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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 49
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2013-05-01 06:47:28 AM  
8 votes:
Yeah, that's just what they want you to think....
2013-05-01 09:32:17 AM  
7 votes:
UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ATTACK: Was it an inside job?

1) Why were a handful of rebel fighters able to penetrate the defenses of a battle station that had the capability of destroying an entire planet and the defenses to ward off several fleets of battle ships?

2) Why did Grand Moff Tarkin refuse to deploy the station's large fleet of TIE Fighters until it was too late? Was he acting on orders from somebody to not shoot down the rebel attack force? If so, who, and why?

3) Why was the rebel pilot who supposedly destroyed the Death Star reported to be on the Death Star days, maybe hours, prior to its destruction? Why was he allowed to escape, and why were several individuals dressed in Stormtrooper uniforms seen helping him?

4) Why has there not been an investigation into allegations that Darth Vader, the second-ranking member of the Imperial Government, is in fact the father of the pilot who allegedly destroyed the Death Star?

5) Why did Lord Vader decide to break all protocols and personally pilot a lightly armored TIE Fighter? Conveniently, this placed Lord Vader outside of the Death Star when it was destroyed, where he was also conveniently able to escape from a large-sized rebel fleet that had just routed the Imperial forces. Why would Lord Vader, one of the highest ranking members of the Imperial Government, suddenly decide to fly away from the Death Star in the middle of a battle? Did he know something that the rest of the Imperial Navy didn't?

6) How could any pilot shoot a missile into a 2 meter-wide exhaust port, let alone a pilot with no formal training, whose only claim to fame was his ability to "bullseye womprats" on Tatooine? This shot, according to one pilot, would be "impossible, even for a computer." Yet, according to additional evidence, the pilot who allegedly fired the missile turned off his targeting computer when he was supposedly firing the shot that destroyed the Death Star. Why have these discrepancies never been investigated, let alone explained?

7) Why has their been no investigation into evidence that the droids who provided the rebels with the Death Star plans were once owned by none other than Lord Vader himself, and were found, conveniently, by the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, and who is also believed to be Lord Vader's son? Evidence also shows that the droids were brought to one Ben Kenobi, who, records indicate, was Darth Vader's teacher many years earlier! Are all these personal connections between the conspirators and a key figure in the Imperial government supposed to be coincidences?

8) How could a single missile destroy a battle station the size of a moon? No records, anywhere, show that any battle station or capital ship has ever been destroyed by a single missile. Furthermore, analysis of the tape of the last moments of the Death Star show numerous small explosions along its surface, prior to it exploding completely! Why does all evidence indicate that strategically placed explosives, not a single missile, is what destroyed the Death Star?


9) And where was Emperor Palpatine during all of this?  He spend 5 full minutes continuing to read "My Pet Bantha" to a classroom of young Sith after hearing the news!
2013-05-01 08:00:29 AM  
7 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-05-01 08:21:12 AM  
4 votes:
For example, while it has been known for some time that people who believe in one conspiracy theory are also likely to believe in other conspiracy theories

This is obvious to anyone who has spoken to a conspiracy nut. Although it does make it really easy to disregard everything that person says and also make it easy to pull off one of these:

imgs.xkcd.com
2013-05-01 07:54:07 AM  
3 votes:

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 09:29:21 AM  
2 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: Facetious_Speciest: Meh. Conspiracy theories are crazy until they're not. It was a "conspiracy theory" that the American government purposefully turned a blind eye to the plight of Jewish refugees in WWII...until some guys from the Treasury Department essentially blackmailed the State Department and Roosevelt with threats of going public. Then it got serious.

Instead of the thousands of other examples, I went straight for the Holocaust. Lazy, I know, but it's early.

Continue on with whatever your reptilian overlords from the Hollow Earth want you to think, though. You won't be so smug when the real bin Laden returns from Atlantis with the Spear of Longinus in his wet, tentacled grasp.

Some crazies were claiming that the US government was running fake vaccination programs in Pakistan to find Bin Laden.

LOL. What a bunch of loons.


Those were real vaccinations, but we weren't doing that to find Bin Laden.  We were doing that to create a generation of autistic kids that could serve as cheap foreign coders in 20 years when outsourcing to India becomes slightly less cost-effective.
2013-05-01 08:52:21 AM  
2 votes:

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

[www.tomatobubble.com image 300x295]


Umm, that's not a conspiracy.
2013-05-01 08:47:59 AM  
2 votes:
www.slate.com
2013-05-01 08:47:58 AM  
2 votes:
img54.imageshack.us
2013-05-01 07:59:09 AM  
2 votes:

Aar1012: In before an atheist's post about religion

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


imgs.xkcd.com
2013-05-01 07:44:54 AM  
2 votes:
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 07:36:14 AM  
2 votes:
In bfore cofffe.
2013-05-01 10:22:28 PM  
1 votes:
I guess it's time for a hard truth. I am behind all of this. As an immortal space lemur, the only thing that amuses me these days is messing with people on a grand scale.

If you truly care about your fellow humans, send me money or BIE.
2013-05-01 03:06:01 PM  
1 votes:

stryed: Flint Ironstag: stryed: You cannot possibly argue that Bush would not have been hugely, staggeringly, relieved had WMDs been found. Of course he is going to claim otherwise, just as Blair did, when it became clear there were no WMDs. To this day the "False war" accusation follows him around. Had there been WMDs he would have been shown to be right and we would respect and admire him for taking action.
And Blair is culpable because it was his people who "sexed up" the report claiming that Iraq had WMDs.

You think he is bothered by what the people think about him or the presence or absence of WMDs once goals are accomplished? Really? The point is, he was wrong and was able to pre-emptively attack a country with nothing more than fabricated evidence. Now, if the WMDs had "made in Iran" written over it and people bought it he'd probably be more than relieved but ecstatic but fortunately people aren't that gullible yet. For now they'll have to wait until they set up Iran some other way.

He'd certainly care, since at the time he still had re election coming up. Had they found WMDs he would probably have won by a landslide whereas with Iraq hanging over him he could easily have lost.

You mean the Bush vs Kerry election, the first ever skull and bones members only election? Don't think he cared as bonesmen didn't care of the outcome of that election.



img845.imageshack.us
2013-05-01 02:21:57 PM  
1 votes:
What if every conspiracy nut is part of a greater conspiracy to throw us off the trail of the real culprits by claiming everything's a conspiracy, thereby providing a smokescreen?
2013-05-01 01:32:14 PM  
1 votes:
GregoryD:

Also the several firefighters saw the damage and withdrew from trying to save it. They saw with their eyes that it was in danger of collapse.

See what they say here.


Right, like we're supposed to believe a bunch of shape-shifting lizard-man firefighters?
2013-05-01 01:07:26 PM  
1 votes:

CrazyCracka420: Any investigation that uses the "political method" to come to a conclusion, is one that will leave the door open to be questioned for all of eternity.


So you admit the conspiracy theory is incorrect?  The "political method" is the precise method the 9/11 Truther movement used.  "It was an inside job" and here are the "facts to back it up."  When their "facts" were debunked they claimed the debunkers were a part of the conspiracy OR they moved the goal posts (which made the conspiracy even more of a grandiose, all-encompassing scheme).

Alex Jones immediately jumped to a conclusion that the Boston Marathon bombing was a government operation and then shoe-horned the evidence to fit his conclusion.

The 9/11 Commission used the powers of observation to see planes hitting the towers and started from there.  That's called "evidence" in the process of an investigation, and you tend to immediately discard ridiculous theories such as "there were hundreds of pounds of explosives and miles of detonation wiring planted in each of those buildings that went completely unnoticed and were detonated at precise moments to make it look like planes crashing into the buildings actually brought down the buildings."

The real fact is:  there was indeed a conspiracy on 9/11.  About 20 pissed off Muslims took advantage of lax airport security, hijacked four airplanes, rammed three of them into buildings and failed at the fourth attempt.

The fact that you continue this foolish line of thinking, despite the fact that you've been given explanations otherwise, demonstrates delusion.  YOU are precisely the type of person this article is about.  YOU dismiss logic, reason and science so you can cling to your own worldview that something even more sinister than what actually happened happened.

That, or you're a troll.  (In which case, 10/10, good job.)
2013-05-01 11:37:25 AM  
1 votes:

legion_of_doo: AverageAmericanGuy: legion_of_doo: Lady Indica: Tell me, what color is the sky in your world?

the sky has no color.

we perceive blue, but we only see the residue of the chem trails sent up by the Merovingians, which refract the light from the mind control lasers.

I don't think that's right. The sky is blue and the chemtrails don't have any effect on me. I can erase them with vinegar.

you have to watch out for a weird "U" symbol on the vinegar, though.

that means a Rabbi has put mind altering chemicals in your food product to make you believe what the mainstream media tells you.

/ you know who controls the media don't you?
Zionist illuminati, and the Merovingians!


Gimme a break. You think I don't know that?
2013-05-01 11:25:27 AM  
1 votes:

CrazyCracka420: Dog Welder: CrazyCracka420: Again, although I believe demolitions brought down the WTC buildings, I'm trying to play devil's advocate here. Asking why or what's the risk is not what I'm getting it. I'm trying to paint the picture that it was certainly possible to rig up buildings for demolition and keep the secret between the people who did it. That is all. If people can't even accept that possibility, they have a very closed mind.

Yes, yes, we've heard it.  "I'm just asking questions here!"

The problem is YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO THE ANSWERS.  This shiat has been debunked, in this very thread already, and you continue.  Nothing is going to convince you.

It isn't a "closed mind" that doesn't allow us to think of this as a possibility, it's a logical mind that actually allows us to think through the scenario and realize the bullshiat smells like bullshiat.

Your answer was that it is not possible to rig up a building with demolitions without being noticed or kept secret, and I think that's incorrect.  Your other answer were actually questions about "why" or "is it worth the risk" to do what I was suggesting could be done.


And someone else answered that it would take miles of detonation cables, hundreds of pounds of explosives, and massive amounts of deconstruction throughout the building to put the explosives in a place where they would actually demolish the building.

To suggest that one person, four or five people, or dozens of guys would not be discovered planting all of that equipment in two of the largest buildings in the world where thousands of people worked every day is nothing short of delusional.  Which is sort of the point of the article in question.
2013-05-01 11:24:36 AM  
1 votes:

Lady Indica: Tell me, what color is the sky in your world?


the sky has no color.

we perceive blue, but we only see the residue of the chem trails sent up by the Merovingians, which refract the light from the mind control lasers.
2013-05-01 10:18:25 AM  
1 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: [www.slate.com image 850x669]


Don't mock him.  He knows about the secret bee overlords.
2013-05-01 09:40:23 AM  
1 votes:

Mose: Jews


===============

The day after 9-11. I stopped at the local market,  There was an older man talking on  a pay phone.  He was loud and obviously agitated,   As I passed him I could hear,  " What do you think it's about?  It's the Jews!"
2013-05-01 09:32:03 AM  
1 votes:

Valacirca: tinfoil-hat maggie

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


(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)
2013-05-01 09:29:35 AM  
1 votes:

Valacirca: tinfoil-hat maggie

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


: )
/LOL
2013-05-01 09:26:49 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:02:41 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:56:45 AM  
1 votes:
My boss has asked me to remind you that there are never any conspiracies. Ever. None.
2013-05-01 08:49:03 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:41:25 AM  
1 votes:
2013-05-01 08:24:55 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Interesting. When I click on the Smart button here, the post doesn't show up in the Smart link.
2013-05-01 08:14:31 AM  
1 votes:

thecpt: America is getting too fat and suddenly twinkies go out of business? Shyeah right. I know the truth there. Ask yourself, who gained what? Fairway markets. That's who. Americans were too fat to reach the high places on their stores' shelves as their shame bellies would hang out as they extended. Not anymore! And do they sell lizard meat? NO! Farking lizard race


Yeah right. Did you SEE the cow being butchered with your OWN eyes? The reptoids have been feeding us the flesh of their weaker children (i.e. incapable of shapeshifting or even glamours) for 2 centuries now.
2013-05-01 08:06:04 AM  
1 votes:
America is getting too fat and suddenly twinkies go out of business? Shyeah right. I know the truth there. Ask yourself, who gained what? Fairway markets. That's who. Americans were too fat to reach the high places on their stores' shelves as their shame bellies would hang out as they extended. Not anymore! And do they sell lizard meat? NO! Farking lizard race
2013-05-01 08:04:18 AM  
1 votes:
There are two types of people: Those who win, and those who win arguments. The two are mutually exclusive.
2013-05-01 08:00:44 AM  
1 votes:
Meh. Conspiracy theories are crazy until they're not. It was a "conspiracy theory" that the American government purposefully turned a blind eye to the plight of Jewish refugees in WWII...until some guys from the Treasury Department essentially blackmailed the State Department and Roosevelt with threats of going public. Then it got serious.

Instead of the thousands of other examples, I went straight for the Holocaust. Lazy, I know, but it's early.

Continue on with whatever your reptilian overlords from the Hollow Earth want you to think, though. You won't be so smug when the real bin Laden returns from Atlantis with the Spear of Longinus in his wet, tentacled grasp.
2013-05-01 07:58:14 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:54:04 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:54:00 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:46:41 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:46:40 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:40:23 AM  
1 votes:
In before my parking meter expires.
2013-05-01 07:39:00 AM  
1 votes:
Science is just a conspiracy of evidence.
2013-05-01 07:37:26 AM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
9/11 never happened guys

/the first one, really? for shame thread
2013-05-01 07:35:05 AM  
1 votes:
As if we needed a study to figure this out

No, but we do need a figure to study this out...
2013-05-01 07:28:48 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:28:48 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:27:08 AM  
1 votes:
Right, next you'll try to tell me the Greys aren't in control of all the world's governments. Pshaw.
2013-05-01 07:24:19 AM  
1 votes:
I'm starting to think irrationality is tactic that actually keeps a large number of our species safe.
2013-05-01 07:24:09 AM  
1 votes:
In before breakfast.
2013-05-01 07:22:40 AM  
1 votes:

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.
 
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