20 06 12 - 07:55It has often amazed me how liberals will congregate and meme-repeat certain dogmas in a Soviet style. It is as if they are using overlapping confirmation biases to re-affirm what they "believe." The less realistic the dogma, the more this intensifies. Here's one possible reason why:
Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical. Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage. Since his attack has a low density of victims the Nigerian scammer has an over-riding need to reduce false positives. By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his favor. - Microsoft Research
The goal of liberal dogma is to build a crowd, not attract everyone (although liberals claim otherwise). Thus their first filter is to separate the credulous, isolate them and confuse them, and force them into the Pod People by making them repeat insane and unrealistic stuff until they believe it. But the first step is finding likely victims.