Believing In Conspiracy Theories Is A Form Of Psychosis.
here's a video i found from msnBc aired recently talking about a new book out amongthetruthers,which i found
disgusting,saying conspiracy theorist are like a religion,we are weird,and we don't watch the mass media,so therefore we live in our own reality,our
little self contain internet bubble,and were all living in a cacoon,away from reality,and blaming the internet for making us,act in this way....
so now we will all be labeled as a new religion/cult...if we dare talk out.
The most disturbing symptom of this trend is the 9/11 Truth movement, whose members believe that Bush administration officials engineered the
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a pretext to launch wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But these "Truthers" are merely one segment of a vast conspiracist subculture that includes many other groups: anti-Obama extremists who believe
their president is actually a foreign-born Manchurian Candidate seeking to destroy the United States from within.
radical alternative-medicine advocates who claim that vaccine makers and mainstream doctors are conspiring to kill large swathes of humanity.
financial neo-populists who have adapted the angry message of their nineteenth-century forebears to the age of Twitter; Holocaust deniers; fluoride
phobics; obsessive Islamophobes; and more.
For two years journalist Jonathan Kay immersed himself in this dark subculture, attending conventions of conspiracy theorists, surfing their
discussion boards, reading their websites, joining their Facebook groups, and interviewing them in their homes and offices.
He discovered that while many of their theories may seem harmlessly bizarre, their proliferation has done real damage to the sense of shared reality
that we rely on as a society.
Kay also offers concrete steps that intelligent, culturally engaged Americans can take to reject conspiracism and help regain control of the
what your not being told by him though,is he is a pro israel supporter,and is very bias in some of his articles on anyone who talks out about
a thread touch on this a while ago here,but now it's gone mainstream in promoting
this book....as to label all of us,who question what were told,that were are cranks,lost in our own reality,and we all have psychological problems.
What is psychotic?
As a psychiatric nurse, we looked at people's functioning. If people could not function in normal society - if they could not take care of their
daily needs and hygeine and meet their responsibilities, then we'd consider them psychotic.
There were psychotics that had delusional systems that were well developed that were high functioning, but stress would always cause them to break
I don't think it is fair to call people of differing beliefs such a thing as psychotic - it's just fancy name calling using a medical term with a
lot of stigma attached - why not just say conspiracy theorists have the cooties?
It does actual mental patients who struggle daily a great disservice. It discourages creative thinking, nonpartisanship, and intellectual exercise,
IMO. Oh, but you know, that might be the problem - there's a facet of our society that believes heavily in the attainability of a societal
perfection. Beware of them, there is no perfection - these people that would use government to try to attain something that isn't real - THEY are
more dangerous than anyone.
My marriage - it is not perfect. If you think for one second though I'd betray or do anything to harm my mate in some misquided attempt to attain
something better though - you're out of your MIND. Why would I do the same with society?
That is silly, but I have seen a few threads of people I believe have probably lost their marbles.
Let's face it crazy people are everywhere. It is just as easy to claim that religiously obsessed people have schizophrenia. Religion obsession is a
popular symptom of this and the few people I have encountered with this disease were very obsessed with Jesus.
well the problem is people don't like being labeled,or pigeon holed,so what it is in-fact doing,is subconsciously scaring people away from asking
questions,in fear of being label,as one of those conspiracy freaks...
you have to be a good little citizen..and don't ask silly questions,they can't answer,or refuse to answer..
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All of this interaction that he has had with all of us "conspiracy psychotics" and he hasn't realized, speaking for myself, that not only do we
take mass media news with a grain of salt but also conspiracy news. I don't believe everything I read, on here or anywhere else, I need definite and
solid evidence, if I believed everything then I would obviously know that Japan and California have both sunk, the Earth has ended 3 times in the last
2 years and we have entered the 4th dimension as our solar system has been moved into another region of the universe. It's hard to believe anything
anymore, after all, we've all ended up on this website because we something at sometime didn't make sense to us...right?
Did you even read the OP's title for this thread ?
I was merely defending people's right to believe what they like but feel free to jump to the wrong conclusion if you like, such is your right.
Yes, of course I did, and my response was to the video.
I'm defending people's right to think as they will myself, without name calling.
Seems we both have the same conclusion so I am not sure of the problem.
Originally posted by ALOSTSOUL
By th logic of the person in the video; So is believing in God.
Believing in god is worse. Conspiracy theorists at least try to provide evidence (even if often misguided) and justify their belief logically, they do
not claim to believe, but to know. Believers in god just have to "believe", and they even consider belief with no evidence itself a virtue, which is a
height of self-delusion, because belief without conclusive evidence is a vice.
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