Crowds arrive for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Social scientist Michael Bang Petersen on why people believe outrageous lies — as a tool in violent group conflict By PAUL ROSENBERG Political misinformation — whether “fake news,” conspiracy theories or outright lying — has often been attributed to widespread ignorance, even though there are numerous examples of 20th-century propaganda aimed at those most attentive to politics. Books … Continue reading A terrifying new theory: Fake news and conspiracy theories as an evolutionary strategy
by Eric W. Dolan New research published in Applied Cognitive Psychology provides evidence that critical thinking skills are negatively related to belief in conspiracy theories. In other words, the study suggests that people with greater critical thinking skills are less likely to believe that terrorist attacks are being covertly directed by a country’s own government or that mind-control technology is secretly being used to control the population. “Regularly, different private and public actors provide homemade tools such as ‘critical thinking skills training programs’ that are supposed to be an effective way of reducing the spread of conspiracy theories,” said study author Anthony Lantian, an … Continue reading New study indicates conspiracy theory believers have less developed critical thinking abilities
Are some COVID-19 shots engineered to control your thoughts? A prominent anti-vaccine campaigner claims this might be the case. He’s wrong, but debunking his concern gives us a chance to discuss cool gene-therapy technology. By Cameron English A few weeks back, Mike Adams, self-proclaimed “Health Ranger” and founder of Natural News, alleged that the US government launched a five-phase campaign to force COVID-19 shots on Americans. This effort, Adams said, would culminate in a “false flag” operation, a mass shooting specifically designed to discredit the opposition to mass vaccination. With the shots still not mandated anywhere in the US, save for some hospitals and universities, Adams … Continue reading COVID Vaccines: A Plot To Control Your ‘Moods And Thoughts’?
In each of our minds, we draw a demarcation line between beliefs that are reasonable and those that are nonsense. Where do you draw your line? by Mick West Conspiracy theories exist on a spectrum, from plausible and mainstream to fringe and unpopular. It’s very rare to find someone who only believes in one conspiracy theory. They generally believe in every conspiracy theory that’s less extreme than their favorite one. To some extent, we are all conspiracy theorists. The following is an excerpt from the book Escaping the Rabbit Hole by Mick West. It is reprinted with permission from the author. If … Continue reading We are all conspiracy theorists
(Natural News) What most people fail to realize is that the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination drive is priming the bodies of people who get jabbed to be killed off by future bioweapons. by: Ethan Huff Unlike traditional vaccines, the messenger RNA (mRNA) “vaccines” from Pfizer, BioNTech, and Moderna do not produce matching antibodies for Chinese virus infection. Instead, they tell the body to produce spike proteins that elicit their own immune response, complete with unique antibodies that are different from the ones brought about by natural infection. What this means is that people who get vaccinated for the WuFlu not only gain no protection whatsoever against the “wild” virus, … Continue reading Communist China successfully killing the West with coronavirus
Sigmund Fraud, Staff Writer Waking Times At present, we are dangerously trending toward chaos, total world war, civil war, incivility, and a complete breakdown of civil society, and to the indoctrinated, it’s difficult to understand why exactly this is happening. As the stress of this mounts, the misinformed lash out at friends, family members and strangers who do not fully subscribe to their worldview. The battle really is one of understanding how the world works, and with such epidemic false perceptions, people choose the wrong targets for their ire. If one were to unlearn, however, many of the things we’ve been … Continue reading IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD TODAY YOU MUST UNLEARN THIS ONE THING
by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute Waking Times World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab has proposed using the overreaction to coronavirus to launch a worldwide “Great Reset.” This Great Reset is about expanding government power and suppressing liberty worldwide. Schwab envisions an authoritarian system where big business acts as a partner with government. Big business would exercise its government-granted monopoly powers to maximize value for “stakeholders,” instead of shareholders. Stakeholders include the government, international organizations, the business itself, and “civil society.” Of course, government bureaucrats and politicians, together with powerful special interests, will decide who are, and are … Continue reading THE “GREAT RESET” IS ABOUT EXPANDING GOVERNMENT POWER AND SUPPRESSING LIBERTY
BY TARA LAW Public health crises have spawned conspiracy theories as far back as when the Black Death ravaged Europe in the 1300s, as people desperately try to make sense of the chaotic forces disrupting their lives. While modern science offers a better understanding of how diseases infect people and how to contain them, COVID-19 conspiracy theories are spreading rapidly via social media, unreliable news outlets and from our own political leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump. The result: many Americans now believe pandemic-related conspiracy theories—and, alarmingly, those same people are less likely to take steps to prevent the virus from spreading. In … Continue reading COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Are Spreading Rapidly—and They’re a Public Health Risk All Their Own
Sigmund Fraud, Staff Writer Waking Times “If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange—meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.” ~Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange When they lock you up in a mental institution three things happen: your physical freedom is taken away, your health freedom is taken away, and you’re stuck with crazy people. Trying to understand today’s society is an exercise in madness, it just doesn’t make sense, … Continue reading DO WE REALLY LIVE IN AN ELABORATE MENTAL ASYLUM?
Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper Waking Times Remember back in the old days of, say, 2019, when anyone who talked about microchip implants, Americans being forced to show travel papers, and re-education camps was thought to be a crazy conspiracy theorist? And then 2020 rolled around and voila! It turns out those conspiracy theories weren’t so “crazy” after all. And I’m not just talking about the government releasing info about UFOs. We’re living in a time when someone will attempt to beat the crap out of you, burn your house down, or even kill you if you voted for the “wrong” … Continue reading 7 THINGS THAT USED TO BE “CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORIES” UNTIL 2020 HAPPENED