Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for September 06, 2009
Mark: Wonder why coffee's so addictive? Probably a government plot... we're still talking to conspiratologist Page Griffin about American gullibility... Man: It's quite remarkable, Mark... Americans believe in many things that can't be verified. For instance, almost half of us believe in ghosts and 40% in alien abductions. And that availability to alternative reality is reflected in conspiracy theory. From truthism, which holds Bush was behind 9/11, to birthism. And, of course, we still have many legacy fringe groups like the JFK grassy knollers, the staged moon landingists, etc. Mark: Professor, is there any counter to these powerful theorists? Man: Not really, Mark. Only the reasonists. Mark: Reasonists? Man: They believe in an evidence-based world, something called rationalism. But it's a tiny group, not so influential.