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2008 Cass Sunstein and Adrien Vermeule Harvard Law School - "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures''
04-19-2012, 06:50 PM #1
misterbumps Member
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Conspiracy Theory

Two Harvard law professors wrote this back in 2008. It's a hell of a lot to take in but for those interested it debates not only realising 'alternate theory' exists and how 'damaging' theory can be but 'bringing forth measures' on how to deal with such theory, as the closing paragragh concludes;

''Some conspiracy theories create serious risks. They do not merely undermine
democratic debate; in extreme cases, they create or fuel violence. If government can
dispel such theories, it should do so. One problem is that its efforts might be
counterproductive, because efforts to rebut conspiracy theories also legitimate them. We
have suggested, however, that government can minimize this effect by rebutting more
rather than fewer theories, by enlisting independent groups to supply rebuttals, and by
cognitive infiltration designed to break up the crippled epistemology of conspiracyminded
groups and informationally isolated social networks.''

Sunstein is currently Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama administration as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Politik reads alternate news sites. damned.gif In fact Obama was on kritterbox.com just last night and told me personally that he thinks jayrodney and octo are commie spies.......lmao.gif

Seriously though great read. I especially like the last few words 'informationally isolated social networks'.

I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?
04-19-2012, 07:21 PM #2
yankees skier
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04-19-2012, 07:21 PM #3
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(04-19-2012, 06:50 PM)misterbumps Wrote:  Conspiracy Theory

Two Harvard law professors wrote this back in 2008. It's a hell of a lot to take in but for those interested it debates not only realising 'alternate theory' exists and how 'damaging' theory can be but 'bringing forth measures' on how to deal with such theory, as the closing paragragh concludes;

''Some conspiracy theories create serious risks. They do not merely undermine
democratic debate; in extreme cases, they create or fuel violence. If government can
dispel such theories, it should do so. One problem is that its efforts might be
counterproductive, because efforts to rebut conspiracy theories also legitimate them. We
have suggested, however, that government can minimize this effect by rebutting more
rather than fewer theories, by enlisting independent groups to supply rebuttals, and by
cognitive infiltration designed to break up the crippled epistemology of conspiracyminded
groups and informationally isolated social networks.''

Sunstein is currently Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama administration as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Politik reads alternate news sites. damned.gif In fact Obama was on kritterbox.com just last night and told me personally that he thinks jayrodney and octo are commie spies.......lmao.gif

Seriously though great read. I especially like the last few words 'informationally isolated social networks'.


They don't need to enlist "independent groups to supply rebuttals". They already have shills and disinfo agents making the rounds. The problem is that the only things they try to debunk are true and trying to debunk truth causes them to stand out as shills and disinfo agents.


JR and Octo are worse than Commie spies.

They are pot smoking (gasp!), beer drinking, alien believing, conspiracy theorists.


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What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
04-19-2012, 07:56 PM #4
misterbumps Member
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the shame of it!

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I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?
04-19-2012, 07:59 PM #5
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Shocking, isn't it?


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What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
04-19-2012, 08:45 PM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(04-19-2012, 06:50 PM)misterbumps Wrote:  Conspiracy Theory

Two Harvard law professors wrote this back in 2008. It's a hell of a lot to take in but for those interested it debates not only realising 'alternate theory' exists and how 'damaging' theory can be but 'bringing forth measures' on how to deal with such theory, as the closing paragragh concludes;

''Some conspiracy theories create serious risks. They do not merely undermine
democratic debate; in extreme cases, they create or fuel violence. If government can
dispel such theories, it should do so. One problem is that its efforts might be
counterproductive, because efforts to rebut conspiracy theories also legitimate them. We
have suggested, however, that government can minimize this effect by rebutting more
rather than fewer theories, by enlisting independent groups to supply rebuttals, and by
cognitive infiltration designed to break up the crippled epistemology of conspiracyminded
groups and informationally isolated social networks.''

Sunstein is currently Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama administration as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Politik reads alternate news sites. damned.gif In fact Obama was on kritterbox.com just last night and told me personally that he thinks jayrodney and octo are commie spies.......lmao.gif

Seriously though great read. I especially like the last few words 'informationally isolated social networks'.


lmao.gif Commie spies? Did he say that like it was a bad thing?
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I'll give it a read. reading.gif

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04-19-2012, 08:48 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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Hey now! lmao.gif


04-19-2012, 10:19 PM #8
Adde All in Moderation
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chuckle.gif You could never make a joke like that at the "big boy" forums. I've never seen such a bunch of insecure little babies running forums as they have at ATS and a couple of other places not worth mentioning.
04-19-2012, 10:52 PM #9
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Some big ego's with very little sense of humor on some of those places. I'd rather be here where you can say what you want without fear of being booted or not fitting in to some codependent clique of braindead morons banding together for the hatefest de jure.

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04-19-2012, 10:55 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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Not that there's anything wrong with sucking up to the admins coffeetime.gif
04-19-2012, 10:55 PM #11
yankees skier
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We has admins here? chuckle.giflmao.gifrofl.giflol.gif

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Biere.
04-19-2012, 11:03 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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Well I'm not certain, I haven't seen any. They're like gods, you don't need to see them to believe they exist.

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04-19-2012, 11:07 PM #13
yankees skier
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I bet this is an admin in action.

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Biere.
04-19-2012, 11:57 PM #14
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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lmao.gif Nice mullet. I bet that's Kim Jong Un before his GMO infant makeover.

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04-19-2012, 11:57 PM #15
Octo Mother Superior
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