long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Another hoax to learn from

A lot of people wonder how to break the M2C hoax.

I agree that it is astonishing that the M2C hoax has stayed alive as long as it has. It is being maintained through censorship and confusion, but more and more people are catching on.

In upcoming posts, we'll discuss ways you can break the hoax, at least for some people. As I mentioned yesterday, employees of the M2C citation cartel will not change their minds. Nor will the perpetrators of the M2C hoax. But many M2C believers will, once they realize how they have been manipulated.

Before we discuss the methodology, we have to understand that the M2C hoax started over 100 years ago. I have a post scheduled soon titled "100 years" that focuses on a seminal publication dated 1919.

This means we're dealing with a well-entrenched hoax.

To make it worse, the M2C hoax has had a quasi-official endorsement because it has been overtly taught at CES and BYU for decades.

Talking to people about the M2C hoax will give you a chance to observe cognitive dissonance in real time.

People who believe the hoax will fall into what Scott Adams calls a "hoax funnel." As you debunk the hoax step-by-step, they will descend further into the funnel.

We are fortunate right now because we have two highly visible hoaxes as examples.

Yesterday I mentioned the Russia hoax.

The second hoax is the "fine people" hoax; i.e., the false claim that President Trump called neo-Nazis and racists in Charlottesville "fine people."

Because the media pushed the hoax so aggressively, it has taken two years for the "fine people" hoax to be debunked. Of course, there are still some media figures and politicians who are trying to keep it alive. It has proven very useful for them and they don't want to give it up. You may know someone who still believes the hoax. A lot of people do.

For today, I'll encourage you to read Scott Adams' description of the hoax funnel as it applies to the "fine people" hoax. As you read his post, think of all the similarities to the M2C hoax.

Here is the link to his post:


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