Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Skepticism doesn’t sell as well as hysteria

Here's a great read on conspiracy theorists from Bill Whittle of Eject! Eject! Eject!...

...what fascinates me is the emotional motive of people who, presented with
overwhelming evidence that the events that transpired on November 22nd, 1963 or
September 11th, 2001 really happened exactly the way it appeared, continue to
spin ever more elaborate webs in order to get to a place they need to be
emotionally. Who are you going to believe: them or your own lying eyes?

All of this conspiracy nonsense comes after the fact. What we saw on
those days was clear and vital and unmistakably obvious. In the case of the
Kennedy assassination we are asked to believe – against all physical evidence to
the contrary – what a few professional witnesses recall for pay ten or twenty or
thirty years after the fact. Some guy who claims to see a puff of smoke on the
grassy knoll is now a world-wide celebrity and not just some dude with time on
his hands on a November afternoon. (And don't be deterred by the fact that a
musket firing black powder was the last firearm that emitted "a puff of smoke;"
perhaps Kennedy was murdered by a re-animated Stonewall Jackson. Prove it didn't

I’ve met a number of these people. I know this is harsh, but I’m sick
of watching the damage they are doing to this civilization: these people are, to
a man, complete losers. Losers. They are desperate and sad people who need to
believe in some dark secret to give meaning to their lives.

Read all of it here.


At 3:34 PM, April 18, 2007, Blogger grumps said...

There are conspiracy theories that help people to make sense of the incomprehensible.

Some people believe in massive voter fraud as the only possible explanation for Candidate X losing in Ward Y.

Some believe that the media must be against them because it's obvious to any thinking person that the media should alway agree with their side.

Think of conspiracy theories as mental comfort food. A little meatloaf for the intellect.

At 4:46 PM, April 18, 2007, Blogger David Casper said...

If you read the entire thing, as well as part 1, I'm sure you'll see how much he agrees with you.

However, just because comfort food provides comfort, it isn't necessarily a good thing. Eating that gallon of Hagen Daas might make you feel better in the moment, but you'll come to regret it later.

Not that I've ever done that. I'm no chick!


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