ARE YOU BEING “PLAYED”? :-*
SelfDeception Enabled? :-$ O:-)
It’s a hall of mirrors where what the viewer perceives as a politician or news reader is actually the viewer’s own words and b’LIEfs being holographically played back to them abstracted from the viewer’s responses to polls, focus groups and other market research? 😉
“A man hears (&sees)what he wants to…and disregards the rest…”
PSYCHOLOGY OF “DENIERS”
They are “immune to evidence,” discounting contradictory information or seeing it as “proof of how clever the enemy is at covering things up,” Goertzel says.
Conspiracy theories exist on a spectrum from mild suspicion to full-on paranoia, andbrain chemistry may play a role. Dopaminerewards us for noting patterns and finding meaning in sometimes-insignificant events. It’s long been known thatschizophrenicsoverproduce dopamine. “The earliest stages of delusion are characterized by an overabundance of meaningful coincidences,” explain Paul D. Morrison and R.M. Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London. “Jumping to conclusions” is a common reasoning style among the paranoid, find Daniel Freeman and his colleagues, also at the Institute of Psychiatry.