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Posted by alexandra_k on January 21, 2005, at 17:36:29

In reply to Re: PSYCHOTIC *THEMES*, posted by Mark H. on January 21, 2005, at 17:27:14

I read something in New Scientist about how to create a good conspiricy theory. It was basically about making it so that there wasn't anything that really could count as evidence for or against it. Any evidence that could be taken to disconfirm it is explained away.

Some theorists have said that this sort of 'immunity' to evidence seems to be a feature of many delusions.

Something that is in common between conspiricay theories, delusions, religious / spiritual beliefs.

It is hard to figure the differences between these.

Are they intrinsically different, or just a function of how acceptable the greater society takes them to be.

Themes do recur. But also change on the 'surface'. People may be replaced by 'impostors' 'aliens' 'clones' or, as one theorist put it 'whatever existant technology may suggest'.




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