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Conspiracy Theory Thinking

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Posted in Uncategorized by Joel Gross

I listened to a good lecture this morning on the cognitive fallacies that contribute to conspiracy thinking. Conspiracy thinking is what leads to the belief that aliens landed at Roswell, the 9/11 attack was orchestrated by the US government, the Federal Reserve is a secret global domination cabal, global warming is a fraud by all of science, etc.

I took a long hard look at my beliefs in the cold light of reason and discovered I have a couple of conspiracy theory like beliefs:

I probably still won’t vote because the math just doesn’t make sense. 1/400,000,000 basically is zero and in California the vote will always go liberal (I am libertarian). But to say elections are rigged heavily without evidence just doesn’t hold up.

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