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Originally posted by mrwupy
I would rather be considered mental and having a good time on ATS then to be considered perfectly sane while sitting in front of the television and having my mind numbed.
Originally posted by Duality
Originally posted by Amaterasu
I think we here at ATS tend to be brighter than the average bear. Some may have mental issues, but by and large, we are merely more insightful.
Isn't this a little arrogant or overconfident though? I'm not saying you specifically, I mean if ATS members as a whole take this view on.
Who are we to say we're smarter than everyone just because we are interested in conspiracy theories and such? I guess I just don't like this line of thought because it leads to the sort of idea that "Anything said by us is true, because we are enlightened".
That is, people stop asking for evidence or whatnot, people stop being logical about new ideas simply because they assume they are already within an untouchable domain of high-intelligence and alternative (and indeed accurate) thought, even if this may not be the case at all.
What I'm getting at is, what we may call being highly intelligent or being 'awakened', others may call being paranoid and irrational. I don't feel that we are any better or should be any less susceptible to criticism and calls for evidence than anyone else just because we're already communicating over an alternative medium.
Did that make sense? @_@
Originally posted by Esoterica
I mean, there are posts in this thread where someone just assumes they're smarter because they read ATS instead of watching the news. Have they read some of the absolutely ridiculous stuff posted on ATS?
Originally posted by atlasastro
ex] However, it has been noted  that people who are likely to be psychotic may use the
internet to form online communities based around their delusional beliefs, and archive a
large corpus of online information to support their conjectures. Research on the social
psychology of the internet has suggested that people who strongly identify with a group
identity or cause are more likely to have their attitudes influenced to polar extremes if
they are not in the same physical location . Combined with the increasing
availability of domestic internet access and the fact that “on the internet, people who
share your interest and lean in the same direction as you are just a few keystrokes away,
regardless of the issue’s obscurity, social desirability, or bizarreness” , people
undergoing the initial stages of psychosis may have delusional beliefs primed,
strengthened or deepened by using the internet, where previously they might have
encountered very few people (if any) who would agree with their interpretations.
reply to post by drflux
What I dont undertand is why you didnt just post this in the thread it was on instead of trying to gain points.
Originally posted by jpm1602
If you've ever encountered a shadow critter at your backdoor telepathically pleading to be let out, moving in frames with little beaty red eyes and wonder why I come here....and I was just going down for a shower before work for chris sake, you will know why I find my home here. My big black lab sealed the deal when he went buckshot for it down the stairs. I knew then we both needed scripts for xanax. lol