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More facebook strangeness - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
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flavius_m
More facebook strangeness
No, not Facebook strangeness, more like people strangeness.

Finding out there is an anti-vaxxer in my FB friends' list. This is a bit disturbing, if not entirely surprising in this particular case.

Also there is somebody who seems to believe that the CIA and NASA run a world-wide conspiracy of disinformation. Apparently the lunar landing never happened and all the space news we get from NASA are made up, to take our attentions from .... er, not sure about this bit, I really can't get my head round the rationalisation involved in his thinking. Takes all sorts, I s'pose.

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kruku From: kruku Date: May 13th, 2015 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I certainly believe the CIA and NASA run a world-wide conspiracy of disinformation. But I believe it's of more sad & mundane things like disinformation campaigns covering up their smack & coke pipelines from East Asia & South America in the last century(:


Edited at 2015-05-13 10:02 am (UTC)
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: May 13th, 2015 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
NASA? The chronically under-funded space agency that lives in fear of being shut down by any new right wing Republican government? Sorry, no. Also, the whole conspiracy theory about the Moon Landing (and, by extension, the Voyager and Cassini, etc) is just too ridiculous for words. Sorry, not with you on this one.

CIA are another matter. Political disinformation is their stock in trade.
kruku From: kruku Date: May 13th, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh :) Typo :)
cookwitch From: cookwitch Date: May 16th, 2015 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mythbusters more or less disproved the fake landing bollocks. Twice. That's good enough for me!
pleiadeslion From: pleiadeslion Date: May 13th, 2015 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I have run into a few conspiracy theorists on online dating, and I have a fairly good friend who is an anti-vaxxer. It's funny that they tend to regard themselves as "open minded", when their basic acceptance criteria for any idea is that it isn't widely agreed.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: May 14th, 2015 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That sort of thing, when you come across somebody who seems quite sensible, intelligent and feet-on-the-ground and then you learn they harbour what strikes you as some bat-shit crazy belief (or indeed belief system). This always worries me a bit in that, if we apply the law of mediocrity* it may follow that we, too, have our own blind spots and our own irrational beliefs or behaviours. Then again, when confronted with some of the things people believe...



* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediocrity_principle
pleiadeslion From: pleiadeslion Date: May 14th, 2015 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd never heard of the mediocrity principle before... thank you!
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