'Scientific American' Teaches' Us 'Why people Believe In Conspiracies'

Skeptic - Paranoia Strikes Deep - Why people believe in conspiracies
September 2009; Scientific American Magazine;
by Michael Shermer; (senior sciam contributer and founder of www.skeptic.com)

Preview: "After a public lecture in 2005, I was buttonholed by a documentary filmmaker with Michael Moore-ish ambitions of exposing the conspiracy behind 9/11. "You mean the conspiracy by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to attack the United States?" I asked rhetorically, knowing what was to come."That's what they want you to believe," he said. "Who is they?" I queried. "The government," he whispered, as if "they" might be listening at that very moment. "But didn't Osama and some members of al Qaeda not only say they did it," I reminded him, "they gloated about what a glorious triumph it was?"

Stating people are misled by 'patternicity' and 'agenticity'

Michael Shermer should know better. In his book 'Science and Skepticism' (2002) he states:
"Modern skepticism is embodied in the scientific method, which involves gathering data to test natural explanations for natural phenomena. A claim becomes factual when it is confirmed to such an extent that it would be reasonable to offer temporary agreement. But all facts in science are provisional and subject to challenge, and therefore skepticism is a method leading to provisional conclusions. Some things, such as water dowsing, extrasensory perception, and creationism, have been tested and have failed the tests often enough that we can provisionally conclude that they are false. Other things, such as hypnosis, lie detectors, and vitamin C, have been tested but the results are inconclusive, so we must continue formulating and testing hypotheses until we can reach a provisional conclusion. The key to skepticism is to navigate the treacherous straits between "know nothing" skepticism and "anything goes" credulity by continuously and vigorously applying the methods of science."

Please don't let Michael Shermer and Scientific American get away with this. They deserve enlightening answers.

Best' - John E. Kroll - Denmark


where can we read the full article without paying for it?

(Because Shermer & Scientific American aren't worth a cent from any of us; surely we're not going to pay to read hostile propaganda)

I added this....

Is paranoia the SCIENTIFIC explanation as to how WTC7 fell 105 feet at free fall acceleration?

http://wtc.nist.gov/NCSTAR1/NCSTAR1Aindex.htm; pg 45

Or is paranoia the reason NIST left this change out of their report change documentation?


Maybe Scientific American can explain how a 105 ft free fall is consistant with a fire induced, progressive collapse? That would be nice seeing as how NIST won’t.

peace all
"No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices." - Edward R Murrow
Edward R. Murrow

Mine...everybody go comment


# Tellstruth Says:
September 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

People believe in conspiracies because some in fact are real.

Niels Harrit and 8 other international scientists found Unexploded nano-thermite in the dust from the World Trade Center.

He is interviewed on danish TV2 News.

People can see a full transcript, news, forum and the video in high quality here:


Shermer is wrong

Shermer repeats his claims - for me they are insults- ad nauseam.

But that doesn't make them sound.

He likes to theorize WHY we "believe" in ct's.
It often seems the point that someone who coulnd't THINK about government lies and false flag terror began some sort of rationalization why others differ from his point of view.

It's that simple- it's the truth we deal with, while others couldn't do this. We've been lied to. The 9/11 story is a lie, a myth.
Full of holes. That's why we ask questions and evaluate other theories to explain what real happened, as the official story is false.

Kevin Ryan dealt with Shermer before- as this guy mocks us every year with his theories "why" we "believe" in ct's.