Tuesday, September 3, 2013 6:47:41 PM
The premise was that religious people are more prone to believing in things without or with little evidence. @jinxjinx34: Thanks for the answer! You are polite & articulate, a rare combination at IAB! It's not like I AM those things! Lolz!
THAT`S IT! That -is- the "conspiracy" he`s supporting: the (false) belief that religious people are "gullible" & believe anything!
The MAIN difference is? Non-R people believe DIFFERENT conspiracies than -R people! So those aren`t "conspiracies" in their (non-R) minds! But those stupid -R people believe OTHER stuff!
I`ll try to check back.
I`ll point out that a HUGE % of Democrats believe the "Bush caused 9/11" conspiracy... anything over 10% is huge in my books. (iirc it`s 43%?)
And that 3/4 of Americans DO NOT believe the "Warren Report" on JFK...
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:51:00 PM
@5Cats- I know that the term "religion" is broad. I asked which definition you, in particular, used to determine that "He is... in fact... supporting... a conspiracy theory!!!" Also, what conspiracy theory is he supporting?
Claiming to know "TONS of atheists who believe the most OUTLANDISH conspiracy theories!" does nothing to support your claim. Neither does the fact that some of these theories may be true or partially true. The premise was that religious people are more prone to believing in things without or with little evidence. NOT that they are the only people who do. He merely demonstrates how religious belief and belief in conspiracy are similar. Can you construct an argument to refute him? Simply saying that he is supporting some sort of conspiracy as a means to discredit the content is weak, especially when you cannot support your your own claim.
Sunday, September 1, 2013 10:28:36 AM
@5Cats- "He is... in fact... supporting... a conspiracy theory!!!
Might be funny if it wasn't so ironic.
"Religious people are MORE PRONE to believing conspiracy theories"? NOPE! Unless you use a VERY VAGUE definition of both religion and/or conspiracy..."
What definitions of "religion" and "conspiracy" are YOU using? Also, what conspiracy theory is he supporting? Is it really that hard to see the fact that the same belief mechanisms that allow us to have strong convictions in religious faith are the same that allow us to subscribe to fantastic occurences in other aspects of our lives?