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Tara Smith of the University of Iowa also stated that moving goalposts, conspiracy theories, and cherry-picking evidence are general characteristics of denialist arguments, but went on to note that these groups spend the "majority of their efforts critiquing the mainstream theory" in an apparent belief that if they manage to discredit the mainstream view, their own "unproven ideas will fill the void".
originally posted by: DoctorBluechip
a reply to: ketsuko
You're dead right . They're also trying to claim the mainstream , that mainstream opinion is always correct . That's people in denial, when the real mainstream which is us know that stupid little media outlets create regular steaming piles of horse poo .
They wont get to define or claim the " mainstream " much longer when it's just been recognisably redefined
They aim for a 5th grade or lower level in what they put out so that it's accessible by everyone
Empathy with denialists is not easy, but it is essential.
The trend the people of the internets are taking is towards' questionalism ' , as over against the 'statementism' of years gone by . They no longer need to to be told . They've got research tools, and ultiple sources and they use them to answer questions , crucially making their own mind up .
originally posted by: Blaine91555
a reply to: BrianFlanders
I think the OP meant for a more general discussion, so we probably should not drift this into a conversation only about Jones.