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March 29th, 2006

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12:49 pm - aaron burr did it
the problem with conspiracy theories, i think, is that they're impossible to debunk. what the fuck do i know about steel support beams and structural integrity? i don't even know enough to know which experts to trust. every nutball theory (and follow some of those links, oh boy!) has its citations and sources and quotes and memos and experts and documents and diagrams. it's convincing by sheer weight, argument by density. how can they be wrong when they're so fucking thorough? i mean, they're obviously not right. but why not? they're just not, dammit. i have no idea.

after all - as that first article points out - we still don't even know what actually happened to JFK, probably the most closely studied conspiracy theory ever. but does anyone believe the official line? and you can bet that anybody talking about the grassy knoll early on was called a crank. meanwhile, i've never even heard of most of these.
np: cap'n jazz

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Date:March 29th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
It's been claimed that "genius" is the ability to make connections between two or more dissimilar ideas, and arrive at a wholly new idea undreamed of by most people.

Intelligence involves the ability to recognize patterns in sets of raw data, and to form connections; however, the greater one's ability to find patterns, the greater the danger that one might perceive an illusory pattern.

Paranoiacs are often very intelligent people. From random, unrelated events they believe that they can discern a pattern, a conspiracy directed against them. Their beliefs can be quite logical, and difficult to argue against; how can one prove that the pattern doesn't exist?
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Date:March 30th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)

/me <3s that site. It's the weekly world news, with more punch.

...all they need now is a BatBoy to make it complete
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Date:April 1st, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
seriously! it's all so fascinating. and that people actually (i assume) BELIEVE this stuff.

you know, i would love love love to write for weekly world news
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Date:March 30th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
They call me Aaron Burr, the way I'm dropping Hamiltons.
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Date:April 13th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
double true!
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Date:March 30th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
dan said something the other day about how it's entirely possible that some of the 9/11 conspiracy theories are true, that They could totally have known about it or been in on it, but either way, it doesn't matter. and he's got a point.
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Date:April 1st, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
well yeah. i suppose it's entirely possible that any conspiracy theory is true. who's to say aliens didn't crash at roswell? there is sure enough leading evidence and misadventure to suggest SOMEthing bizarre went on.

why does it not matter either way? i'd think it would sure as hell matter
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Date:March 31st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
argument by density? i hope that is a serious term because i want to bombard people with ridiculousness and then claim argument by density.
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Date:April 1st, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
i just invented the term, i'm afraid. it sounds impressive though, doesn't it?
of course, just because it's not an Official Thing doesn't mean that people don't use it all the time. i think that's how most things get through congress

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