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(Salon)   Psychologist says that people believe in conspiracy theories so they can "have a sense of control." Of course that's what they want you to believe   (salon.com) divider line 12
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2013-04-24 10:14:39 PM  
4 votes:
The halls of corporate and political power are generally incorruptible, guileless and represented to the public by the media in a forthright fashion. People who question it are mentally ill.
2013-04-25 01:00:16 AM  
3 votes:
there is also the desire to believe that someone, somewhere, actually knows what they are doing
2013-04-24 09:06:30 PM  
3 votes:

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

WAKE UP SHEEPLE!


WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, YOU BASTARD!!!!

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Or, it could be the fact that we've evolved to have conspiratorial, irrational beliefs and religious fantasies as part of our brain's development. You're never going to take those out of human society unless you remove the temporal lobe at birth in every person, or we evolve to a different neurological structure.

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. "


Politics are only involved in so far as what general theme of derp one is willing to believe. Those on the right are more willing to see evil communists or globalists, and stick to strong nationalistic theories, while those on the left are the ones you most commonly see being involved in things like 9/11 Trutherism, and Boston Bombing derp. Those on the right also are most common to adhere to racial superiority theories.

And then you have some themes that are apolitical, like anti-vaccination or anti-medicine.
2013-04-25 03:39:37 AM  
1 votes:

log_jammin: UnspokenVoice: 6823173

oh wow.


I've had people also deny doing/saying stuff in the past. Saving the numbers when I farky them has actually resulted in some amusing results/back peddling etc... The real reason I keep track is 'cause I'm often pretty high and I'm very forgetful but it has helped me make a point a few times. Making a point is valuable I suppose but not nearly as valuable as the few times it has been damned funny.
2013-04-25 01:22:44 AM  
1 votes:
This is genuinely a problem for democratic governments today, so much so that they have top men working on it.
2013-04-25 01:03:41 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:58:33 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:28:33 AM  
1 votes:
When a former president of the United States claims he can't recall where he was when JFK was killed, that isn't a conspiracy theory. That's just plain scary.

I've said too much....
2013-04-24 09:47:07 PM  
1 votes:

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

WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, YOU BASTARD!!!!

[www.tragnark.com image 350x217]

Or, it could be the fact that we've evolved to have conspiratorial, irrational beliefs and religious fantasies as part of our brain's development. You're never going to take those out of human society unless you remove the temporal lobe at birth in every person, or we evolve to a different neurological structure.

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. "

Politics are only involved in so far as what general theme of derp one is willing to believe. Those on the right are more willing to see evil communists or globalists, and stick to strong nationalistic theories, while those on the left are the ones you most commonly see being involved in things like 9/11 Trutherism, and Boston Bombing derp. Those on the right also are most common to adhere to racial superiority theories.

And then you have some themes that are apolitical, like anti-vaccination or anti-medicine.


I agree to all this. And the article makes plenty of sense to me too. Human minds seem configured to find patterns where there are none. I cannot award partisan points because as you say, the only thing that varies is the flavor of the conspiracy. Intelligence doesn't matter too much because the smarter folks that believe in conspiracies just use more sophisticated and subtle pattern recognition. I know that I've talked to what I consider well-educated people that, when you get them on the "right subject," start saying things like "the Zionists and the Bilderbergers meet regularly to develop world policy, you know that, right?"

I think it is a reaction to make sense of a senseless world. What's sanity, anyway? A one trick pony. All it gives you is rational thought. But when you're good and crazy, woohooHOO, the sky's the limit. Not to say that folks that believe in conspiracies are necessarily crazy.

What's interesting to me is the vortex of crazy when conspiracy nuts get together. Listening to the old Art Bell show was amazing, because some episodes would sound like the time Bart had everyone together and talks about how the Rand Corporation, in conjunction with the saucer people and the reverse vampires..." I mean to say that among the conspiracy nuts there seemed to be an unspoken rule not to shiat on other conspiracies, just to wad them all together, even the mutually contradictory ones. It's amazing the things people can convince themselves to believe. Which monarch in Wonderland was the one that could hold multiple contradictory thoughts at once? Like that.
2013-04-24 09:40:51 PM  
1 votes:
Follow the money... Which corporation financed this study? Find out who's trying to convince you there's no conspiracy. That's where you'll find the REAL conspiracy.
2013-04-24 07:46:34 PM  
1 votes:
Study it out.
2013-04-24 07:03:01 PM  
1 votes:

cretinbob: It's a coping mechanism


Sure, but who controls the "mechanism"? Didn't think about that didya!
 
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