Dirty tricks of conspiracy deniers

- Introduction -
- List of tricks -
- Misunderstanding science -
- Poisoning the well / the flat Earth gambit -
- Dismissing conspiracy theorists as psychologically defective -
- Hypnosis / brainwashing by bad association -
- Focusing on strawmen or weak arguments -
- Running away from debate -
- Big tech censorship -
- Why does any of this matter? -


There is an army of people out there whose goal is to make you automatically trust mainstream narratives on all topics and dismiss all others even as possibilities to explore (and you - as a reader of this site - do not like being such a mental slave, right?). To accomplish this, they have given up all pretense of fair play and are just throwing all the dirty tricks they can find at you. It's a war - only for the mind space instead of physical territory; and in war, everything is allowed (or so they think). So far, the anti-conspiracy cult leaders seem to be winning the war. Their traps are varied and numerous; a person that's not careful is likely to fall into at least one, and become a victim of the cult. They seem to have gained a lot of grunts during COVID, in particular. Grunts that went around social media, doing the jobs of the higher-ups by - usually - repeating their tricks. This article is my attempt at reclaiming the lost souls, before they fall too deep into the anti-conspiracy swamp and become YouTube influencers attacking conspiracy theories (ugh). And - of course - to convince the conspiracy theorists that we are on the right side of history and keep them around. Hopefully by exposing the shady behaviors of the cultists and showing that the conspiracy-denying emperor is bare - we can begin tipping the scale towards our side, and win the war in the end. So let's go:

List of tricks

Misunderstanding science

Seen - for example - here (archive) (MozArchive):

Science denialism comes in many forms: climate change deniers, people who are anti-vaxxers, who believe COVID is a hoax, that evolution isn't real, and who think the Earth is flat.

And here (archive) (MozArchive):

The U.S. has a science problem. Around half of the country's citizens reject the facts of evolution; fewer than a third agree there is a scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, and the number who accept the importance of vaccines is ticking downward.

And here (archive) (MozArchive):

On hot button topics such as climate change, vaccines, and genetically modified foods, science denial is rampant—and it crosses party and ideological lines. What are the psychological forces that lead people to disbelieve scientific consensus? Is science denial worse than it’s ever been?

Okay, that's enough; you can find hundreds more with a similar theme if you really want to. All these sources assume that science is some kind of an oracle that says a particular belief (such as climate change or certain COVID narratives) which you're then supposed to accept to be a good scientific and rational boy / girl. Now let's contrast that with what science is in reality. From our beloved NASA (archive) (MozArchive):

Science is . . . Observing the world. Watching and listening Observing and recording.

See? Nothing about certain beliefs being scientific, and certain not. They even tell you that...directly!

Science is not just a tidy package of knowledge.

So, anytime a mainstream shill tries to call you un- or anti- scientific because you deny their pet theory or agree with a conspiracy theory, you can send them to NASA for the corrective lesson. Hey, let's confirm this with a dictionary (archive) (MozArchive):

The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena

Again, nothing about science saying something and requiring you to accept it. The modern Orwellian redefinition of science as something that says is just an attempt by authoritarians to claim it as a vehicle for spreading their pet theories, or burying undesirable ones. And since science radiates an aura of respect, it would obviously be the first target for thought control attempts. But the real definitions actually make it clear that science cannot reject any theories apriori - not even conspiracy theories - as long as the proper methodologies are followed.

Historically, science has always been about people questioning and eventually toppling the prevailing views; usually, many competing theories were around at the same time. This has happened in physics, biology, everywhere; and is still happening when you actually look into the journals instead of relying on media coverage (the mainstream media is almost entirely controlled by the authoritarians). When Darwin came around to challenge Lamarck, no one screamed about the alleged destruction of science. It was simply accepted as something natural; but if the authoritarians were in charge, we'd be stuck with Lamarck forever (not that I think Lamarckian views are somehow worse; in fact they are having a resurrection these days (archive) (MozArchive) - just showing an example of the perils of "scientific" authoritarianism).

Of course, authoritarians using science as a cover have always been around (archive) (MozArchive), and they always brought disaster with them. Today it happens to be the anti-conspiracy community playing that role and holding science and humanity back. You'd think people would finally figure out to not fall for their tricks, but somehow they don't. Funnily, when they accuse anyone who refuses to bow down of science denial, they end up being the actual science deniers because they deny that popular theories can be questioned - when it's the essence of science to do so. Again, science cannot reject theories - not even conspiracy theories - apriori. Appeals to scientific consensus appear every so often in the authoritarian publications as an excuse for rejecting theories; about that, I will just quote Michael Crichton (archive) (MozArchive):

I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.
Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.
Angry, science-loving Wojak trying to get Chad to believe his favorite theories. Chad says No.

Poisoning the well / the flat Earth gambit

This is when the conspiracy denier picks the least serious, weakest, or most "out there" conspiracy theory to insert inside the box with all the others and dismiss them together. It is like releasing a skunk into the zoo to prevent people from checking out all the other animals. Some examples (archive) (MozArchive):

Other Truther Theories: Chemtrails, Shapeshifters and reptilians are real, Trump is a puppet, moon landing was fake, "space junk is a fraud."

Reptilians thrown together with very sane beliefs about Trump and the moon landing. And the space junk thing? Who cares? I've never even heard about it before. Clearly, no one seriously discusses this so including it is yet another attempt to poison the well. Another example (archive) (MozArchive):

Is Elvis still alive? What happens in Area 51? Who really killed JFK? And are our politicians and leaders in fact shapeshifting reptilian humanoids?

Again, the reptilians poison the questioning of Area 51 and JFK. Let's give one more (archive) (MozArchive) for good measure, since it is quality:

Readers React: Anti-vaxxers are like flat-Earthers. There is no vaccine ‘debate’
Saying there is a vaccine debate is analogous to saying there is a flat-Earth debate.

An even better one (archive) (MozArchive):

But the recent rise of flat earthers, anti-vaxxers and climate change skeptics seems to have caught people’s imagination and fueled wariness of science.

Vaccine and climate change skepticisms poisoned by the association with the flat Earth. The conspiracy deniers know that if a person dares to research a really well supported conspiracy theory (such as the 9/11 demolition theory or the moon landing hoax), they will forever be free from the mainstream mental chain. So they have to prevent that by making it seem like all non-mainstream ideas are ones with little merit (like FE and reptilians). Of course, the antidote to that is to realize that the alternative box doesn't even exist; all it means is "not from the elites". Just because something is "not from the elites", doesn't mean it's suddenly worth caring about. Among the pile of ideas there will ones with widely varying levels of quality. So examine each one on its own - something this gambit is trying to nip in the bud.

Meme about federal agents inserting flat earthers into discussions of alternative or conspiracy theories

Dismissing conspiracy theorists as psychologically defective

According to this site (archive) (MozArchive), people believe in conspiracy theories because they have these psychological traits:

Here is the problem with explaining the prevalence of conspiracy theories with mental defects: it only works if we are wrong. See, if our paranoia, distrust or pattern detection prevents us from eating cancer-causing GM food and / or injecting poisonous COVID vaccines - then we won! Our psychological traits worked for our benefit; while your blind trust in the benevolence of elites, herd mentality, and total unawareness of what happens around you have failed you. This is why - in the end - we need to discuss the evidence; the last thing the conspiracy deniers want to do. And when we do, it will be clear that the head-in-the-sand style psychology isn't doing the mainstream shills any favors (I could drop a few died suddenly cases here, but let's be nice...). Anyway, there are many (archive) more (archive) (MozArchive) sites (archive) (MozArchive) that try to dismiss conspiracy theories because of alleged psychological flaws of their proponents. But I want to cover one more specific one (archive) (MozArchive), since it brings up interesting things:

Humans have evolved to have cognitive biases, said Bastiaan Rutjens, a psychology professor at the University of Amsterdam. This brain tool was useful when we were hunters and gatherers, he explained. Noticing danger and distrusting our senses helped us survive.

See? Your primitive, caveman brain still has cognitive biases that make you believe conspiracy theories. The advanced, civilized human, holds only the right thoughts infused into him by the self-proclaimed experts from the ruling families.

“Cognitive biases were helpful in our ancestral past, but they are not useful today,” Rutjens said.

And why exactly? Has danger disappeared from the world? Humans are the most dangerous animals. But regardless, there are still falling trees, bears running around, poisonous plants, cold weather and a myriad other things that can kill us. Succumbing to a head-in-the-sand style psychology isn't useful in any possible world. Anyway, let's move on to the really juicy quotes:

From the anti-vaccine movement to the belief that the earth is flat, there seems to a growing distrust of science and institutions, and experts say it’s difficult to come up with an antidote to the erosion.
Experts now have less power than they used to because the traditional gatekeepers of knowledge have been lifted through social media, he explained.

Hahaha. They hate us cause they can't control us! Our alleged psychological defects boil down to not wanting to be domesticated human-doggies.

A policeman reminding you that you've done too much thinking recently

By the way, in the paper Growing a Bayesian Conspiracy Theorist: An Agent-Based Model (local), it is shown that a person can become a conspiracy theorist without being afflicted by any kind of mental defects. The computer model (based on the way real people work) shows that people's beliefs will end up all over the place depending on who and / or what they come in contact with, regardless of their psychology.

Given the fact that agents update their beliefs in a Bayesian manner, their cognitive system can be described as rational and entirely reasonable.
As such, we show that extreme beliefs such as conspiracies could emerge through entirely rational processes.

Of course, the authors are still mainstream cucks and dismiss conspiracy theorists as objectively mistaken and extreme, but we should admire them for being able to step out of their comfort zones and actually explore the possibility that a conspiracy theorist can emerge without reference to mental defects. The answer is yes, and the conspiracy theorists are crazy dismissal is dead on arrival!

Hypnosis / brainwashing by bad association

From https://www.npr.org/2021/03/02/971289977/through-the-looking-glass-conspiracy-theories-spread-faster-and-wider-than-ever (archive) (MozArchive):

Garland also is skeptical that the Sept. 11 attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists – even though they were. She doesn't believe that former President Barack Obama was born in the United States – even though he was. And she believes, falsely, that the coronavirus is just "another strain of the flu."

Falsely. They were. He was. Next up https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/conspiracy-theories (archive) (MozArchive):

About half of Americans believe in at least one disproven conspiracy theory (Oliver, J. E. & Wood, T. J., American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 58, No. 4, 2014)

Disproven (btw, the paper itself doesn't say this; yeah I've checked). And finally https://www.voanews.com/a/usa_fbi-director-concerned-about-qanons-potential-violence/6204582.html (archive) (MozArchive):

QAnon started out in 2017 as a baseless, online conspiracy theory that falsely claimed then-President Donald Trump was secretly battling a “deep state” cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

Baseless. Falsely.

You get the drill. Anytime the conspiracy deniers mention a conspiracy theory, they strike it down with the relevant adjective (or more than one); and the opposite for the mainstream theories. Being exposed to such associations hundreds of times, eventually, your brain begins to attach the concept of conspiracy theories to falsity and mainstream theory to truth. This might be their strongest tactic of all; there is no analysis involved in being flooded with adjectives, so the strategy bypasses all rational faculties. Pretty much infecting you with the associations they want present in your brain. Wikipedia does this all the time, too. But now that I have reminded you of it, you are immunized. Hey, a vaccine that actually works :D.

Focusing on strawmen or weak arguments

We will cover two topics here: COVID-19 and the moon landing; though this applies to every single conspiracy theory out there. Let's start with corona (archive) (MozArchive):

No one claimed HCQ is a cure-all, just that it works. Nice try, exaggerating the claim to the highest possible extent so that people think it's "too good to be true" and just dismiss it completely.

That tracking chip claim is very rare. We have to realize that for any conspiracy topic, some people will come up with highly "out there" theories. These might still have merit, but honest media outlets should use the strongest, most popular and developed theories as examples. The usual conspiracy theory in terms of the vaccines is that they've been designed to hurt and / or kill people. It's the one stated by experts like Michael Yeadon (archive) (MozArchive), Sherri Tenpenny (archive) (MozArchive) and Shankara Chetty (archive) (MozArchive). I've collected plenty of evidence for it, too.

About the latter two claims, I've literally never heard of them - and I've done hundreds of hours of research for my Corona report. Usually people say that masks just don't work. Of course, the best supported conspiracy theories are completely missed in this article - such as faking the case and death statistics.

Let's now see how the shills handle moon landing conspiracy theories. First of all, what's the strongest argument for the moon landing being a hoax? From Debunking Skeptics:

1. NASA's inability to send men to the moon today means they could not have in 1969
The strongest argument here is that if NASA can't go to the moon today after 40 years of technological advancements, then it certainly couldn't have in 1969, plain and simple.

Boom. Easy, and kills the entire moon myth in one sentence (but please read the entire argument). None of the "why do people still believe moon landing conspiracy theories?" turds the media shits out every so often bother to touch this argument. That alone should make you question their honesty. Let's list some examples:

What do they mention? The There aren't any stars in the background argument which Debunking Skeptics says explicitly not to use. The moon landing is fake because Stanley Kubrick filmed it. Wow! No one actually says this. First we prove it's a fake, then some people try to find out who's responsible - but it's not relevant to proving the fakery itself. Maybe we will never know who did it, but the hoax evidence will still stand on its own. The The American flags appear to "flap" in the breeze, for which the excuse that it was physically moved is given. But they won't show you the actual footage so you can judge for yourself if their explanation works:

Flag on the alleged moon moving as if it was windy

Other covered arguments like No Crater at Landing Site and The "C" rock are - again - minor ones. Though even the C rock is portrayed weakly because it doesn't mention the C on the ground. In my opinion, the fundaments of moon hoax shouldn't be the photo analysis arguments; they are just too dependent on interpretation most of the time, and require skill in the relevant discipline. On the other hand, argument number #1 is easily understandable by even children, and irrefutable. Yet the mainstream always focuses on the photo analysis because they can whip out a mildly believable excuse and prevent you from digging deeper. But hey, if the conspiracy deniers love the photo analysis arguments so much, why don't they touch this one? Literally proving there to be an artificial light in the photos. Another strong argument that's completely ignored are the deaths of Apollo One astronauts.

The conspiracy deniers have clearly never heard of the debate rule to only attack the opponents' arguments in their strongest forms. Actually, they reverse it here by completely ignoring the strongest or even average arguments and attacking the weakest ones or ones no one makes. Even then, they just can't resist adding jabs like cure-all. All of this is designed to make you think that conspiracy theorists only have a few easily dismissable ideas - because well, they are uneducated or psychologically deficient. The well thought out arguments are never ever covered or even mentioned. The conspiracy sites are not being linked to prevent you from reading the opposing views in their own words. Of course, the goal is to keep you inside that comfortable mainstream box - and you don't do that through a honest portrayal of your enemy. The deniers just flood you with hundreds upon hundreds of those shitty "debunking" (really dismissal) pieces (a single media site will usually have several with the same theme) - according to the idea that an often repeated lie becomes the truth. And all search engines aside from Mojeek will give those the preferential treatment. Also see Wikipedia's attitude towards conspiracy theories.

Running away from debate

Try to find me a debate between a prominent moon landing skeptic and a proponent. The only one that seems to exist is this five minute one from 2002 between Bart Sibrel and Phil Plait - which can't really be called a debate. But even there, Plait manages to admit that NASA's policy is to ignore it (it = the moon landing hoax theory). Since then, it's been complete silence on the part of the official story supporters.

Members of the FDA and CDC refused to debate a team of scientists (archive) (MozArchive) on the issue of vaccine safety. Steve Kirsch is still trying (archive) (MozArchive) and failing to find willing interlocutors.

David Griscom - a physicist from AE911 Truth - wasn't able to find a qualified opponent (archive) (MozArchive) willing to defend the official story publicly. In fact - searching around - I cannot find a single time a 9/11 demolition theory proponent has been debated.

A trend appears to be emerging. The conspiracy deniers have big mouths by themselves (especially when protected by the entire media complex) - but when a challenger appears, they all scatter. All they can muster is shouting expletives and throwing tomatoes from the sidelines, but are too cowardly to step into the ring. Then, they pathetically claim (archive) (MozArchive) that they just don't want to legitimize (MozArchive) conspiracy theories by giving them a platform. Ha! UPDATE: heh, thanks to the Hotez saga, we have two more sources (archive) (MozArchive) saying it directly:

There are many reasons why serious scientists should reject these invitations. One is that it gives liars and deceivers legitimacy.
By just appearing with these people, you give them a stature that implies they're equivalent, and they're not.

And another (archive) (MozArchive):

When scientists refuse these “debates,” the other side gets the opportunity to say that they are turning them down for fear of being challenged. [...] But these reactions are preferable to giving them a platform.
Klavier Gavin from Ace Attorney smugly asking 'Is that a groan of surrender I hear?'

The reality is - if the deniers were actually confident in their beliefs - they would have no problem taking on the conspiracy theorists. If our ideas are as stupid, as insane, as easily dismissible as they claim - they should be happy to embarass us on the big stage. Actually, the conspiracy deniers have already proven they do not mind butting heads with their opponents if they perceive them as weak - as shown with the avalanche of many hours long debates with flat Earthers available on YouTube. Suddenly, the deniers are not worried about legitimization of alternatives - because they know they can easily crush them, which actually delegitimizes them in the minds of the debate watchers. The legitimization excuse only comes up when they are worried they are going to lose. And that is why they avoid anyone other than the flat Earthers, which is the equivalent of beating up kids on the playground. They are the most pathetic of cowards. But - if they ever grow spines - us conspiracy theorists are waiting in the ring :D.

Big tech censorship

Trucy Wright from the Ace Attorney games threatening to disappear your evidence

If you can't refute, dismiss, or devalue it in any way - just pretend it doesn't exist. This has actually been done for a very long time, but went up to eleven during corona. I will show you a simple example right now. Here are the Google (Startpage lifts Google results) and Bing (Qwant lifts Bing results) search results, side-by-side for the query Christchurch shooting was faked:

Startpage (Google) results for the query 'Christchurch shooting was faked. Zero conspiracy results and many attacking conspiracy theories. Qwant results for the query 'Christchurch shooting was faked. Three conspiracy results included, one attack, and one news report.

Let's analyze the Google results one by one:

From none of the five results do we get an examination of the idea that the Christchurch shooting was faked. But we learn to hate disinformation, conspiracy theories and love censorship. Now compare to the Qwant (Bing) results:

Now, I am not here to tell you what happened or didn't happen at Christchurch, nor what the implications are, etc. I am not convinced of any particular version myself (though I realize the official story is full of holes). That's something you will have to investigate for yourself. The point is, Bing lets you do that, and Google does not. Now you might be asking: isn't Bing also big tech (Microsoft)? Sure, that's correct. But there is a reason why the elites do not bother to censor it with the same scrutiny, and that reason is this:

A statistics site showing the worldwide usage of search engines in May 2023, with Google eclipsing the competition

It would simply require too much effort for too little gain. Believe me or not, but I have a lot of experience doing search engine testing, and I have never once seen a conspiracy result appear on Google. I am sure they have a big team working on improving the algorithms and manually delisting the results, because a (general) AI simply can't get 100% accuracy like this. Remember - also - that Google doesn't just hide conspiracy content completely, but also pushes certain narratives as the first results for specific queries. This can even be seen with the Christchurch issue, where irrelevant results were clearly manually inserted - like the terrorism one, which has zero to do with the query. There is no way to do this without human analysis of each relevant topic. Anytime a new important event happens, the Google employees have to gather and immediately start killing the conspiracy results while shoving us official propaganda. And the elites can't afford to duplicate this kind of effort for Bing - an engine with less than 3% usage.

The situation gets worse for the other engines once you realize that Yandex and Baidu aren't really used outside of Russia and China, respectively. So the usage percentages for Google will be even higher in European countries. This probably makes the elites not want to bother with anything but Google. It was never about catching absolutely all fish, but only the vast majority - which the elites have succeeded in. They know that a person who's tech aware enough to ditch Google has already escaped the trap, and would also leave Bing if they detected the same kind of censorship there. So the elites would rather focus their efforts on where they actually matter - which is the 90+% of regular people that will never escape their Google-shaped cage. By the way, there is an even better engine in terms of fishing out conspiracy results - namely Mojeek. It gives ones such as these:

Mojeek results for the query 'Christchurch shooting was faked'. Lots of obscure, conspiracy theory results shown.

Jew World Order :D. Now that's a result you will probably never find in any other engine. Nor most of the other obscure ones, to be honest. Therefore, this is the search engine I recommend for researchers. Anyway, here's your exposition of the Big Tech magical disappearing acts...but, this is just the beginning. I have only covered the search engines. TBD Facebook, Twitter, etc...

Why does any of this matter?

Do you like living? Do you like living with dignity, or as a piece of trash? The future of humanity will depend on whether the anti-conspiracy mindset spreads far or is curbed soon. This is why I wanted to whip this article out quickly. Consider these facts:

I could continue but you get the drill. All of these are - guess what - parts of a massive worldwide conspiracy by the ruling psychopaths, to abuse you and keep power. Even though they have enough influence at various institutions to run scams like the moon landing or COVID, the conspiracy still can't work without the belief of a regular person like you and me. I mean, consider the factor by which we outnumber the criminals even if we take into account the lower ranks. And so, perhaps the piece of the puzzle they need the most is convincing you that none of this is real and everything is going great. That's where the media, the pseudoskeptical organizations, and the youtube shills come in. Annoyingly, they have also managed to recruit a lot of regular people to regurgitate the nonsense (on places like Twitter, Reddit, etc...), becoming useful idiots that work against their own interests. What the anti-conspiracy cult really seeks to do, is to hide their own crimes, of course. And the lower ranks cover for the higher, often unknowingly. But since they cannot justify themselves by evidential, logical or ethical means, they need to resort to the tricks. Anything so that you don't perceive, think, act. But since the tricks have now been exposed, you will do that now, right? Hopefully, we will be able remove the criminals from power, and create a sane world.

A crusader using his shield to block arrows

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