One of the biggest problems of normies is that they are seemingly unable to question anything. They believe what’s in the news. If something is printed in a book, it’s even more authoritative, and if they hear a lie often enough, they swallow it hook, line, and sinker. Of course, there are clear intellectual limitations. You just won’t get someone who is barely intelligent enough to exploit the Western welfare state to think about any kind of complex system, be it political or otherwise. On the other hand, there are also highly adjusted normies with high IQs who don’t question anything. They accept even the most ludicrous ideas, no matter how much they clash with reality.
If you have a modicum of self-awareness, you probably do not want to be a useful idiot. Training your ability to reason critically is not
There are some approaches
I have found that conspiracy theories provide a great mental workout for your critical reasoning facilities. You can even look at downright ridiculous ones like flat-earthers or the anti-vaccination crowd. Look at their arguments and try to thoroughly refute them. Some of them are seemingly sophisticated, while others can be dismissed very easily. The anti-
What is helpful to know is that the label “conspiracy theory” is also an attempt by the mainstream to stigmatize legitimate criticism. The world of politics is full of cover-ups. Reading up on the assassination of John F. Kennedy is a good example. A great starting point is the single-bullet theory of the official narrative, which just reeks of bullshit. Quite recently, I looked into the moon-landing hoax conspiracy theory. The main claim is that we never went to the moon. At first, this sounds completely ridiculous and you may want to dismiss those people right away. However, as I looked more into it, I came across some problems with the official narrative. Now, don’t get me wrong: I do think that the United States sent astronauts to the moon. However, there are some parts of the official record that don’t fully convince me. For instance, when I looked at high-resolution images of the lunar lander of the Apollo 11 mission, I was baffled that it looked like a cheap prop. It looks like a practical joke because it has been so shoddily manufactured. This is not what quality engineering looks like. A minor issue is that there are images supposedly taken on the moon that shows perpendicular shadows as opposed to parallel ones, which looks odd. Then there are images that were most likely manipulated.
What I found least convincing about the Apollo missions, now that I’ve spent some time reading up on claims put forward by “truthers” as well as further background information, is that NASA sent astronauts right through the supposedly deadly Van Allen radiation belt. This was
The previous examples are, by itself,
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