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Myth #4: Conspiracy theorists believe in UFOs / Aliens / Apollo Moon / Holocaust denial

This is a straw man and an ad hominem fallacy. Not all conspiracy theorists believe in the same things, nor does believing in aliens invalidate their arguments on other theories. The only thing linking these things is that they are all perceived to be conspiracy theories. Each should be evaluated on its own merits.

However, if a theorist bases their beliefs on poor argumentation, then other conspiracy theorists may want to distance themselves from him/her or question that theorist's ability to support their own ideas. Many such people are accused of being deliberately planted to discredit other theories, a technique called the 'poisoned well'. The media then proceeds to discredit an entire investigative movement based on a few silly theories - a strawman attack.

When the media lumps anybody who doesn't trust the government version of 9-11 into the category of flat earthers and holocaust deniers, any real conspiracy there might have been is given the ultimate defense. Namely, a pre-emptive, universal ad hominem on anyone who would dare talk about it publicly, the archetypal 'tin foil hatter'.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Response to Eternal Life Fan Club

It's good to demand EVIDENCE before you believe something. The popular idea that humans have a soul should be met with extreme skepticism. People who are convinced they have a soul are much less afraid of death, and that's a bad thing. The fear of death is your friend and it can save your life!
We are surrounded by death cults that want us to lose our fear of death and even celebrate it. A spoonful of wishful thinking helps the death go down easier.

#Deepak Chopra #Eternal Life Blasphemy


Response:

First off, I have no issue with the Eternal Life Fan Club's mission of ending physical death, in fact I promote it at my blog about health. That being said, there is tons of extraordinary evidence for life after death.


Secondly, James Randi is NOT a real skeptic!

Finally, my belief in an afterlife in no way affects my goal to make the most of the life I have, or my wanting to be with my friends and family for as long as humanly possible.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Responses to 'The truth is rushing out there: why conspiracy theories spread faster than ever'


What follows are six responses to a recent hit piece in The Guardian regarding 9/11 truth and conspiracy theories in general. The first comes from yours truly and doesn't cover 9/11 as this is the main focus of most of the others. The second is a letter to the editor from Barrie Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11. The third response is courtesy of Evan Ravitz, wilderness guide and editor of EvanRavitz.com. The fourth reply is via James Hufferd, PhD., coordinator at 911grassroots.org. The fifth retort is from Chris Sarns, a writer for the organization Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The final reply is from Ian Henshall of Reinvestigate911.org. None of these authors necessarily agree each other, least of all me. The most important thing is that they all disagree with David Shariatmadari's article, "The truth is rushing out there: why conspiracy theories spread faster than ever."

More:

http://911debunkers.blogspot.com/2016/01/responses-to-truth-is-rushing-out-there.html