How to spot a fake articles and real articles

This page lists ways to spot garbage or scam written content and ignore it. This is a developing page. As I find more keywords I'll add them here. Fake articles In essence, if a headline contains the following list of words or sentence structure, you can safely ignore it. Fake articles are basically hype that gives you hope personally of being saved from your daily troubles. Generally, good news is fake and bad news is real, unless it affects you or your immediate social circle. So, some examples of fake news would be cures for obesity, cures for cancer, easy money solutions, etc. Examples of real news would be trials that show some promise on some forms of obesity or cancer, and articles which tell you how to save money rather than "quick fix" money solutions.  Scam articles in general, appeal to lowest-common denominator features of humanity: sex, vanity, food, greed, personal finance problems, seeing the future, etc. Real articles appeal to humanity at large, e.g. poli

Simple way to distinguish right and left wing

People use the terms right and left wing with only an intuitive understanding. This post clarifies. Right wing: a. Low empathy for people having difficult lives or difficult experiences, and victim-blaming; e.g. women and GBV (claiming that "they wear the wrong clothes"), the poor are to blame for their own poverty because they're "lazy" or they "must pick themselves up by the bootstraps". b. High levels of individualism and self-pride, insistence on the notion of being "self-made", disregarding their social context and accidents of birth. c. Low levels of tolerance for change. "Conservative" means to conserve or resist change, to preserve. Insistence on "traditional family values", or "religious morality" or some "glorious past" which we want to "go back to" (MAGA). E.g. women's place is at home maintaining the home. d. Small government, low levels of government intervention (usually). Pe

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Conspiracy theorists and how to deal with them

Firstly, this is not an academic paper, it's merely some preliminary ideas. Secondly, it's not meant to be persuasive. It's just a few considerations which may clarify. What causes conspiratorial thinking? In order to believe a proposition or statement, like "London is in England", you have to either take the statement on faith or on evidence; just as one takes, for example, the question of the existence of God on faith or on evidence. In the case of conspiracy theorists, they seem to be initially taking things on evidence, because they cite evidence in support of their claims. However, and what is particularly interesting about conspiracy theorists, is that they seem to have unshakeable faith in their chosen conspiracies, once they have settled upon them. That is, they become immune to evidence thereafter, specifically counter-evidence, and thus, we can argue, they become more faith-based once they have selected the theory that in their view, best accounts for th