Everyone’s favorite dentist/lawyer/nutter, Orly Taitz, has a post on her blog that provides key insight into how the mind of a conspiracy theorist works. The principle dynamic at work in such a mind is confirmation bias; everything that weighs against their theory is automatically filtered out and explained away, while entirely mundane facts are twisted to make them appear to support that theory even when they don’t. A perfect example is her response to the latest judge to dismiss one of her many cases:
Another point – Judge Carter state in court and in his order that I told people to call him This is not true. Who told it to judge Carter? His new clerk, fresh out of Perkins Coie, law firm, that represented Obama, in some 100 cases?
A textbook example of how the mind of the conspiracist will seize on any connection, no matter how tenuous, to dismiss anyone who opposes him and wrap them up into the conspiracy. Perkins Coie is a huge law firm with over 700 attorneys. So Taitz finds out that one former Perkins Coie attorney is a clerk for this judge and notes that Bob Bauer is from Perkins Coie and – A HA! – that explains everything. Except, of course, it doesn’t.
The funny thing is that when this case was assigned to Carter and he ordered a hearing, Taitz praised him, saying, “For the first time, we have a judge who’s listening.” Press releases were sent out praising Carter and noting that he’s a former marine. The Worldnutdaily was all over it, saying this was a big turning point. Now, of course, he’s just a mindless judge under the control of one of his clerks.
How long will it take for those citizens to revolt? Washington Post has written that 8 out of 10 Americans know about this issue. According to AOL-it’s 85%. This number is growing. How long will those people be silent?
Another classic bit of confirmation bias. In Taitz mind, 80% of the public knowing about the issue goes through that silly straw filter in her brain and magically transforms into a massive silent majority who supports her and knows she’s right. And if she has to vastly exaggerate their numbers, that’s fine:
4,5 million marched on Washington DC on September the 12th.
4-5 million? For crying out loud, even the organizers of the damn thing only exaggerated it up to 2 million and that was an obvious enough lie. But this is routine for the conspiracist. Contrary information is automatically filtered out and irrelevant information is twisted and exaggerated – whatever it takes to maintain one’s delusion.