Incongruous Beliefs

Back in July we were having our new house inspection when the termite inspector commented that there a lot of “weird” things happening. He specifically mentioned the military exercise Jade Helm, which had just begun the previous day.

At the time I assumed that the inspector was one of the many people in Texas that believed one or more of the conspiracy theories that was being circulated at the time.

One of those theories I had heard was that the operation was President Obama’s attempt to invade Texas in order to impose martial law and take our guns.

I also heard that a number recently closed Wal-Mart stores were being prepared to hold political prisoners.

As I was writing this post, I read several news reports that Douglas County, Oregon sheriff John Hanlin had previously shared a Facebook posting which claimed the Sandy Hook mass shooting had been a hoax.

These got me thinking about some of the recent and not so recent conspiracy theories.

Besides these two conspiracy theories, other theories include:

  • The September 11th attacks were staged by the U.S. government
  • Space aliens (dead or alive) were being held in Area 51.
  • The moonwalks were faked.
  • President Obama is a Muslim who was not born in the United States.

All this has made me wonder how so many people believe so many wild theories.

One possible explanation is something I introduced a while a go which I call “psychological acceptance.”

This is when someone hears something repeatedly from someone they admire or hear something they would like to believe; they tend to accept it as fact.

In many cases, if they heard the same thing from someone they do not like they would probably not believe it.

While this may be a partial explanation, but I don’t think this can explain the vast numbers of people who believe these theories.

The bottom line is that I really don’t understand how some people can absolutely believe something that other people view as absolutely ridiculous.

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