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  •  When I snap my fingers your trance will be over. (1+ / 0-)
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    What you're experiencing is run-of-the-mill distrust of authority simply because it is authority, which is how people start believing that vaccines cause autism or that corn crops with a few proteins swapped around cause cancer, or that 9/11 was a controlled demolition.
    What you're experiencing is run-of-the-mill "confirmation bias," in the words of the NYT author, and so you didn't read the diary carefully enough to notice that my objection to this sort of narrative rests upon planks such as:
    There is, of course, an alternate explanation for conspiracy theories -- I think it goes like "maybe the official explanations aren't credible" or something like that.
    So, no, I distrust official explanations not because they are "authority" but because the evidence for them is, in one way or another, not credible.  Let's start with 9/11/01 (as opposed to 9/11/73, another matter entirely).  I still have yet to read a credible explanation for why NORAD was down for 90 minutes that morning, or why the bin Ladens were spirited out of the country shortly thereafter.  I don't need to believe in any conspiracy theories to continue to believe that the standard explanations are wrong, and that Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed (in his various books on the topic) is right to be skeptical of them as well.
    If there ever were an actual conspiracy, there would have to be evidence just as damning as the theory itself.
    This is also silly.  Conspirators who destroy evidence of their conspiracies need to do nothing to fool the likes of you.

    "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Oscar Wilde

    by Cassiodorus on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:48:01 PM PDT

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    •  I'm sorry, but (0+ / 0-)

      You fail.

      First, "confirmation bias"?

      "You keep using that word.  I do not think you know what it means."

      Second.

      I read your post very carefully.  Your rebuttal makes nary a dent in what I said.

      •  I'm sorry, but (0+ / 0-)

        Not only do you fail, but you apparently are so limited in the sort of brain activity you're willing to devote to this conversation that you can't say anything more sophisticated than "you fail" here.

        And, no, you didn't read my post very carefully, otherwise you'd have addressed my point.  But you didn't do that.

        "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Oscar Wilde

        by Cassiodorus on Thu May 23, 2013 at 09:29:34 PM PDT

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      •  And the fact that you don't understand (0+ / 0-)

        "conversation bias" here is only more evidence of your failure to read.

        "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Oscar Wilde

        by Cassiodorus on Thu May 23, 2013 at 09:30:09 PM PDT

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