UK Gov Think Tank on Critical Thinking and Conspiracies

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PostWed Oct 19, 2011 9:07 pm » by The57ironman


2020vision wrote:In reality, it is the very fact that students are increasingly engaging in “critical thinking,” ie questioning the official version of events, that has the likes of Demos so petrified.


what...?........questioning the official version....?....how dare they...?

good post , hey :flop:
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.....you can educate the ignorant...but there's no fk'n helping the stupid.

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PostWed Oct 19, 2011 9:08 pm » by Ironlikealion


posted by me on Sep 14,2010

few weeks ago we had a few topics about a study by independent think tank Demos,
the report suggests the government and secret services should be more open, and that "More needs to be done in schools to teach young people digital literacy, such as being taught to tell the difference between propaganda and honest and accurate reporting," .
"The more open the government is, the harder it is for extremist groups to make stories out of silence".


not too bad if you ask me .

so although the report was welcomed with the usual paranoia and distrust in the conspiracy
circles, it actually not that bad ,for those who don't mind a bit of critical thinking that is.

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i found it well worth the read , for example this parts :


While it is not possible to demonstrate direct causal links between
conspiracy theories and extremism, our findings suggest that the
acceptance of conspiracy theories in contexts of extremism often
serves as a ‘radicalizing multiplier’, which feeds back into the
ideologies, internal dynamics and psychological processes of the
group. They hold extremist groups together and push them in a
more extreme and sometimes violent direction.

This happens in three ways. First, conspiracy theories create
demonologies of ‘the other’ or ‘the enemy’ that the group defines
itself against. Second, they delegitimise voices of dissent and
moderation by casting them as part of the conspiracy. Finally, they
can encourage a group to turn to violence, acting as rhetorical
devices to portray violence, both to the group itself and their wider
supporters, as necessary to ‘awaken’ the people from their
acquiescent slumber.

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this pattern of behavior is pretty common by several people on DTV everyday ...
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Our analysis shows that conspiracy theories are widely prevalent
across this extremist spectrum, despite the vast differences in the
extremist ideologies themselves. For far right groups, the concept of
Zionist Occupied Government (ZOG) – that a small cabal of Jews
controls world governments – is central to both ideology and
propaganda. For al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups, the
conspiracy tends to be a generalised Judeo-Christian-Capitalist
quest to destroy Islam. Far left and anarchist groups propagate a
Marxist-inspired bourgeois conspiracy of ‘international financiers’,
or ‘global elites’, which they sometimes believe is leading toward a
‘New World Order’ of a unitary, totalitarian world government.
Cults, on the other hand, tend to believe in conspiracies that are
targeted against their specific group or movement. It is striking that
there is considerable overlap and fusion between many of these
conspiracies, even across groups that exist at opposite ends of the
ideological spectrum.

Sometimes the boundary between a well-defined conspiracy and a
general account of events and power where society develops
structures of control to favour the powerful over the weak is fuzzy.
Indeed, some conspiracy theories can in some cases have a grain of
truth to them, or be based on some facts, and then be wildly
exaggerated. Many far left groups for example believe in a Marxist
structuralist view of the world, where financiers, international
bankers, or multilateral institutions hold unaccountable, inordinate
power to maintain the status quo. Sometimes this world-view tips
into a more precise conspiracy with clear, nefarious human
intention, sometimes it stops just short. Sometimes there may even
be some grounds for such a belief. The consequences, however, are
often the same: pointing to forces beyond our control, articulating
an enemy to hate, sharply dividing the group from the non-group
and, sometimes, legitimizing violence .

The frequency of conspiracy theories within all these groups
suggests that they play an important social and functional role
within extremism itself. This does not mean that conspiracy
theories are the proximate cause of extremism or violence. There
are many extremist groups that do not believe conspiracy theories
as far as we can tell, such as the Real IRA or the Unabomber.

Conspiracy theories are not a necessary condition for extreme
beliefs or action. Equally, conspiracy theories do not always lead to
extreme or violent behaviour. There are many peaceful, even
moderate groups that believe conspiracy theories .

We live in an age where the moral authority of our elected
representatives has been seriously eroded and the actions of the
state treated with unprecedented cynicism.41
People ask of events cui bono – who benefits? Conspiracy theories
often supply the answer. Today, it seems that one is considered
naïve to believe things happen by accident, that things can in fact be
as they appear, events sometimes unconnected.42
Conspiracy theories are distinguished from other accounts of events
in two important ways. First, they are an effort to explain an event
by reference to the ‘machinations of powerful people, who have also
managed to conceal their role’.43 In such conspiracies, world events
are orchestrated by the conscious and deliberate actions of a small
number of powerful people following their hidden, nefarious,
agenda to the detriment of the people.
This alone is insufficient because some conspiracies have turned out
to be true. Our institutions and governments have deceived the
population to advance hidden and unstated interests. Well known
examples include Operation Northwoods in 1963, where US Joint
Chiefs of Staff discussed (but never implemented) manufacturing a
Communist Cuban terror campaign in Miami as a casus belli,44 and
the CIA involvement in a coup d’etat against the democratically
elected Chilean leader Salvador Allende in 1973.45 More recently, at
the time of writing, an investigation has revealed that the UK
government, the police and the Catholic Church conspired to keep a
priest’s involvement in the Claudy bombings secret.46
What distinguishes conspiracy theories from genuine efforts to
uncover actual conspiracies is that a conspiracy theory is not the
most plausible account of events based on the available evidence.
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very interesting analysis .
the full document is well worth the read .

you can read the full report here :

(pdf)
http://www.demos.co.uk/files/Conspiracy ... 1282913891

(HTML)
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... en&ct=clnk

the-power-of-unreason-conspiracy-theories-extremism-report-t31527.html
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PostWed Oct 19, 2011 11:45 pm » by Mediasorcerer


yeh,tell all that to kennedy!
with the power of soul,anything is possible
with the power of you,anything that you wanna do



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