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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'.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

FINALLY! Scientific American Writer Exposes the Tribal Cultist Arrogance and Dogmatic Lunacy of Science 'Skeptics'

Today I'm tipping my hat to John Horgan, a blogger who writes for Scientific American, for his extraordinary article entitled Dear "Skeptics," Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More.

In his article, Horgan rightly points out that today's so-called "science skeptics" are little more than dogmatic tribal cultists (my words, not Horgan's) who celebrate "skeptical" thinking concerning their selected philosophical targets while vehemently denying anyone's right to question their own beliefs on things like breast cancer screening, vaccine safety, global warming and genetically engineered foods.

As Horgan eloquently explains in his piece, real skeptics are skeptical of everything, not just selected topics that are targeted by the madness of status quo science crowds (i.e. the "cult of scientism").

Real skepticism means questioning everything... especially the status quo

A real skeptic, in other words, would bring critical thinking to all of our science narratives and cultural beliefs, including those that cover the origin of the universe (cosmology), the origin of the human species, the nature of consciousness, the long history of indigenous botanical medicine, the cancer industry and mammography, homeopathy, antidepressant drugs, water filters, the existence of God and everything else imaginable. But far too many of today's infamous "skeptics" (such as Richard Dawkins) are really just cultists who labor under the false banner of "science." And they're offensive to real critical thinkers, it turns out.

"I don’t hang out with people who self-identify as capital-S Skeptics. Or Atheists. Or Rationalists," explains Horgan. "When people like this get together, they become tribal. They pat each other on the back and tell each other how smart they are compared to those outside the tribe. But belonging to a tribe often makes you dumber."

I've seen this myself, on both ends of the medicine spectrum. I've seen insanely stupid pharmacology experts swear that statin drugs are such miraculous chemicals that they should be dripped into the public water supply. But I've also seen "raw foodies" at festivals swearing that their "water vortexer machines" could levitate water in defiance of the laws of gravity.

In both cases, my critical thinking alarms go haywire, and I shake my head in disbelief that so many people are so gullible, regardless of their level of academic education or technical mastery of certain subjects. A highly trained doctor with an IQ of 200 can be just as functionally stupid as a high school dropout, I've observed. In fact, when it comes to medicine and health, many so-called "experts" are so ignorant of reality that they almost seem cognitively retarded
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http://www.naturalnews.com/054105_science_skeptics_Scientific_American_cult_of_scientism.html

Another layer to this cake is the strong likelihood that many of the leading 'Skeptics' are active (Government) disinformation propagandists, people like Michael Shermer, who ignore or obfuscate hard scientific evidence when it comes to high level corruption, such as with the September 11 attacks. Other issues related to science also come into play, such as hiding experimental evidence indicating the reality of ESP and the UFO phenomena.


I suspect that the leading proponents are recruited because they have corrupt, or intelligence-linked, backgrounds.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 26th, 2016.]

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."

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