CT020 - The Day Space Went Flat (Flat Earth Theory Pt. 3)

February 14, 2019
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Episode 20 - Flat Earth Theory (Part 3)

Howdy Theoryologists. This time we will really pull together the reason for first exploring the concepts of belief and perception. I knew we would need to have a good context of those idea before we jumped into the evolution of flat earth theory. Our discussions previously have approached Flat Earth as a proposed idea. Really a hypothesis to be tested and proven. But of course, we like to talk conspiracy, and yes, flat earth has it’s conspiracies.  

In one sense, the conspiracy is that of cover up. An effort to hide the truth. In another sense, it’s the idea of a flat earth itself that is the conspiracy, or at least a means of conveying the conspiracy. The idea that reality contradicts perceived reality. That the natural laws that govern the way we understand the world are there to hide a true reality. Perhaps even programmed to deceive. Finally, there is the conspiracy of collective consensus. The idea that the scientific community, and even the general population, simply dismisses flat earth because it is a threat to the reality we’ve made for ourselves, and feel comfortable in.

 

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Links:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depersonalization_disorder

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depersonalization

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derealization

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1GCjggflEU

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-search-self/201610/depersonalization-philosophical-awareness

https://psychcentral.com/lib/is-depersonalization-disorder-a-form-of-enlightenment/

https://futurism.com/the-history-of-the-voyager-program-2

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/ask-ethan-what-does-the-edge-of-the-universe-look-like-3d7121a59a30

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulation_hypothesis

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/11/simulated-world-elon-musk-the-matrix

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-reveals-substantial-evidence-holographic-universe.html

https://phys.org/news/2015-04-universe-hologram.html

https://www.simulation-argument.com/simulation.pdf

CT019 - The Day Belief Persevered (Flat Earth Theory Pt. 2)

January 29, 2019
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Episode 19 - Flat Earth Theory (Part 2)

Howdy Theoryologists. Let’s continue our discussion on Flat Earth Theory. In part 1, we focused on the history of modern flat earth theory, it’s introduction in the mid-nineteenth century, and the contemporary philosophical musings at the time, which were opening up new thought on reality and existence. In our theoryology discussion we explored the beginnings of existential thought being introduced by Soren Kierkegaard, and dove into the psychology of perceptual constancy, which should make us all question our certainty about the “reality” of the world around us as we perceive it to be.

So, we’ve covered perception, and the wiggle room that can give when observing the world around us. But perception only gives us a piece of the puzzle. It gives us the data from observation. It tells us what we see and how things appear. What is does not do, however, is explain how that turns into something we understand to be true. That’s where belief comes in.   

Defining belief is a difficult task, and it’s a term that is used in a multitude of ways depending upon context. The term is used to identify psychological phenomenon in conscious thought. It’s used in philosophical discussion to explore the study of knowledge. Beliefs are categorized with qualifiers such as core beliefs and dispositional beliefs. They are separated into groups of epistemological beliefs and religious beliefs. Even the formation of belief is a topic of discussion. All that said, we aren’t going to drill into every nook and cranny of the study of belief, but we do need to understand it superficially in order to discuss Flat Earth Theory. For our purposes, belief can be viewed rather simply. Beliefs are often formed by creating compelling explanations for why something is true.

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Links:

https://alanzosblog.com/beliefs-vs-facts/

https://www.sciencealert.com/one-third-millennials-believe-flat-earth-conspiracy-statistics-yougov-debunk

http://socialpsychonline.com/2016/11/belief-perseverance/

https://bigthink.com/stephen-johnson/understanding-the-really-ridiculous-core-tenets-of-the-flat-earth-hypothesis

https://www.theclinicondupont.com/the-neuroscience-of-core-beliefs/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belief

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/enlightened-living/200808/core-truths-core-beliefs-and-obstacles-progress-pt-2

https://www.thealignedlife.co/question-your-reality/

https://spencerinstitute.com/beliefs-and-opinions-vs-facts-and-evidence-a-coaching-perspective-and-solution/

https://www.quora.com/At-what-altitude-do-you-see-the-curvature-of-the-Earth

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psych-unseen/201702/flat-earthers-belief-skepticism-and-denialism

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/painting-tree-trunks-white.htm

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-continental-drift-was-considered-pseudoscience-90353214/

CT018 - The Day The Earth Fell Flat (Flat Earth Theory Pt. 1)

January 15, 2019
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Episode 18 - Flat Earth Theory (Part 1)

This is the theory to end all theories. Flat earth posits that our understanding of earth as a heliocentric globe is, at best, a misguided and faulty understanding of the physical nature of our world. At worst, a concerted effort to propagate a lie, contrary to our observation and perceptions of the world around us.

In this first part of our three part series, it will be helpful to understand the history surrounding the modern origins of flat earth theory. Not just of those that developed and promoted the ideas, but of the current state of thinking contemporary at the time. The 19th century was a time of change, thought, new ideas, and reformations throughout much of the world. Ingrained  psychology plays it’s part as well, as usual in our discussions. Notably, the philosophical movements of the time paved the way for openness to new perceptions of reality and existence.

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Links:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/have-you-ever-wondered/201503/the-blueblack-whitegold-dress-questioning-reality?amp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth#cite_note-144

https://theflatearthsociety.org/home/index.php/featured/Flat-Earth-Historical-Figures-People

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopian_socialism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Owen

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/compassion-matters/201601/can-you-trust-your-own-perceptions?amp

http://www.sacred-texts.com/earth/za/

https://thecreative.cafe/the-paradox-of-absurdity-13543b76d0da

CT017 - The Day We Went To War With Christmas

December 20, 2018
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Episode 17 - The War On Christmas

 

In 2005 a War On Christmas resurfaced, and took the News Media by storm. Seemingly driven by political correctness, or the frustration thereof, many have drawn political lines seeing the omission of the term “Christmas” in holiday greetings as an assault on the conservative Christian aspects of this holiday season, while other observances, such as Hanukkah and Kwanza are apparently left unscathed. While Christmas, as most of us would recognize it, is a rather modern rendition, the evolution of the Christmas holiday and, in fact the festive observance of the winter season entirely, goes back millenia. Theories abound about the specific religious underpinnings of Christmas, as well as origins of many traditions and iconography of the season. And history shows us that Christmas has been under attack for a long time. In fact, Christmas as we know it, may very well be a conspired invention itself to replace the untamed observance that preceded it.

Ultimately, we celebrate Christmas and the holiday season as we, individually have always observed it, and we do find any attempt to change our perspective extremely upsetting. Well, there seems to be some psychology behind Christmas that might just explain it.

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Links:

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/christmas-conspiracy

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/War_on_Christmas

https://medium.com/crobox/the-psychology-of-christmas-a3fbccd93197

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_controversies

https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/12/19/when-did-christmas-become-so-commercial/

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/us/war-on-christmas-controversy.html

https://www.influenceatwork.com/dr-robert-cialdini-on-the-principle-of-reciprocity/

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/319/5870/1687

https://www.jstor.org/stable/1251931?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0148296304002000?via%3Dihub

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ulterior-motives/201311/what-does-nostalgia-do

http://www.directcreative.com/influence-and-persuasion-the-rule-of-consistency.html

http://www.emotionlab.se/mechanisms-of-social-avoidance-learning-can-explain-the-emergence-of-adaptive-and-arbitrary-behavioral-traditions-in-humans-3/

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/opinion/the-puritan-war-on-christmas.html

https://erenow.com/common/the-battle-for-christmas/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby,_It%27s_Cold_Outside

http://www.apuritansmind.com/puritan-worship/christmas-and-the-regulative-principle/once-upon-a-time-when-christmas-was-banned-by-c-danko/

CT016 - The Day Fluoride Controlled Us

December 6, 2018
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Episode 16 - The Fluoride Conspiracy

 

Water fluoridation is a hot button topic, that has proven controversial since the practice began in the 1940’s. The suspicion that rather than the stated purpose of preventing tooth decay, water fluoridation is a practice of involuntary medication and experimentation, and a conspiracy of social engineering that is at best, driven by industrial lobbying to make profitable the sale of industrial waste, and at worst, a concerted effort to affect cognitive function and advance control  over a more docile population through chemically induced compliance.

The regulation around fluoride is all about maximums and safe limits. There are no guidelines about adding a required minimum, only about what levels you don’t want to exceed. Does that sound like a harmless chemical? Oh, and guidance given for water sources that exceed the maximums is to notify the public with a specified time, because it is cost prohibitive to remove the fluoride concentrations.

If public water fluoridation is such a profound scientific discovery, then why are more and more people moving to filtered bottle water, or filtering tap water in efforts to remove the fluoride and chlorine, along with particulates and impurities? Seems like there is a commercial benefit to putting fluoride in the water, doesn’t it? Oh, and add to that more and more communities are electing to stop water fluoridation. So maybe it’s over the top to suspect nefarious plots to indoctrinate the public to social medicines, or that the government is trying to chemically placate an entire population, but when the practice goes against your internal risk management, your subconscious precautionary principle, then it’s no wonder the mind moves toward suspicion.

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Links:

https://www.astdd.org/docs/natural-fluoride-fact-sheet-9-14-2016.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/engineering/wfadditives.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation_controversy

https://befreetech.com/wp/fluoride/

https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/statistics/2014stats.htm

https://fluoridealert.org/content/bfs-2012/

http://fluoridealert.org/issues/caries/who-data/

https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/magazine/pipe-dreams-americas-fluoride-controversy

https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/worry-and-a-lack-of-trust-americans-and-drinking-water/

http://www.wcponline.com/2016/06/15/drinking-water-issues-worry-americans/

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/forced-fluoridation-community-water-supplies-open-letter

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precautionary_principle

https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation

https://www.nap.edu/read/11571/chapter/1#iii

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b331/16d62868c4f22e539e5c5bd2563d23da4eb9.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db53.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3956646/

CT015 - The Day The Polygraph Lied

November 21, 2018
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Episode 15 - The Polygraph Test

 

The polygraph has a long and tenuous history rooted in efforts to advance interrogation techniques. Currently it is dismissed by scientists, and is inadmissible in court, yet, the polygraph examination is still used by federal agencies, businesses, investigators and police forces.

The lie detector is often used within the realm of conspiracy theory and alternative beliefs as an offering of proof on the basis of honesty and integrity of those making extraordinary claims. But do we trust it? Do we really care about the outcome of polygraph tests, given the controversy surrounding their validity? The truth is, yes we do. We want to put stock in these tests, and we want to have proof put before us.

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Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygraph

https://theintermediateperiod.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/aldrich-ames-on-beating-a-polygraph/

https://www.polygraph.org/

https://www.antipolygraph.org/ceppa.shtml

https://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/20/the-myth-of-the-polygraph/

http://stlr.org/2018/01/10/does-fmri-lie-detection-have-a-future-in-the-courtroom/

http://clbb.mgh.harvard.edu/deception/

https://brainworldmagazine.com/the-neuroscience-of-lying/

https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/09/25/nsa-whistleblower-reveals-how-to-beat-a-polygraph-test

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/spycatcher/201203/the-truth-about-lie-detection

http://jaapl.org/content/38/4/446

https://www.nap.edu/read/10420/chapter/5

https://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/5999119/polygraphs-lie-detectors-do-they-work

http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012/03/jorelys-rivera-murder-case-polygraph-as.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-human-beast/201303/do-lie-detectors-work

https://www.area51polygraph.com/polygraph

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22467640

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/694430/news-ufo-aliens-lie-detector-test-buzz-aldrin-astronauts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/04/10/buzz-aldrins-ufo-sighting-moon-missions-mystique-might-have-simple-explanation/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.21dad0110f4e

https://evolutioncounseling.com/the-need-for-validation/

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/healing-together/2012/07/important-validation-for-the-aftermath-of-adult-trauma/

https://chintanzalani.com/psychology-behind-seeking-validation-need/

http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/pieces-mind/201204/understanding-validation-way-communicate-acceptance

https://www.apa.org/research/action/polygraph.aspx

CT014 - The Day A Psychic Detective Cracked The Case

November 6, 2018
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Episode 14 - Psychic Detectives

The use of psychic abilities to find answers, uncover clues, find victims and even uncover identities of criminal perpetrators goes way back. In ancient times, those who sought missing persons could consult an oracle or divine with activities such as astrology. By the sixteenth century, dowsing became a practiced means of tracking culprits with the use of divining rods. In the nineteenth century, sensitives claimed to receive information for a crime in their dreams, and at the height of Spiritualism, some mediums claimed to solve crimes through the help of their spirit guides.

Modern psychic approaches utilized pretty much all of these old arts, along with many others. A psychic superstar, Noreen Renier, employs still another old divination technique called psychometry, by which she purportedly gets psychic impressions from objects connected with a particular person. Many psychics claim to use clairvoyance ("clear-seeing”) whereby they supposedly “see” remote images and scenes as if they were viewed on a movie screen. Some psychics even study people’s “auras” or read the lines in their palms.

Psychic detective work has been credited for providing valuable information, if not outright solving,  many missing persons and murder cases over the years. Of course, some claims are made only from the psychics themselves, and critics are quick to site the lack of any scientific backing and the failure of many purported psychics when their skills are tested and held up to scrutiny.

Regardless, we are fascinated by the idea of psychic abilities providing investigative support, especially in the most unnerving, unsettling, and unsolved cases.

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Links:

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-03-27/local/me-381_1_murder-victim

https://news.gallup.com/poll/4483/americans-belief-psychic-paranormal-phenomena-over-last-decade.aspx

http://www.skeptically.org/spiritualism/id10.html

https://www.lifedeathprizes.com/real-life-crime/psychic-detectives-that-have-helped-to-solve-crimes-43235

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_detective

https://swallowingthecamel.me/2009/04/21/psychic-detectives-part-ii-dorothy-allison-and-noreen-renier/

https://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/police_psychics_do_they_really_solve_crimes

https://news.gallup.com/poll/4483/americans-belief-psychic-paranormal-phenomena-over-last-decade.aspx

https://complicatedgrief.columbia.edu/professionals/complicated-grief-professionals/overview/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/because-im-the-mom/201602/the-myth-complicated-grief

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/understanding-grief/201709/ambiguous-loss

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/201806/unsolved-murder-and-the-seductions-focalism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchoring

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/theory-and-praxis/201804/the-uncanny-fear-loss-part-1

http://www.globalnetresearch.com/statements.html

CT013 - The Day Exorcism Gave Us Control

October 23, 2018
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Episode 13 - Exorcism

Exorcism, as a practice in some form or another has been around about as long as human beings have been asking themselves why things happen, and it’s never been completely abandoned. Yet, by the mid 20th century, the practices has waned considerably as had public interest. That all changed in 1973 with the cinematic release of “The Exorcist”. This horrific, and terrifying tale, based on a book, which claimed to be based on actual events, scared the pants off of us, and got everyone filling up their bottles of holy water again.

The art of exorcism and demonic possessions are very real for a large percentage of the population. Statistic show that over 50% of Americans believe in the possibility of demonic possession, and current demand for exorcisms have skyrocketed in Europe and Mexico. Clearly there is something happening and people are looking for answers.

Of course, there are criticisms of the practice. While some hold a secular dismissal of the practice as an archaic, medieval throwback, others take a more sympathetic perspective. Those in the mental health fields, psychologists, psychiatrists and fields of neuroscience offer explanation through greater understanding of psychological and physiological disorders that often mimic, symptomatically, conditions of possession.

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Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism

http://historyhole.com/the-history-of-exorcisms/?con=&loc=&utm_source=

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4744643/

http://orderofexorcists.com/

https://www.vox.com/2016/10/30/13413864/satanic-panic-ritual-abuse-history-explained

https://www.madinamerica.com/2016/08/not-so-rare-but-rarely-diagnosed-from-demonic-possession-to-anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis/

https://thefearandanxietysolution.com/portfolio-items/the-fear-of-losing-control/

CT012 - The Day Alien Abductions Took Us into the Unknown

October 10, 2018
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Episode 12 - Alien Abductions

The phenomenon, as documented by researchers, journalists, and skeptics alike, over the years, has become pretty well defined in terms of key aspects, and has led to an array of collected testimonies, assertions to either the validity or the incredulity of the phenomenon, and even the occasional conspiracy theory or two.

The terms alien abduction or abduction phenomenon describe "subjectively real memories of being taken secretly against one's will by apparently nonhuman entities and subjected to complex physical and psychological procedures".

Most discussion of the phenomenon focuses on trying to explain the experiences either through proof of the extraterrestial or through mundane terrestial influences and psychological basis. But what about the rest of us? What explains our fascination with alien abduction stories? Why do we want it to be the subject of our movies, tv shows and books? Perhaps it is because it speaks to a root fear. A fear of the unknown.

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Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_abduction

https://www.mufon.com/travis-walton-abduction---1975.html

https://www.mufon.com/betty--barney-hill-abduction---1961.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant%C3%B4nio_Vilas_Boas

http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-abduction-and-kidnapping

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887618516300469

https://www.somewhereintheskies.com/

https://audioboom.com/channels/4938828

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Alien_abduction

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201611/study-fear-the-unknown-compounds-many-anxiety-disorders

http://www.look4ward.co.uk/weird/tales-of-fairies-modern-concept-of-alien-abduction-experience/

CT011 - The Day Bodies Were Buried in the Hoover Dam

September 25, 2018
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Episode 11 - Workers Buried in Hoover Dam

A worker falls into a pool of wet concrete that’s being poured as part of a major construction project. Before he can be saved, his body slips beneath the surface and he drowns in the thick soup of the concrete.
Pouring concrete is a slow and tedious job, and once “the pour” is started, it can’t be stopped without ruining the whole block, and that section of the project has to completely re-done. So, rather than dig the dead workman out of the concrete pool, construction supervisors and bosses let the body sink further into the concrete, and the poor workman gets entombed forever in the structure he was helping to build.

That's the legend anyway, and it gets told generation after generation when people discover this mega-structure. Is it really just that good of a legend that it keeps going on it's own merits, or is there something else about the Hoover Dam itself that resonates within the public mind?

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Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortality_salience

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_management_theory

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Dam

https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/hoover-dam

https://www.sarahwolfe.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/RossWolfe_2015.pdf

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tomb-of-the-dammed/

http://professorbuzzkill.com/construction-workers-entombed-concrete-myth/