Discussing strange beliefs may not be "talking about that person." A separation of the two is possible. Sometimes it is fun to meet the challenge. Other times it is a waste of time. Since time is limited, either POV makes sense to me. Whatever floats your boat.
On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM, Greg Priddy <[address removed]>
I think the conspiracists do derive some psychological benefit from their beliefs. They are comforted by their belief that they have secret inside knowledge that the powers that be don't want anyone to know about.
And of course because they have this secret knowledge, they can take steps to avoid being victims of the conspiracy, unlike the rest of us who are pitifully unaware of all the intrigue swirling above our heads.
After all, Snopes is just a cover created by the Illuminati to keep us calm and make us think that these conspiracies aren't real. ;-)
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On Wed, 6 Mar[masked]:26:55 -0500
Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
I don't really want to talk about that person, because she's no longer a
member here. But the ideas themselves- I just don't get it. What would lead
a person to have such irrational beliefs and fears and prejudice- is it
fear itself or just plain paranoia?
Someone being overly fervent about religion, I can almost understand since
religion serves as a big sac of folderol that can make one feel safer from
scary things like death, the universe and of course intimidating mythical
entities like that God fella. But at least there's SOME psychological
benefit, unlike with the paranoid conspiracy stuff.
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