Haunting Misconceptions of Our Minds
The media and internet are dangerous places to be on. The world wide web is a great place to start up a tornado of stories and conspiracies about many different topics. One can simply post a detailed article with photos on Facebook, saying they saw the Loch Ness Monster which may cause rumors to spread. Tons of rumors and conspiracies of alien visitations, vaccines causing autism, and the Bermuda triangle circulate the media and internet, spreading the belief of them. People have apparently seen, heard, felt, or even captured proof of UFOs, Bigfoot, and crop circles. Many say that 9/11, as well as the Holocaust were a hoax and that they were made up for the fun of them. Our race is being fooled by the trickery of the numerous errors in thinking that prove all these wrong. Three different errors in thinking, though, cause severe problems for many humans.
The first error in thinking that causes serious problems for people is the argument from ignorance. One example of this error in thinking is the rumor of alien and UFO visitation. (Many → Countless) Countless amounts of individuals supposedly see flying saucer-like planes in the sky or little gray men in forests, and they automatically insist it must be UFOs and aliens. The problem is that no one knows what that is, so the witnesses can not say it is an alien or UFO. (I,ccI) Another example of an argument from ignorance are ouija boards. Lots of people play with Ouija boards and blame the Ouija board, and the “spirits” that control them as the reason strange (event → phenomenon) phenomenon happen during as well as afterward. For instance, if a candle was blown out while someone played with an Ouija board, they blame it on the Ouija board, but the candle could have been blown out by simply the person’s breath. A third example of this type of (error → misconception) misconception in thought are crop circles. People always blame crop circles on aliens and UFOs, but they do not know what truly did make them. The markings could have been made by other humans, and now, it has been proven that man can make them quickly with just a plank of wood. Argument from ignorance is one error in thinking that causes massive complications for plenty of people.
The second error in thinking that gets in people’s way is that we rarely appreciate the role of chance and coincidence. The first example of this error in thinking are ouija boards. Sometimes a name is spelled out when people play with Ouija boards. (ID) Later, the name might come up again in their normal life which they blame the Ouija board and spirits on. This event, though, could have been purely a coincidence or even set up. The next example of this mistake in thinking that people miss is the Bermuda triangle. The Bermuda triangle is supposedly where many pilots have disappeared mysteriously possibly because of aliens. This is just another role of coincidence, though; other locations exist where many more pilots die or disappear than the amount in the Bermuda triangle. The final example of the difficulty people have with the role of chance and coincidence are alien abductions. Loads of people tell stories and accounts that are similar to something like they wake up in the morning in their living room with a bruise on their knee. They might have been abducted by aliens who inserted an alien implant into their knee, but this is most likely just a role of chance. The person probably was sleepwalking and hurt their knee in the process. The roles of chance and coincidence pop up everywhere in everyday life, and many people miss them very easily.
The final error in thinking that is especially significant is the over-reliance upon anecdotal evidence. One example of empirical evidence are alien and UFO visitations. Hundreds of people say they have an entire story of how they, for instance, have seen a UFO in the sky and chased it down to find out its purpose. Although that might have been an extraordinary story, it could have also been made up. (D,I) The witness might have even seen it in a movie or a book and accidentally forgot it was not real. A second example of this error in thinking are alien abductions. There is a multitude of stories online that talk about alien abductions people had and what they saw and heard. Once more, these stories could be amazing and well-thought out, but they are probably fake. Physical evidence, though, would spark up some interest. A last example of the difficulty people have with personal accounts and stories is Bigfoot. There are stories upon stories of humans seeing Bigfoot or large footprints in the forest, but once again, they could have been all made up or confused with a movie because we humans have faulty memories. Stories and personal accounts come up almost everywhere, and way too many people believe in this error in thinking.
These three errors in thinking cause a lot of problems for people. Many other errors prove these and other conspiracies wrong, and those mistakes should be understood as well. Everyone should know and care about the mistakes in thinking because many people believe in things that can be easily proven fake with an error in thinking. Knowing the errors helps all human beings know the difference between real and fake evidence about strange rumors and conspiracies that are lurking everywhere. The easiest ones to find are on the internet and media. One quick made up story and photoshopped image can spread rumors like a forest fire. Some are easier to determine if they are fake or not, but some are tricky. Sometimes, knowing the errors in thinking can save people from disastrous consequences.