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->[=Joe McCarthy=] was [[HiredToHuntYourself probably himself a commie]] portraying a specific role and task on the way towards communizing this country.It was probably a deliberate misdirection ploy to misdirect the public's attention to later subtle communization tactics.

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->[=Joe McCarthy=] was [[HiredToHuntYourself probably himself a commie]] portraying a specific role and task on the way towards communizing this country. It was probably a deliberate misdirection ploy to misdirect the public's attention to later subtle communization tactics.


->Conspiracy theories represent a known glitch in human reasoning. The theories are of course occasionally true, but their truth is completely uncorrelated with the believer's certainty. For some reason, sometimes when people think they've uncovered a lie, they raise confirmation bias to an art form. They cut context away from facts and arguments and assemble them into reassuring litanies. And over and over I've argued helplessly with smart people consumed by theories they were sure were irrefutable, theories that in the end proved complete fictions.

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->Conspiracy theories represent a known glitch in human reasoning. The theories are of course occasionally true, but their truth is completely uncorrelated with the believer's certainty. For some reason, sometimes when people think they've uncovered a lie, they raise confirmation bias {{confirmation bias}} to an art form. They cut context away from facts and arguments and assemble them into reassuring litanies. And over and over I've argued helplessly with smart people consumed by theories they were sure were irrefutable, theories that in the end proved complete fictions.


-->--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/the-trial-of-billy-jack-tom-laughlin-1974/ on]] ''The Trial of Billy Jack''

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-->--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/the-trial-of-billy-jack-tom-laughlin-1974/ on]] ''The Trial of Billy Jack''
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-->--'''Pearl''', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''

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-->--'''Pearl''', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
-->--'''Pearl''' on '''Ronaldo''', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', "Keep Beach City Weird"

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-> ''"If you're ready to question everything you've been told about society, why not question everything you've been told by conspiracy theories too?"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/SuperBunnyhop'''


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-> ''Nobody can convince me that our President did not hire Saudi nationals with Saudi passports to come to our country and fly planes into those buildings just to give him a mandate to invade Iraq like he planned.''
-->--'''Anonymous conspiracy theorist on P&T'''


->A more likely theory is that, given the number of flowers thrown at her hearse during the funeral, Diana was [[TheDogWasTheMastermind murdered by florists]] who wanted to boost sales.

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->A more likely theory is that, given the number of flowers thrown at her hearse during the funeral, Diana was [[TheDogWasTheMastermind [[MilkmanConspiracy murdered by florists]] who wanted to boost sales.


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->"Humans just live short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they're part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world's problems on a single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone's control."
-->--'''Pearl''', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''


-->-- '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillet,]] on...well, on [[Series/PennAndTellersBullshit bullshit]] conspiracy theories.

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-->-- '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillet,]] on...well, on [[Series/PennAndTellersBullshit [[Series/PennAndTellerBullshit bullshit]] conspiracy theories.
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-> ''Being skeptical is good but looking at this (9/11) and having your first thoughts be, "This is a hoax staged by the government," well that takes a special kind of asshole...the lives lost on September 11 is something that we should never forget. But to conspiracy nuts, death and suffering are just heart pounding entertainment. They whack to tragedy.''
-->-- '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillet,]] on...well, on [[Series/PennAndTellersBullshit bullshit]] conspiracy theories.

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->Reading it is like trying to push a penny with one's nose through molten fudge.
-->--'''Walter Pforzheimer''' on L. Fletcher Prouty's ''The Secret Team'' (1973)


-->--'''Creator/RichardDawkins''' reads his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421828030 fan mail]]

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-->--'''Creator/RichardDawkins''' -->--'''UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins''' reads his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421828030 fan mail]]

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