posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 06:44 PM
It seems interesting how such obvious hoaxes such as the following have what seems to be a never ending appeal.
1.Imaginary planets that will rip the guts out of the Earth
2.Ancient and modern prophecies
3.Unbelievable geological events
4.Weather that will raise the dead
The evidence for these ideas are often:
1.photos of lens flares
2.Personal claims of being gods, aliens, or connected to TPTB
The ideas and the evidence are preposterous and weak or faked respectively.
I was doing a little research wondering how do ideas such as this get started. How do these things become true to some people? To most people these
ideas of 2012 are nothing more than made up jokes. To a few they are the absolute truth.
I bumped into an article in the Washington Post about educational efforts that have sometimes backfired. The start seems to have been a difficult
process of educating people about the flu vaccine. What seemed like a good idea backfired.
The CDC makes up a pamphlet and lets people read it. It simply gives true and false labels to “myths” about the flu. It seems that after only 3
days people had on average gotten 1 in 4 of the “myths” wrong. In other words, they mixed up the true and false.
It seems that pointing out the absurdity of ideas such as:
pointing a cell phone camera at the Sun and getting back an artifact in the photo is not evidence for an unknown planet
can lead people to believe that it must actually be an unknown planet.
So telling the truth even about obviously false ideas can make people believe more in these lunatic ideas.
As for me I am okay with that. I don't mind it that some people are simply going to get all messed up by the truth. That appears to be apart of human