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Author Topic: Are some people more likely to believe conspiracy "theories" than others?  (Read 4833 times)

paul.fr

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Are they?
why are they?
does anyone have a theory or a link to a youtube video?


 

lyner

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The characteristic is inversely proportional to knowledge, I think.
 

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I just think some people like to think they have 'special' knowledge. Like they have an inside track on events that the rest of us would never have known about if they hadn't provided the specific details.


here is an interesting read based on a New Scientist Article

http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2007/07/why_do_people_believe_in_consp.php
 

lyner

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People need to have strange beliefs. Magic and the supernatural are no longer credible so 'conspiracies' seem to have to taken their place.

JnA's 'special' knowledge idea made me think of the 'hearing voices' of the schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

Perhaps it's just attention-seeking. . . .
 

paul.fr

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Whilst I can agree with both of you, I notice that you have no evidence linked to youtube! Should this make me wary of your responses?

I also wonder if these type of people only socialise with similar minded peers? Or do you think they like to stand out from the crowd and make themself the centre of attraction with their knowledge and insight?
 

lyner

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I tried and failed to find a suitable link to Utube, to give my comment some real authority and gravitas. I could have tried quoting from Journals of the British Psychological Society but I thought that wouldn't be convincing enough and would probably have invited ridicule.
 

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Whilst I can agree with both of you, I notice that you have no evidence linked to youtube! Should this make me wary of your responses?

I also wonder if these type of people only socialise with similar minded peers? Or do you think they like to stand out from the crowd and make themself the centre of attraction with their knowledge and insight?


they are like any other hunting group. They come out bravely with the knowledge of their like minded peers behind them, but if you manage to corner one away from its pack they'll crumble.. oh they'll fight at first.. like a moth caught in a spiders web, all the while knowing how fruitless it is.

You can usually spot a conspiracy theorist by the way they'll always revert back to one point if unable to answer anything else..

"Yes, but where did the wings go?"
"you can't see the stars, why can't you see the stars?"
"But I *have* a piece of metal that reshapes itself in my garage"
"I can't see any evidence of evolution.. and I have been living for 28 years!"

etc
 

lyner

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Should we adopt one and set it free when it's better?
 

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They don't get better.
(come to think of it, that's true for either interpretationof the phrase)
 

paul.fr

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Should we adopt one and set it free when it's better?

Could we dress it up and play with it?
How easy do you think it would be to start our own conspiracy theory? Do you have any ideas?
 

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