“Truthers” shoot themselves in foot again

It is once again time to expose “truthers” for the idiots they are. Readers may remember “Truther” B from a previous article.  Recently he posted  a study from Press TV that claims to show that conspiracy theorists are saner than those of us who say the “truthers” are full of it.  There are, as usual, several problems.


The first problem is that Press TV is an IRANIAN news source, so, as Iran is hostile to the US, the source is questionable.


Second, Fellow Debunker 5, also from a previous article pointed out a few details about Karen M. Douglas, one of the authors of said “study:” 1: While she does have several publications, not a single one matches the title of the Press TV “study.” This can be confirmed here and here.  Furthermore, if one actually READS some of the studies, such as the one found here one sees that the opposite is true..  When one reads the abstract from the aforementioned study ( as well as the study itself, which is done my the EXACT SAME AUTHORS), one finds that the conclusion they came to was according to the quote found here ” The present research shows that even endorsement of mutually incompatible conspiracy theories are positively correlated. In Study 1 (n = 137), the more participants believed that Princess Diana faked her own death, the more they believed that she was murdered. In Study 2 (n = 102), the more participants believed that Osama Bin Laden was already dead when U.S. special forces raided his compound in Pakistan, the more they believed he is still alive. Hierarchical regression models showed that mutually incompatible conspiracy theories are positively associated because both are associated with the view that the authorities are engaged in a cover-up (Study 2). The monological nature of conspiracy belief appears to be driven not by conspiracy theories directly supporting one another, but by broader beliefs supporting conspiracy theories in general.” It is also found in the paper itself, which I linked to in the in the 4th sentence of this paragraph ( the one that starts with the word “Furthermore.”

Once again, “truthers have managed to shoot themselves in the foot.

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