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Inspired by Crispian Jago, Dehydration Station has made an updated, more complicated, and still-being-revised “Organized Collection of Irrational Nonsense” (click to enlarge):
Glad to see Scientology’s position still hasn’t changed.
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As an atheist I love this image. As a horror author I also love this image, though for completely different reasons.
If you love horror of the creepy variety, Google ‘Gef the Talking Mongoose’. I’m a rational person, but that story creeps the daylights out of me.
I’ve recently started interacting with someone who believes pretty much everything in the ‘conspiracy’ category. I’m dumbfounded by the level of delusion that can hide behind the illusion of critical thinking. Microwaved water causes plants to die. Because one youtube video says so, (and a dozen say it doesn’t). But if you don’t run the experiment yourself, you’re a lazy sheep.
The earth’s resonant frequency has increased from 7.8Hz to 14Hz due to cellphones. Because a bunch of websites that all cite each other say so. Wikipedia citing actual science papers doesn’t, but of course you know you can’t trust wikipedia. People can make shit up on wikipedia.
I don’t remember so many airplane exhaust streams when I was a kid, so the government must be implementing a spraying program.
Someone asked Bill Gates about 48 000 kids in India paralyzed by his vaccine and he dodged the question, and at TED Bill Gates talked about reducing population growth, and saving money by letting people at end of life die rather than spending millions to keep them alive for another month. So Bill Gates is behind a secret program to eradicate most of the population with vaccines.
What illusion of critical thinking?
I mean that they will claim to be critical thinkers, and if you don’t agree it’s because you’re a) a sheeple b) intellectually lazy c) scared of the truth d) not a critical thinker, like they are.
I think the key is to ask oneself “what would change my mind?”
If I saw some actual evidence I hope I would accept it and change my view. I’ve been looking, and nothing holds up. Often it’s a bunch of websites all citing each other with the same information, with no original source. A good one is the claims about the Rh negative blood factor. Google a bit and you’ll see the claim in many places that it’s more common in red headed people, and people who have it have an extra vertebrae. Both of those are empirically false, but the same ‘fact’ shows up all over the place.
On the other hand, if you present counter evidence, it gets rationalized into “Well of course government studies are going to say cell phones don’t cause cancer! They’re owned by Big Cell! And all those towers are there to mind control you! [seriously, the claim that cell phone towers can change your brain frequency to control your mind...]
I try not to rationalize proposed evidence as “that’s from a website that looks like a 14 year old made it in 1998″. I try to verify the claims, look for context for the quotes, etc.
My mother, who used to just be into the usual Evangelical Christian stuff, has started throwing some of these ideas around recently. I’m trying to figure out where she picked them up. I have no idea how or whether to respond to such bizarre claims.
Since when is MKULTRA religious?
Wasn’t there some conspiracy theory linking it to Jonestown?
Yes, there was. Hence it’s placement.
My absolute favorite bit is where the Denver Airport is. Throbbing demon horse penis welcomes you!
They put “climate change” (not “climate change denial,” “climate change”) in pseudoscience and conspiracy. Not entirely sure I trust them.
I mean denial, of course. The fact that Climate Change is seen as a conspiracy is why it is in the Conspiracy set. I may need to clarify this.
“Daylight Saving Time” as pseudoscience
- I knew it was totally useless changing the hour twice a year.
- A bit exaggerated. I guess that some of the claims about his work are historically accurate.
- Too vague reference. Vitamin C intravenously has been recently tested in clinical trials on cancer patients.
- It can’t qualify as pseudoscience, it should be only in the conspiracy compartment.
- It should be in pseudoscience rather than in conspiracy.
“The 1908 Tunguska Event”, “Fluoride”, “Aspartame”, “Alkaline/Acidic diets”
- Too vague. Unlike the Bigfoot or the Yeti, there’s evidence that the Tunguska Impact occurred. Fluoride and aspartame have toxic effects in megadoses. As for the alkalinizing and acidifying diets, they do exist, so it depends on which effects you try to attribute them.
Sorry, I don’t agree with your suggested changes. As for being “too vague”, I try to assume a level of intelligence on the part of the reader (i.e. obviously the Tunguska Event occurred, but there are several pseudoscientific explanations kicking around that purport to explain it).
I guess you could find pseudo scientific explanations for almost anything.
As for hemp, do you consider that any theory that tries to explain why it wasn’t legal to grow any kind of hemp under federal law in the US from 1937 to 1970, and up to date it’s still almost impossible to grow it legally (http://www.industrialhemp.net), whereas the industrial varieties of hemp have been legally cultivated all this time in Canada, what it’s now the European Union, Russia, China and other countries in the world is necessarily a far fetched conspiracy theory?
On the other hand, I’ve read claims about a number of almost miraculous effects attributed to hemp when evidence is lacking, hence its inclusion in pseudoscience.
Hey I’m in love with the fact that you quoted Tesla! Hats off..
Are there actually people who think that Alex Jones is Bill Hicks, or is that just a joke inserted into the diagram? (Never mind, a Google search seems to confirm this idea. Crazy.)
If Halloween’s not real, what are all those kids doing at my house begging for candy every October 31st?
The kids are hiding out from the real demons who are having night out since the saints take the day off in preparation for all saints day on nov 1.
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