Tag Archive for conspiracy theories

A paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism has been retracted

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We’ve posted several stories on the work of S. Lewandowsky. He makes climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists rather angry; angry enough to call him names and file complaints about the papers. A rundown of the rather complicated history of his disputed papers about climate change deniers can be found here. Journal pulls paper due…

Double-dealing, two-faced cats

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Two cat-related stories today! Could George Osborne’s cat be the purr-fect spy? Freya has sparked the bizarre claims after breaching security at some of the Government’s most sensitive buildings, and senior figures believe that her behaviour changed after a mystery three-year disappearance. Some have even gone as far as to suggest that the tabby could…

Alex Jones: Worst person to interview

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I can’t help but get a good laugh out of Alex Jones. Conspiracy theorists dismiss Alex Jones as government conspiracy to make conspiracy theorists look stupid. Conspiracy theorists have dismissed US talk radio host Alex Jones as a government stooge designed to make conspiracy theorists look ridiculous, following his meltdown on live BBC television. Jones…

Extrapolating a really stupid poll about reptilian conspiracy

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Well, the good news is that close to the same amount of people think Paul McCartney died and was secretly replaced in the Beatles in 1966, as believe in shape-shifting reptilian people controlling our world. That is JUST slightly less than moon landing denialists. Not bad, I’d say. We might just write off 4-7% of the population as delusional…

Irrational thoughts reign: Ideas of the Sandy Hook truthers (Update: People are sickening)

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This piece is a rundown of the popular conspiracy theories surrounding the Newtown school shooting. While they are all really implausible, some are bizarre. Meet the Sandy Hook truthers – Salon.com. Yes, there really are Newtown truthers. But in the crazy world of Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, this one may be the worst yet. (Maybe…

You’d think that people would have had enough with silly conspiracy theories

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But I look around me and I see it isn’t so. Dean Burnett (@garwboy) loses his temper for a bit in this piece about the lunacy of conspiracy theories. The moon landings were faked (and other science confessions). Yesterday, Channel 5 screened a documentary (and I use that term so loosely it essentially qualifies as…

Conspiracists of a feather flock together

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This study is controversial and not without its problems, topmost being it was self-selected and not randomized but it does reveal some characteristics scientists should ponder. Why people reject science (Science Alert) Researchers from The University of Western Australia have examined what motivates people who are greatly involved in the climate debate to reject scientific…

Duct tape: Keeps demons out. Do not use on children.

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Parents Duct Tape “Demon Possessed” Children | FOX2now.com. Two parents who admittedly duct taped their children inside an SUV in a Walmart parking lot said they did so because they were “demon possessed.” During Tuesday’s court hearing, the judge dropped five felony counts of aggravated child endangerment against both parents. The couple still faces three…

Conspiracy architects and engineers group hyping documentary of absurd 9/11 claims

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The conspiracy-loving group, Architects & Engineers For 9/11 Truth, headed by Richard Gage, have issued a press release. Expert Group Rejects World Trade Center Reports — BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –. ENGINEERS POINT TO EVIDENCE OF SCIENTIFIC FRAUD CALL FOR INDEPENDENT 9/11 INVESTIGATION Experts now cite evidence showing that high-temperature incendiaries and…

Conspiracies abound at the Denver airport and all around

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World Domination From Denver Airport? : Discovery News. Almost no one likes being in airports these days, but some people believe that one airport in particular — the Denver International Airport — is not only a hassle but also tied to conspiracies about the collapse of Western civilization. Some say there’s a top-secret underground bunker…

Conspiracy theories run amok. Without critical thinking, we get dangerously ridiculous.

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One of the main goals of the Doubtful News website is to demonstrate that critical thinking is necessary to navigate online news and make sense of what is happening in the world without being duped. This article is a fantastic report on exactly how the internet and our lack of rational thought has lead us…