity to believe in conspiracy theories. There are some studies that suggest people on the political left are inclined to it, and there are some that suggest people on the right are. But it's always a weak association. "


People on the right tend to be less trustful of government, thus they have more reason to believe the government is doing something nefarious.

And when people become less trustful of the government the government becomes less trustful of the people and begins hiding more things. It's a vicious cycle. Described quite well in the forward to this:

images.betterworldbooks.com
 
2013-04-25 01:33:26 AM  

log_jammin: Amos Quito: Anyone who doesn't blindly believe that the Reichstag Fire was caused by Communist Jews deserves to be gassed!

so your argument is, if there really was a conspiracy to seize power by setting the Reichstag Fire then blaming the jews on it, then Reptilians must control us all and plan on sending us to FEMA camps.



^ THIS, folks, is a fine example of a logical fallacy ^


log_jammin: Amos Quito: Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.

That's because you're an idiot. If you weren't you would that a logical fallacy is in no way the same thing as a conspiracy theory.

.


While ^ THIS, folks. is a fine example of a pathetic, drunken attempt at  ad hominem weaseling ^


Are those that doubt the veracity of Nazi blame for the Reichstag Fire "conspiracy theorists", or not?

Are those that doubt the veracity of BushCo's excuses for attacking Iraq "conspiracy theorists", or not?

Why or why not?

Address each case individually, if you don't mind.

kthx

;-)
 
2013-04-25 01:33:58 AM  

bindlestiff2600: there is also the desire to believe that someone, somewhere, actually knows what they are doing


This may be the biggest one. The epiphany that brought me to adulthood was realizing the people running the show were no smarter than you or I. I had a panic for about a week realizing that. What a scary thought, that the world is run by, (not people with some crazed and complicated agenda) but just normal people, like you and me, just doing as best they can. (Rewarding themselves and their friends in the process, too, but that's a pretty normal human process too). Of course conspiracies happen. They happen all the time, and sometimes we catch them. But what there isn't is some sort of conspiracy going back some length of time that involves all of humanity in one great scheme.We all secretly dream that all of our lives work to some PURPOSE, and whether for God, or some longer human scheme, it's the same.
 
2013-04-25 01:34:57 AM  

Gyrfalcon: People like conspiracy theories not just because it gives them personally control, I think, but because it puts order on the larger face of chaos: it makes it seem like SOMEONE is in control, even if that "someone" is an evil sinister force.


The personal control comes into play when they "discovery" the massive conspiracy that no one else can see. They are the only ones who can see what that evil sinister force is up to.
 
2013-04-25 01:38:37 AM  
Gyrfalcon: People like conspiracy theories not just because it gives them personally control, I think, but because it puts order on the larger face of chaos: it makes it seem like SOMEONE is in control, even if that "someone" is an evil sinister force.

I think it is more complicated than that. Personally, I love the conspiracy nuts. It adds flavor to what would otherwise be dull and serves my narcissism well. The onlookers all get that happy feeling that they did not metaphorically stick their finger in the electrical socket.
 
2013-04-25 01:38:50 AM  

log_jammin: J. Frank Parnell: But they rarely even try to discuss it rationally. Just dismiss them on the grounds that they're conspiracy theories, and begin mocking and insulting like that fellow did.

Most 'conspiracy theorists' are quite open to intelligent debate, and you might be surprised to see the evidence is sometimes in their favor. But it seldom gets that far before someone starts frothing at the mouth and calling anyone who suggests a conspiracy names.

That is usually because the conspiracy they are wanting to discuss as already been discredited over and over again.


For the love of Pete, this. "No one ever explained how the Towers came down after being struck by two airplanes. That just doesn't happen to buildings."

*Engineers repeat themselves*, are ignored.
 
2013-04-25 01:42:01 AM  
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Wow, Amos. I'm in awe of the speed in which you filled this thread with shiat.

Perhaps the only redeeming factor you have is that I know you don't believe half the stuff you type, since you contradict yourself from thread to thread just to troll.

But, just for kicks.

Amos Quito: Do YOU believe that Saddam was involved in 9-11?

That he had WMD's?

That he could "Strike Israel in 40 minutes, hardinparamedic?


Do you believe everything that BushCo told us as we went to war with Iraq?

Because if not, you're a reptilian believing "Conspiracy Theorist" - armed with band-aids.


Demonstrable Fact: The intelligence that supported the Invasion of Iraq, and the nationalistic use of the media to beat the drums of war were flawed, and that at best, Bush was mislead by senior advisors, and at worse blatently lied about the Casus Beli.

Blatant Derp with no proof or evidence: The Government did 9/11 because of the above.

One of these things is not like the other, Amos. Try harder.

Amos Quito: Anyone who doesn't blindly believe that the Reichstag Fire  was caused by Communist Jews deserves to be gassed!


Just because Hitler blew up the Reichstag does not mean that the Government used "microthermite" to blow up the Twin Towers, or that JFK was shot by Gray Aliens.

That's the point you seem to miss. Somehow, despite the astounding and overwhelming incompetence and failure to keep even the most minute conspiracy secret due to, at the very least, the human factor involved with keeping a large conspiracy covered up, things like the JFK assassination, the 9/11 Attacks, and FEMA Concentration Camps are able to be kept completely secret and off the books save for the few "clever" enough to see the hidden truth in our world.
 
2013-04-25 01:43:24 AM  

Fano: log_jammin: J. Frank Parnell: But they rarely even try to discuss it rationally. Just dismiss them on the grounds that they're conspiracy theories, and begin mocking and insulting like that fellow did.

Most 'conspiracy theorists' are quite open to intelligent debate, and you might be surprised to see the evidence is sometimes in their favor. But it seldom gets that far before someone starts frothing at the mouth and calling anyone who suggests a conspiracy names.

That is usually because the conspiracy they are wanting to discuss as already been discredited over and over again.

For the love of Pete, this. "No one ever explained how the Towers came down after being struck by two airplanes. That just doesn't happen to buildings."

*Engineers repeat themselves*, are ignored.


Its kind of like people who suggest they know more than their doctor who spent decades of her life learning medicine. "Yeah, I hear ya doc, but have you seen this WebMD thread?"
 
2013-04-25 01:44:43 AM  

Fano: That's the kind of limited thinking I expect out of sheeple.

WAKE UP SHEEPLE!


imgs.xkcd.com
Damnit.  xkcd tried to warn us.
 
2013-04-25 01:47:35 AM  

jaylectricity: We've found out and arrested conspirators in this country. It's not like conspirators are unicorns or anything.


Yes, they are!  Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!
 
2013-04-25 01:47:55 AM  

Fano: log_jammin: J. Frank Parnell: But they rarely even try to discuss it rationally. Just dismiss them on the grounds that they're conspiracy theories, and begin mocking and insulting like that fellow did.

Most 'conspiracy theorists' are quite open to intelligent debate, and you might be surprised to see the evidence is sometimes in their favor. But it seldom gets that far before someone starts frothing at the mouth and calling anyone who suggests a conspiracy names.

That is usually because the conspiracy they are wanting to discuss as already been discredited over and over again.

For the love of Pete, this. "No one ever explained how the Towers came down after being struck by two airplanes. That just doesn't happen to buildings."

*Engineers repeat themselves*, are ignored.


Why do you think Dylan Avery released a new "Loose Change" movie every year after he made the last one. It wasn't because he found new evidence. It was because each successive movie was debunked by anyone with a shred of knowledge in the relevant field they're talking about, and he needed something to feed the idiots.
 
2013-04-25 01:48:02 AM  

Amos Quito: ^ THIS, folks, is a fine example of a logical fallacy ^


which one?

Amos Quito: While ^ THIS, folks. is a fine example of a pathetic, drunken attempt at ad hominem weaseling ^


please explain my calling your comment a logical fallacy makes it a conspiracy theory.

Amos Quito: Are those that doubt the veracity of Nazi blame for the Reichstag Fire "conspiracy theorists", or not?

Are those that doubt the veracity of BushCo's excuses for attacking Iraq "conspiracy theorists", or not?

Why or why not?

Address each case individually, if you don't mind.



Those who doubt the Nazis started the Reichstag Fire are indeed conspiracy theorists since all evidence points to the fact that they did start the fire.

Those who doubt/doubted Bush's excuses for attacking Iraq are not conspiracy theorists. They followed the evidence.
 
2013-04-25 01:49:16 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: I'll also add that anyone who mocks conspiracy theorists should have their wife cheat on them with their best friend for years. Weaving an elaborate web of lies and having thousands of covert bangings, right under their nose. It will be all the more easier because whenever they begin to suspect something, they'll stop themselves because they don't want to be a 'crazy' conspiracy theorist.


Folks, I'd listen to the man.  JFP is something of an expert when it comes to conspiracy theories.
 
2013-04-25 01:49:48 AM  

bootmoop: Its kind of like people who suggest they know more than their doctor who spent decades of her life learning medicine. "Yeah, I hear ya doc, but have you seen this WebMD thread?"


when ever I hear "well what do they know" I'm almost always guaranteed to cringe.
 
2013-04-25 01:50:07 AM  

log_jammin: That is usually because the conspiracy they are wanting to discuss as already been discredited over and over again.


When i see someone resort to namecalling and mockery it doesn't make me think they're very intelligent, or are capable of being objectively rational. But to each their own. Someone like Bill O'Reilly frequently gets mad and insults people instead of properly arguing anything they've said, and millions of people think that makes him look correct. Dark times, these are.
 
2013-04-25 01:52:12 AM  
ITT: People who don't know the difference between a "conspiracy", and a "conspiracy theory".
 
2013-04-25 01:52:53 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: When i see someone resort to namecalling and mockery it doesn't make me think they're very intelligent, or are capable of being objectively rational. But to each their own. Someone like Bill O'Reilly frequently gets mad and insults people instead of properly arguing anything they've said, and millions of people think that makes him look correct. Dark times, these are.


Or, it could be the fact that people have addressed the statements and theories you've proposed on everything from 9/11, to Vaccination, to Fluoride so many times that they get tired of hearing you say it, and at that point resort to making fun of you just to keep things interesting.

The fact you think you should be "respected" for saying things that are blatantly wrong, either from wilful or non-wilful ignorance is adorable.

What you are trying to do is invoke the Galileo Gambit - people laughed at him and he was right, after all. But the problem with that is that for you to be the Galileo, it's not enough to be mocked, you also have to be right.
 
2013-04-25 01:57:37 AM  

bootmoop: log_jammin: bootmoop: There are several radar accounts and visual citings of UFO's for instance but there is never going to be any legitimate inquiry using a scientific approach

I understand what you're saying, but there absolutely is legitimate inquiry into those events. It's just that there is no evidence to conclude that anything "alien" caused them.

I'm still unsure that if someone wrote their doctoral thesis considering it and found it to be negative conclusion that they still wouldn't be laughed out of their defense for even wanting to look.


No...it's that a doctoral thesis considering the existence of UFOs as genuinely alien which comes up negative is likely to be entitled "An Inquiry into radar anomalies over the past five decades and possible causes, including extraterrestrial sources"--which is an entirely legitimate thesis and could have entirely legitimate results. However, such a thesis wouldn't be proceeding from the belief that UFOs are space aliens, it would be proceeding from the question "What caused these unusual radar anomalies?" and go from there. This means that ultimately the result would be either Not Alien or at best Undetermined...which is what those anomalies have always been over the decades.

A thesis which was titled "Unmasking the government coverups behind radar anomalies which are really space aliens" would probably be laughed at; not because of its subject necessarily (although it might be) but because it's proceeding from the conclusion: That there are space aliens and the radar signatures are proof of them, which the government is covering up. If that's what you're looking for, that's what you'll find; but it won't be a scientific study. Scientists won't like it, but the public will eat it up with a spoon.
 
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