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(Some Guy)   A good handbook written by a cognitive psychologist for how to spot a conspiracy. Oddly enough, "promoted by Trump or Alex Jones" is not on the list   (skepticalscience.com) divider line
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2020-06-29 11:52:11 AM  
7 votes:
This looks good. A lot of criticism of conspiracy theories involves telling people to do things that conspiracy cultists think they're doing--do your research, rely on credible sources, make sure you have evidence, be rational, think for yourself. So, it doesn't help them see that they're gullible and irrational.

One thing I have learned from crawling around the internet: medicable levels of mental illness are way more common than I thought.
 
2020-06-29 7:24:07 PM  
4 votes:

Byno: All kidding aside, what the fark is a "cognitive psychologist,"


I'm not googling it for you, nor going down the path where I leave a descriptor or two out of it so some jerkass can gotcha me after I give a rough description, but I assure you there are different focuses within psychology and cognition is one of them.
 
2020-06-29 7:21:33 PM  
2 votes:
things to look for:

Data
Integrity
Concepts
Knowledge

things to avoid:

Bias
Underhandedness
Tautologies
Trickiness
 
2020-06-29 7:19:19 PM  
2 votes:
Subby:

You meant conspiracy THEORY.

Conspiracies tend to be real. Conspiracy theories tend to be 99 & 44/100ths % BS.
 
2020-06-29 9:10:20 PM  
1 vote:

Byno: All kidding aside, what the fark is a "cognitive psychologist," and where in TFA does it say that (my reading comp may suck looking at my phone; alas)?

I have a hard enough time with Devry MSW graduates practicing social work having graduated from an undergrad institution you've never heard of on top of a LOT of them trying to solve their own behavioral health issues (which is why they got into psychology in the first place) on top of, did I mention, getting a Wikipedia degree; what's almost as bad is an un-credited article it took me 40 seconds to read (and that's just terrible), that, as Pocket Ninja points out, is inane.

Psychiatrist:  patient suffers from paranoid-delusional thinking in absence of hallucinations; Cluster A Personality Disorder most likely indicated; referral to DBT and prescribing anti-psychotics and anti-anxiety medication. Meds pc qhs qd....

"Cognitive Psychologist": CONSPIR!

/rant


Um, you're on the internet. You could google it.

You googled something else. WTF is wrong with you? It's been a major field in psychology for thirty years. It's fine that you don't know that, but why do you think an article should explain something a person farking connected to the internet could look up?

I don't think pocket ninja was saying the article was inane. I hope not, since my ninja friend is normally sensible.

Your degree in wikipedia should at least have gotten you this far: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogniti​v​e_psychology
 
2020-06-29 7:41:17 PM  
1 vote:

GodComplex: Byno: All kidding aside, what the fark is a "cognitive psychologist," and where in TFA does it say that (my reading comp may suck looking at my phone; alas)?

I have a hard enough time with Devry MSW graduates practicing social work having graduated from an undergrad institution you've never heard of on top of a LOT of them trying to solve their own behavioral health issues (which is why they got into psychology in the first place) on top of, did I mention, getting a Wikipedia degree; what's almost as bad is an un-credited article it took me 40 seconds to read (and that's just terrible), that, as Pocket Ninja points out, is inane.

Psychiatrist:  patient suffers from paranoid-delusional thinking in absence of hallucinations; Cluster A Personality Disorder most likely indicated; referral to DBT and prescribing anti-psychotics and anti-anxiety medication. Meds pc qhs qd....

"Cognitive Psychologist": CONSPIR!

/rant

It's a lot about we think, perceive, and process information. It's also the predominant paradigm in the field until next week. Or as Skinner put it, 'voodoo.'


Next week? It was the leader when I got my psych degree twenty years ago :)
 
2020-06-29 7:17:49 PM  
1 vote:
Conspiracy theorists can simultaneously believe in ideas that are mutually contradictory. For example, believing the theory that Princess Diana was murdered but also believing that she faked her own death.30 This is because the theorists' commitment to disbelieving the "official" account is so absolute, it doesn't matter if their belief system is incoherent.

This is my favorite.

Like climate change deniers that believe both climate change doesn't exist AND it does exist but is not man made.


Or anti-maskers who believe that masks will cut off their O2 but also believe it's impossible it could reduce the amount of viral load particles.
 
2020-06-29 5:50:07 PM  
1 vote:
Just the kind of thing the conspiracy would put out.

O_o
o_O
 
2020-06-29 11:45:30 AM  
1 vote:
One of the first things I always look for in determining whether or not a scientific book or handbook should be respected is whether its fundamental concepts can be distilled down to an acrostic. If the word used in the acrostic has itself been shortened by one letter, that tells me that there is a great deal of efficiency at play and elevates the underlying theory to one deserving a great deal of respec. Respec:

Read
Every
Sentence and
Preach
Each
Concept
 
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