I listened to a good Audible.com lecture this morning on the cognitive fallacies that contribute to conspiracy thinking. Conspiracy thinking is what leads to the belief that aliens landed at Roswell, the 9/11 attack was orchestrated by the US government, the Federal Reserve is a secret global domination cabal, global warming is a fraud by all of science, etc.
I took a long hard look at my beliefs in the cold light of reason and discovered I have a couple of conspiracy theory like beliefs:
- Oil companies are backing environmental activists to shut down nuclear power
- Election rigging is widespread in the US
I probably still won’t vote because the math just doesn’t make sense. 1/400,000,000 basically is zero and in California the vote will always go liberal (I am libertarian). But to say elections are rigged heavily without evidence just doesn’t hold up.