Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theorists like to think that any belief that goes against mainstream thought must be right. It's as if their points of view come from a deep hatred of the mainstream rather than interest in the truth. The other possibility is that they just get great joy from feeling that they know something the majority of other people don't. So like dummies they create cognitive biases in order to make this wish come true.

For example, the theory that 9/11 was an inside job is a conspiracy theorist's wet dream. As a result, conspiracy theorists put in a lot of effort in assembling as much half-assed evidence as possible in order to make it seem like the government was behind it.

And when doctors recommend vaccinations, conspiracy theorists claim that doctors aren't really experts because they are only telling you what they have been taught. Okay, fair enough, but then who should people listen to instead? Some guy off the street who thinks he has it all figured out? And not someone who has a formal education? But a formal education is just brainwashing says conspiracy theorists. Okay, fine, but then how do you explain technology, planes, cars, machines, etc? Aren't they based on scientific principles? And can't these principles be learned? And if not in formal educational institutions then where? So from this you can reasonably assume that not all information that comes from the mainstream is wrong, or biased, or a lie, as some conspiracy theorists like to believe. Now, although some of the mainstream messages are wrong, such as politically correct dogma and corporate bullshit, the key is in figuring out what is crap and what isn't rather than just use a big brush to label things good or bad.

Conspiracy theorists love to mentally masturbate over their ideas and a rejection of their ideas (to them) means you are not a "critical thinker", who has been brainwashed by society. But this is just a use of shaming language, something they accuse the mainstream of using, rather than a presentation of rational argument. Conspiracy theorists love to present themselves as "alternatives" but are just dummies who act cult-like in the way they communicate and try to convince people of their point of view, sometimes using carefully cherry-picked arguments, bolstered sometimes with select YouTube videos containing cherry picked sound bites and video clips, with some dummy talking in the background. And sometimes there is "conspiracy music" also playing in the background, in order to make the arguments more convincing. However, if you look closely at the videos there is no real substance, just vague information which could mean anything. For example, a guy pulls up beside a government building in a black car... what more proof do you need says the idiot conspiracy theorist.

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