It is hardly mental disorder that leads people to spiritual organizations - If so, Barry would be among our sickest members. His perspective is always one of failure, of settling for less, if it beats a sharp stick in the eye, it'll do.
Barry, after having had some flashy stuff in his life, cannot rekindle that flame again (except with his self-created deadly enemy, TM), and so he goes on tiredly, poking a sad sort of fun, at any need for anyone to believe in, or seek, something greater than themselves, whatever its attributes. He is desperately trying to settle for less, and have us all do the same. He walks forward, ever deeper, into his compressed past, as I walk backwards, into the future. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <turquoiseb@...> wrote : From: "Bhairitu noozguru@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> On 10/10/2014 06:59 PM, TurquoiseBee turquoiseb@... mailto:turquoiseb@... [FairfieldLife] wrote: From: salyavin808 <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> mailto:no_re...@yahoogroups.com ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> mailto:noozguru@... wrote : On 10/10/2014 01:04 PM, salyavin808 wrote: Believe if you want that some billionaire in a cave in Afghanistan ran the whole operation but that really sounds wacky! :-D Ran the whole operation? You mean got some guys to hijack a few planes? It's too simple isn't it. That's the problem people have, they can't believe that much destruction was caused by a few maniacs in hijacked planes. But it was not that simple. And the alleged fliers couldn't even fly a Cessna properly let alone a jet. Those planes were remote controlled and such systems were available in advance of 9-11.I disagree, I think they were telepathically controlled by the Space Brothers from their secret base on Pluto. Weak minds glom onto conspiracy theories the same way that weak minds follow cult leaders. That's all anyone ever needs to know about discussions like this. Are you inferring that I'm a weak mind, Barry? What's happened to you? Getting old and cranky and the contracts not showing up like they used too? I think our bawee has taken profound ownership of his own conspiracy theory and he seems to be sticking to it - like glue. 'Weak mindedness' seems to be the catch-all reason for most things that human beings do, in bawee's "mind" anyway. Thank God this man didn't enter the field of psychiatry. Can you imagine? His one diagnosis for everything, "You are weak minded, now get out of my office. Next." I am saying that a *tendency* to believe in conspiracy theories is a mental disorder strongly linked to the mental disorder that attracts people to cults. IMO, conspiracy theories offer those who tend to gravitate to them the same thing that cults do -- 1) easy "answers" to complex questions, and 2) the feeling of being "special," because you "know" the "truth" while lesser people don't. There have been many studies of conspiracy theories and why they've become so popular. Here are a few articles on the subject. I really like one line from this first one: "The best predictor of belief in a conspiracy theory is belief in other conspiracy theories..." That, for me, indicates a *strong* link between conspiracy nuts and cultists. Just think about Fairfield, and why *every* huckster selling New Age potions and seminars and techniques comes through town -- they do this because TMers, having been taught to believe *one* set of improbable things (dare I mention "levitation" and "butt bounce for peace"), are now primed to believe *more* improbable things. Fairfielders are well known in the U.S. as being the Biggest Suckers In The Country -- if you want to sell *anything* bizarre and New Agey, you take your snake oil routine to Fairfield. Well, I'm suggesting that the same is true of conspiracy nuts -- once you've bought into one of them, and felt all "special" because you know the "truth" and "lesser" people around you don't, you become an easy mark for the next conspiracy theory. And the next. And the next. And... Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/magazine/why-rational-people-buy-into-conspiracy-theories.html?pagewanted=all http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/magazine/why-rational-people-buy-into-conspiracy-theories.html?pagewanted=all Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/magazine/why-rational-people-buy-into-conspiracy-theories.html?pagewanted=all Psychologists are beginning to unravel the mystery behind this brand of American political paranoia. View on www.nytimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/magazine/why-rational-people-buy-into-conspiracy-theories.html?pagewanted=all Preview by Yahoo This next article also agrees with my personal theories about conspiracy theories in another way: "Conspiracy theories offer easy answers by casting the world as simpler and more predictable than it is." Neither conspiracy nuts nor cultists like mysteries, things they "can't explain." So they tend to glom onto the first easy "explanation" to ease their cognitive dissonance. Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-people-believe-conspiracy-theories/ http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-people-believe-conspiracy-theories/ Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-people-believe-conspiracy-theories/ Conspiracy theories offer easy answers by casting the world as simpler and more predictable than it is. Their popularity may pose a threat to societal well-being View on www.scientificameri... http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-people-believe-conspiracy-theories/ Preview by Yahoo And back to the particular conspiracy theory that started all this: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories: Why Do People Believe In September 11 Conspiracies? http://www.ibtimes.com/911-conspiracy-theories-why-do-people-believe-september-11-conspiracies-1683646 9/11 Conspiracy Theories: Why Do People Believe In Septe... http://www.ibtimes.com/911-conspiracy-theories-why-do-people-believe-september-11-conspiracies-1683646" class="ygrps-yiv-2081778553ygrps-yiv-347698271link-enhancr-card-urlWrapper ygrps-yiv-2081778553ygrps-yiv-347698271link-enhancr-element A deeper look into why people believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories. View on www.ibtimes.com http://www.ibtimes.com/911-conspiracy-theories-why-do-people-believe-september-11-conspiracies-1683646 Preview by Yahoo