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Most People Will Believe Bullshit Without Thinking Twice: 1

Have you ever wondered how anyone with half a brain can believe in doomsday predictions, multi-level marketing, answer a nigerian spam e-mail, join a religious cult or believe in faith healing?

While these are some examples of stupidity that is looked down upon by society, most people are no better once you start asking them about their cherished beliefs.

How many people believe in some sort of religion- traditional or secular? What is the difference between believing in santa claus, the easter bunny and your god/s of choice? Is any one of them more real than the others? What is the difference between a sociopathic and charismatic cult leader and the CEO of your company? What is the difference between your employer and a cult? Is a famous economist any better, or different, than the anointed oracle of a traditional religion?

Why are the pronouncements of an elite group of doctors on the cause of heart disease or cancer any more believable (without considerable evidence) than those of a group of witchdoctors or sorcerers? Where is the evidence that their plans of action has worthwhile impact? How are the predictions of a bunch of environmental scientists running computer simulations any different from people who scrounge religious scriptures to find numerological evidence of an impending apocalypse? Can either explain past climate changes or general events with any degree of consistency or logic?

How many men want to get married without thinking about the pros and cons of marrying- even if things worked perfectly? How many buy houses, cars and other things based on status projection than use? How many work at crappy jobs just to buy useless shit- because everybody else is doing it? How many tolerate crappy behavior from family members- but treat other useful people poorly?

I have a theory about why people buy into and go along with absolutely ridiculous bullshit and self-destructive behavior- but that will be in the next part of this series.

Here is a clue about my theory- ego aka vanity and conceit.

Comments?

  1. Ryu
    May 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Hope.

    It’s the need to believe, which is another way of taking the cheap and easy route. I’m not condeming others – I do the same thing often.

    People, like myself, prefer to spend their “attention” on their specialty, and the handoff everything else to experts or people who appear to be experts.

  2. Deus
    May 29, 2011 at 1:31 am

    ego, aka vanity and conceit + belonging to a group, having things in common (same desires, bills, complaints, stories, screw ups etc…)

    The day I realized I was immune to most of this stuff because of my strict utilitarian approach to life, I realized all the rules of life dictated by our culture (College is the best part of your life for example) don’t apply to me.

  3. hans
    May 29, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Good points.
    Simple inertia and ignorance out of outright intellectual laziness are big factors too, IMHO.
    The brainwashing tube (or panel by now) aka. TV helps, even greatly enhances the above.

  4. May 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

    yeah, uh, don’t watch tv, just play video games instead and wait after they are out for a year and a half so you can buy ’em used for $9 or so. And, don’t buy expensive clothes….

    be an omega, society wants your labor but don’t sell your life for a paycheck….

  5. Michel
    May 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Do you guys know of books, articles, films, etc. that touch on coming to this realization? Basically, works of art that describe the process that Deus went through about realizing that rules only matter when applied.

  6. May 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    read some game theory—not “game” like those weirdos in the manosphere talk about like Jedi’s talk about the force or misandrist, controlling feminazi’s talk about the patriarchy….

    Game Theory-

    In mathematics, game theory models strategic situations, or games, in which an individual’s success in making choices depends on the choices of others (Myerson, 1991). It is used in the social sciences (most notably in economics, management, operations research, political science, and social psychology) as well as in other formal sciences (logic, computer science, and statistics) and biology (particularly evolutionary biology and ecology). While initially developed to analyze competitions in which one individual does better at another’s expense (zero sum games), it has been expanded to treat a wide class of interactions, which are classified according to several criteria. Today, “game theory is a sort of umbrella or ‘unified field’ theory for the rational side of social science, where ‘social’ is interpreted broadly, to include human as well as non-human players (computers, animals, plants).” (Aumann 1987).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory

  7. May 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Also “military philosophy” like The Art of War—

    to know the enemy assures 50% victory, to know oneself and the enemy 100%…

    This stuff is really self-evident-society is not looking out for you, women will marry you then take everything in divorce court, the military will send you to die in some shithole for oil and corporate profits….

    Rationally, that leaves you to cut back on your own consumption, work as little as possible, keep yourself in good shape-physically and mentally. Be your own best friend….

  8. The Real Vince
    May 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    In the case of religion there’s what economists term “rational ignorance.” It’s just something that doesn’t really matter. You can believe some sky god has granted you an immortal soul, it won’t really affect your behavior. For the church-going types it’ s reason to socialize. A majority of people are “spiritual” rather than religious. It’s also probably an overall force for good in our society. If the typical person was a nihilist, we might see an increase in violence. How does that quote go… religion’s regarded by fools as true, the wise as false, and the rulers as useful.

    On multi-level marketing and faith healing I’m going with the first comment: hope. People want to be happy, and studies consistently demonstrate that ignorance is bliss. Doomsday believers are probably just egotists who want to believe they live in important times.

  9. DoesNotMatter
    June 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Agreed! Exactly like the followers of your blog. Did any of these cocksuckes actually try to do escorts or even pick up the homeless chicks you mention? I am a big critic but I stil tried out your shit. You really need to get your ass on masf and read posts by Neo-Rio. But given your reaction to women, I think you take rejection way to personally. You can’t laugh it off the way I do. BTW I have to laugh when the average looking girl tells me to fuck off when a hot chick had blown and fucked me the day before. But when a marginal chick bows you off, you make a fucking post on your blog. Stupid little fag!

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