Posts Tagged ‘PSYCHOLOGY’



Navigating A Society That Is Full Of Propaganda

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Propaganda in the Cinema



Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

These findings are important because they suggest that impaired functioning in the prefrontal cortex—whether from brain trauma, a psychological disorder, a drug or alcohol addiction, or simply a particular genetic profile—can make an individual susceptible to religious fundamentalism And perhaps in other cases, extreme religious indoctrination harms the development or proper functioning of the prefrontal regions in a way that hinders cognitive flexibility and openness.






Medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies






Pseudoscience & the “study” of “conspiracy beliefs” from message board postings
An open letter to Michael J. Wood et al.

Regarding: “What about building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories

I read with some interest your “study” of some message board postings concerning the September 11th attacks. I found your efforts less than compelling. Random samplings of arguments on message boards are a legitimate way to understand the September 11th 2001 attacks? No. But it is a convenient way of lumping large disparate groups of people into simplistic categories in order to smear them.

As someone who has intensely studied the issue for some 13 years and counting, I would have to say that your approach is hamfisted, ignorant, and even juvenile. You and your partners have relied upon your own concepts of “belief” and “theory” and the utterances of message board posters, but lack a firm foundation to compare or contrast any of the information that was analyzed.

In other words, you don’t have an expert knowledge of the US government cover-up of the September 11th event (or even acknowledge it), nor of the many high-level government whistleblowers surrounding this issue. You lack an even rudimentary understanding of the event, and therefore have no basis to judge the competing arguments, at all. Nor do you concede the obvious fact of conspiracies throughout history, actual state crimes, of which there are numerous examples. This would lead to an examination of motive, and that the state gains an incredible amount of power after failing to stop an attack, including the power to wage foreign wars of aggression with impunity.

You know: 1 + 1=2 type stuff.

It is not difficult to engage in a conspiracy. Any two individuals on planet earth can commit a crime together, and voila: there’s a conspiracy. The idea that conspiracy is rare or even non-existent(!), as some mainstream media pundits have argued, is absurd on its face and should discredit the author entirely. As an obvious example, you–as someone purportedly studying government conspiracy–should be well versed in the Iran-Contra fiasco of the 1980s. Colonel Oliver North was convicted, with ten others, to refresh your memory. So, is someone who “believes” in the Iran-Contra conspiracy more or less prone to “belief” in conspiracy, as per your definitions and comprehension?

Clearly we have a problem when you divide the public based upon generalizations that cannot possibly hold true when tested against real historical facts. The knowledge, or ignorance, of these facts is paramount.

So, Mr. Wood, did the Iran-Contra conspiracy happen? Are you a “conspiracist?” Do you engage in “belief” about it?

Next, your “psychological study” has not even a mention of the concept of disinformation. This omission discredits your work. Disinformation is the deliberate seeding of the public debate with false data in order to muddy the waters and make discovery of the true facts of the conspiracy more difficult. It throws off the dogs. Disinformation is rampant and easily achieved as soon as any individual concocts a false narrative and presses “send” or “post.” Apparently this has never occurred to your team, as it received zero scrutiny.

Some number of message board trolls will turn out to be posting disinformation, in my decade-plus experience with them, a situation your study failed to even conceptualize, nevermind correct for. Others post misinformation. This is the problem with relying upon message board flame wars for your data.

Therefore your study is tangential and irrelevant to learning what actually happened. Its approach reinforces the idea that psychological pseudoscience has relevance to the facts of real world crimes and terrorist events. It champions a specious view, one founded upon ignorance and random arguments over misinformation and disinformation, rather than seeking to understand what is actually known and what is unknown, to date, about the criminal attacks you purport to study.

Similarly your “study” commented on other controversial topics without any accompanying examination of something the rest of the world likes to call “evidence.” You and your cohorts feel supremely confident in pronouncing sweeping generalizations about “belief” without providing context as to why someone would hold such a belief (factual evidence). It is for this exact reason that I have labeled your efforts “pseudoscience.” You have divorced some abstract concept called “belief” from the hard evidence that causes such “belief.” Cause and effect are alien to your own theories, at least as presented in your “psychological study.” Your article ends up lightweight pondering and lacks the gravity of facts, or the due diligence required to examine and test those facts.

You have come to this party from ignorance, and you remain there, blissfully unaware of the veracity of any of the data, whatsoever. That’s a pretty harsh criticism, but is warranted.


Mr. Wood, was the September 11th attack not a “conspiracy?”

Joe Giambrone


Viral Experiment Shows Drivers Tricked Into Texting And Driving

According to the CDC, each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.


Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test

Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature. In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted.

The Wine Scam

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“We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata wants fresh ideas to defeat ISIS.

 In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology

Dear General Nagata,

Ideas without logistical support: arms, vehicles, heavy artillery, are just debating clubs.

Still no one in Washington will call out SAUDI ARABIA, TURKEY, QATAR ET AL. for sponsoring this terrorist movement. This is a Wahabbi fundamentalist movement, similar and related to their sponsors in the Gulf kingdoms. They exist because they are blowing people up next door, rather than inside Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, etc.

Even Joe Biden, the vice president of the fucking United States has said:

“My constant cry was that our biggest problem is our allies — our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria,”

…  “What were they doing?” Biden asked rhetorically. “They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

Leaked Wikileaks cables from Hillary Clinton say the same sorts of things.

Apparently everyone who is someone knows what’s going on, and yet the US military officers remain embarrassingly clueless and subservient. Your bosses collude with the sponsors of ISIS, every day. They are business partners, and business is good. They like ISIS when it blows up Syrians. They just don’t like it when it gets too big and starts snatching up oil fields.

That is the first thing you need to know to defeat the movement. Ask yourself why they so easily put sanctions on everyone they don’t like, Russia in particular, but no one is even talking about sanctioning Turkey or Saudi Arabia?

Even after the vice president confirms that they are criminally culpable for sponsoring the Islamic State?

Ask the real questions.


FREE: Debunking Handbook
How to debunk false beliefs without having it backfire

Some of the misinformation that’s out there is not accidental. I think there’s quite a bit that’s put into the public discourse in order to have a political effect. It’s supposed to be wrong, but effective.

This reminds me of all the disinformation concerning 9/11, and how a very small minority are concerned with the ongoing cover-up. The media gatekeepers have been the most malignant force around, utterly unskeptical of government lies and collusion with the perps: Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Even alternative media has been irrational and deluded on the topic.

Not sure how much the handbook will help on that front.

Disinformation Killed 9/11 “Truth”