Believing in conspiracies

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    Public Policy Polling asked a bunch of questions, do you believe:
    Obama is trying to take our guns. The government has assassinated counterculture entertainers. Major sporting events are rigged by the refs and league officials. Are Muslims implementing Sharia law in our courts.

    Those who call themselves 'very conservative' are much more likely to believe one after another.

    66 percent believe Obama is plotting to stay in power after 2017.
    74 percent believe he's going to take our guns.
    41 percent believe sports are rigged.
    66 percent believe Sharia law is being implemented

    The numbers for all Republicans aren't as high, but still scary high. 44 percent really believe Obama is figuring out how to stay in office?

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    I do not think he gets a 3rd term because I believe someone would take his azz out if he tried
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    right. that's why it won't happen.:rolleyes:
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    I think it is one of the reasons river
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    But they don't believe in MIB? C'mon, we all saw the movie. :alien:

    Seriously... there's some paranoid folks out there.
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    Here's the problem with that survey: They only asked the respondents if they believe in conspiracies that those on the extreme Right often support. Had they asked any of the following, those that classify themselves as "very liberal" would have said they believe:

    1. The war in Iraq's purpose was to gain oil contracts for American companies, specifically, a company that Dick Cheney used to work for...Halliburton.

    2. The rich don't earn their money, therefore they don't deserve to keep it.

    3. If the Republicans still had their way, blacks would be sitting at the end of lunch counters in the south.

    4. The poor can't improve their situation in life, "They just lost the lottery of life."

    5. Microsoft, Walmart, and all the big evil companies sole purpose is to rip off consumers and take the little guy out of business.

    6. Christian politicians are the most dangerous individuals in American society today.

    Etc.
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    For sure. That's one of the reasons ammunition and guns went through the roof. That's also the reason big companies like insurance will come out of this Obamacare thing smelling like roses. Simply have a belief something is true is a reality for far too many people and any investigation as to it being factual stops right there.
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    I agree, but I don't find it a problem with the study exactly, unless they use that data to show that conservatives are less rational than liberals. If anything, their data proves that liberals are likely to believe in many crazy things, since people are people.

    PS. Looking closer at your list, your beliefs don't exactly align with the study, because most aren't fact-based assertions. Your first one works, as it is a true/false statement, but things like rich "deserving" their money or who is "most dangerous" are value-based viewpoints. Therefore, they can't be regarded as conspiracy beliefs.
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    The real question is who f'ing cares? And why would anyone waste their time with this sort of nonsense?
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    I guess the same bunch of us who bother to respond to it. :laugh:
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    Yes. Because commenting takes the same amount of effort as conducting the survey.
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    It's been scientifically proven that self described conservatives have more brain activity in the fear center of the brain, so this isn't suprising

    This is in part of why they identify with inclusive conservative views to begin with
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    Personally, I think that we can never spend too much energy demonstrating the errors in our cognition. A great deal of data suggests that we are all susceptible to biases in our perception of reality and this susceptibility is particularly well correlated with extreme partisanship. I think that we can overstate the importance of these data.
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    I remember the good ol' days when left and right alike could unite to pursue conspiracy theory like JFK. But now it's all politics. Figure out who is most likely to be involved, determine if that's your team or not, then dig in like a deer tick. Once Alex Jones figured out how to monetize conspiracy on the Internet by going for straight paranoia and no "fun" then it was over. Now it's Infowars gar-bage.
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    Alright, now that I am completely sucked into the thread, I agree completely with your last statement!:joecool:
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    It's addictive man. :)
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    Didn't say it did. Only that people bothering to respond does show something.
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    Now your just being a grumpy old man.

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