Rise of the conspiracy theorists?

More and more people are realising that it's profitable to spin bullshit for morons.

David Icke really set the ball rolling, the damn genius.
Why do we believe that crap though?
People are seeing meaning and significance when it isn't really there.
More and more people are realising that it's profitable to spin bullshit for morons.

David Icke really set the ball rolling, the damn genius.
BBC News
 
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fyl2u

Striker
Why do we believe that crap though?
Evolution, mate.

Superstition has even been recorded in pigeons:

Pigeons Can Be Superstitious — And A Psychologist Once Proved It

Looking for patterns that assist our survival, such as finding food or water in the same place more than once without having an explanation for why it might be in the same place more than once but using it to help find food and water in the future, has helped us evolve this far, but now we're at a point where we're even able to take a step back and observe those patterns for whether or not they're actually rational. Some of them are, some very much aren't. Still we seek the patterns, though.

Conspiracy theories are just an extension of those superstitions, that desire to find patterns where sometimes there are reasons for them and sometimes it's just coincidence.
 
Looking for patterns that assist our survival, such as finding food or water in the same place more than once without having an explanation for why it might be in the same place more than once but using it to help find food and water in the future, has helped us evolve this far, but now we're at a point where we're even able to take a step back and observe those patterns for whether or not they're actually rational. Some of them are, some very much aren't. Still we seek the patterns, though.

Conspiracy theories are just an extension of those superstitions, that desire to find patterns where sometimes there are reasons for them and sometimes it's just coincidence.
Nice understanding marra.
Conspiracy theories are just an extension of those superstitions, that desire to find patterns where sometimes there are reasons for them and sometimes it's just coincidence.
are they
 
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Makes boring people with boring lives feel less boring.
Remember that idiot Heed the ball

One of his conspiracies was that man didn't land on the moon. He was full of data and evidence to prove it. they definitely didn't land on the moon, no sireee. We were all mugs for believing they did...……..

A few days later on a thread about aliens he informed us that they definitely existed as Nasa had secret photos of them in the distance watching as man first landed on the moon

:lol:
 

fyl2u

Striker
Nice understanding marra.

are they
Absolutely, we all love to find patterns, it's inbuilt as the pigeon study proved. Sometimes people find patterns like "secret air force base" plus "weather balloon reported downed" along with "it looked like an alien spaceship" and "someone who works near it ordered some child-size coffins" and think OMG ALIENS AND A CONSPIRACY TO COVER IT UP!

It's just this same pigeon-like superstition. Bits of our brain briefly connect together as we see the pattern and it triggers a pleasurable chemical response.

Incidentally, it's also exactly the same underlying characteristic of our brains that makes us susceptible to addiction.

And the same one that made us throw virgins into volcanos.
 
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Remember that idiot Heed the ball

One of his conspiracies was that man didn't land on the moon. He was full of data and evidence to prove it. they definitely didn't land on the moon, no sireee. We were all mugs for believing they did...……..

A few days later on a thread about aliens he informed us that they definitely existed as Nasa had secret photos of them in the distance watching as man first landed on the moon

:lol:
Heeeedtheball never made much sense ever marra.
 
Absolutely, we all love to find patterns, it's inbuilt as the pigeon study proved. Sometimes people find patterns like "secret air force base" plus "weather balloon reported downed" along with "it looked like an alien spaceship" and "someone who works near it ordered some child-size coffins" and thinks OMG ALIENS AND A CONSPIRACY TO COVER IT UP!

It's just this same pigeon-like superstition. Bits of our brain briefly connect together as we see the pattern and it triggers a pleasurable chemical response.

Incidentally, it's also exactly the same underlying characteristic of our brains that makes us susceptible to addiction.

And the same one that made us throw virgins into volcanos.
Yeah I know what you mean marra.
He was a funny fcker

Warped and sick but funny nonetheless
What a funny wum he was man.
I just so happened to notice heeeedtheball on a message board for washing machine repair his only comment suggested drinking the washing machine water. :lol:
 
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Hardly surprising if there is a rise in conspiracy theories.

We live in an age where anyone can come up with a conspiracy and share it globally in a few hours. In the past you had to write a book or article and hope it got read or published enough to get attention.

Access to information makes conspiracies easier to gain support and traction. Its also a lot easier for the reader to find information to support their belief (one way or the other).
 

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