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How Skeptics Confronted 9/11 Denialism

Posted in News by Skepdude on September 22, 2009



wtc-southtowerUS, September 11, 2009 (Pal Telegraph)- Skeptics today bemoan the overwhelming proportion of people who claim to believe in all manner of conspiracy theories from the JFK assassination to the origins of HIV-AIDS. For that reason, it may be worthwhile to take a moment to stop and celebrate one area in which skeptical advocacy has been overwhelming successful: the world of 9/11 conspiracies. Through the work of scholars like Michael Shermer and James Meigs, along with everyday skeptics on the grassroots level, critical inquiry has been overwhelmingly successful in calling these conspiracy theorists to task.

A tragedy on a scale at least comparable to Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination was bound to inspire a conspiracy subculture, but the takeoff success of the viral Internet documentary Loose Change and the movement it created was unprecedented. Looking out on the world in 2005 when Change became one of the most-watched Internet videos of all time, with over ten million unique viewers1, it was hard to anticipate a future that was anything but bleak for those who felt it was their duty to defend history from such pseudohistorians.

Yet, in just under four years, the 9/11 “truth movement” has ground to a halt. Apart from the fundamental incoherence of their theories, the downfall of the 9/11 denier juggernaut was good old-fashioned skepticism at its finest, the kind that conjures visions of James Randi challenging psychics and faith healers on their home turfs and winning. Skeptics are better at their jobs than they think, and its important to give credit where credit is due.


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  1. DoYouEverWonder said, on September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    What a load of bull. The truth about 9/11 is going nowhere because Congress and the DOJ refuse to do their jobs and will never do a real investigation.

    There is only so far that activism can go, when our own government does everything it can to prevent anyone from knowing the truth and has billions to spend to spread crap like this around the internet.

    • Skepdude said, on September 23, 2009 at 9:38 AM

      So let me get this straight: the government is covering up: 911 conspiracy, UFO conspiracy, Big Pharma conspiracy, JFK conspiracy, New World Order conspiracy, AIDS creation conspiracy, Water Fluoridation conspiracy, Global Warming conspiracy, Zionist conspiracy….etc etc etc. Really? Do YOU ever wonder?

  2. albury said, on September 23, 2009 at 5:48 AM

    How true, Skepdude. What’s left of the 9/11 “truth movement,” unfortunately, is too far gone to listen, however.

    • Skepdude said, on September 23, 2009 at 9:34 AM

      And one needs to look only one comment further up from yours to be reminded of that sad truth!

      • albury said, on September 23, 2009 at 10:49 AM

        You and I are both “disinfo agents” who are paid by the real perps to cover up 9/11, Skep, and if you argue with these nuts, you usually get harassed and then banned, as I’ve found out on too many “truth” web sites. My latest attempt at responding to this insanity is here:
        Some of my posts haven’t shown up, and in addition to constant insults from several readers there, one has claimed to be the moderator and has threatened to ban me from the site. This is what passs for honest discussion with them, and Niels Harrit told me in response to an email I sent him that he can’t interfere with their “editorial duties.”
        He’s one of the folks who “discovered” the alleged thermitic material in the WTC dust, if you’re not keeping up with current developments. Between you and me, I think he could discover it in a ham sandwich too. :-))

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