Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why Do They Believe In Conspiracy Theories?

According to a study, because they would do it themselves if they were in charge:
The researchers found that “personal willingness to engage in the conspiracies predicted endorsement of conspiracy theories.” So did a propensity to manipulate others for personal gain.

“For example,” they write, “highly Machiavellian individuals were seemingly more likely to believe that government agents staged the 9/11 attacks because they were more likely to perceive that they would do so themselves, if [they found themselves] in the government’s position.”


Indeed, we have often noted this trait among the Truthers; the belief that people would do anything for money because they themselves would do anything for money.

11 Comments:

At 26 April, 2011 08:30, Blogger Steve Horgan said...

This answers a pretty fundamental question about truthers and their ilk. Most normal humans are baffled by the suggestion that people would do anything, including mass murder and treason, for money as if that was more important than faith, loyalty, patriotism, or morality. If you lack those things then assuming that lacking in others must come easy. Maybe, deep down, they are just angry that they didn't get a paycheck out of 9/11.

 
At 26 April, 2011 11:33, Blogger Richard Gage's Testicles said...

OT: Lenny Dykstra walking free again. Guess who bailed him out?

http://dealbreaker.com/2011/04/guess-who-bailed-lenny-dykstra-out-of-jail/

 
At 26 April, 2011 13:48, Blogger Lazarus Long said...

Occam's Razor indicates that conspiracy loons are just that, lunatics.

 
At 27 April, 2011 05:59, Blogger Len said...

Since they are such attention whores I imagine some CTs would participate in mass murder just to feel important.

 
At 27 April, 2011 08:38, Blogger roo said...

Since they are such attention whores I imagine some CTs would participate in mass murder just to feel important.

That's already happened......more than once.

 
At 27 April, 2011 08:55, Blogger snug.bug said...

LL, the application of Occam's Razor to the field of criminal endeavor is simple-minded.

Imagine how police investigators might clear their files by the simple application of Occam's Razor: there would be no murders because people die naturally or kill themselves; no burglaries 'cause careless people lose stuff; no arson 'cause fires happen; no embezzlement 'cause computers have glitches.

Would Occam make a beautiful world, or one where the sneaky and the sly consistently outwit investigators?

Reflexively reaching the obvious conclusions is the mentality of a lynch mob.

 
At 27 April, 2011 11:17, Blogger Garry said...

Even by Brian's standard that is complete and utter drivel.

 
At 27 April, 2011 11:29, Blogger snug.bug said...

Occam the way debunkers misuse it goes like this: incorporate no unnecessary elements.

You find a man dead in a basement with his head mashed to a pulp. A bloody hammer lies near him. Obvious conclusion: suicide. Why complicate the issue by invoking unknown parties?

 
At 28 April, 2011 07:51, Blogger GuitarBill said...

Garry wrote, "...Even by Brian's standard that is complete and utter drivel."

The goat fucker has standards? I beg to differ. All he has are lies, obfuscation, misdirection, logical fallacies and the moral rectitude of a street walking whore.

 
At 28 April, 2011 08:05, Blogger GuitarBill said...

The goat fucker whines, "...You find a man dead in a basement with his head mashed to a pulp. A bloody hammer lies near him. Obvious conclusion: suicide."

Wrong.

A thorough investigation would prove that the "hammer" is a product of your demented imagination.

FAIL

Grade: F-

 
At 28 April, 2011 16:29, Blogger Ian said...

Imagine how police investigators might clear their files by the simple application of Occam's Razor: there would be no murders because people die naturally or kill themselves; no burglaries 'cause careless people lose stuff; no arson 'cause fires happen; no embezzlement 'cause computers have glitches.

Well, we can see that Brian's understanding of Occam's Razor is about as pathetic as his understanding of physics or engineering. No wonder he's so confused about 9/11.

You find a man dead in a basement with his head mashed to a pulp. A bloody hammer lies near him. Obvious conclusion: suicide. Why complicate the issue by invoking unknown parties?

See what I mean?

 

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