The art of lying: Conspiracy?
Many of today's big issues are complex beasts we cannot comprehend. At least not most regular people.
Who can lead a life in regular jobs and understand the complete effect of climate change? Unless you study this discipline yourself, you cannot even judge if the reports are accurate. A climate scientist will not understand all the details of pandemic research.
A scientist can understand if a report in another field is completely bogus but must trust that the authors have a grasp of the field.
Non-scientists can only hope and trust that most of the science is correct. In here lies the problem. Most of us do not understand the basics of science! You have to choose who to trust!
Point out “Them”
This is how you can catch people off-guard that do not have enough understanding of science. Start by making your audience know that “They” are lying to us. Us being the people in the room, following you.
They are a vague group of people, like “the Government” or even better “the Cabal”. Once you have established that they are lying, you can move in and show what the truth is, and who to trust.
This tactic has one purpose; to make sure people trust you and no-one else. Others can persuade your audience that you are wrong, and you are never wrong!
Only the suspicion of a grander deception can stop people from looking closely at your information. To make everything work for you, you must make sure people look for the truth they already know to be true. You told them, so it is absolutely true and again; you are always right.
Cherry pick your data
When people think about other ideas, they will try to understand what the issue actually is. In this situation, you need to “assist” them in seeing the very few pieces of information that support your opinion. Remember; You are always right!
You can achieve this by picking any research paper, find a word that sounds scary and show that it is in the report. Shedding is a good one for vaccines. It sounds extremely nefarious, so make sure that nobody realises that this term is used to measure how big the risk is of spreading the disease.
Instead, make everybody believe that this is what the vaccines make a human body do after vaccination. Any educated people that say that it is not the case, are with “Them”, so you cannot trust them.
Simplify all issues.
Exactly how a global issue will affect us will be complex beyond a single person's comprehension. Any science must therefore use models, which are complex. This is necessary!
If you want to be right, no matter what, you need to simplify more. If there is snow on the ground, there is no global warming! This is an example of going overboard with simplification. When you have a following, you can easily get away with this because you are always right. You established that earlier.
When you have established the simplest thing, any complications are there to confuse your tribe. Your followers now understand that only your word works as the truth.
Evidence can many times be overwhelming against your opinion. In this case, sow doubt about who is showing the other side.
The fossil fuel industry has been extremely good at pointing out that some scientists are doubting the effects that climate change will have. Those scientists were, of course, picked by the fossil fuel industry to support their agenda. Most were not climate scientists, though they had some kind of degree.
Make it all about feelings
You can also call it intuition. Anything that people already believe, you can use to enhance your point of view. When any efforts to change things threaten people's current views, it is easy to make them believe you.
Any other people in the debate are against you and your tribe. Use this to your advantage, you can make people do anything for you if they are convinced that you are protecting them.
Now, evil overlords; stop reading and get to work…
Wait a minute! Don’t do this. Instead, always look for how much any argument becomes about undefined threats and groups. Also, watch out for impassionate speeches that seek to hide the real complexity of the world.
When you see a model, or other simplification, make sure you know the purpose of the model. If it does not clarify, seek another model.