I shudder to learn that we have active conspiracy lunatics in our midst. I can not help but wonder whether there is some kind of mental illness that infects a certain group of individuals.
I am close to believing that there may be some kind of virus that causes a corruption of our faculties. I have, more correctly, I had, a lifelong friend who is uncommonly well educated, an intelligent business man, and a fine human being. He has become a raving maniac about political matters. He has become a Saul Alinsky insurrectionist type. Here is a guy that has morphed from a responsible citizen to someone who believes all kinds of conspiracies exist right here in River City. I have lost a dear friend that was for all practical purposes, my brother. We are no longer in contact with one another. We need some serious clinical study for cases like my friend along with the crazies in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Our resident brain research person xSP might have some comments about the subject.
While I find this kind f thing interesting from a psychological perspective, I am by no means an expert. Have you read Michael Shermer's The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths?
He even gave a TED Talk on the subject:
We humans seem capable of seeing recognizable forms in a whole host of random images as Michael stated in the video or believing in an even larger collection of nonsense, silly notions or ideas along with far reaching unbelievable conspiracies.
My sister's mother-in-law passed away last year, and she was a very kind, warm hearted person, who taught music at a small college here in Michigan for over 30 years.
She was a smart woman, college educated, worked as a professor, and she believed in a huge amount of conspiratorial and pseudo-science nonsense. It made no sense at all, and no amount of contrary evidence or discussions could convince her otherwise. For example she believed the entire nonsense of contrails to the extent she would wear a face mask when outside, and my sister said if they would come over her house to pick her up to go somewhere and she saw a contrail in the sky she would refuse to leave the house until it dissipated to her satisfaction.
It was sad really, of course she was extremely religious which seems to go hand in hand with most of the woo and bunk out there.
Good video, and I really liked how he ended it with the song by Katie Melua. I really love her voice, and enjoy a couple songs she does, but this certainly raised my opinion of her.