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(Scientific American)   Conspiracy theory believers more likely to reject science and behave irrationally. As if we needed a study to figure this out   (scientificamerican.com) divider line 298
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2013-05-01 06:47:28 AM  
Yeah, that's just what they want you to think....
 
2013-05-01 07:09:06 AM  
In before an atheist's post about religion

/We get it. You don't believe in God
//Not religious
 
2013-05-01 07:22:40 AM  

Aar1012: In before an atheist's post about religion

/We get it. You don't believe in God
//Not religious


In before an atheist is buttblasted about that comment.
 
2013-05-01 07:24:03 AM  
If They can get you asking the wrong questions They don't have to worry about the right answers.
 
2013-05-01 07:24:09 AM  
In before breakfast.
 
2013-05-01 07:24:19 AM  
I'm starting to think irrationality is tactic that actually keeps a large number of our species safe.
 
2013-05-01 07:24:35 AM  
The crap I've read on conspiracy theory boards has done more to make me disbelieve conspiracies than anything else. Many of these people have readily identifiable mental illness and it doesn't lend much credibility to their ideas.
 
2013-05-01 07:27:08 AM  
Right, next you'll try to tell me the Greys aren't in control of all the world's governments. Pshaw.
 
2013-05-01 07:28:48 AM  
Denigrate and alienate people who question the official story. Discount their opinions and questions and squelch dissent. Openly mock anyone who deviates from the proper groupthink. Do not give them any quarter. Make them embarrassed to ask any questions.

It's up to all of us to stop the spread of lies against the State.
 
2013-05-01 07:28:48 AM  

Aar1012: In before an atheist's post about religion

/We get it. You don't believe in God
//Not religious


You forgot 0bummer and Hitler.

/If you're going to thread shiat, do it right.
 
2013-05-01 07:28:56 AM  
My employer has commissioned me to deliver this milk, to whitewash what went on here. I cannot rest until I have made my final delivery.
 
2013-05-01 07:29:07 AM  

August11: I'm starting to think irrationality is tactic that actually keeps a large number of our species safe.


"a tactic"

grrr
 
2013-05-01 07:30:25 AM  

Flint Ironstag: Yeah, that's just what they want you to think....


You were all over that one. Where the Hell were the rest of you?
 
2013-05-01 07:30:57 AM  

SpdrJay: The crap I've read on conspiracy theory boards has done more to make me disbelieve conspiracies than anything else. Many of these people have readily identifiable mental illness and it doesn't lend much credibility to their ideas.


Yeah but its amazing the number of people who aren't obvious loonies, but hold a conspiracy belief. They just don't make it their hobby like those folks, so they're not always going on about it. I'm sure you can easily think of one or two people who are seeming rational and sane people...but who really think 9/11 was an inside job. Or that the jews secretly control the world. Or that fluoride in the water is dangerous, drug companies withhold cures to (HIV, cancer, etc) for profits...

Not every nutjob wears the tin foil hat in public
 
2013-05-01 07:31:22 AM  

Flint Ironstag: Yeah, that's just what they want you to think....


Heh, LOL, everybody knows there are no conspiracies ever.

/I said ever : )
//I'd tell ya the truth but but I could get in trouble.
 
2013-05-01 07:34:41 AM  
We're through the looking glass, people
 
2013-05-01 07:35:05 AM  
As if we needed a study to figure this out

No, but we do need a figure to study this out...
 
2013-05-01 07:36:14 AM  
In bfore cofffe.
 
2013-05-01 07:36:54 AM  
Fun fact: The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines "Implausible" as:

too extraordinary or improbable to believe eg "the terrorist attacks generated a whole passel of implausible conspiracy theories that dishonor the memory of those who perished"
 
2013-05-01 07:37:26 AM  
i.imgur.com
9/11 never happened guys

/the first one, really? for shame thread
 
2013-05-01 07:38:58 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Denigrate and alienate people who question the official story. Discount their opinions and questions and squelch dissent. Openly mock anyone who deviates from the proper groupthink. Do not give them any quarter. Make them embarrassed to ask any questions.

It's up to all of us to stop the spread of lies against the State.


Whenever I hear this sort of thing, it doesn't make me want to expose the conspiracy, it makes me want to join the conspirators. Probably there's something wrong with me.
 
2013-05-01 07:39:00 AM  
Science is just a conspiracy of evidence.
 
2013-05-01 07:39:24 AM  
One man's conspiracy theory is another man's set of provable observations about a plutocratic, media-controlled, police state.

Or woman's, I guess. . . .
 
2013-05-01 07:40:23 AM  
In before my parking meter expires.
 
2013-05-01 07:40:44 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Whenever I hear this sort of thing, it doesn't make me want to expose the conspiracy, it makes me want to join the conspirators. Probably there's something wrong with me.


I'm right there with ya.

It also makes me want to give the people who wrote that shiat swirlies and atomic wedgies, too.
 
2013-05-01 07:42:23 AM  

Deathfrogg: In bfore cofffe.


In while still not having slept and been on an alcohol diet : )
Oh and Tats is here so I'm not gonna be the craziest in the room ; )
/Sorry Tat's.
 
2013-05-01 07:42:27 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Denigrate and alienate people who question the official story. Discount their opinions and questions and squelch dissent. Openly mock anyone who deviates from the proper groupthink. Do not give them any quarter. Make them embarrassed to ask any questions.

It's up to all of us to stop the spread of lies against the State.


When your opinions require the need for thousands of fellow citizens to keep the secret without any real motivation to do so, rely on lack of evidence as evidence for the conspiracy, and include accusations of my fellow citizens in law enforcement being part of a conspiracy that is systematically killing other citizens in false flag operations but yet you can't produce evidence for it, you will be mocked.

Accepting reality isn't 'groupthink'.   Go ahead, ask questions.  It is your claims,  but if you are making claims that don't match reality, they will be discounted.
 
2013-05-01 07:43:45 AM  
Yeah, about that science.
 relevantnewsmedia.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-01 07:44:54 AM  
1)  The US government ruthlessly killed 3000 people of its own people on 911.
2)  Alex Jones *apparently* works tirelessly to uncover this heinous conspiracy.
3)  Yet, somehow, Alex Jones's fat, bloviating, gun-cuddling ass has still not been ruthlessly assassinated by the powerful conspirators who remorselessly killed 3000 Americans on 911, and then perpetrated a massive media coverup.
4)  Alex Jones is a laughably retarded dipsh*t.

Obvious conclusion:  Alex Jones act is, IN FACT, an obvious false flag planted by the United States government to make the awakened truthseekers appear foolish and laughably retarded.   FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG.

/gonna do this every time I talk to a conspiracy nut from now on.
 
2013-05-01 07:46:40 AM  

notto: When your opinions require the need for thousands of fellow citizens to keep the secret without any real motivation to do so


The same government who couldn't keep Bill Clinton's blowjob a secret was able 3 years later to pull off 9/11 without a hitch
 
2013-05-01 07:46:41 AM  
Fact: Global Warming started about the same time U.F.O's started showing up. Coincidence? I think not.
Fact: They are changing our climate and atmosphere to match theirs.
 
2013-05-01 07:48:21 AM  

ThunderPelvis: 1)  The US government ruthlessly killed 3000 people of its own people on 911.
2)  Alex Jones *apparently* works tirelessly to uncover this heinous conspiracy.
3)  Yet, somehow, Alex Jones's fat, bloviating, gun-cuddling ass has still not been ruthlessly assassinated by the powerful conspirators who remorselessly killed 3000 Americans on 911, and then perpetrated a massive media coverup.
4)  Alex Jones is a laughably retarded dipsh*t.

Obvious conclusion:  Alex Jones act is, IN FACT, an obvious false flag planted by the United States government to make the awakened truthseekers appear foolish and laughably retarded.   FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG.

/gonna do this every time I talk to a conspiracy nut from now on.


I met that blowhard in a rental car place in the late 1990s, when he was still local to Austin. He told me he was renting a car because "government thugs" shot his truck all up. With him in it. Without hitting him at all. Totaled his truck tho. Then he gave me some passes to Bad Boys strip club.

/CSB
 
2013-05-01 07:50:24 AM  

ThunderPelvis: 1)  The US government ruthlessly killed 3000 people of its own people on 911.
2)  Alex Jones *apparently* works tirelessly to uncover this heinous conspiracy.
3)  Yet, somehow, Alex Jones's fat, bloviating, gun-cuddling ass has still not been ruthlessly assassinated by the powerful conspirators who remorselessly killed 3000 Americans on 911, and then perpetrated a massive media coverup.
4)  Alex Jones is a laughably retarded dipsh*t.

Obvious conclusion:  Alex Jones act is, IN FACT, an obvious false flag planted by the United States government to make the awakened truthseekers appear foolish and laughably retarded.   FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG.

/gonna do this every time I talk to a conspiracy nut from now on.


Oh and don't forget hippie's were violent, there were no FBI men starting sh@t disguised in crowds.
 
2013-05-01 07:50:39 AM  
Another recent study indicates that receiving positive information about or even being merely exposed to conspiracy theories can lead people to become disengaged from important political and societal topics. For example, in their study, Daniel Jolley and Karen Douglas clearly show that participants who received information that supported the idea that global warming is a hoax were less willing to engage politically and also less willing to implement individual behavioral changes such as reducing their carbon footprint.

These findings are alarming because they show that conspiracy theories sow public mistrust and undermine democratic debate by diverting attention away from important scientific, political and societal issues.



What's really alarming is that this implies that conspiracy theories can be engineered to accomplish that exact purpose
 
2013-05-01 07:53:07 AM  

untaken_name: ThunderPelvis: 1)  The US government ruthlessly killed 3000 people of its own people on 911.
2)  Alex Jones *apparently* works tirelessly to uncover this heinous conspiracy.
3)  Yet, somehow, Alex Jones's fat, bloviating, gun-cuddling ass has still not been ruthlessly assassinated by the powerful conspirators who remorselessly killed 3000 Americans on 911, and then perpetrated a massive media coverup.
4)  Alex Jones is a laughably retarded dipsh*t.

Obvious conclusion:  Alex Jones act is, IN FACT, an obvious false flag planted by the United States government to make the awakened truthseekers appear foolish and laughably retarded.   FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG.

/gonna do this every time I talk to a conspiracy nut from now on.

I met that blowhard in a rental car place in the late 1990s, when he was still local to Austin. He told me he was renting a car because "government thugs" shot his truck all up. With him in it. Without hitting him at all. Totaled his truck tho. Then he gave me some passes to Bad Boys strip club.

/CSB


Nice!
 
2013-05-01 07:54:00 AM  

muck4doo: Fact: Global Warming started about the same time U.F.O's started showing up. Coincidence? I think not.
Fact: They are changing our climate and atmosphere to match theirs.



That's what Charlie Sheen taught me.
 
2013-05-01 07:54:04 AM  

untaken_name: ThunderPelvis: 1)  The US government ruthlessly killed 3000 people of its own people on 911.
2)  Alex Jones *apparently* works tirelessly to uncover this heinous conspiracy.
3)  Yet, somehow, Alex Jones's fat, bloviating, gun-cuddling ass has still not been ruthlessly assassinated by the powerful conspirators who remorselessly killed 3000 Americans on 911, and then perpetrated a massive media coverup.
4)  Alex Jones is a laughably retarded dipsh*t.

Obvious conclusion:  Alex Jones act is, IN FACT, an obvious false flag planted by the United States government to make the awakened truthseekers appear foolish and laughably retarded.   FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG.

/gonna do this every time I talk to a conspiracy nut from now on.

I met that blowhard in a rental car place in the late 1990s, when he was still local to Austin. He told me he was renting a car because "government thugs" shot his truck all up. With him in it. Without hitting him at all. Totaled his truck tho. Then he gave me some passes to Bad Boys strip club.

/CSB


How do you know that was really Alex Jones?
 
2013-05-01 07:54:07 AM  

untaken_name: I met that blowhard in a rental car place in the late 1990s, when he was still local to Austin. He told me he was renting a car because "government thugs" shot his truck all up. With him in it. Without hitting him at all. Totaled his truck tho. Then he gave me some passes to Bad Boys strip club.

/CSB


... that's the opposite of a cool story, bro.
 
2013-05-01 07:54:11 AM  
Conspiracy theories are all false flags invented by the government, in order to make it easier to spot the idiots among us.
 
2013-05-01 07:54:13 AM  

untaken_name: ThunderPelvis: 1)  The US government ruthlessly killed 3000 people of its own people on 911.
2)  Alex Jones *apparently* works tirelessly to uncover this heinous conspiracy.
3)  Yet, somehow, Alex Jones's fat, bloviating, gun-cuddling ass has still not been ruthlessly assassinated by the powerful conspirators who remorselessly killed 3000 Americans on 911, and then perpetrated a massive media coverup.
4)  Alex Jones is a laughably retarded dipsh*t.

Obvious conclusion:  Alex Jones act is, IN FACT, an obvious false flag planted by the United States government to make the awakened truthseekers appear foolish and laughably retarded.   FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG.

/gonna do this every time I talk to a conspiracy nut from now on.

I met that blowhard in a rental car place in the late 1990s, when he was still local to Austin. He told me he was renting a car because "government thugs" shot his truck all up. With him in it. Without hitting him at all. Totaled his truck tho. Then he gave me some passes to Bad Boys strip club.

/CSB


That is what colloidal silver will do to you.  It will make you crazy.
 
2013-05-01 07:54:26 AM  

phaseolus: Another recent study indicates that receiving positive information about or even being merely exposed to conspiracy theories can lead people to become disengaged from important political and societal topics. For example, in their study, Daniel Jolley and Karen Douglas clearly show that participants who received information that supported the idea that global warming is a hoax were less willing to engage politically and also less willing to implement individual behavioral changes such as reducing their carbon footprint.

These findings are alarming because they show that conspiracy theories sow public mistrust and undermine democratic debate by diverting attention away from important scientific, political and societal issues.


What's really alarming is that this implies that conspiracy theories can be engineered to accomplish that exact purpose


It seems pretty apparent that conspiracy theorists in the public sphere protect the government from real criticism by poisoning the well with obvious errant nonsense, but it seems unlikely that is deliberately engineered given the media has always tended to seek out and amplify the most outrageous, stupid, weird and nutball parts of society.
 
2013-05-01 07:55:46 AM  

muck4doo: How do you know that was really Alex Jones?


Well, it could have been his evil twin brother, I suppose.
 
2013-05-01 07:56:02 AM  

muck4doo: How do you know that was really Alex Jones?


I'm still personally not yet convinced that Alex Jones is NOT Bob Odenkirk in a fat suit

i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-01 07:56:10 AM  
Thanks to the Internet, I have plenty of sources to cite that back up my position that alien flying saucers being chased by a secret government agency crashed through the WTC causing death and dest...

Hang on. There's a helicopter in my driveway.

[carrier signal lost]
 
2013-05-01 07:56:29 AM  

Tatsuma: ... that's the opposite of a cool story, bro.


You're just jealous.

/it's a conspiracy
 
2013-05-01 07:57:13 AM  

muck4doo: Fact: Global Warming started about the same time U.F.O's started showing up. Coincidence? I think not.
Fact: They are changing our climate and atmosphere to match theirs.


Because they thrive on droughts and hurricanes. Because they're alien. . . .
 
2013-05-01 07:57:20 AM  

muck4doo: Fact: Global Warming started about the same time U.F.O's started showing up. Coincidence? I think not.
Fact: They are changing our climate and atmosphere to match theirs.


Old friend of mine from high school came up with that exact yarn at one point. He was big on the "X-Files" when it came out and swore up and down that all the episodes were based on true stories and the real human government was using the Fiction/Entertainment format to present people with the facts as gently as possible so they'd be more amenable to the invasion when it became too obvious to ignore. It was an "X-Files" script I think, (I never watched that show, not even once).

When he took to calling me at 0130 to rant about the latest episode or about something he'd heard from Art Bell or some shiat, I finally told him to quit calling me. This from a guy that I defied death with as a teenager more than a couple times. We were the original "hold my bong and watch this" guys.
 
2013-05-01 07:58:14 AM  

untaken_name: You're just jealous.

/it's a conspiracy


Yeah, because if I had been there, I would have turned to him after this and said

'Oh, we know about that. We're watching you, Mr. Jones. You might want to avoid [subject relevant at the time]' then walked out.

THAT would have been a CSB moment.
 
2013-05-01 07:58:36 AM  

phaseolus: Another recent study indicates that receiving positive information about or even being merely exposed to conspiracy theories can lead people to become disengaged from important political and societal topics. For example, in their study, Daniel Jolley and Karen Douglas clearly show that participants who received information that supported the idea that global warming is a hoax were less willing to engage politically and also less willing to implement individual behavioral changes such as reducing their carbon footprint.

These findings are alarming because they show that conspiracy theories sow public mistrust and undermine democratic debate by diverting attention away from important scientific, political and societal issues.


What's really alarming is that this implies that conspiracy theories can be engineered to accomplish that exact purpose


No it was only a coincidence that the Loose Change guys were in the military right before all that. There's no way the government, any government, would have ever planed misinformation campaigns, that's just silly talk.
/Again there are no conspiracies ever.
 
2013-05-01 07:59:09 AM  

Aar1012: In before an atheist's post about religion

/We get it. You don't believe in God
//Not religious


imgs.xkcd.com
 
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