posted on Dec, 31 2015 @ 05:55 PM
This headline isn't new to ATS, but it popped up in a recent 9/11 thread and used as some sort of validation, basically it came across as "this
study says I'm smarter than you!"
Sadly though, it's the opposite, not for me to be honest, I actually found it hilarious, but I digress.
This headline apparently stems back to an article written by Iranian run Presstv and grew and flourished amongst your atypical conspiracy theory
websites from there, but the study said no such thing..
Our recently published Frontiers study on online communication, “What about Building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of
9/11 conspiracy theories, has been the subject of some chatter on the Internet – but not quite in the way I had hoped. A story by Kevin Barrett on
PressTV.ir has interpreted the study as showing that conspiracists are “more sane” than conventionalists, and, given that this is an appealing
headline for long-suffering conspiracists, has been copy-pasted around the Internet in a highly uncritical fashion.
"Highly uncritical fashion"
Got that right, in spreading this around, giving each other congratulatory backs slaps, these websites, blogs and forums have actually shown that
they're prone to massive confirmation bias, and lack critical thinking.
so I hope in the future if you see someone reference this study to validate their claims, I hope you direct them to this thread, or tell them that no,
a scientific study did not reveal that they are more sane or smarter, and that in fact by blindly believing it, they are the exact opposite.