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  1. truthmod
    Administrator

    These are predictable and come out fairly regularly nowadays. One thing particularly irksome about them are common subheadings like these. I would expect a little more careful language from a true journalist, but of course these people must signal their sureness in their own position and the ridiculousness of the opposition.

    >No, he was not carrying out an Illuminati “blood sacrifice” ritual.

    or

    >No, there was not a second shooter

    Trump Supporters Are Promoting Insane Conspiracy Theories About the Vegas Shooter

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/trump-...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. truthmod
    Administrator

    Why So Many People Believe Conspiracy Theories

    http://time.com/4965093/conspiracy-theories-belief...

    William of Occam would have hated conspiracy theories. A 14th-century philosopher and Franciscan friar, William is celebrated for developing the "law of parsimony," better known today as "Occam's razor." According to the razor principle, the simplest explanation for an event is almost always the best; shave away any extraneous assumptions, and what you've got left is usually the truth.

    That's not exactly the way conspiracy theorists think. Either Barack Obama was actually born in Hawaii, or an international plot unfolded over multiple decades to conceal his Kenyan birthplace and install him in the presidency. Either vaccines are safe and effective, or every major hospital and health organization in the world is covering up the fact that they actually cause autism. Never mind the razor — conspiracy theories are nothing but extraneous assumptions.

    ...

    Certainly, not all disgruntled members of the out-party believe or traffic in the prevailing conspiracy tales. A lot also depends on demographics, with belief in the theories generally inversely related to education and wealth. One survey showed that about 42% of people without a high school education believe in at least one conspiracy theory, compared to 23% of people with a post-graduate degree. A 2017 study found a household income average of $47,193 among people who were inclined to believe in conspiracy theories and $63,824 among those who weren't.

    ...

    In some cases, the very nonsense of conspiracy theories may actually be an attempt to make the world make more sense. After a national trauma — the assassination of President Kennedy, say — something called the "proportionality bias" may take hold, as the mind recoils at the idea of small causes leading to such massive effects. So the fiction of a CIA or Mafia conspiracy takes the place of a lone gunman who was able to get to the President. The more people who join the circle of believers, the less likely any one of them is to break away.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. BrianG
    Member

    Occam's Razor becomes a blunt instrument in the hands of the unskilled or confirmation-biased.

    Consider the case of a homicide squad investigating a corpse found in an alley with its head bashed to a pulp. There's blood and brain matter all over the brick wall.

    Invoking Occam, the detectives declare it a case of suicide by head-banging and go out for donuts.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. truthmod
    Administrator
  5. mark
    Member

    https://ratical.org/ratville/JFK/JohnJudge/notAllC... Not all conspiracies are created equal by John Judge 30 October 2002

    Not all "conspiracies" are created equal. The government did kill JFK, and they lied about it. That does not mean there was never a Holocaust, or that the world is run by the Illuminati. ....

    But in the end you can only get to the truth with hard work, comparing and sorting facts and rumors, and digging for the hidden reality as well as the obvious. We are paralyzed in America, says Martin Schotz in his great book History Will Not Absolve Us: Orwellian Control, Public Denial, and the Murder of President Kennedy (Kurtz, Ulmer and DeLucia, 1996), by the fact that we can BELIEVE anything but we are allowed to KNOW nothing.

    Until we know, we cannot act. And if we act on rumor and impulse then we are no less a slave than those who live in the denial that the propaganda machines promote. So, be cynical and question things, but be analytical and scientific so you can approach the truth when you speak. Three truths don't make a fourth just by mentioning them. All lies, in fact, depend on having elements of the truth in them for verismilitude as its called. Read, don't repeat what you last heard. And if you are going to be more than a theorist, then give conspiracy the respect it deserves, and prove it. Good hunting, and always come clean.

    "A honey pot, in intelligence jargon, is a tempting source of information or 'dangle' that is set out to lure intended victims into a trap. Ultimately the honey pot is violently and maliciously discredited so as to destroy the credibility of anything stuck to it by association." Michael Ruppert, "Crossing the Rubicon," p. 184

    "There's fool's gold because there's real gold." 13th-century Persian poet Rumi

    "The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments." Nietzsche

    "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers." Thomas Pynchon, Jr.

    "Disinformation, in order to be effective, must be 90% accurate." Peter Dale Scott

    Posted 1 month ago #
  6. truthmod
    Administrator

    WaPost attacks the concept of a chart that shows conspiratorial connections. Yes, many of these have been created to deceive, but that doesn't invalidate the usefulness of a tool. And why no mention of Mark Lombardi.

    I remember this one being passed out at NY 911 Truth (I went searching for it and the one on Google images is actually hosted on our site):

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    http://www.truthmove.org/tmp/chart1.png

    The brave new world of political conspiracy-theory illustrations

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/20...

    “Powerful people can’t use conspiracy theories very well. They’re tools of the weak to attack the powerful,” he said. “But what we’ve seen in this instance is because Trump has built his entire machine on conspiracy theories, that’s why we have dueling conspiracy theories. That’s why we have a narrative on the right and a narrative on the left.” Had rival Republican Jeb Bush won the presidency, Uscinski argues, Hannity would spend his time doing something else.

    Posted 2 days ago #

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