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Happy New Year to you all. Here is a link to a recent study that… 
2nd-Jan-2006 11:47 am
Dilbert
Happy New Year to you all.

Here is a link to a recent study that says "Sizeable Minorities [in the US] Still Believe Saddam Hussein Had Strong Links to Al Qaeda, Helped Plan 9/11 and Had Weapons of Mass Destruction":

http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=623

What we can see here is that people are too quick to believe what the authorities tell them, particularly those with whom they identify (in this case, Bush voters), and the second problem is that once people started to believe something it is very hard to "unlearn" an idea they have become accustomed to and have become fond of. This is particularly true for "simple explanations". Nobody wants to hear the complex truth. Simple and black/white is much easier.
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3rd-Jan-2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Of course, if this works with educated US people, this works all the better with Muslim people. I read the young Muslims in Germany have similar chain letters (or chain SMS) they pass on because they sound good for Muslims. For example the story of a young girl who was transformed into a beastly looking "rat girl" because she enjoyed western TV more than Muslim prayers, complete with a photography of the transformed girl. If anybody would not believe the story, they would say that the photography is a irrefutable evidence.

Here is a Spiegel article about the story: http://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/schule/0,1518,390750,00.html

This is the original "cursed girl hoax" email:

----- Original Message -----
From: SYEDA
Sent: 06 July, 2005 5:03 PM
Subject: A Girl became Animal in Muscat !

This incident happened in Muscat.

A girl wanted to watch television/she wanted to listen to music but she couldn't because her mother was reading the Holy Quran.

The girl said to her mother to read the Holy Quran in the other room but her mother continued reading.

The girl got angry and she threw the Holy Book on the floor.

Seeing this her mother picked the Holy Book and she started crying holding the Holy Book close to her heart.

At once the girl became like an animal and this is the photo.

Now she is in the hospital and the doctors are trying to treat her but in vain.
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