ATTN Dew J: some ammo to use against the iidb homos
The Chronic Denial of Conspiracy as a Pathological Response Pattern.
Some here have postulated that there is a "Conspiracy Mindset"; a type of paranoid behavior that causes certain individuals to view unrelated events as somehow related, attributing vast powers to an "Unseen" enemy or organization and making illogical leaps and twists to support their personal position or delusion.
I actually think that this is a valid supposition in many cases, where the information truly is unconnected and there exists no solid link between separate, disparate events. It is sometimes too simple for some to put together information that while similar in nature has nor clear link.
This natural instinct to "group like things" is the basis for such things as prejudice and racism for instance. A few examples of a group become "tags" or hallmarks for the entire group. So if a member of a given group say, steals from you, then all members of that group are identified as being thieves, ETC.
What I would put forth here, is a possible condition that is in many ways the opposite, yet corollary of the above condition.
CHRONIC DENIAL SYNDROM
Put simply, it seems that some individual are incapable of seeing emergent patterns of information that have a high ratio of crossover and clear indicators of being linked together.
This is a serious disorder, as even when a large group (such as the United States government) admits to the conspiratorial behavior, these individuals will go to almost any length to ignore the factual information given by reliable sources, in order to maintain their delusional state.
For instance. For over twenty years, there has been a slow link of information about a mind control program named MKULTRA being run by the government of the United States. This was almost universally labeled a "conspiracy theory" by individuals with this disorder and others. (Not every person that denies this kind of information has a delusional disorder. Other factors may be involved, so a case by case examination is needed.)
In the early part of 2005 the United States government released over fifty thousand pages of documents detailing the particulars of the MKALTRA mind control program that ran for over twenty years, including their use of unwitting "subjects" and a very high level of correspondence to the leaks and rumors, as well as first hand accounts that have been given for years by individuals that claimed involvement.
This evidence was enough to allow a Canadian court to find portions of the U.S. government guilty of crimes against some of their citizens for these actions last week.
Regardless of this however, even having seen this information, many people with this disorder continue to deny that this program ever took place, as it would indicate a large conspiracy of individuals, that in there minds is impossible.
They continue to believe that a normal level of organization could not result in a large conspiracy, and to claim a need for "super-human" levels of organization that, by their way of thinking cannot exist. This leads them to erroneously believe that this information does not exist.
Indeed this is not an isolated case, but a wide spread pattern of delusional behavior.
These same people cannot see simple emergent patterns even when pointed out to them, if these patterns require examination of motives of a group, rather than single individuals.
This is not to say, in any way, that every conspiracy theory is real, but rather that there is a vocal minority of people that are equally confused (and therefore often in error) that deny the reality of any conspiracy, regardless of the evidence to the contrary.
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