Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracies [Pic+]

Submitted by: Bakcagain21 3 years ago in Misc

Obviously the government made this to cover their arse"s over the moon landing and 9/11...
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Female 349
The government is blasting ultra waves into the air; using alien technologies; to make people violent, so that there are always blood sacrifices to the Gods.
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Male 2,850
@carmium

That`s my view.

You would then think, "maybe I could please this god by worshipping/sacrifice, and thus avoid getting hit by disaster in the future", giving yourself a feeling of security and control over your world, delusional though it may be.

Random tragedy then stops being random, and starts being something you can control. At least, you think it is anyway.

That`s the motivation, in my view.
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Female 6,381
Isn`t this the very same mechanism responsible for religion? Say a flood came, back in the waybacks, and swept my sheep away while I stood watching on a hill. It`s a disaster! Why?! Let me think... Maybe a god was angry because we didn`t thank him last year`s great harvest...? Yeah, that makes sense; why else would great weather turn into a huge storm?
Just as firmly based as the average conspiracy theory.
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Male 37,697
@Andrew155: You`re correct!

Some conspiracies are based on truth: something happened and we (the general public) got lied to by THEM (the powers that be, usually a government).

Some are based on "wishful thinking" and have little or no "truth" behind them. But we wish they were true!

Some are DELIBERATE misinformation pumped out by who-knows-who for propaganda (or money making) purposes. Deliberate falsehoods.

All conspiracies are NOT "created equal". We as individuals have to be FREE to decide which is which. That means being allowed to ask questions, view evidence and back-check the "official story"...
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Male 37,697
@MacGovern: You`re wrong about that:
Consider the Lusitiania: For DECADES the Official Story by both the USA and Britain was:

Civilian ship sunk illegally in international waters.

Hundreds of people spoke out against these lies. They were ignored, silenced or punished.

The truth:
-Lusitania was registered as an "armed merchant" and was a valid war-time target.
-It was sunk inside Britain`s territory, NOT international waters.
-It was carrying illegal arms shipments, making it a valid war-time target.
-The civilians on board were never told by the USA or Britain about the illegal cargo.
-The German Consulate took out ads warning people for days in advance. The Germans knew it was a warship!

All of the above, and lots more! were denied for all those years. But now the USA admits they`re iron-clad facts.
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Male 2,578
Everyone here is putting all conspiracies on equal footing. That`s a giant mistake. I listed below a bunch of conspiracies that would have been crazy at the time, but they are now confirmably true.

And people can be involved and even speak out about some conspiracies and it not gain traction. I would consider the IRS scandal a conspiracy and you still have millions of people denying it`s a conspiracy despite the fact that they apologized.
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Male 2,855
because they are ducking stupid? maybe?
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Male 14,332
The problem with most of these theory people spew is that they think large groups of peopl can keep their friggen mouths shut keeping thing a secret....they can`t.
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Male 14,332
Here come the reptoids.
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Male 5,874
conspiratards?
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Male 5,094
Roland: I do think I rather like you.
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Male 15,832
[quote]The truth is stranger than fiction.[/quote]
Fiction has to make sense.
- Mark Twain
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Male 15,832
[quote]Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracies[/quote]
Uh, because they aren`t actually rational?
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Male 2,579
The truth is stranger than fiction.
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Male 315
IAB Forums have taught me more about "confirmation bias" than anything ever will. You see the same people digging their heels in over the same topics, and there is no way any quantity or quality of evidence the would ever make them reconsider their position. That is a massive weakness, not a strength.
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Male 37,697
Conspiracies have ALWAYS been a part of human life.

Thus being good at "solving conspiracy theories" would be an important human survival trait...

Nice list @Andrew155!
I`ll add one of my personal favorites:

"Vast right wing conspiracy"
(Hilary Clinton accused fellow Democrats of lying about Bill having a mistress. Turns out Jennifer Flowers WAS his mistress for a decade!)

"I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinsky"
Don`t shake your finger at ME Bill! I know where it`s been!
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Male 883
I think cracked.com summed it up best...

[quote]"Conspiracy theorists display incredible attention to detail, an even more incredible ability to ignore details they don`t like, obsessive focus and a complete absence of social skills. Every time a new crazy decides that Bush brought down World Trade Center, anime loses a powerful Pokemaster"[/Quote]

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Male 10,855
@Andrew155

Don`t forget about Nixon sabotaging the peace accords which led to the deaths of 60k+ Americans.

There`s also evidence John Wilkes Boothe wasn`t really killed that night.
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Female 4,359
not even going to look at this, and reply with this
the bits where the police break down your door and taze you for being `possibly politically disadent` are my favourite. Unfortunately, being ignorant of what is going on, is not going to save you from whats going on...
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Male 2,578
You know, some conspiracies actually turn out to be correct. I know, it`s crazy.


MK-Ultra
Gulf of Tonkin
Watergate
Tuskegee
Guatemala Syphillis
Operation Northwoods
Babies taken out of incubators lie, 1990
Iran Contra
Too Fast Too Furious
1919 World Series
Manhattan Project
Asbestos
Heart attack gun
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Male 560
Link: Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracies [Pic+] [Rate Link] - Obviously the government made this to cover their arse`s over the moon landing and 9/11...
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