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Old 26th June 2020, 09:14 AM   #1
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How conspiracy theories emerge—and how their storylines fall apart

A new study by UCLA professors offers a new way to understand how unfounded conspiracy theories emerge online. The research, which combines sophisticated artificial intelligence and a deep knowledge of how folklore is structured, explains how unrelated facts and false information can connect into a narrative framework that would quickly fall apart if some of those elements are taken out of the mix.

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-conspi...ines-fall.html
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Old 26th June 2020, 12:03 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Steve001 View Post
A new study by UCLA professors offers a new way to understand how unfounded conspiracy theories emerge online. The research, which combines sophisticated artificial intelligence and a deep knowledge of how folklore is structured, explains how unrelated facts and false information can connect into a narrative framework that would quickly fall apart if some of those elements are taken out of the mix.

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-conspi...ines-fall.html
An interesting read but I'm not sure it really provides any new information. Seems like an extremely small sample size.
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Old 26th June 2020, 03:14 PM   #3
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An interesting read but I'm not sure it really provides any new information. Seems like an extremely small sample size.
I posted this mainly for anyone that a member knows who's preferred hat of choice is made of tin foil to pass it on to.
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Old 27th June 2020, 01:38 AM   #4
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There are many indications that something is a conspiracy theory rather than anything true. One example is that they use facts that can easily be debunked. For example the moon landing conspiracy says that there are no stars so the photos are fake. Anyone who knows anything about photos knows that the to take a picture of stars you need exposure times of several seconds. So the absence of stars is evidence that the landings were real, not fake.
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Old 27th June 2020, 04:16 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
There are many indications that something is a conspiracy theory rather than anything true. One example is that they use facts that can easily be debunked. For example the moon landing conspiracy says that there are no stars so the photos are fake. Anyone who knows anything about photos knows that the to take a picture of stars you need exposure times of several seconds. So the absence of stars is evidence that the landings were real, not fake.
Surely that's evidence that stars are fake?
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Old 2nd July 2020, 11:04 AM   #6
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Overarching factor may be people think they know more than they do and people aren't very introspective.

Once people heard "jet fuel doesn't melt steel beams", they ran with that instead of trying to see if this is true or even relevant to the situation.
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a good CT needs a Bad Guy.
No one ever makes up a Conspiracy perpetrated by genuinely good people for good of everyone.
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Old 2nd July 2020, 01:29 PM   #8
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a good CT needs a Bad Guy.
No one ever makes up a Conspiracy perpetrated by genuinely good people for good of everyone.
Almost always the Bad Guy is the Government, because, well, obviously it is.....
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Almost always the Bad Guy is the Government, because, well, obviously it is.....
And there's only one government, and it's always somehow Jewish.
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Old 3rd July 2020, 05:07 AM   #10
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And there's only one government, and it's always somehow Jewish.
Or aliens - or both....
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Originally Posted by Lplus View Post
Almost always the Bad Guy is the Government, because, well, obviously it is.....
Originally Posted by Cosmic Yak View Post
And there's only one government, and it's always somehow Jewish.
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Or aliens - or both....
Or the big multinational companies. Especially when it comes to drugs.
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