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#1    regeneratia

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

http://www.presstv.i...-vs-govt-dupes/

New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile

Recent studies by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK suggest that contrary to mainstream media stereotypes, those labeled “conspiracy theorists” appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events.


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Give us your thoughts.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:14 PM

I'm not really surprised at the results of the study, but it is refreshing to read it.

The fanatics are the ones who believe such a crazy story as the government so often tells.

Rather reminds me of the old tale of The Emperor's New Clothes, except that more and more of the crowd is now realizing that indeed, the emperor is butt-nekkid. :-*


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:16 PM

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Finding out people can think for themselves scares the living crap out of the government and their sheep, especially the main stream media.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:17 PM

View PostSweetpumper, on 12 July 2013 - 08:16 PM, said:

Finding out people can think for themselves scares the living crap out of the government and their sheep, especially the main stream media.

I tihink they don't like it when we think they have lied to us, while they lie more than they tell the truth.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:21 PM

I don't really know what "Press TV" is, whether it's one of those "alternative" sites that use phrases like "MSM", but even if it wasn't, from the tone of that headline I would imagine it was. It really doesn't do their credibility, assuming they do want credibility, much good to use phrases like "Government dupes", it really doesn't, it makes them sound like Alex Jones. As a consequence therefore, one would have to question the objectivity of that story.

If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:22 PM

View Postregeneratia, on 12 July 2013 - 08:17 PM, said:

I tihink they don't like it when we think they have lied to us, while they lie more than they tell the truth.
they will always hide info from us to keep us dumiefied


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:28 PM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 12 July 2013 - 08:21 PM, said:

I don't really know what "Press TV" is, whether it's one of those "alternative" sites that use phrases like "MSM", but even if it wasn't, from the tone of that headline I would imagine it was. It really doesn't do their credibility, assuming they do want credibility, much good to use phrases like "Government dupes", it really doesn't, it makes them sound like Alex Jones. As a consequence therefore, one would have to question the objectivity of that story.
Kind of a government backed news group who hates Israel and anything West related, Like North Korea's offspring


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:38 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 12 July 2013 - 08:28 PM, said:

Kind of a government backed news group who hates Israel and anything West related, Like North Korea's offspring


What a wondrously simplistic and inaccurate statement.

You should have stopped at 'group'.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:39 PM

View Postregeneratia, on 12 July 2013 - 08:03 PM, said:

http://www.presstv.i...-vs-govt-dupes/

New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile

Recent studies by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK suggest that contrary to mainstream media stereotypes, those labeled “conspiracy theorists” appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events.


Bring it on, folks.
Give us your thoughts.

That is debatable to some extent because there have been conspiracy theorist who've made claims that wasn't supported by real evidence. Real evidence speaks louder than words.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:00 PM

View PostPhaeton80, on 12 July 2013 - 08:38 PM, said:

What a wondrously simplistic and inaccurate statement.

You should have stopped at 'group'.
why do you work for them?


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:05 PM

View Postregeneratia, on 12 July 2013 - 08:17 PM, said:

I tihink they don't like it when we think they have lied to us, while they lie more than they tell the truth.

It is no secret that the government has lied to us from time to time, but then again, conspiracy theorist have been known to use references from conspiracy websites that continue to lie and mislead people on a constant basis. Conspiracy theorist were caught using known hoaxed videos and photos in their arguments and I can list prime examples to make my point very clear.

I've caught a few conspiracy theorist red-handed as they pushed false information and misleading information as related to the world of aviation and I suspect that some of them knew exactly that the information they were posting was totally false.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:05 PM

Thanks for posting this article! :tu:

I found this part intriguing:

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Both of these findings are amplified in the new book Conspiracy Theory in America by political scientist Lance deHaven-Smith, published earlier this year by the University of Texas Press. Professor deHaven-Smith explains why people don’t like being called “conspiracy theorists”: The term was invented and put into wide circulation by the CIA to smear and defame people questioning the JFK assassination! “The CIA’s campaign to popularize the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and make conspiracy belief a target of ridicule and hostility must be credited, unfortunately, with being one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time.”

In other words, people who use the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” as an insult are doing so as the result of a well-documented, undisputed, historically-real conspiracy by the CIA to cover up the JFK assassination. That campaign, by the way, was completely illegal, and the CIA officers involved were criminals; the CIA is barred from all domestic activities, yet routinely breaks the law to conduct domestic operations ranging from propaganda to assassinations.

Why does that not surprise me?

This was insightful too:


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In the same issue of ABS, University of Buffalo professor Steven Hoffman adds that anti-conspiracy people are typically prey to strong “confirmation bias” - that is, they seek out information that confirms their pre-existing beliefs, while using irrational mechanisms (such as the “conspiracy theory” label) to avoid conflicting information.

The extreme irrationality of those who attack “conspiracy theories” has been ably exposed by Communications professors Ginna Husting and Martin Orr of Boise State University. In a 2007 peer-reviewed article entitled“Dangerous Machinery: ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ as a Transpersonal Strategy of Exclusion,” they wrote:

“If I call you a conspiracy theorist, it matters little whether you have actually claimed that a conspiracy exists or whether you have simply raised an issue that I would rather avoid… By labeling you, I strategically exclude you from the sphere where public speech, debate, and conflict occur.”



Edited by Kowalski, 12 July 2013 - 09:06 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

Kind of funny that the CT crowd needs a study to tell themselves they are sane...just saying lol

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:35 PM

The same study states that believers of the official conspiracy are not sane.

Care to find a study that agrees with your confirmation bias and doesn't upset your world view?


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:55 PM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 12 July 2013 - 09:35 PM, said:

The same study states that believers of the official conspiracy are not sane.
Oh? Does it now? Does it, really?

Here's the full study - here. Do feel free to show everyone exactly where it states that "believers of the official conspiracy are not sane".

Heck. I'd even take a "Conspiracy theorists are more sane".

But since neither the words "sane" or "sanity" exist within the whole study - then, best of luck with that.





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