Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fallacies of the 9/11 Truth Movement

I think the Truth Movement is correct in believing that there are many important unanswered questions in the Official Story. However, I think they have wasted most of their energy by focusing on the most extreme conspiracy theories that are at best not supported by facts and at worst self contradictory. In my review of Truth Movement literature I have found a few common fallacies:

  • The fog of war. The Truth Movement fails to comprehend the chaotic environment of a disaster such as 9/11. In situations where people are under great stress They often perceive and communicate poorly. This phenomenon is called “the fog of war” in the military. Truth Movement proponents seize on minor inconsistencies and misperceptions in witness reports and ascribe the most sinister interpretations to them.
  • The dilettante expert. Many of the individuals used as expert sources for topics such as building demolition, aviation, and the military by the Truth Movement are novices in the relevant topic. Often they have PhD’s after their names usually in unrelated disciplines such as philosophy or drama.
  • All who don’t believe are evil. The Truth Movement often treats anyone that does not agree with them as evil collaborators who have sold out to the US military industrial complex. This goes so far as to label people such as Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman as government surrogates with virtually no more evidence than that they don’t ascribe to Truth Movement beliefs. .
  • Occam’s Razor. Occam’s razor “states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory.” It is a basic tenet of the scientific method, that we take the simplest of two equal hypothesis. Instead the Truth Movement creates the most convoluted and contradictory theories.
  • The nature of false flag conspiracies. Conspiracies do exist. No one denies that 9/11 was a conspiracy. The last major fallacy of the Truth Movement is that they fail to understand the nature of false flag conspiracies.

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