I have a euphemism for the silliest conspiracy theories. Head-mounted Faraday cage.
Also known as a tin-foil hat. But I don't know why. Foil hasn't been made out of tin for many decades.I have a euphemism for the silliest conspiracy theories. Head-mounted Faraday cage.
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking.But your argument is that non experts should argue out of ignorance. Did it really take a genius to figure out that hot steel gets soft? Or do you think any real expert would have known that? In turn ten-thousand crackpot conspiracy theories could have been avoided.
Biggest problem I see is that non experts want to challenge anything and everything rather than asking questions. Rather than accepting that they are not experts and should therefore learn, they see themselves as superior to actual experts based on magical knowledge. They believe the average person is much smarter than the highly educated even in their field of expertise!
Bill Gates has been talking about how the world is not prepared for a global pandemic for many years straight. He even gave TED Talk about it after the Ebola outbreak in Africa, saying that we are lucky it didn't get worse because the next time we may not be so lucky. I would call that an accurate prediction.The original link got taken down, but this was originaly posted a few months before Covid was discovered in 2019. What i see is the same who, wef, bill and melinda gates foundation cdc, john hopkins etc. Held a wargame about what if the world gets taken over by a coronavirus, and then it happened a few months later, what are the odds.
or misinformation or disinformation.if you have good critical thinking skills then you won't fall for conspiracy theories.
Also known as a tin-foil hat. But I don't know why. Foil hasn't been made out of tin for many decades.
I think there is a conspiracy among academics to perpetuate critical thinking.
Actually, I was involved with grassroots politics as a teenager, in an organization full of mostly adults. And later on I read Tocqueville's "The French Revolution" which explained that societies that lack political freedom end up with populations that don't even know how to exercise political freedom if they had it.This is the article. This is not the usual sort of study I read but given the last 16 months, I thought I would post and see what pf guys thought of the method and conclusions.
The line of best fit in the results seemed a bit random to me but let's see what you make of it.
This is the paper
Fauci said not to wear masks because hospital workers were afraid there would be a shortage of masks for them. That's not a "vast conspiracy." That's business as usual. That's how the government always runs. They will sometimes fib to the public like that. Sometimes justifiably, often not justifiably. There is abuse that goes on as well that's ill intentioned.I would stand this on its head if I may. It seems to me that as soon as any "official mouthpiece" is deemed incorrect about anything, no matter how small, this is assumed immediately to be incontrovertible evidence of vast conspiracy. "But Fauci initially told us not to wear masks" "But the firemen told the people to shelter in place" "But where are the stars in the Lunar sky?" These people deserve to be heard, but not ad infinitum. Buzz Aldrin finally had the correct solution.
The sad part about this level of stupid is that power does in fact try to cover its hind parts when it screws up. One need only read Feynman's "What Do You Care What other People Think" to see the usual response. The workings of the Rogers Commission are a case study in CYA, yet thanks to several members the truth was aired. But far too often there is a conspiracy of silence requiring well informed people of conscience to act. Profiles in courage are perhaps rare (I'm not certain how rare...we only see the successful ones), but they are vital to invigorate the better angels of our collective soul. Sitting in Nancy Pelosi's chair in tribal costume is not such an act.
What you are referring to is skepticism. Carl Sagan had a good essay about that and I cited a quote relevant to this on PF last year.Another question to ask about conspiracy theories is, maybe it's good and even responsible to err on the side of conspiracy theory