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Why bad ideas refuse to die | Steven Poole | Science | The Guardian June 2016
"an idea will have a good chance of hanging around as a zombie if it benefits some influential group of people. The efficient markets hypothesis is financially beneficial for bankers who want to make deals unencumbered by regulation. "
"Few would argue that a commercial marketplace needs fraud and faulty products. But in the marketplace of ideas, zombies can actually be useful. Or if not, they can at least make us feel better. That, paradoxically, is what I think the flat-Earthers of today are really offering – comfort."
"It seems to me that the desire to believe such stuff stems from a deranged kind of optimism about the capabilities of human beings. It is a dark view of human nature, to be sure, but it is also rather awe-inspiring to think of secret agencies so single-minded and powerful that they really can fool the world’s population over something so enormous. "
"As the much more noxious example of Scientology also demonstrates, it is all too tempting to take science fiction for truth – because narratives always make more sense than reality."
ideas  TheGuardian  conspiracy  conspiracy-theories  culture 
september 2016 by pierredv
I am a one-man conspiracy, apparently = Dissimulation Disco
David Levine recently discovered he is a central figure in a conspiracy theory regarding aliens and a government cover-up
"I think I can give some interesting insight on exactly how a coincidence, a large number of misunderstandings, and a core weird idea or two can combine to create a convincing (to some people) conspiracy."
conspiracy  via:gmsv  texts  bias 
may 2010 by pierredv
The lure of the conspiracy theory - being-human - 11 July 2007 - New Scientist
opinion piece by Patrick Leman, psychologist Includes theory of why the underclass (minorities, low income) are more prone to conspiracy theory. Also theorizes that events that seem dramatic in their import are more comfortably explained by dramatic cau
psychology  news  NewScientist  conspiracy 
july 2007 by pierredv

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