WHY DO PEOPLE BELIEVE THE THINGS THEY BELIEVE?
Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true, and confirmation bias on the social media is worthless as proof.
Why do people willingly buy into outrageous claims without a modicum of research or thought experiments to question the validity.
I have a friend, an intelligent man, who believes in Big Foot. I actually think he would like to believe in Big Foot, and so doesn’t question the claims. It is hard to prove a negative so the best argument against questionable the circumstantial evidence is a thought experiment.
I first heard of Big Foot when I was about twelve years old. We are talking seventy years ago. All animals die, and especially large animals leave remains. Even humans that were murdered, or were lost and died in the woods, there remains are almost always found. In seventy years, no Big Foot has ever wandered into the road and been hit by a car; died as a result of an accident in the woods; been shot by an ammosexual, and the remains found. No Big Foot big crap – no DNA evidence has ever been collected. In my seventy years, there has never been any physical proof of the existence a large hominoid wandering around the shrinking wilderness regions of this country or any other. And just because some idiot with night vision goggles posts a video of himself in the woods at night and excitedly declaring “That’s godda be a squash we are hearing!” doesn’t make it real.
A number of people I have known believe in ghost. Again, you can’t prove a negative. But a thought experiment might go something like this:
We are born naked. Clothes were the invention of humankind to protect his body from the elements, and later to hide the proof of the smallness of his dick and to cover his mate to make her less sexually attractive to more dominant men; and finally, by the religions that are paranoid about sex. Let’s say for the sake of argument that the vestige of a human could return after death. Why would they be clothed? Is there a gossamer wardrove that the dead get to pick from for their return? Why are ghost wearing clothes? They should be naked; and that would be really scary. No proof. The belief in ghost has a religious origin.
Q Anon: you have got to be a fucking nut case to buy into this. A cabal of Satan worshiping, cannibal, pedophiles – make up of high-ranking Democrat politicians, led by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and liberal Hollywood actors are running a world-wide child-sex-trafficking network, and have plotted against Donald Trump to make sure he is not re-elected President. Satan – again a religious connection.
And then there is religion. Christianity, Judaism and Islam based on the writings of a two-thousand-year-old book, written at a time when a wheelbarrow was considered cutting edge technology; with miracles confirmed by witnessed – this time without night vision goggles.
It is not necessarily a matter of intelligence, education, or affluence or lack thereof; I think gullibility is imbedded in our DNA along with our ability to fantasize. Why else would so many people buy into religion and other fantastic?