Stanford’s Intellectual Black Hole

Stanford's Intellectual Black HoleHere’s a book, “Believing Bullshit – How not to Get Sucked in to an Intellectual Black Hole” by Steven Law, that might shed light on the rants of Stanford and Chiappalone, replacers of investigation with revelation, a description of which follows:

“Wacky and ridiculous belief systems abound. Members of the Heaven’s Gate suicide cult believed they were taking a ride to heaven on board a UFO. Muslim suicide bombers expect to be greeted after death by 72 heavenly virgins. And many fundamentalist Christians insist the entire universe is just 6,000 years old.
Of course it’s not only cults and religions that promote bizarre beliefs. Significant numbers of people believe that aliens built the pyramids, that the Holocaust never happened, and that the World Trade Center was brought down by the US government.

How do such ridiculous views succeed in entrenching themselves in the minds of sane, intelligent, college-educated people and turn them into the willing slaves of claptrap? How, in particular, do the true believers manage to convince themselves that they are the rational, reasonable ones and that everyone else is deluded?”

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