Rescue boat far from shore in a rip tide is edging up to a panicking swimmer gripping his would be rescuer with all his might sinking under water while thrashing about futilely. The stun rod is held upright at the back of the boat flashing electric blue streaks flickering against the darkening sky.
The Scottish Word:

Sweem.

Anither rip tide swimmer that’s droonin. Grippin their would be rescuer like a limpet ahn thrashin awa agin the current, goin nowhere.

They remind me o aw the conspiracy theorists ah ken.

It aw seems so reasonable.

Grippin a rescue sweemer tae save the sweemer the bother o haein tae grip them.

Ahn noo they think they’re helpin wi the sweem back tae safety o the shore.

Which is receding by the second.

Bampots!

Haun me the painfu nummer one serious stunnin rod Nigel please.

Translate:

sweem: swim.

Another rip tide swimmer that’s drowning. Gripping their would be rescuer like a limpet and thrashing away against the current, going nowhere.

They remind me of all the conspiracy theorists I know.

It all seems so reasonable.

Gripping a rescue swimmer to save the swimmer the bother of having to grip them.

And now they think they’re assisting with the swim back to safety of the shore.

Which is receding by the second.

Idiots!

Hand me the painful number one serious stunning rod Nigel please.

swim
The Scottish Word: sweem with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

It’s Personal.

Researchers find that reasons for believing in conspiracy theories can be grouped into three categories:
•The desire for understanding and certainty
•The desire for control and security
•The desire to maintain a positive self-image.

All three are personal and if challenged directly will trigger emotion which means that undeniable facts will fail to get through the barrier the feelings.

More here: Psychology Today – 2018.

Empathy, patience, genuine listening to each other’s points of view, personal stories and thoughtful discussion seems to be the way to go. The six rules of engagement by Jovan Byford.

If relatives and friends are telling you that your ideas are ‘mad’ and you get really angry about it. Bad luck.

Only you can help yourself.

Cognitive Bias.

And on top of all that we all suffer from cognitive bias which doesn’t help any of us.

Dr. Itamar Shatz from Cambridge provides a research-based informative blog here about cognitive bias with some ideas you can use to get an understanding and counter techniques.

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