SCIAM: "Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into "Facts"? "

Over the Counter Sleep Aids

Response to a previous post......

I just took some over the counter sleep aids, I hope they work. I consider them kind of risky and hope that I can get my circadian rhythm back on track within a couple of days. I have a life long sleep disorder and have to make adjustments from time to time.

I tried listening to that NPR thing in the links above. When the people from Popular Mechanics came up first I turned it off right away. Because of the insomnia mentioned above, I used to go to the super market after the pre-cable TV signed off and the anthem had played and the flag dissolved into fighter jets on the screen. At the store I would stock up on magazines and read them until I became exhausted. My favorite was Scientific American . If the condition persisted and I had worked through SA then I would get Popular Mechanics but only when I had to because I had read everything else. This was way before 9/11 in the 80's. As a side note, I can record that I always got a creepy feeling reading Popular Mechanics . I know it is subjective and make of it what you will but I got the same sort of dirty feeling that I got as a Catholic schoolboy looking at girly magazines in a friends attic. Also, I always thought that Popular Mechanics was a gyp because the content was so poor.

Anyway, I did read through the comments on the NPR archive and found them refreshing. Judging from them it looked like their program back-fired. I found the last minute personal change on NPR program quite curious too. Radio and TV work on schedules if nothing else and seem to be as ridged as a Mussolini rail timetable with one having to be "wheel" like Johnny Carson to take any time off.

I no longer even glance at Scientific American because it has been so dumbed down. It used to be kind of a stretch for me to read and thus I found it educational. And of course I never look at Popular Mechanics and get creeped out at the mention of it and that is not subjective.

9/11 arouses strong emotions and the use of the "conspiracy theory" label implies a person who dismisses such ‘theories’ are threatened by information they do not want to understand and because it involves implications they are too frightened of to contemplate.

The "conspiracy theory" label is used for three reasons. First, it is used as a term of censorship and exclusion of individuals from a group, second, it is a method of deflecting awkward questions about important issues and, third, it is a way of attacking the competence of the person who has the courage to raise disturbing questions, rather than the attacker being able to investigate those very issues for themselves (i.e. being derogatory or condescending).

You missed one, I think

According to Peter Phillips of Project Censored the use of the term "conspiracy theory," is a deliberate obfuscation technique of the CIA. From a soccer website: "A deliberate deflection or parry of an opponent's shot is considered control."