Beyond Beyond the Fringe category archive
Mike Littwin looks at the fuss newly installed Colorado representative and QAnon fan Lauren Boebert has stirred up since arriving in Washington, D. C. A snippet:
The House of Representatives has 435 members. There are always a few crazies on board. Tell me how Louie Gomert from Texas keeps getting re-elected. I think I mentioned Mo Brooks. Tom Tancredo was there for a decade. Iowa’s Steve King was there for eight years. Look, Trump just awarded the shameless Jim Jordan the Medal of Freedom — saying he deserved the honor for defending Trump during his, uh, first impeachment. Giving Jordan that prestigious award would not be unlike giving the guy with bone spurs the Medal of Honor.
But Boebert, who knows nothing more than how to get noticed, put up a video that would go viral of her walking down what she called dangerous Washington streets, explaining why she needed a Glock at her side all times. Turns out, she didn’t yet have a D.C. concealed carry license and that the dangerous neighborhood is made up of multimillion-dollar houses.
In the current issue of Psychology Today, Jennifer Latson explores why persons are susceptible to illogical and often contradictory conspiracy theories. A snippet:
In a study published in 2012, (the University of Kent’s Karen–ed.) Douglas found that people who believed one conspiracy theory were more likely to believe another, even if it was logically impossible for both to be true. For example, the more someone believed the theory that Princess Diana faked her own death, the more they believed she’d been murdered by British secret agents.
How is this possible? Douglas concluded that people who are prone to conspiracy thinking are so quick to see a cover-up that they’re willing to let the logical niceties slide.
it’s a short read–four pages in the print edition. I commend the entire piece to your attention; given the state of dis coarse discourse, it is a particularly timely read.
Yes, I still subscribe to publications printed on (gasp) paper.
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At Psychology Today Blogs, Joe Pierre continues his exploration of QAnon, specifically whether belief in it and its elements can be considered a delusion from a psychologist’s viewpoint (he argues that, even though it may be delusional, it is not a delusion in a psychological sense of a person “having delusions”).
Here’s a bit regarding one of his points, that true delusions generally cannot be spread to others (emphasis added):
In my view, what makes delusions unshareable is that they often contain a self-referential component—the belief is about the believer in some highly improbable way. It’s one thing to believe that the government is spying on us or in a supernatural being. But it’s another to believe that the CIA is following you, or that you are the Second Coming. The “evidence” to support such self-referential beliefs is often subjective, not objective, experience.
In contrast, conspiracy theory beliefs are usually not about the believer. And the evidence to support them is often something someone else said. I don’t like the term “conspiracy theorist,” since most people who believe in conspiracy theories aren’t theorizing so much as they’re searching and finding information that’s “out there,” often on the internet. This search is highly influenced by confirmation bias, meaning that we tend to find and latch onto things that we’re looking for in the first place and that support our pre-existing intuitions.
Kermit and Miss Piggy would not be amused.
We are a society of stupid.
And of selfish.
Snopes has round-up from the Associated Press of right-wing conspiracy theories that are going coronaviral.
We are a society of stupid.
At Psychology Today Blogs, two interesting posts explore the hoarding of toilet paper, which has no respiratory application unless you happen to run out of Kleenex and don’t have a hanky handy, during a respiratory disease pandemic. I commend them both to your attention (warning: my summaries are gross over-simplifications; that’s the nature of summaries).
Judy Scheel suggests that it’s about trying to maintain an illusion of control in the face of something beyond individuals’ control.
Matt Johnson explores the relationship between personality types and hoarding behavior.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Laura Otis offers a theory to account for the impulse to hoard toilet paper in the face of a respiratory disease pandemic. I think she may have a piece of the puzzle.
Here’s a bit:
For people who rely on disposable paper to clean themselves, lacking toilet paper threatens their humanity. It challenges the illusory human-animal boundary, and the artificial line between culture and nature. Loss of toilet paper points toward the dissolution of ALL boundaries, the apocalypse Bill Murray described in Ghostbusters as “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!”
I’ve linked to several other articles also attempting to explain this phenomenon (you can find them with the search over there ——-> on the sidebar), because, frankly, the irrational stupidity (stupid irrationality?) of it leaves me gaga.
In related news, I had to visit my local drug store today and the TP shelves are still empty.
A report at Boston.com attempts to explain persons’ frantic purchases of toilet paper in a time of coronavirus. A snippet:
“When faced with an uncertain situation, people feel better if they can eliminate one risk,” Dr. Jay Zagorsky, a senior lecturer with BU’s Questrom School of Business, said in an email to Boston.com. “Bulk buying toilet paper eliminates the small risk of running out if quarantined. People might not be able to eliminate the risk of catching coronavirus but they can eliminate the risk of running out of toilet paper, which makes most people feel they have some control in this very uncertain situation.”
This morning’s local rag has a long story about local stores’ inability to keep up with the runs on “bathroom tissue.” I witnessed this first-hand when I went to our usual supermarket at the behest of the cats, who demanded sustenance, and can attest that the “bathroom tissue” aisle was bare.
Late last week, one of our acquaintances who lives on the other side of town told us that his local store was out of toilet paper (we have not been shopping in the interim, so I don’t know about our own nearby stores), but apparently runs on TP are not uncommon in anxious times.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Michele Baddeley reports bare shelves in the “loo paper” sections of stores in Sydney, Australia, and tries to figure out why fear of coronavirus, a respiratory disease, would a spark runs on TP, decidedly not a respiratory product (except maybe when you can’t find a hanky).
(Missplet wrod correxted.)