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Want to share any good conspiracy theories you (or someone you'd never want to know) came up with?

It doesn't matter how insane or humble they are.

 

Here's a modern classic=

"The FutureTimeline website is run by the Illuminati to fool people into thinking that there are years past 2012."

 


Edited by The Young Homo Maximus, 20 February 2013 - 05:54 PM.

And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


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I think that most of us know is did we really go to the moon, here is a video about it: - 

 

By TheoriesOfConspiracy

 

http://youtu.be/VW4_5kAPzb0


“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.”

 

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I hope this site will never become a conspiracy site. I see this happening in many future websties! Please Lord...save us from this!



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I hope this site will never become a conspiracy site. I see this happening in many future websties! Please Lord...save us from this!

 

Me too, my friend, me too.


"All scientific advancement due to intellegence overcoming, compensating, for limitations. Can't carry a load, so invent wheel. Can't catch food, so invent spear. Limitations. No limitations, no advancement. No advancement, culture stagnates. Works other way too. Advancement before culture is ready. Disastrous."

There's definitely truth in that...


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I doubt it would, wouldn't you talk/post that on one.Sent from my GT-S5830 using Tapatalk 2

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.”

 

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I hope this site will never become a conspiracy site. I see this happening in many future websties! Please Lord...save us from this!

 

Me too, my friend, me too.

 

Sometimes we come to agree :)



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This thread is, as the name suggests, created for the reporting/discussion of any conspiracy theories/woo/pseudoscience/other irrational and/or dubious topics. If you disagree that something deserves to be put in this thread, please feel free to discuss it (but only if evidence or other reasonable justifications can be put forward, and not "GMOS ARE UNNATURAL AND WILL KILL YOU!!!!!! WaKe Up, SHEEPLE!!!!!!!!", or anything of that nature).



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PETA Embraces Autism Pseudoscience

 

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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a history of (as the old saying goes) using science as a drunk uses a lamppost – for support rather than illumination. In that way they are typical of ideological groups. They have an agenda, they are very open about their beliefs, and they marshal whatever arguments they can in order to promote their point of view.

 

Favoring information that supports our current beliefs is a cognitive bias common to Homo sapiens, but ideology tends to take this simple bias to a new level. It can lead to the systematic distortion or denial of science, and render belief systems immune to logic and evidence.

 

PETA provides us with a nice example of how having an ideological agenda can motivate an individual or a group to embrace dubious science. In an article currently on their website, and making the rounds in social media (this is repeating a claim from at least 2008, but the current article is undated), the group warns: Got Autism? Learn About the Link Between Dairy Products and the Disease. They claim:

The reason why dairy foods may worsen or even cause autism is being debated. Some suspect that casein harms the brain, while others suggest that the gastrointestinal problems so often caused by dairy products cause distress and thus worsen behavior in autistic children.

Saying that “how” dairy harms the brain is being debated implies “that” dairy harms the brain is accepted and not being debated. This is misleading. It is not accepted that dairy harms the brain or is in any way linked to autism, and the evidence is largely against it.

 

Gluten-free and casein-free diets for autism have been around for decades. They are based largely on the anecdotal observation that children with autism can experience a worsening in behavior when they consume gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or casein (a protein in milk and other dairy products). Parents will sometimes try to place their children on a gluten-free or casein-free diet, and some report improvement in behavior.

 

Such observations are a reasonable basis for a hypothesis, but not a conclusion. Behavior in children, especially those with the challenge of autism, can be unpredictable. Unpredictable and variable symptoms lend themselves to confirmation bias, with a strong tendency to lead to the anecdotal experience that whatever is being looked for is real. For example, many parents believe that sugar makes their children hyperactive, when this is simply not true.

 

Full article at http://www.scienceba...-pseudoscience/



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Yeah this PETA nonsense knocked me out today morning. Just WOW how stupid and evil this organization is...


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Ooh, goody. Let's also debate global warming denialism and the supernatural being passed off as fact.

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Oh, where to start... I'll go. The mumps had been eradicated in the USA since 2000, but thanks to recent popular sentiments by anti-vaccination types there was an outbreak that reached several major US cities. I saw some of the patients, too... rashes and swollen glands. Fuck the anti-vaxxer movement, ruining life for everyone else.

 

Arbitrary distrust of medicine is no excuse for the endangerment of public health. I hope they all get polio

 

Also this is my new favorite thread. I request a sticky


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Can someone go over logical fallacies and so forth? My knowledge of formal logic and philosophy is limited

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Can someone go over logical fallacies and so forth? My knowledge of formal logic and philosophy is limited

 

https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/home


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The idea was that this was going to be news relating to all things pseudoscientific (hence the section in which it was originally placed), but okay...

 

The website forgot to mention the sunk cost fallacy (i.e. choosing to stick with something because effort/money has already ben poured into it, even though dropping it in favour of something else would clearly be a superior choice), bulverism (assuming that somebody is wrong and suggesting that their view is the result of, i.e., a psychological disorder) and a couple of others but, other than that, it's pretty much spot on.



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Sorry, I just think that being able to identify logical fallacies being used in an argument help protect people from woo, etc

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Dead or alive: The curious case of Ashutosh Ji Maharaj http://news.oneindia...aj-1411501.html   Doctor's say he's dead. His disciples say he's in a deep transcendental meditation. And they keep him in the freezer.


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Yeah this PETA nonsense knocked me out today morning. Just WOW how stupid and evil this organization is...

 

they kill about 80% of dogs and cats in shelters, even those who are good candidates for adoption.  


“Philosophy is a pretty toy if one indulges in it with moderation at the right time of life. But if one pursues it further than one should, it is absolute ruin." - Callicles to Socrates


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Yeah this PETA nonsense knocked me out today morning. Just WOW how stupid and evil this organization is...

 

they kill about 80% of dogs and cats in shelters, even those who are good candidates for adoption.  

 

Anyone remembers this?

 

<When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy—even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers.

Tanooki may be just a "suit" in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur. Play Super Tanooki Skin 2D and help Tanooki reclaim his fur>

 

I still have doubts about this, i wonder if they decided that it was a joke after the shitstorm they got in.



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2-year-bitch-long-bump!

 

I think I've found it.

 

IT.

 

You know what "it" is. 

 

It is it.

 

It is all.

 

It is the end.

 

It is the dumbest conspiracy theory in human history.

 

 

WORLD WAR 2 NEVER HAPPENED

 

It's just a hoax to kill white Christian males. 

 

 

https://www.reddit.c...r_happened_not/

 

 

Literally: World War 2 never happened. 1939 to 1945? I mean, stuff happened, but it wasn't World War II.

 

Also, the American Civil War is a hoax.

 

 

And the moon? Yeah? That never existed in the first place. It's a hologram made by NASA. Yes. You read that right. Either NASA achieved time travel and created this hologram thousands of years in the past, or they hoaxed all the stories and legends about the moon too. 

 

The scariest thing is that this guy isn't joking. This isn't satire. He's actually serious. 


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Coronavirus is bringin' em out.

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