There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff — we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.
If everyone seeing this today donates $5, we will meet our goal for 2018.
| Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.|
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with !
Archives for this talk page:
Another example: "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast
When WotW was broadcast on radio on Oct 30 1938, many listeners thought a real alien invasion was happening, despite many details of the script being changed "to tone down the realism".
The Delicious Irony of Poe's Law
Would it be worth mentioning A.J's claims of being a performance artist? I feel like it's related but I'm new here. Feel free to delete this.
- Sounds like it's related, but it's not a confirmation... --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 22:13, 5 May 2017 (UTC)
why is Szilveszter Matuska here?
"Szilveszter Matuska was a 1930s-era terrorist who derailed trains. Historians believe he was possibly motivated by sexual gratification (symphorophilia), although the exact motive is not known for sure. Some analysts suggest similar dynamics may be at work today in some cases of Islamic terrorism (the 72-virgins thing being an obvious example)."
Occam's Razor as applied to Poe's Law?
I have made an observation - unfortunately because I glanced at the comments section at the bottom of a news article and promptly started smashing my head against my desk.
The observation is that there are a lot of stupid comments which are so stupid that Poe's Law applies. It was then noted that the poster behind these comments was the same person - and they had a habit of prolific Poe's Law-ing - leading me to conclude their belief was sincere (which made it all the funnier)
This led me to wonder: does it make fewer assumptions to suggest that genuine parodists of any sort of ingenuity are fairly rare, especially when compared to the number of ignorant people. There hence, Occam's Razor comes into play - suggesting that many (most?) candidates for Poe's Law are in fact sincere?
NB: This is a depressing thought