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Shining a Light on 9/11 Denial

2013/02/16

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Shining a Light on 9/11 Denial

Written by Dennis P. McMahon, JD, LLM

 How to Handle False Arguments Used to Reject the WTC Evidence

It can be challenging for advocates in the 9/11 Truth movement to get our message across to family, friends, and strangers alike.  Read more…

Why evidence is powerless: Salman Hameed at TEDx

2012/06/08

Psychologists on coping with 9/11 truth

2011/10/01

Psychologists on coping with 9/11 truth is part of the longer 9/11 Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out.

Why is Explosive 9/11 Evidence so Hard to Accept? Psychology Experts Explain.

Addiction to Irrationality

2011/10/01

Addiction to Irrationality at Poor Richard’s Almanack 2010

Great summary of many ways of being irrational, referencing articles in wikipedia.

We refuse to admit, to ourselves and others, that we have a problem with spontaneous, compulsive, and unconscious irrationality. This includes, but is not limited to, the matters discussed by Dan Ariely in Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, in which he challenges assumptions about making decisions based on rational thought. Many of the problems listed below have clinical diagnoses as pathological states, but they are also prevalent (if not ubiquitous) in “normal”, “healthy” people at sub-clinical levels.

Our struggle with irrationality includes (but is not limited to):

In evolutionary terms, reason is only an emerging property of the brain. Irrationality is still more the rule than the exception.  It is innate in every one of us–even in the best and brightest of our scientists, philosophers, educators, and leaders. Although scientists and scholars take great pains to eliminate irrationality from their work products, it is insidious, and it often still intrudes in subtle ways. Even in our most rational-seeming people, irrationality often runs rampant in areas outside their core competence and in their private lives.

The problem with irrationality is that it is easy, it is pleasant, and it is reassuring; but it is also an unconscious compulsion or addiction, and we continue to pursue it and defend it way past the point of diminishing returns.

Why? Because irrational behaviors, emotions, and mental states are reinforced by the same neurochemicals that cause other forms of addiction.

Laurie Manwell: SCADs and Psychological Resistance to Alternative Accounts

2011/09/15

From the The Toronto Hearings which were held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, during the 10th anniversary weekend of 9/11.

Kooky Official Conspiracy Theory Supporters Don’t Even Know They Are Conspiracy Theorists

2011/09/10
(This is based on my reply to a post by someone anonymously named ‘smokeeater’ in a forum at BodyBuilders.com.)
Quote Originally Posted by smokeaterView Post
Yes, but how many of the CT crowd have formed their opinions based on something other than a youtube video or something they saw on a private internet page somewhere. Many have seen a bit of the CT material and basically said “well, that’s good enough for me, I’m sold”.

Yeah, that fits, if by the “CT crowd”, you are referring to the official conspiracy theory (OCT) crowd. And you probably know that the official conspiracy theory (the one about 19 Arab hijackers who conspired to outsmart NORAD, FAA, CIA, FBI, etc etc) wasn’t even on YouTube until years later, but it got plastered all over the mainstream media. Many people sitting at home watching TV or reading Time magazine might have seen a bit of this OCT material and basically said “well, that’s good enough for me, I’m sold”. Just like you said. You are so right! Read more…

See No Truth, Hear No Truth, Speak No Truth

2011/09/04

Great article summarizing many of the psychological aspects of 9/11 truth vs denial: See No Truth, Hear No Truth, Speak No Truth by Herbert Agar.

A very enthusiastic lady said, “Hello. My name is Joanne. What is your name and why are you here?” I smiled in return, “My name is David,” I replied,” and I am a closet conspiracy theorist.”

“Well done David for admitting your problem. I think he deserves a round of applause.” Joanne started clapping. The others followed and congratulated me on coming to terms with my willingness to seek help with my “apparent” problem in questioning authority. Do you find this funny, strange or weird? In my opinion, this is where society is going.

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