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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 08:44:39 AM

Abox: The dumber you are, the more you're likely to believe there's people capable of pulling off infinitely intricate and unlikely acts of deception in the name of things you're scared of.


that's the trick with 9/11 conspiracy... you'd have to work around Dumbya.
 
2013-05-01 08:45:29 AM

untaken_name: You're also very humble.

/and delusional, but I don't hold that against you


Well considering what you've come up so far, it's probably best you don't try to joke around so much it's bound to fail hard.

Probably why you couldn't come up with a screenname either

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Abox: The dumber you are, the more you're likely to believe there's people capable of pulling off infinitely intricate and unlikely acts of deception in the name of things you're scared of.


Actually that's false a lot of people who buy into cults and conspiracy theories tend to be really smart people, IQ-wise. Except most of those who post on Fark, those are usually the bottom of the barrel.
 
2013-05-01 08:46:05 AM
The 9/11 Tragedy - All Explained by Government Facts

You "TRUTHERS" need to hang your head in shame! HOW could there have been a conspiracy involving 9/11? So what two airplanes took out 3 buildings? So what about the "magic passport"? Here's the TRUTH according to our government and media, all laid out and only 5 minutes long.
 
2013-05-01 08:46:06 AM

OscarTamerz: [assassinationof3u5.weebly.com image 319x319]
Because not believing this bullet went through 2 people and shattered one of their femurs is completely irrational and finding it extraordinarily suspicious that Governor Connally's widow refused to allow another bullet to be removed from his body after his death is even more suspicious because looking for scientific evidence is rejection of science.


Back and to the left. Back and to the left.
 
2013-05-01 08:46:22 AM

Barnstormer: When I was taking college physics I used to assume that one or more of the equations or explanations of nuclear fission were intentionally incorrect so that students wouldn't figure out how to make a bomb.


All the physics are there except how to connect the two components rapidly enough.

If they come in contact too soon bad.

If not quick enough the same.
 
2013-05-01 08:46:46 AM
Your handlers have trained you well subby, they have trained you well..
 
2013-05-01 08:47:58 AM
img54.imageshack.us
 
2013-05-01 08:47:59 AM
www.slate.com
 
2013-05-01 08:48:04 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.


Well, yeah. The original poster makes conspiracy theorists out to be noble people who are just questioning authority. That's why he/she refers to conspiracy theorists as people who are just "questioning the official story," and, instead of being called on their bullshiat, they are being "denigrate[d]" and "alienate[d]." For goodness sake, who wants to "squelch" dissent? Looked at this way, the anti-vaxer is some sort of hero instead of the as swipe who is responsible for the return of whooping cough and measle epidemics.
 
2013-05-01 08:49:03 AM

untaken_name: Tatsuma: 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.

Sure you would have. You're the guy who calls someone back two days later when you think up the put down you couldn't think of on the spot.


Well, the Jerk Store called, and they're running out of you!
 
2013-05-01 08:50:53 AM
Paging the Hardly Boys...
 
2013-05-01 08:52:21 AM

neversubmit: 100,000 CONSPIRATORS WORKING IN 3 SECRET CITIES!

[www.tomatobubble.com image 300x295]


Umm, that's not a conspiracy.
 
2013-05-01 08:53:09 AM

MileHigh: Well, the Jerk Store called, and they're running out of you!


Yep, sounds like merely saying that meeting Alex Jones was not a cool story and he should have messed with his mind really irritated him.
 
2013-05-01 08:53:59 AM

Tatsuma: legion_of_doo: so much of American politics life is emotional, belief based...


Dude I'd give you fact's and such but I'm on the phone right now.
/Thankfully you've never done that ; )
 
2013-05-01 08:54:16 AM
http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/07/02/28/the-9-most-shocking-conspi racy-theories-that-turned-out-to-be-true.htm">http://www.sixwise.com/ newsletters/07/02/28/the-9-most-shocking-conspi racy-theories-that-turned-out-to-be-true.htm

the 9 most shocking
 
2013-05-01 08:54:28 AM
9/11 was a conspiracy, that is a fact.  The real question is who all was conspiring and for what benefit/goal?  Was it 19 hijackers under the command of a former CIA asset to try and drive the US military out of Muslim Land, but instead lead to the invasion of multiple countries?  Or was it a global cabal of war profiteers who had previously outlined a way to invade the countries (All of which were not part of their central banking cartel/fraud) that have now been invaded, to set up a Project for a New American Century of warfare to try and monopolize all of the worlds natural resources in the hands of a few unelected elite.
 
2013-05-01 08:54:54 AM

neversubmit: 100,000 CONSPIRATORS WORKING IN 3 SECRET CITIES!

[www.tomatobubble.com image 300x295]


It's true none of that happened, no really ; )
 
2013-05-01 08:56:45 AM
My boss has asked me to remind you that there are never any conspiracies. Ever. None.
 
2013-05-01 08:58:23 AM

flynn80: 9/11 was a conspiracy, that is a fact.  The real question is who all was conspiring and for what benefit/goal?  Was it 19 hijackers under the command of a former CIA asset to try and drive the US military out of Muslim Land, but instead lead to the invasion of multiple countries?  Or was it a global cabal of war profiteers who had previously outlined a way to invade the countries (All of which were not part of their central banking cartel/fraud) that have now been invaded, to set up a Project for a New American Century of warfare to try and monopolize all of the worlds natural resources in the hands of a few unelected elite.


Careful there, car wrecks happen all the time : )
 
2013-05-01 09:01:33 AM

RubberBabyBuggyBumpers: My boss has asked me to remind you that there are never any conspiracies. Ever. None.


You're boss is a smart American patriot and I agree 100%.

All conspiracies are loonacy, which means they must come from the moon. We need too go back ; )
 
2013-05-01 09:02:27 AM
A "conspiracy theory" is the battle cry of one who simply does not have enough data to reach a conclusion.
 
2013-05-01 09:02:41 AM
There's something kind of optimistic about conspiracy theorists. They assume that humans are far more capable and far more likely to keep secrets than actual experience with humans supports.
 
2013-05-01 09:03:19 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


It's on the internet so it must be true.
 
2013-05-01 09:03:19 AM

Tatsuma: 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.


Right?  "Oh no, there's this group of reclusive billionaires who are putting mind control drugs in chemtrails and anyone who disgrees with them just vanishes!"  Sweet, where do I sign up?
 
2013-05-01 09:06:19 AM

roddack: Just because I am paranoid doesn't mean they're not watching me

A broad number of conspiracy theories always struck me as being nothing more than a coping mechanism people would utilize after a tragic event. By associating the event as part of an even larger and more sinister plot conducted by some organization/cabal/alien/whatever it allows the person to create a theoretical target that can be stopped. This allows people to generate an illusion of possessing some degree of control over such situation instead of feeling completely helpless.


And now we know Matt Drudge's fark handle.
 
2013-05-01 09:06:34 AM

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


Actually, it kind of is. Just as our brains fill in missing data like what you "see" in your eye's physical blind spot, our brains also leap to conclusions about the perceived threat of something, or benevolence of something, thanks to wiring left over from when life-or-death decisions had to be made instinctively, and when we had to make sense of the world or get killed. Our brains are constantly "helping" us by making shiat up. Kind of like seeing a face in this -_- but not this _-_. Our brain is wired for facial recognition (a useful cognitive shortcut) so we see Jesus in bathroom stains and toast.

Also, being constantly aware of one's miniscule and brief existence in the midst of a vast, cold and chaotic void is kind of disconcerting. Our brains are there to help us by glomming on to whatever explanation will make one feel not only comfortable but certain in the midst of uncertainty. There's also a power in being certain where others are not. "I WANT TO BELIEVE" indeed.
 
2013-05-01 09:07:51 AM
I have a serious question about Moon Landing deniers, and I guess this is as good a place as any to ask it: Why?

I mean, I get that all the theorists can agree that it was fake, but is there a generally accepted theory as to why anyone bothered?

Because the technology to reach the moon did exist in 1969. It absolutely did. It arguably existed in 1962 when Kennedy said we were going. Conspiracy or no, you really can't debate the state of rocket technology in the 60s, it's pretty well documented what we were capable of.

So why, in the minds of the theorists, not go for real? Why stage the elaborate hoax instead? Aliens? Budget problems? Secret Nazi moonbase?
 
2013-05-01 09:08:24 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Right? "Oh no, there's this group of reclusive billionaires who are putting mind control drugs in chemtrails and anyone who disgrees with them just vanishes!" Sweet, where do I sign up?


That's what i never got about anti-semitism.

'The Jews are an all-powerful force that control governments and makes all of the money!... so let's kill them' instead of, you know, converting and joining in the wealth and control
 
2013-05-01 09:09:11 AM

Tatsuma: [i.imgur.com image 640x480]
9/11 never happened guys

/the first one, really? for shame thread


This made me lol.  I can't remember the particulars of this 'experiment', other than it was the most laughable attempt at testing anything I can remember.  I wonder what it would be like to try and have a conversation with the guy that did this.
 
2013-05-01 09:09:17 AM

Wade_Wilson: I have a serious question about Moon Landing deniers, and I guess this is as good a place as any to ask it: Why?

I mean, I get that all the theorists can agree that it was fake, but is there a generally accepted theory as to why anyone bothered?


1) the most rational one, to stick it to the Russians
2) lizard-people
3) world's a snowglobe
 
2013-05-01 09:10:04 AM

You Are All Sheep: Deep Contact: Yeah, about that science.
 [relevantnewsmedia.files.wordpress.com image 400x294]

Is that really WTC7 in the background?


Yep. 5 minutes later it was pulled.
 
2013-05-01 09:12:44 AM

Source4leko: This made me lol. I can't remember the particulars of this 'experiment', other than it was the most laughable attempt at testing anything I can remember. I wonder what it would be like to try and have a conversation with the guy that did this.


Enjoy
 
2013-05-01 09:13:59 AM

Tatsuma: Wade_Wilson: I have a serious question about Moon Landing deniers, and I guess this is as good a place as any to ask it: Why?

I mean, I get that all the theorists can agree that it was fake, but is there a generally accepted theory as to why anyone bothered?

1) the most rational one, to stick it to the Russians


That's my point; know what would really stick it to the Russians? going to the moon for real. What advantages did faking it have over really going, when we could.
 
2013-05-01 09:14:05 AM

Deep Contact: Yep. 5 minutes later it was pulled.


Yeah, one news channel misunderstood 'We think that WTC7 is about to collapse' as 'it collapsed'. If only something could explain why they wouldn't have accurate info in such a chaos-free environment.
 
2013-05-01 09:14:42 AM

Wade_Wilson: That's my point; know what would really stick it to the Russians? going to the moon for real. What advantages did faking it have over really going, when we could.


Hey, I ain't one of those people, so I can't really do more than just point it out
 
2013-05-01 09:15:12 AM

Tatsuma: God Is My Co-Pirate: Right? "Oh no, there's this group of reclusive billionaires who are putting mind control drugs in chemtrails and anyone who disgrees with them just vanishes!" Sweet, where do I sign up?

That's what i never got about anti-semitism.

'The Jews are an all-powerful force that control governments and makes all of the money!... so let's kill them' instead of, you know, converting and joining in the wealth and control


I suspect the continuation of that thought was traditionally "...and it must be true because I owe the Jewish guy down the street some money and I don't want to pay it back."
 
2013-05-01 09:15:54 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Tatsuma: legion_of_doo: so much of American politics life is emotional, belief based...

Dude I'd give you fact's and such but I'm on the phone right now.
/Thankfully you've never done that ; )


Fact: Phone is a device to keep you from the truth.
 
2013-05-01 09:16:42 AM

Tatsuma: Wade_Wilson: That's my point; know what would really stick it to the Russians? going to the moon for real. What advantages did faking it have over really going, when we could.

Hey, I ain't one of those people, so I can't really do more than just point it out


No, the correct answer was to transfer a bunch of money to the Jews that owned the studio where the landings were staged.

I'm not surprised you wouldn't come out with that though.  You've probably still got some savings bonds from it.
 
2013-05-01 09:16:58 AM

Tatsuma: Wade_Wilson: That's my point; know what would really stick it to the Russians? going to the moon for real. What advantages did faking it have over really going, when we could.

Hey, I ain't one of those people, so I can't really do more than just point it out


Maybe psychological warfare? Hey, I'm just guessing.
 
2013-05-01 09:18:16 AM

Source4leko: Tatsuma: [i.imgur.com image 640x480]
9/11 never happened guys

/the first one, really? for shame thread

This made me lol.  I can't remember the particulars of this 'experiment', other than it was the most laughable attempt at testing anything I can remember.  I wonder what it would be like to try and have a conversation with the guy that did this.


Infuriating for me.  Some kinds of idiocy I just can't tolerate.  Willful, bull headed ignorance is the worst.
 
2013-05-01 09:18:21 AM
I see they've gotten to you all, already.  No one is safe now!

cf.geekdo-images.com
 
2013-05-01 09:19:59 AM

Tatsuma: Deep Contact: Yep. 5 minutes later it was pulled.

Yeah, one news channel misunderstood 'We think that WTC7 is about to collapse' as 'it collapsed'. If only something could explain why they wouldn't have accurate info in such a chaos-free environment.


Because if the Boston bombing taught us anything it's that news organizations always have completely up to date information during a crisis.  They would never report something that was untrue.  What I really wonder is how many other things were wrongly reported that morning, but we don't ever hear about them anymore simply because they were wrong and never became right, so everyone forgot about them.  It seems far more likely that CNN reported something entirely wrong, then it happened to come true 5 minutes later rather than they read their CIA script about what to report when wrong or something.

/my dad buys into EVERY conspiracy theory
// except for the lizard people, that's where even he draws the line
 
2013-05-01 09:20:11 AM
the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.
 
2013-05-01 09:20:38 AM

Tatsuma: .Abox: The dumber you are, the more you're likely to believe there's people capable of pulling off infinitely intricate and unlikely acts of deception in the name of things you're scared of.

Actually that's false a lot of people who buy into cults and conspiracy theories tend to be really smart people, IQ-wise. Except most of those who post on Fark, those are usually the bottom of the barrel.



A number on a page doesn't make you smart.
 
2013-05-01 09:21:31 AM
In the 50's Art Linkletter had a program called People are Funny.

Go with it.
 
2013-05-01 09:21:33 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: I suspect the continuation of that thought was traditionally "...and it must be true because I owe the Jewish guy down the street some money and I don't want to pay it back."


Nevermind the fact that they money they borrowed wasn't ours but usually either the king's, the lord's or the church's money.

Oh and when those would borrow from us, when it was time to pay they'd usually just kick us out instead (at best) or have us all killed (at... well kind of always)
 
2013-05-01 09:24:23 AM
Fact: Global warming has gone since the internet. Think about that next time you send a text message.
 
2013-05-01 09:25:24 AM

muck4doo: Fact: Global warming has gone up since the internet. Think about that next time you send a text message.


FTFM
 
2013-05-01 09:26:49 AM

muck4doo: Fact: Global warming has gone since the internet. Think about that next time you send a text message.


muck4doo: muck4doo: Fact: Global warming has gone up since the internet. Think about that next time you send a text message.

FTFM


by repeating yourself you increased global warming even more you monster
 
2013-05-01 09:28:49 AM
tinfoil-hat maggie

Stop using smiley faces, you're not a 14-year old in an AOL chat room.
 
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