Skepticism

9/11

Today, of course, is the sixth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil. As most of you know, this event has inspired a new, very vocal generation of conspiracy theorists who have accused the American government of demolishing the World Trade Center and murdering thousands of people. The leaps of logic it takes to believe such a thing are too much to even broach here, but since this is a skeptical web site and this is such an important anniversary, I’ll just link to a great blog called Screw Loose Change. Looks like Pat, one of the blog authors, will be on AM radio tonight: info here. Check it out if you can! Otherwise, just take a moment to be grateful for the team of skeptics out there fighting against a vast tide of misinformed conspiracy believers.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. You know, in my opinion the most important quote from the BBC article linked to by Meri is this one:

    Dr Seffen's research could help inform future building design.

    Absolutely nothing the CT-ers are doing is providing any progress. The research being done by those who actually know how things work, or who figured out how things came to pass, will save lives in the future.

  2. OK, I'm reposting because the emphasis is important in the message I was trying to get across:

    You know, in my opinion the most important quote from the BBC article linked to by Meri is this one:

    Dr Seffen’s research could help inform future building design.

    Absolutely nothing the CT-ers are doing is providing any progress. The research being done by those who actually know how things work, or who figured out how things came to pass, will save lives in the future.

  3. This raggedy looking guy that I ran into while walking the other day, just started talking to me, and was all about how he disliked government regulation. I was bored, so I decided to play devil's advocate to this guy's ideas, though I did agree with some of them. Anyways, he goes from generally reasonable libertarian to straight up jackass in about 2 seconds. First he doesn't like how politicians always seem to get their "piece of the pie" when forming legislation, and then he gives me this: "you know Bush set up the attacks on the twin towers", followed by other gems, such as "that building in Oklahoma City that was blown up was filled with all kinds of super explosives, and the guy that did it was trained to do it, he went through a whole training program for it". This is of course some of the best entertainment you can really find, so I milked it for all it was worth, saying things like "I'm not sure I would believe any of that without evidence". He told me that his friend's friend (a CIA agent) met with him every week to tell him all the government's secrets…

    Idiots, what would we do without them?

  4. Conspiracy theorists must be super impressed with Bush. I mean, he managed to implement a highly complex plan that involved bizarre steps. Like very directly implicate Saudi Arabia in the attack, use that as a way to somehow draw a tenuous link to Iraq. It would be like staging a confession by Sally and using it to convict Bob.

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