Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The question I find intriguing is not the logicality or otherwise of a set of beliefs, but their functionality.  Why is it in someones interests to believe (say) that science is all a conspiracy.  I can see why climate change deniers don't want to have to give up their SUVs, but belief systems are ,ore difficult to explain on those terms.

The importance of wanting to beling to a tightly knit group - ideally contra-defined to a hostile world will obviously appeal to a paranoid mindset, but it doesn't explian the content of those beliefs that the group hold dear.

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jan 24th, 2009 at 05:35:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:


Occasional Series