How do you handle the impossible?

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  1. aerhed

    aerhed Friend of Leo's

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    I have good friends and relatives that believe outlandish stuff. Chemtrails, 9/11, weather modification. All this along with the usual political conspiracies. Every frikkin whackadoodle thing you can imagine. You name it, and someone near me believes it. I'm a tech type guy. I know how stuff works and people tell me physically impossible stuff while totally dismissing mainline science as a conspiracy itself. How do you deal? Helllp!
     
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    I probably wouldn’t want to have a debate or discussion. Similar to the folks that believe that the earth is flat. Trying to convince or educate them about said topics would just lead to an argument. Save yourself the headache!
     
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    I give it to my wife...
     
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    I’m cynical, but not paranoid.
    Though I have friends with differing philosophies, we seem to be able to find common ground.
    None of my tribe are into conspiracy theories, or the like.
     
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    raito Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don't talk to my family. I work with PhDs, mostly. And my wife is an engineer who also has a science degree. I don't have to deal.
     
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    jondanger Poster Extraordinaire

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    I ask myself, "who is harmed?" and "to what degree?"

    If the answer to #1 is "nobody," I hush my mouth. If the answer to #1 is "somebody," but the answer to #2 is "not much," I hush my mouth. If the answer to #1 is "somebody," and the answer to #2 is "a lot," then I gently challenge their assertions.

    My wife reads tarot cards, is into astrology, and goes to channeling conferences. I am a natural skeptic, but aspire to belief/faith. Of course I knew this when I married her. You can live with people who have irrational beliefs. You just have to let go of your smug sense of superiority. Oops did I type that? :cool::lol:
     
  7. blowtorch

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    I was having a conversation with someone regarding this just this weekend. While I find the mindset and environment that makes this type of thinking possible *fascinating*, they maintain that it is simply dangerous.
     
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    What do you mean "give it to her"? Do you give it to her to amuse her? Do you give it to her to make her laugh? (See Goodfellas)
     
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    My tinfoil hat covers my ears so I don't hear anything they're saying.
     
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    I think the most awesome thing in the world would be if you could possibly plug in emotionally, intellectually and formatively to the thinking in the mind of someone you are just exactly and completely in 100%, bugeyed, batchited disagreement with. In some cases I believe it would reduce you to a blubbering pile of animated stupor...

    Till then I just tell them they're all ****** up.
     
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    Like “To drift” in the movie Pacific Rim?
     
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    As a fellow "tech guy", it does not take much to calculate that about 90% of the people (I'm being generous) are either stupid or gullible or both, so you need to accept that and move on. For sure this has not changed since I realized this information while in high school in late 1971 (a hint;)). The only thing that has changed is that the driving aptitude is worse. Take note and become more confident that it will not change much in your lifetime.:cool:
     
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    “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

    George Carlin

    Then hum a little tune quietly to yourself...
     
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    Fortunately, none of that 90% is allowed to post here. Dilly, Dilly...
     
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    Of course, that goes without saying.:rolleyes:
     
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    There was a time when most people didn't believe whackadoodle things. Or am I romanticizing?
     
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    There are standards to be upheld..
     
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    hen you get into the flat-earthers, I really lose the ability to understand.
     
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    And there was a time when what we now call scientific fact was considered whackadoodle things....kinda makes ya think, don't it...
     
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