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CONSPIRACISTS VERSUS CONVENTIONALISTS

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- From Aangirfan -

On 8 July 2013, psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas, of the University of Kent  in theUK, published a study of conspiracist and conventionalist comments at news websites.

The authors were surprised to discover that:

Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were conspiracist and 715 were conventionalist. 
“That means it is the pro-conspiracy commenters who are expressing what is now the conventional wisdom, while the anti-conspiracy commenters are becoming a small, beleaguered minority.” 

The new study by Wood and Douglas suggests that the negative stereotype – a hostile fanatic wedded to the truth of his own fringe theory – “accurately describes the people who defend the official account of 9/11, not those who dispute it.

New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile

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In the new book Conspiracy Theory in America, Professor deHaven-Smith explains that the term ‘conspiracy theorist’ was invented by the CIA to smear people questioning the JFK assassination.
DeHaven-Smith points out that a very large number of conspiracy claims have turned out to be true.

Psychologist Laurie Manwell of the University of Guelph points out, in an article published in American Behavioral Scientist (2010), that anti-conspiracy people are unable to think clearly about such apparent state crimes against democracy as 9/11 due to their inability to process information that conflicts with pre-existing belief.

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University of Buffalo professor Steven Hoffman adds that anti-conspiracy people are using irrational thinking.

The extreme irrationality of those who attack ‘conspiracy theories’ has been ably exposed by Communications professors Ginna Husting and Martin Orr in a 2007 peer-reviewed article entitled ‘Dangerous Machinery: Conspiracy Theorist as a Transpersonal Strategy of Exclusion’.

New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile

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I spoke recently to a former paratrooper who had fought in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

He believes that we were wrong to get involved in those two countries.

He believes that we were lied to about Afghanistan being a threat and about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.

In that sense, he has seen the light.

BUT, he still believes the official 9 11 story.

He refuses to believe that 9 11 was an inside job.

He says he no longer believes what is in the mainstream media, and yet his views on 9 11 come entirely from the mainstream media!

In that sense he is still brainwashed.

However, I once met an old soldier, who was linked to a Gladio-style group, who said that the London Bombings were quite likely an inside-job.

This old soldier, now deceased, was an extreme right winger and did not need to be brainwashed.
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How to respond to an anti Conspiracy Theorist

http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/conspiracists-versus-conventionalists.html

 

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