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Shining a Light on 9/11 Denial


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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


Psychologists on coping with 9/11 truth


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


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


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

(This is based on my reply to a post by someone anonymously named ‘smokeeater’ in a forum at
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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


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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9/11 Truth Isn’t Going Away


Excerpts from: 9/11 Truth Isn’t Going Away, by Alissa C. Johnson, on The Intercept

This is a very pointed article about the psychological trauma that still dominates most people’s reaction to the implications of 9/11 Truth.  I am quoting most of it, adding some emphasis and interjections.

     There has been much analysis of the psychological roadblocks thrown up by those who cannot or will not accept the reality of a 9/11 false flag attack on domestic soil.  As described by activist Ken Jenkins, such denial may be attributed to the scale and sheer audacity of the act, the paradigm-shifting implications of 9/11, blind nationalist faith, shame on the part of those fooled, PTSD, and simple ignorance of historical precedents.[1]   Factor in an embarrassing level of credulity and these elements have contributed to the thumb-sucking compliance of a population dumbed down and infantilized to the point where it believes our government has its best interests at heart.

Of course history does not support the gumdrop and gingerbread view of government to which so many folks subscribe.  But the myth of America is powerful.  We are the good guys, revolutionaries who threw off the yoke of British imperialism two hundred thirty-five years ago and created the Constitution, a document so powerfully associated with rebellion that the FBI identifies those who reference or defend it as domestic terrorists.[2]

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The Backfire Effect


There is an interesting article: “The Backfire Effect“, by David McRaney, cross-posted on OpEdNews with the subtitle: Why Showing People the Truth Sometimes Makes Them Believe BS Even More.  This is interesting not just because of the article, but the reaction in comments that follow.

It starts out well enough, citing a recent study previously mentioned in this blog, conveniently summarized:

The Misconception: When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking.

The Truth: When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger.

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9/11 Truth, “Conspiracy Theories” and the Crisis of Communication


From 9/11 Truth, “Conspiracy Theories” and the Crisis of Communication by Saman Mohammadi.

A psychological gap exists between the people who accept the truth that 9/11 was an inside job and the people who can not come to the same conclusion because it is too painful, depressing, and earth-shattering. I have made it my personal mission in life, along with thousands of other people, to bridge this psychological gap so that people see the 9/11 event from an entirely different perspective – from the innocent victims’ point of view, not from the evil government conspirators’ point of view.

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