Category: Psychology

Definition of conspiracy theory

Conspiracy theories are false narratives that prey upon fears – real or perceived. They are substantiated by fallacies – unsound reasoning that in fact proves nothing. They are most effectively spread and amplified by social media.

The great human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic gave momentum to various wild narratives, spread by anti-establishment movements that have all the hallmarks of religious sects.

Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories spread faster than the coronavirus.

IN CONTEXT: Operation Berkshire

EVIL CONSPIRACIES DO EXIST. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT THE WORLD’S MAJOR TOBACCO COMPANIES LONG KNEW THAT SMOKING WAS ADDICTIVE AND CAUSED CANCER. THEY CONSPIRED IN 1976 TO PROMOTE CONTROVERSY OVER SMOKING AND THE DISEASE (NOT UNLIKE THE CLIMATE CHANGE CONTROVERSY).

THE SEVEN COMPANIES PURPOSELY KEPT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE REAL HEALTH EFFECTS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND KEPT PUSHING THEIR PRODUCT. MILLIONS OF DEATHS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO TOBACCO SINCE THE 1970’S

The case was settled in the ‘TOBACCO MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT (MSA)’. NOBODY EVER WENT TO JAIL.

Main issues

Why Conspiracy Theories Matter

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Planted conspiracy theories can have serious security implications when they are aimed at polarization. A divided country is a weaker country.

This type of false, disruptive narratives should therefore be seen and treated as weapons of war. Spreading them is act of information warfare.

We can see the destructive effect of conspiracy theories all around us: false and disorienting narratives are ripping apart the social fabric of society, splitting families, antagonizing long-time friends.

As yet, this is a largely unregulated sphere – anyone can wield that very destructive weapon without serious repercussions.

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Always check the source of your information and, more importantly, who is financing the spread of that information. You may be advancing someone else’s agenda without realizing it.

So who is paying for that flyer or the free newspaper in your mailbox? If it’s not transparant, you may be the target of propaganda.

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See: fallacies, memetic engineering, pseudoscience and propaganda.

Conspiracy theories & Fallacies

Logical fallacies are fake or deceptive arguments. In other words, the reasoning is flawed. These arguments seem irrefutable, but prove nothing. They are commonly used in conspiracy theories.

Fallacious arguments may be used knowingly, on purpose, but more often than not people seem to be unaware of the logical errors that have seeped into a narrative. That is why conspiracy theories are so hard to counter. There is no logic to them and unsound reasoning makes a rational argument impossible.

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