What makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories?

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  1. JowGaWolf

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    I'm just thinking of the type of friends I would have to have that would support me in something like that. Seems more like something your enemy would encourage you to do lol.
     
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    My flat earth thoughts

    He needed a wing suit
     
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    im pretty sure no one has ever said that

    you said you dont want to know if its wacky or not, you just want them to have mental health help so they stop believing some thing you dont belive,

    a significantly high % of scientist belive in the existance of aliens, hell they are spending billions trying to find the bugfers
     
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    well exactly , yet as far a delusions go a belief in a deity is right up there with flat earth
    .in fact most of the serious exponents of flat earth do so on religious grounds, that is it being the best fit to genesis, it doesnt actually say that but its hard to reconsile a globe going round the sun with the world of god, so flat earth and floods and pet dinosaurs .

    if you took the religious crack pots of of the conspiracy comnunities there wouldnt be to many left .
     
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    Except I haven't made the argument that any of it should be dealt with. I stated what would be effective for it, and if you notice each of the examples I gave were related in some way to negative mental health.
     
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    Positives and negatives is a key to this. I don't have a problem with crackpot ideas. Like I said, I actually enjoy watching ancient aliens (though I don't believe it).

    I think it's really only an issue when the conspiracy leads to either harm to the individual or harm to others. Religion, for better or worse, is a red herring because it's a protected base. Simply put, any discussion about it is moot because the way it's handled (crackpot or not) is protected.

    But generally, if someone believes in Sasquatch, no worries. Big deal. If someone believes you are Sasquatch and wants to capture and dissect you in the name of science ... Well maybe it's time for an intervention.

    QAnon, as a relevant current example, is a delusion that is dangerous and so warrants some intervention.
     
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    so a belief insupernatural beings isnt a negative, it majes me wonder what level of delusion you need for it to be come a negative
     
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    most conspiracies are protected under the right of free exspresion, but you want them to have help for mental health issues
     
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    Pretty sure I included examples.
     
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    What are you talking about? I'm not suggesting we arrest people for conspiracy theories though we saw on January 6 that believing in them can lead to actions that may get you arrested.

    Right to free expression. Lol.
     
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    But the shape of the body he lands on would not matter as long as it is underneath him.
    If you really want to get into the math read about how difficult it was for them to line that jump up and the variables they had to take into account. More precision involved than you may think.
     
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