posted on May, 1 2012 @ 03:05 PM
Taken from the abstract for the paper:
Such (conspiracy) theories typically spread as a result of identifiable cognitive blunders, operating in conjunction with informational and
reputational influences. A distinctive feature of conspiracy theories is their self-sealing quality. Conspiracy theorists are not likely to be
persuaded by an attempt to dispel their theories; they may even characterize that very attempt as further proof of the conspiracy. Because those who
hold conspiracy theories typically suffer from a crippled epistemology, in accordance with which it is rational to hold such theories, the best
response consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups.
Let's analyze this, just for fun
a faculty for the processing of information, applying knowledge, and changing preferences
So basically saying conspiracy theorists misinterpret/misapply info which I think most can agree does happen from time to time but not to the degree
he might believe.
informational and reputational influences:
No links here but what I believe he is saying is info overload and/or people using their reputation as proof for their info are a big influence in
conspiracies, but again he overestimates their importance to the critical thinker.
I think he means a kind of self-proving theory kind of thing which doesn't really apply to most conspiracies IMHO.
The study of knowledge or understanding
Basically an incomplete/incorrect understanding of the info available I think.
cognitive infiltration of extremist groups:
Psyops against dissident/confrontational groups of individuals.
As an admittedly amateur conspiracy theorist since about 2002 I find this extremely hostile towards anyone/group with a different theory than the
mainstream. Voicing our opinion is what this country is supposed to be about. Hasn't been for a while though
edit on 5/1/12 by thov420
because: (no reason given)