Ssanemax wrote: gustav wrote:
Have seen a sensible good friend go down the Qanon rabbit hole. So scary to see the change from rational human. Cult like.
Beginning to think is a form of mental illness - that need for super special insider special knowledge that makes you more "aware" than anyone else, that you then need to share and persuade everyone else of. Just like when some people get "religon".
it's all to do with a feeling of powerlessness. when you think you have the special secret insider gen on something, at least you feel like you are controlling something. These people need to start playing D&D. Kill a few Orcs.
One of the reasons I wargame. I can DEFINITELY see that sort of conspiracy thinking paranoia in myself. I think it is also one of the reasons I became an anthro: to gain the scientific skills to see more clearly what is possible, probable, and almost certain.
Cue RandyBill talking about my supposed obsession with death squads. My REAL beliefs on that topic are good case in point, however.
I know that I am no one’s target, yet. It’s possible that things could get that way. I can’t say if it is probable or not, but it seems unlikely. It is not only probable, however, but almost certain — backed up by solid empirical evidence — that friends of mine are on people’s kill lists. And it is very probable — again, almost certain — that the collateral violence of our local form of incipient fascism will threaten my life. This happened twice last year alone. Again, solid, empirical evidence.
To me, what is absolutely key to avoiding this is listening to a lot of different people — real people, and not just voices over the media — and hearing what they think of what you consider to be proof. That is what empiricism’s all about.