Tag Archive for conspiracy theories

The X Files strange loop

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The X Files returns to TV tonight for a six-episode run. As Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever writes, the world is no longer a Mulder and Scully place; conspiratorial thinking is mainstream. I suspect that the X Files did what reality-type paranormal shows certainly did – latched on to a latent interest by the…

Preaching to the Choir: Social media sharing in “echo chambers” reinforces belief

We may eschew sensationalism and ads but are not above emotional tugs and trendy memes. :-)

Doubtful News would be useless if people weren’t interested in finding out what might or might not be true and correct. This site appeals to people who are willing to listen to a narrative framed in that way. But, SURPRISE (not), most people consult the internet guided by beliefs they hold dear – whether those tend towards…

A paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism has been retracted

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

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

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…

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

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 keep using that word, “Skepticism”…

I do not think it means what you think it means. Conspiracy Theory Experts: Skepticism Is Part Of Our National Identity : It’s All Politics : NPR. Conspiracy theory experts say that the tendency toward distrust of power is neither uniquely partisan nor entirely detrimental. In fact, they say, it’s par for the course for…

Conspiracists of a feather flock together

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.

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…

The Drudge Report helps finance conspiracy websites

REPORT: Drudge Funneled At Least 30 Million Visitors To Conspiracy Websites In The Last Year A ThinkProgress study of the the Drudge Report reveals the popular internet aggregator has linked 184 times to InfoWars and World Net Daily, two sites that promote the internet’s worst conspiracy theories, since June 2011. By directing millions of visitors…

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

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.

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…