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Ockham's Cafe: Wednesdays in Cordova

  • Apr 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Why do a large number of people believe in conspiracy theories, such as the Holocaust Deniers, 9/11 Conspirators, Moon Landing Deniers, Area 51 Cover up, and so forth?

 

TedTalk

Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T_jwq9ph8k

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  • Brenda F

    I didn't make the event at Neshoba but I did see most everyone at the Saucer. As the evening progress we had a lively discussion on more conspiracy theories!

    April 18, 2013

  • Bruce K.

    Love the topic, but tonight just isn't going to work for me. Sorry.

    April 17, 2013

  • David

    "Some ideas are very difficult to refute"
    Sure, but that's not a reasonable expectation. I can't refute that the 'shape shifting lizard people that control our society' are not real either. Without Occums razor, we abandon reason. I'm glad it's not a full moon tonight; I think I'll be hearing some doozies.

    April 17, 2013

  • Gordon P.

    Some ideas are very difficult to refute. And although Ockham's Razor asks us to use the simpler explanation when presented with more than one satisfactory explanation for something, that doesn't prove that the simpler explanation is true and the others aren't. This should be an interesting discussion.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In this bill HR 2977 (Space Preservation Act of 2001) "Chemtrails" is referred to as if it was a real thing.... http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/documents-2/

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    April 17, 2013

  • Matt

    Conspiracy Theory about the Boston Marathon Bombing.... I guess it was only a matter of time.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/false-flag-alex-jones-boston-marathon-bombing-family-231742713.html

    April 17, 2013

    • Dan L.

      Conspiracy theories about Boston were festering on Reddit and Facebook less than an hour after the news broke.

      April 17, 2013

  • David

    - 15% of voters say the government or the media adds mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals (the so-called Tinfoil Hat crowd)

    - 5% believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons

    - 15% of voters think the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry “invent” new diseases to make money

    - Just 5% of voters believe that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966

    - 11% of voters believe the US government allowed 9/11 to happen, 78% do not agree

    April 15, 2013

    • Dan L.

      Unsurprising that only 5% of people think Paul McCartney is dead, considering he actually is indeed alive, 70 years old, and still performing...

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We gotta admit, conspiracy theories are cool tho..

    https://stevepieczenik.com/bio.html

    http://www.infowars.com/

    http://www.coasttocoastam.com/articles/last-30-days

    http://www.russellblaylockmd.com/

    http://rense.com/general31/rife.htm

    I think anything can be argued for or against, its a matter of what you are willing to believe.

    http://www.judgenap.com/

    April 17, 2013

  • David

    - 7% of voters think the moon landing was faked

    - 13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters

    - Voters are split 44%-45% on whether Bush intentionally misled about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. 72% of Democrats think Bush lied about WMDs, Independents agree 48-45, just 13% of Republicans think so

    - 29% of voters believe aliens exist

    - 14% of voters say the CIA was instrumental in creating the crack cocaine epidemic in America’s inner cities in the 1980’s

    - 9% of voters think the government adds fluoride to our water supply for sinister reasons (not just dental health)

    - 4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power

    - 51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination, just 25% say Oswald acted alone

    - 14% of voters believe in Bigfoot

    - 15% of voters say the government or the media adds mind-con

    April 15, 2013

  • David

    - 37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at 41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax

    - 6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive

    - 21% of voters say a UFO crashed in Roswell, NM in 1947 and the US government covered it up. More Romney voters (27%) than Obama voters (16%) believe in a UFO coverup

    - 28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order. A plurality of Romney voters (38%) believe in the New World Order compared to 35% who don’t

    - 28% of voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks. 36% of Romney voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11, 41% do not

    - 20% of voters believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism,

    April 15, 2013

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