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  1. raven says

    Polykookery is quite common.

    A lot of crackpots carefully gather all delusions in one place and splice them together.

    It’s not unusual to see a fundie xian who is a homophobic, global warming denier, anti-vaxxer, racist, creationist, Tea Partier, faith healer, demon ridden, UFO abductee, Bigfoot searcher, and Gibbertarian.

    The principle here is very old. In for a penny, in for a pound. If you are going to believe silly things, deny reality, and live in a demon haunted world, might as well collect them all.

  2. raven says

    We’ve been having sporadic outbreaks of whooping cough (Pertussis) here on the coast for years.

    There is one going on now that has hit thousands, mostly young children. Already one infant has died. A few years ago, 4 died.

    Anti-vaxxer is one delusion that can and does kill.

  3. frrolfe says

    sorry for asking but is that the moron’s real name or is he trying to be “vox dei”? on a more important point, have none of these people ever heard of “herd immunity” ?

  4. slc1 says

    re frrolfe @ #3

    His real name is Theodore Beale. His, father, Robert Beale, is currently serving a stretch in the slammer for tax evasion, threatening a federal judge and jumping bail.

  5. frrolfe says

    @ slc1. thank you for that. i read wnd when they’re mentioned here or by fred clark. i live in ireland so i dont know too much about the personalities involved. even by criminally insane wingnut standards they never cease to amaze. do none of their “readers” know that you can google their authors and get the cure for cancer free?

  6. machintelligence says

    Orac, on his blog Respectful Insolence, refers to this phenomenon as crank magnetism.

  7. Emptyell says

    Raven @ 1

    “The principle here is very old. In for a penny, in for a pound. If you are going to believe silly things, deny reality, and live in a demon haunted world, might as well collect them all.”

    Great fund raising idea for skeptics groups. Delusional action figures. Collect them all!

  8. footface says

    A commenter at the Vox Day anti-vax thread actually cites Wakefield. Favorably.

  9. Ichthyic says

    His, father, Robert Beale, is currently serving a stretch in the slammer for tax evasion, threatening a federal judge and jumping bail.

    yeah, but it’s OK, see, ’cause GOD wanted Robert Beale to kill that judge.

    no shit, that was actually entered into evidence at his trial.

  10. Sastra says

    I think a good part of the reason for crank magnetism is that pseudoscience and religion tend to create or foster a conspiracy mindset. The TRUTH is hidden from the ordinary folks of the world, but there is a small group of people who understand what’s really going on below the surface.

    Buy into this melodrama, and the most implausible scenarios — narratives where respected experts are turned into monsters — start to sound reasonable.

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