Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Terrific Article on Conspiracy Theories in General and 9-11 Theories in Particular

I didn't see this one over the weekend, but it's well worth perusing:

In response to this testimony, many conspiracy theorists reply that scientists who offer evidence disputing the conspiracy theory are part of the conspiracy itself. And the more evidence they offer in favour of the official version, the more strongly they are connected with the conspiracy. As Keeley puts it "conspiracy theories are the only theories for which evidence against them is actually construed as evidence in favour of them."

7 Comments:

At 20 September, 2006 16:37, Blogger shawn said...

"conspiracy theories are the only theories for which evidence against them is actually construed as evidence in favour of them."

That's quite possibly the most annoying part of them (well besides the pissing on graves).

 
At 20 September, 2006 18:31, Blogger Triterope said...

"Conspiracy theories are the only theories for which evidence against them is actually construed as evidence in favour of them."

Which, in turn, is cited by the Conspiracy Theorists as proof of their intellectual superiority over the slug-witted dum-dums who believe what the evidence supports. Preferably using the phrase "red pill" or "sheeple" ad nauseum, just in case there's any part of you that doesn't think conspiracy theorists are complete peckerheads.

But, yeah, good article in the Vancouver Sun. I liked the bit about "the last believers in an ordered universe." It's a small insight into what really drives people to believe conspiracy theories.

 
At 20 September, 2006 18:47, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

So what happens if the entire world, except for the CTers, believe the official story. Does that create some sort of giant black hole in their universe...does it pull the tube out of the back of their neck....does it pull them up out of the rabbit hole??

 
At 20 September, 2006 20:44, Blogger JoanBasil said...

These "psychology" articles are all your side has. This one even brings in the X-Files.

 
At 20 September, 2006 21:01, Blogger default.xbe said...

These "psychology" articles are all your side has. This one even brings in the X-Files.

and one of killtowns best "smoking guns" is an episode of the lone gunmen, seems hollywood is all you folks understand

 
At 21 September, 2006 04:02, Blogger JPSlovjanski said...

I believe this is where the psychological motivation for conspiracy theories come from. The idea that one is smarter and thus superior to the masses because they know some "secret" that the "sheeple" don't. Of course when you refer to their small numbers they tell you they are many(and cite polls).

So which is it? Small movement of nutcase or growing popular movement? That all depends on when you talk to them.

Of course if the conspirators are smart enough to deceive the mass of sheeple, it logically follows that the CTs are even smarter than these super-intelligent individuals.

I posit that this phenomenon can be blamed on mass media, both entertainment and news. Finding the "truth" about some conspiracy can give one a sense of identity in a world of obscurity. The truthers are a psychological support group of some sort, each validating eachother's intellectual superiority over the faceless, nameless "sheeple".

Just my opinion...

PS- To Joan: Not only to we have these "psychological articles" on our side- we also have ALL THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE and EVERY structural engineer/demo expert in the world as well. Game. Set. Match.

 
At 21 September, 2006 05:17, Blogger shawn said...

This one even brings in the X-Files.

You do understand that's what you people look like, right?

 

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