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9/11 thirteenth anniversary: we are getting there

The people who orchestrated 9/11 were discussed on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. At that time I hadn’t given much thought to the question of mechanism or means, and endorsed ideas that I now know to be incorrect. Now that we have the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 before us, it’s time to consider an overview of the how behind 9/11, especially in light of some very interesting developments in recent years. This overview won’t answer all questions, but the reader who looks at the references at length will undoubtedly get the impression that we’re getting there.

Some readers may recall that when 9/11 skepticism was catching on, say around the mid-2000s, some odd personalities seemed to discredit the skeptics by engaging in apparent instances of strawman sockpuppeting. A strawman sockpuppet is a false flag identity adopted by controlled opposition to make genuine opposition look ludicrous. An apparent attempt to discredit skeptics was the argument that no planes hit the twin towers.

In recent years, however, there’s been a noticeable increase in the proportion of skeptics who’ve endorsed the argument that no planes hit the twin towers on 9/11. 9/11 skeptics have organized major international conferences; recent ones were held in Toronto (2012) and Vancouver (2014). The Vancouver 2014 conference differed from earlier conferences in that it focused on no-holds-barred ideas that were catching on and the probable perpetrators, whereas the earlier ones had focused on broad consensus issues.

Many big 9/11-truth-movement names stayed away from the Vancouver conference because they didn’t want to lend any credence to some of the “wild arguments” that this conference was going to discuss, such as the “no official planes” theory that many big figures in the skeptical community, such as Jim Fetzer, have endorsed. So what has caused this major shift in attitudes?

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The people who orchestrated 9/11 were discussed on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. At that time I hadn’t given much thought to the question of mechanism or means, and endorsed ideas that I now know to be incorrect. Now that we have the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 before us, it’s time to consider an overview of the how behind 9/11, especially in light of some very interesting developments in recent years. This overview won’t answer all questions, but the reader who looks at the references at length will undoubtedly get the impression that we’re getting there.

Some readers may recall that when 9/11 skepticism was catching on, say around the mid-2000s, some odd personalities seemed to discredit the skeptics by engaging in apparent instances of strawman sockpuppeting. A strawman sockpuppet is a false flag identity adopted by controlled opposition to make genuine opposition look ludicrous. An apparent attempt to discredit skeptics was the argument that no planes hit the twin towers.

In recent years, however, there’s been a noticeable increase in the proportion of skeptics who’ve endorsed the argument that no planes hit the twin towers on 9/11. 9/11 skeptics have organized major international conferences; recent ones were held in Toronto (2012) and Vancouver (2014). The Vancouver 2014 conference differed from earlier conferences in that it focused on no-holds-barred ideas that were catching on and the probable perpetrators, whereas the earlier ones had focused on broad consensus issues.

Many big 9/11-truth-movement names stayed away from the Vancouver conference because they didn’t want to lend any credence to some of the “wild arguments” that this conference was going to discuss, such as the “no official planes” theory that many big figures in the skeptical community, such as Jim Fetzer, have endorsed. So what has caused this major shift in attitudes?

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Two critical questions that remain unanswered:

1) How does one come to identify with a group?

2) What are the environmental triggers of oxytocin?

Science 11 June 2010:
Vol. 328. no. 5984, pp. 1408 - 1411
DOI: 10.1126/science.1189047
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The Neuropeptide Oxytocin Regulates Parochial Altruism in Intergroup Conflict Among Humans
Carsten K. W. De Dreu,1,* Lindred L. Greer,1 Michel J. J. Handgraaf,1 Shaul Shalvi,1 Gerben A. Van Kleef,1 Matthijs Baas,1 Femke S. Ten Velden,1 Eric Van Dijk,2 Sander W. W. Feith3
Humans regulate intergroup conflict through parochial altruism; they self-sacrifice to contribute to in-group welfare and to aggress against competing out-groups. Parochial altruism has distinct survival functions, and the brain may have evolved to sustain and promote in-group cohesion and effectiveness and to ward off threatening out-groups. Here, we have linked oxytocin, a neuropeptide produced in the hypothalamus, to the regulation of intergroup conflict. In three experiments using double-blind placebo-controlled designs, male participants self-administered oxytocin or placebo and made decisions with financial consequences to themselves, their in-group, and a competing out-group. Results showed that oxytocin drives a “tend and defend” response in that it promoted in-group trust and cooperation, and defensive, but not offensive, aggression toward competing out-groups.
1 Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 15, 1018 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2 Department of Psychology, Leiden University, Postbox 9555, 2300 RB, Netherlands.
3 Stichting AllesKits, Cypruslaan 410, 3059 XA Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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