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2012 January 30 Monday
Conspiracy Minded Believe Contradictions

Some psychology researchers are engaged in a conspiracy to produce bogus research to discredit our opposition to rule by Lizard People.

Los Angeles, CA (January 25, 2012) - Distrust and paranoia about government has a long history, and the feeling that there is a conspiracy of elites can lead to suspicion for authorities and the claims they make. For some, the attraction of conspiracy theories is so strong that it leads them to endorse entirely contradictory beliefs, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science (published by SAGE).

The Queen can believe six impossible things before breakfast. Does that make her a conspiracy theorist? I don't think so. The Queen does not theorize. She leaves that job to her scientific advisers.

People who believe conspiracy theories take a dimmer view of the government.

People who endorse conspiracy theories see authorities as fundamentally deceptive. The conviction that the "official story" is untrue can lead people to believe several alternative theories-despite contradictions among them. "Any conspiracy theory that stands in opposition to the official narrative will gain some degree of endorsement from someone who holds a conspiracist worldview," according to Michael Wood, Karen Douglas and Robbie Sutton of the University of Kent.

Clearly Barack Obama has only pretended to be a Muslim so he can hide his embrace of the god Thor.

These researchers purport to accept the official narrative on the death of Saint Diana, patron saint of fashion designers and other shallow people.

To see if conspiracy views were strong enough to lead to inconsistencies, the researchers asked 137 college students about the death of Princess Diana. The more people thought there "was an official campaign by the intelligence service to assassinate Diana," the more they also believed that "Diana faked her own death to retreat into isolation." Of course, Diana cannot be simultaneously dead and alive.

But the truth is obvious here and these researchers are just tools for the authorities. Diana had to fake her own death in order to escape from the intelligence service plot to assassinate her. That much is obvious. I realize my smart readers already know this (and some of you are reading this from Iran). But I want to state the obvious.

Diana (along with Liberace and Elvis) now works for the CIA in Iran where she helps the Iranian-US project to develop a secret weapon for use against China. Iran's defiance of the US is of course just a front to fool the Chinese. Everyone knows that. Of course the weapon's real purpose is to repel an invasion by Neanderthals from a parallel universe.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 January 30 11:32 PM  Elites Versus Masses


Comments
ASPIRANT said at January 31, 2012 6:40 AM:

I can't quite gauge your tone here... Are you saying "no shit, sherlock" to the people who published this article, or are you just being silly?

Conspiracy theorists seem to be trying to find a way to explain their social status other than admitting that they really aren't very special as people; in general, they're ugly, dumb, and totally without charm and when they die nobody but their closest family will remember them. There has to be someone actively trying to bring them down, how else could they have ended up so lousy?

Same thing with alien abduction nuts. Besides the obvious sleep paralysis explanation, they seem to be trying to invent a story that makes them special.

Living in the south, I have known my share of nuts.

Lono said at January 31, 2012 8:32 AM:

I am a self diagnosed Fanatic Narcissist and thus prone to conspiratorial thinking - however such a psychology is often brought about by real and severe childhood betrayals which serve to break the innocence and default trusting nature of the child. Therefore - as an adult - I have a very "trust but verify" mentality when it comes to information conveyed any figure of real or temporary authority.

I also have an extremely High IQ - which also can lead one to irrationally disregard Occam's Razor for an overly and sometimes unnecessarily complicated world view.

That being said - I also involve myself with several skeptical communities and publications - to help balance out or expose any unintentional "magical" thinking I may find myself falling into on a subject or issue.

I do feel that the label of “Conspiracy Theorist” is thrown about these days to describe nearly anyone who questions the status quo - or the common wisdom - much like “Commie” or “Red” was attributed to malcontents in the earlier part of the Twentieth Century.

Many corrupt or criminal actions are indeed often carried out by a group of common minded individuals - and thus a conspiracy of illegal or unethical intent is easily born in all segments of society. I feel this study only goes to show that average people's opinions can easily be manipulated - not that those who feel that there may be a conspiracy of actors behind a local or world event are inherently deluded.

gcochran said at January 31, 2012 9:37 AM:

"Of course, Diana cannot be simultaneously dead and alive"


It's a quantum thing.

Steve Funk said at January 31, 2012 12:38 PM:

So, Naomi Klein wrote an article called "Capitalism and Climate" in which she blamed various mindsets of conservative white males for their refusal to recognize the truth. Then I went to a discussion group of mostly lefty types to talk about this article, and it was surprising how many of them believe in chemtrails. There was also support for the conspiracy theory that the auto industry suppressed the development of a more efficient carburetor by any means necessary, including murder.

AMac said at January 31, 2012 3:09 PM:

Chemtrails -- I had to look that one up.

I hope the carburetor conspiracy diversified in time to suppress advances in throttle-body injection, mechanical fuel injection, EFI, and computer controls. The stark alternative: obsolescence.

Lou Pagnucco said at January 31, 2012 6:27 PM:

Randall,

It's not April 1st yet.

Randall Parker said at January 31, 2012 9:05 PM:

Aspirant,

The people who really were abducted by aliens can't be heard above the roar of wannabe abductees. This is not fair.

20 or 30 years ago I read the Marxist psychiatrist Hugh Drummond in Mother Jones claim that paranoid people think the government is spying on them have this delusion in order to feel important. The implication is that they are important enough to be spied on. I thought that an intriguing idea and have pondered it over the years. I don't know what fraction of paranoia is due to a feeling of powerlessness I suspect a substantial fraction of total paranoia stems from this feeling.

I think I am important enough to be spied on. But tragically the government's probably too dumb to realize this. It ought to be watching me and tapping my phone. But no. This fills me with a feeling of failure and inadequacy. Why can't I be recognized for the important role I play on the Alt Right?

Lou,

Yes, the countdown to the alien landing continues. Just 2 more months.

Ray Sawhill said at February 1, 2012 1:19 AM:

Hilarious posting. I feel that way myself. But don't let the elites know!

Simon said at February 1, 2012 2:48 AM:

"To see if conspiracy views were strong enough to lead to inconsistencies, the researchers asked 137 college students about the death of Princess Diana. The more people thought there "was an official campaign by the intelligence service to assassinate Diana," the more they also believed that "Diana faked her own death to retreat into isolation." Of course, Diana cannot be simultaneously dead and alive."


If you believe people there is an official plan to kill you then you'd have a good reason to fake your death and go into hiding. It may be far fetched but it's also logically consistent. In this case an official campaign to assassinate Diana does not mean she was actually successfully assassinated.

But even if you believed that Diana was assassinated by MI5, then you must believe that important and powerful people wanted her dead. So perhaps you aren't sure about whether she died or faked her death, but would find both possibilities much more likely than other people.

Bottom line, the summary shown in this article doesn't show any logical inconsistencies on the part of conspiracy believers. The same can't be said of the researchers, however.


Earning a Living said at February 2, 2012 10:36 AM:

I'm willing to bet thousands of dollars against any alien landing, universal flood or sudden end of the world, but I'm also willing to bet the same much in favor of Chomsky's words when he talks about the Ten Strategies for Manipulation.

Now, chemtrails? Probably not, but the thing is that it is feasible with today's technology.

Steve Funk said at February 3, 2012 9:03 AM:

re: feasible with today's technology. Dr. Edward Teller (yeah, the H bomb guy) wrote a paper advocating geoengineering, but he said the technology is not ready yet. We don't have the ability yet to make and spread the nano sized aluminum particles that would be needed. The particles used by the military to confuse missiles are several orders of magnitude larger and drop out of the atmosphere too quickly to affect the climate. And, to be really effective, they would have to be released between 60,000 and 90,000 feet elevation. We don't have large tankers that can cruise at that elevation. http://www.carnicom.com/teller.pdf

Lou Pagnucco said at February 3, 2012 9:54 AM:

Pretty conclusively, we know belief in any conspiracy is a symptom of paranoia.

Sadly, governments can fall victim to this malady too -- and begin to see conspiracy everywhere. See --

Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Internet Cafe
http://info.publicintelligence.net/FBI-SuspiciousActivity/Internet_Cafe.pdf

Are there psychotherapists for organizations?

Be very, very vigilant at Starbucks.

PJ Ray said at February 3, 2012 11:26 AM:

@Earning a Living:

Even if it's feasible to spray all sorts of toxic stuff into the air -not just aluminum particles- I really don't think it's now necessary. We are already surounded by all sorts of poisonous gases from cars, factories, forest fires, lack of proper ventilation at home, etc. Or radiation from airport screenings, medical x-rays, computer screens, sunlight, etc.

Just think for example, when was the last time any of us had a fresh breeze of air blow throug our doors and windows. We keep breathing the same week-old, month-old or even year-old recycled air from our heaters or air conditioners. When you start to realize how little oxygen people get during very cold winters or very hot summers you stop wondering why there are so many idiots in the world.

Time to open our windows more often! Even if it's only for a few minutes a day, so that while you sleep, you can have some oxygen in all that recycled CO and CO2.

PJ Ray said at February 3, 2012 11:36 AM:

Sorry, meant surrounded.

I had to make that clear, 'cause some fellows here seem to be too spelling conscious. Let's make it "surrrrrounded" just to make sure.

Engineer-Poet said at February 4, 2012 5:45 PM:

Reality check:

If you live in a 400 square foot apartment with 8 foot ceilings, there's 3200 ft³ of air inside.

If it has 1/4 air change per hour (fairly tight), that is 800 ft³ of air per hour.

A human being at rest breathes 12-20 times per minute.  If the tidal volume is 0.5 liters, that's 6-10 liters per minute, 360-600 liters (13-21 ft³) per hour.

At worst, you are re-breathing 2.5% exhaled air.  Larger dwellings or more rapid air exchanges would have smaller re-breathed fractions.

Conclusion:  your risk of suffering from re-breathing your exhaled air even in a small, well-sealed apartment is nil.

Mike said at February 5, 2012 5:58 PM:

One thing not mentioned but that I've observed from arguing with conspiracy nuts is the firm belief that there are no coincidences. The universe is a rather tightly woven tapestry where everything is connected and nothing happens without a reason. That is, a reason ordained by the ones pulling the strings; The Powers That Be.

Sam said at February 8, 2012 9:29 PM:

I laugh at silly stupid people who believe in conspiracy theories. Like those denuded nuts who believe that building #7 was blown up on 9/11. HA! The building burned for at least 5 hours before it fell. Everyone knows office fires make buildings fall vertically in a uniform manner. Why it was even damaged from the other towers falling. Nothing could stand up to that. I KNOW my government would never lie to me about something so important. I'm special. The government will take care of me and guide me. I'm so happy. I hang my large American flag outside my house every day. Some days I stare at it with a feeling...not unlike adornment. A swelling pride brings shivers up my spine and tears to my eyes. I know true peace and tranquility.

Just Chillin said at February 13, 2012 4:05 PM:

"Everyone knows office fires make buildings fall vertically in a uniform manner" You are so right Sam! These damn Spanish must have secret building knowledge so far unknown to the rest of the world! Can you imagine that they build buildings that burn WHOLE and keep standing?????

-Oh my gosh, really?

-Yeah idiot; reinforced concrete doesn't burn!

http://www#youtube#com/watch?v=nz-WVJ0zeXE&feature=related

http://www#youtube#com/watch?v=SgD7zXscFxE&feature=related

Just Chillin said at February 13, 2012 4:08 PM:

Here's still a better one for Sam to look at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ywScL2dJKM&feature=related

Sacha Baron said at August 25, 2012 5:29 PM:

@ighquih:

Swelling pride to look at the American flag? Wouldn't you rather have a beautiful dictatorship in America ighquih?

Imagine if America was a dictatorship. You could let 1 percent of the people have all the nation's wealth. You could help your rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes and bailing them out when they gamble and lose. You could ignore the needs of the poor for health care and education. Your media would appear free, but would secretly be controlled by one person and his family. You could wiretap phones. You could torture foreign prisoners. You could have rigged elections. You could lie about why you go to war. You could fill your prisons with one particular racial group and no one would complain. You could use the media to scare the people into supporting policies that are against their interests.


There's a swelling pride for you!! One that really should bring shivers up your spine and tears to your eyes, kid.
Pride in the American flag? Are you kidding me?


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