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Birds Aren’t Real? How a Conspiracy Takes Flight | Peter McIndoe | TED

Peter McIndoe isn’t a fan of birds. In fact, he has a theory about them that might shock you. Listen along to this eye-opening talk as it takes a turn and makes a larger point about conspiracies, truth and belonging in divisive times. If you love watching TED Talks like this one, become a TED…

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Peter McIndoe isn’t a fan of birds. In fact, he has a theory about them that might shock you. Listen along to this eye-opening talk as it takes a turn and makes a larger point about conspiracies, truth and belonging in divisive times.

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130 Comments

  1. Mojo

    September 13, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    It’s funny how this guy comes out when so many conspiracy theories have become conspiracy facts lately.

    • P. B. Foote

      September 13, 2023 at 5:05 pm

      Name one.

  2. Rob Lyn

    September 13, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    I knew it! Why else would birds just be “hanging around”. 😀

  3. Paul Is

    September 13, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Excellent speech and delivery! I never thought I’d hear someone take almost 14 minutes to explain the old phrase “you catch more flies with honey.”

    • P. B. Foote

      September 13, 2023 at 5:12 pm

      True, but he left out my own personal conspiracy theory: All the other conspiracy theories are based on hatred in general and racism specifically. Hence a war on “woke” waged not merely by those with their heads in the sand, but those who can’t tolerate the mocking of a past in which their dark hearts and evil, racist souls still reside. Still, I enjoyed the genuinely LOL moments!

  4. Desolate Wastrel

    September 13, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    I remember watching a video of a journalist going to a meeting of flat earthers and when he asked people why they joined they all said the words “community” and “belonging”

  5. Explore Games

    September 13, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Elon Musk makes the birds; he took over twitter and renamed it because he realised people were catching on.

    • P. B. Foote

      September 13, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      How do we know that Elon himself ISN’T a bird? He hasn’t agreed to the invasive surgery nor even the full body scan necessary to prove his humanity, so clearly, he’s a bird.

  6. Jordan Peters

    September 13, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Earlier today I had a conversation with a group of Christians … not just run of the mill Christians … but people who had status in the local community … intelligent, successful people … people from several different church denominations … people who frequently preached to congregations of believers. They all insisted that they believed that God made the world in six days … as it says in Genesis. My response to them saying this was: “Why should I believe you? You might be lying?” This caused them to adopt verbal and gestural behaviour that I’m familiar with … behaviour that people who lie engage in when their lies are challenged. One of my interests is watching videos on Youtube of criminals being questioned by the police.

  7. Rob Lyn

    September 13, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    OK, so “Birds Aren’t Real” is fake, but what about the bats, eh. Why’s no one taking about the bats? What are they hiding?

  8. Rhiannon Young She Her

    September 13, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Brilliant.

  9. Matt Phil Carver

    September 13, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    The birds have taken control of him. Don’t be fooled

  10. kevjtnbtmglr

    September 13, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    troll

  11. Dina Younis

    September 13, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Wow.. this talk is one of the best i’ve watched so far❤

  12. HunnidTheTrapper02

    September 13, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Gold! Pure gold!

  13. Blake Rosier

    September 13, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Peter crushed this. Loved it!

  14. P. B. Foote

    September 13, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    Inductive foot charging coils?
    What are you waiting for, Elon?

  15. Gordon Lamb

    September 13, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    That breathing though

  16. Martingoldfire

    September 13, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    I heard about this conspiracy theory from a video by SirSic, but I believe he found a believer of every cracy thing allready, that had actually fallen for it and made a video about it.

    Nice to find out the truth of its origin, not so nice to know some people will fall for even “fake conspiracies” 😳

  17. Kristan Wifler

    September 13, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I am on the fringe as a disabled guy who wants a girlfriend. I’ve experienced the same treatment from single women in my dating pools as a conspiracy theorist would get. Almost all of them.
    I’m also not classically disabled. Since I look and act normal, people have treated me like I’m one of those conspiracy theorists.
    Everyone, except for employers, seems to want me to get a job.
    But even though I’m disabled and never worked, I still deserve acceptance. I still deserve love. I don’t deserve to be treated like a conspiracy theorist.

    • Sean Dunbar

      September 13, 2023 at 8:20 pm

      The whole talk is about how conspiracy theorists don’t deserve the treatment they receive.

  18. FirstName LastName

    September 13, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Unfortunately being empathetic, polite and reasonable just doesn’t work with conspiracy theorists.
    I’ve debated with a lot of them online over the last 6-8 years, mostly flatearthers, and I’m always civil and polite to them; I’ll answer their questions, point them towards experiments, facts, articles, draw some images and diagrams to explain my point, etc, but after a few interactions it’s always _them_ who start getting aggressive, rude and haughty, and they’ll hop from topic to topic to avoid admitting they don’t have an answer, or that they were wrong..
    And usually it ends up with them leaving a final comment explaining how they’ve “won”, and then they block me immediately after posting it.
    Of course they get abuse from people too, but neither abuse, nor being nice to them, has any effect whatsoever.
    I think the _real_ problem for most of them is that either they get a “high” from their conspiracy, because it makes them feel smart, or else they jumped on the conspiracy train too quickly and can’t admit they were wrong about their conspiracy, their ego just won’t allow them to admit they fell for it.
    It’s kind of like when you’re having a heavy argument with a friend or partner and you suddenly realise that they might be right and you might be wrong, and you get that bad feeling in the pit of your stomach, and your brain telling you that you’re an idiot, and you have to decide whether to come clean or to keep arguing even though you know you are wrong.
    And a lot of conspiracy theorists have far too much invested in their conspiracy to leave it all behind and “face the shame”.

  19. Jay Gee

    September 13, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve actually seen baby pigeons. They’re not pretty.

  20. Craftee

    September 13, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    Started off good, but when he went all empathetic it ruined the talk completely for me.

  21. Javad Moradpour

    September 13, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    It’s all lies by the big bird!

  22. Nikita Varygin

    September 13, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    The idea to treat people with empathy and understanding, no matter how wrong and irrational they may seem, is an essential concept everyone should learn. Wonderful talk ❤

    • Crash Davis

      September 13, 2023 at 7:49 pm

      BS don’t excuse their damage. Empathy and understanding won’t be returned.
      This is a great metaphor for religion. It’s complete bs, but society is guilted into tolerance, ignoring the damage.
      Unacceptable and damaging behavior is immoral.

  23. Wake Up Humans You're Endangered Too!

    September 13, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    He single handedly shut Twitter down!

  24. Julius Kwak

    September 13, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    I get what this talk is supposed to be about and what his overall approach is to the general public in addressing the subject matter. But this whole talk, the whole video, has been nothing but theory crafting and generalization. “What if we look at what is causing the need for..” sounds to me he is asking how we can look for the source or origin point of all this. Harr, harr, he wants those of sound mind to essentially create their own conspiracy theory that has newfound potential to eliminate conspiracy theories.

    Throughout the video, he provides no solid starting point or lead in order to begin tackling and addressing this. He mentions words like empathy and understanding, but with today’s theorists that is equivalent to talking to an actual brick wall.

    At no point was the idea of creating a conspiracy TRUTH made in which people perform at the “cadence” and styling of conspiracy theorists in essence drowning out the false conspiracies. It is after all one way to definitively smother many existing conspiracies by a literal shouting match. The louder side wins. This may sound harsh, cruel, and demeaning to the point of basically belittling another. But it also does sober the notion that “the Earth is flat.” Because throughout the scheme at some point someone will make mention of rituals or activities… maybe even an annual event. And all a conspiracy theorist has to do is try it out in an effort to disprove its validity. And then bingo-was-his-name-o, you’ve got a conspiracy theorist who participated in disproving their own initial belief!

    In the end all this proves is that if we want something badly enough, then we need to be willing to spend the time, energy, (money, blood, sweat, and tears?) and other resources to essentially perform at a devout level. Where act becomes habit and belief becomes law; the very life-blood of your day to day tidings.

    So, how badly do we want conspiracy theories and theorists to go away or cease?

  25. NotMe Us

    September 13, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    My brother has warned me about a rogue planet hitting earth, a volcano collapsing into the ocean off the coast of Africa causing a tsunami that takes out the entire eastern coast of America and most recently camps in the desert where people will be hooked up to the electrical grid and used as batteries but I’ve already seen the Matrix and know I’m the One and will save humanity

  26. Wolk

    September 14, 2023 at 3:49 am

    This is very well-spoken.

    • Peaceful Warrior

      September 14, 2023 at 8:44 am

      Of course, it was probably written by the CIA

  27. Ketan Nahar

    September 14, 2023 at 3:50 am

    And now they changed the bird logo on the tweet, damn

  28. herfarca

    September 14, 2023 at 4:24 am

    if it flies it spies??? that lar thing I missed.

  29. Tony H

    September 14, 2023 at 5:35 am

    Fair enough. I think he made some good points and insights. Though I also think it’s important to keep the literal definition of “conspiracy” in mind, and not to automatically associate it with crazy pop-culture trends and beliefs.

  30. P.

    September 14, 2023 at 5:40 am

    I came in thought I was watching one talk but ended up watching a completely different, but arguably more important talk. Thank you.

  31. Goran Majic

    September 14, 2023 at 5:42 am

    Peter talked about the greatest problem of our time. Thank you.

  32. patternsintheivey

    September 14, 2023 at 7:12 am

    I guess they go to him, too, eh?

  33. Mike Warot

    September 14, 2023 at 7:48 am

    The cleverness of this counter-narrative operation by the CIA can’t be understated. Obviously they want to keep a lid on the truth. 😉

  34. ronkirk50

    September 14, 2023 at 8:20 am

    We need to learn more about how conspiracy theories originate and are disseminated so this nonsense can be countered because it can be a real and present danger to our society.

  35. Peaceful Warrior

    September 14, 2023 at 8:43 am

    A fraudulent liar on stage admitting his fraudulent psychological opperation. Did everyone he lied to have informed consent?

  36. Miguel Rockstar Garza

    September 14, 2023 at 9:48 am

    I knew it!! So fantastic lol loved when all of this was going on! Great work Peter!

  37. shoop dawhoop

    September 14, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Conspiracy theories just take a few years to become conspiracy fact.

  38. shoop dawhoop

    September 14, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Important point forgotten here is government’s hands in conspiracies themselves. US Government for example has committed false flag attacks to justify war like in the Gulf of Tonkin. Government is involved actually in crafting ridiculous conspiracies to cover up true ones like this one. Biggest progenitor of misinformation and disinformation is the US government specifically the three letter agencies, influential so called “non profits”, and federal reserve.

  39. RacecarRik

    September 14, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Whether you’re talking to a conspiracy theorist or someone on the other side of the isle, othering someone will always make them dig deeper into their own beliefs.

  40. L F

    September 14, 2023 at 10:54 am

    He’s been bought off by Big Bird…

  41. 🧿Jeremi🧿

    September 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Weird how he looks and moves like a bird… 🧐.. good try buddy.

  42. yixia

    September 14, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    more cawcawcawing

  43. Tullis Farm

    September 14, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Big bird finally got to the leader and turned him.

  44. Sam Records

    September 14, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    His sweater has “69” hidden in the pattern. Icon.

  45. Jose V

    September 14, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Poe’s law at play

    And a very good point about empathy

  46. Nannue Tipitier

    September 14, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    This is such a great misinformation. Thank you for faking it for so many years and came out the way you did.

  47. Rick Bady

    September 14, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    In other words, conspiracy theorists need counseling.

  48. Pedantic Antics

    September 14, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    5:07
    _The moment he noticed his FBI handler walk into the auditorium_

  49. David Howard

    September 14, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    These hoaxes are dangerous. This is how the “Q” movement started. While you are congratulating yourself for being so sophisticated, people are plotting to impose a fascist state based on these conspiracy fantasies.

  50. Mario Tomasoni

    September 14, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    If I was the governement and I actually had spy birds I would pay a smart young man to create a movement called ‘Birds Arent Real’ and then convince everyone that it was just a farse and there had never been no such thing as “Spy Birds”. I would then finance a popular billionaire like Elon Musk to buy twitter so that the most famous bird brand disappeared from the face of the planet overnight, to make sure anything related to birds stayed out of the news and google searches. At that point I would slowly start to deploy our bird drones knowing that anyone suspiscios would just get perceived as a crazy person or anyone complaining about tweets would just be considered an Elon hater.

  51. Matt Robertson

    September 15, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    The fact the New York times put you on the front page and at Twitter changed their name… Birds aren’t real!

  52. jpan

    September 15, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    You listen to wackos, you encourage them; you ridicule wackos, you encourage them. Lose/lose. That’s not what the speaker is trying to say, but that’s what think will happen.

  53. Jeeshadow

    September 15, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    A lesson in trolling:

    1. Create the most ridiculous premise for a conspiracy theory. So ridiculous, you have no believers in it, just others who are in on the joke.
    2. Make the show big enough to garner media attention. (most difficult)
    3. Finally come clean that it was all a lie. (Preposterous notion since it was so ridiculous in the first place.)
    4. Keep trolling (getting attention) by turning the tables on the reasonable folk and chastising them for not being “understanding” to his group of trolls.

    You can tell he’s very proud of the attention he’s received. Well done!

  54. funlover1977

    September 15, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    So what was the goal of this folly?

  55. Dave Tindell

    September 15, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    I swear I thought this was am article from “The Onion” at first. 😅

  56. The Holy Goat

    September 15, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Fear , sadness and frustration .

  57. Chris Sanchez

    September 15, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    I always feel empathetic, sorry, for simple minded folks and treat them as such. That said, we can’t babysit adults, ‘aint nobody got time for that. Personal responsibility is still a thing.

  58. TheCpt

    September 15, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    what he said can be as easily applied to many kids who “come out” as lgbtq members, to the letter.

  59. Suzanne

    September 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    It’s far better to have a few birds killed than people riding on airplanes.

  60. Serhat Güven

    September 15, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    10:30 I don’t have any problem with pushing them farther away. You are telling the story as if pushing them is the underlying reason for their ignorance. However, it’s their ignorance and their insistence on staying entrenched in it that prompts rational people’s reactions.

  61. Chris Alister

    September 15, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    “The truth we want them to see”… well then, that sounds like a subjective statement.

    • Last of the Best

      September 15, 2023 at 5:21 pm

      Certainly not the absolute truth.

  62. william shaw

    September 15, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Belief systems that have been taught for their entire lives or left on their own to learn plus disfunction ,mental illness and there are lvls of intelligence that i don’t believe can comprehend even when shown the proof . The whole social structure if all that reeks of blah …im going back to scratching .good luck to you

  63. dahalofreeek

    September 15, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Peter is hilarious. It’s such a fun way to warn people about and make fun of conspiratorial thinking.

  64. RaymondKym Suttle

    September 15, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Why do so few Americans know the difference between & how to correctly use ‘less’ versus ‘fewer’???

  65. Aero

    September 15, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    The government has taken him back. I hope his family is safe.

  66. AW C

    September 15, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    So a life getting your social needs met entirely from lies is OK…

  67. Last of the Best

    September 15, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    So a TED talk that gaslights those who are excersing their right to believe whatever they wish, while the speaker attempts to denounce gaslihhting of others? Irony abounds.

  68. MSBLS721

    September 15, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    Oh wow!!! I lived in Arkansas 21 years, in Little Rock for 13!

  69. SAXX Roboto

    September 15, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    Brilliant

  70. Stephen Higgins

    September 15, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    The question is does anybody gain something from establishing an echo chamber. As my Mother often says to me, follow the money 😊

  71. ColdplayMay

    September 15, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    When we invest in critical thinking as a society, and have a well -educated population, then we would have less conspiracy stuff. We will still have differences of opinion and that’s okay

  72. Jeremy F.U Peterson

    September 15, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    So basically, everyone needs a Dale in their friend group or you’ll just have a bunch of them getting together in basements,barns and bars convincing eachother they are the sane ones.

  73. Latoya Brown

    September 15, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    Okay Gucci sweater and Yeezys. Conspiracy theories must pay well.

  74. Karl Dubhe

    September 16, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    The thing that I like about this conspiracy theory is that the Jews aren’t involved in it. I say that’s cool.

  75. Rne liv

    September 16, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Loved this!!

  76. Peekul1

    September 16, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Whatever happened to Ted talks? 😂

  77. Ava Green

    September 16, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    This is what Ted talks should be, I had given up on them and then by chance clicked on this.

    What an amazing human being. So clever, dedicated and insightful.

  78. Conrad Helix

    September 16, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Not all conspiracy theories are untrue 💉💉💉

  79. koky gonzalez

    September 16, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks to this guy Twitter changed their name

  80. Rob

    September 16, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve been a bird truther for years and couldn’t be more thrilled to see Peter with his own TED talk. Goes to show how well-crafted satire is so uniquely powerful in its ability to get to the heart of issues

  81. Stephen Mykal

    September 16, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Great talk. Often the downfall of many self-proclaimed intellectuals is their inability to exhibit emotional intelligence. There is real harm being dealt by misinformation, but the solution needs to lead with empathy.

  82. Wicked Bird

    September 16, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    😢😢TED now says it was a fake conspiracy. The real truth is that Birds are spies for Aliens.

  83. Vugen18

    September 16, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    great talk and talker

  84. Dan Rodrigues

    September 16, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    This guy is a master at trolling…

  85. Thomas Hughes

    September 16, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    I saw a birds aren’t real sticker on a sign along a rail trail within minutes of seeing a flattened dead bird on a road. I had no crisis of belief.

  86. Anne Marie Barrow

    September 16, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Love the “let’s look at the crisis of belonging and let’s look under the hood”

    Unity consciousness 💚

  87. speedracy

    September 16, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Good talk, but I also think the solution isnt to call all conspiracy theorists outcast, unfortunate, poor, underprivileged losers who are just trying to fit in…

  88. Polymath One

    September 16, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    This guy is too bad to be false, but then again, who cares? that is, until, TWITTER change to X

  89. Hit Reset

    September 16, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Who said sarcasm is not effective?

  90. Joshua Akpan

    September 16, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Empathy 😊

  91. Professor Michael T

    September 16, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    Don’t listen to his propaganda. Birds still aren’t real!!

  92. Evidence Matters

    September 16, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Conspiracy Theorists form views for emotional reasons, not as a result of a rational, objective investigation of the available evidence. If someone forms a view without consideration of the evidence, they will not change their views as a result of being exposed to the evidence. Conspiracy Theorists are generally very uneducated and with extremely poor complex thinking skills. They are an embarrassment to human progress.

  93. Evidence Matters

    September 16, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    10:32 But conspiracy theorists objectively, almost definitionally ARE “ignorant” and “stupid”.

  94. MAM

    September 16, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah, why would a group of people meet in a room to plan how they will profit from other people’s misery. That simply does not exist. Narcissists do not exist. Governments never lie or hide reality. Banks care about your well being. Intelligence agencies do not interfere with social media. Facebook does not polarize. Social Media improves your dopamine levels. George Carlin is actually alive. And Einstein never said to question everything.

    ‘What made them vulnerable’. Lets help these people to think like us😂
    This talk promotes not to stigmatize or polarize, by doing exactly that. But it’s a nice fairytale by someone who grew up in a world of gold and rainbows.

    Typing this while reading my favorite conspiracy newspapers. The Guardian, NY Times, The National Archives.

  95. OBGynKenobi

    September 16, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Birds also stole the election!

  96. Ra Ylder

    September 16, 2023 at 9:11 pm

    8:30 onwards is the most important part to this guy’s point, but the whole talk is structured really well to ease you into the frame of mind he wants you to view the issue of psychology from.

  97. Chuck E Funn

    September 16, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    The best Ted talk

  98. Konfide

    September 16, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    What a great way to discredit conspiracy theories. The fact is most of them are true. Birds may be real, but I’ve noticed how rare they are now. I see 1/30th the amount of birds as I used to. Thousands dropped out of the skies in many places around the world. This man is hiding something he’ll never tell

  99. E Foley

    September 17, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Couldn’t be happier to see this on my page today, while I’m wearing my “BIRD WATCHING GOES BOTH WAYS – BIRDS AREN’T REAL” t-shirt. Such a great talk, and a very good point eloquently made.

  100. magnus piscis

    September 17, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    The second half of this guy’s speech was 100% DISINFORMATION. The DEEPSTATE is trying to derail the Bird Truther Movement. Don’t let them win! Keep the truther movement alive people!!!

  101. Jxrprn

    September 17, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    I saw a report a couple years ago about this and it was reported as satire. Never heard anyone who believed it. 🤷 I do agree with him on how to approach conspiracy theorists. We need to have real conversations with people, not condemn them. Condemnation does not change what they believe, it strengthens it. And they don’t go away they just get more angry and disconnected from society, and reality

  102. Engineering The Metals

    September 17, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    This is an incredibly poignant conclusion to his story! I feel like I saw his true meaning right at the beginning, the catch phrases and slogans were way too good! I may have heard from others right from the start or I may have seen it on Reddit… can’t say I remember.

  103. Happy elephant

    September 17, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    They won twitter, though 🙂

  104. Ram Rajasagi

    September 17, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    One of the best Ted talks 🎉🎉

  105. Infectd

    September 17, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    A general person who believes something ridiculous is not equivalent to those that are activists for almost every cause. The issue is not that people believe conspiracies in general. It is that so many are being pushed toward activism for those causes that destroy communities.

  106. marina njer

    September 17, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    I wonder how the government copes with the high number of ground drones it looses during thanksgiving 😢

  107. All Them Witcheseses

    September 17, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    I hope he goes on Joe Rogan. He’s a very talented individual and should share his experience asap.

  108. bab008

    September 17, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    If birds were real they’d fall off the flat earth.

  109. Terrance Blount

    September 17, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    1. Solid work. 2. This has slightly changed my perspective. Very good analysis from his experience and while it’s hard to be patient, what a great point in belonging first.

  110. Colin G

    September 17, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Do you put that on your resume

  111. A-A Ron

    September 17, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    This was a beautiful conclusion to this mad journey. It’s been a fun joke over the last few years since I’ve heard about it.

  112. Clarkpalace

    September 17, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Its really hard to b nice and considerate to fools who have the same chance as I do to figure out truths. Its strangers you can blow off but having loved ones who believe fantasy is pretty hard

  113. Alden Zenko

    September 17, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    Are we letting antisocial psychopaths do talks now, or did he actually start caring that people went crazy and died over this dumb crap and that it fueled much more dangerous trolling? I hate that I have to watch the video to find out

  114. Mahoyage

    September 17, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    the birds work for the bourgeoisie dont you know

  115. Benjamin

    September 17, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    I still believe

  116. admthrawnuru

    September 17, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    There’s a lot of science behind what he concluded about convincing conspiracy theorists; I wish he had cited some. If you find someone who believes something truly insane (I don’t mean just wrong or self serving, but something you cannot imagine being reasonable), generally one of four things is happening: 1) they are joking or lying for some reason, 2) they are suffering from conditioning or mental issues, 3) it really isn’t that insane and the two of you are failing to communicate or 4) it really isn’t insane and you are the one suffering from something. Only a small subset of the first category deserves insults and derision, whereas insults harm the other 3.

  117. David Morris

    September 17, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been saying to anyone who will listen, how are we going to repair the damage to our country that the divisive rhetoric from tRump and his supporters have been spreading for years. Peter understands that the only way forward is through compassion and conversation.

  118. Hartshut

    September 17, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Those people you are talking about think getting educated is getting indoctrinated. If you don’t think and act like they do, they will not want to belong in your group.

  119. Johannes Swarts

    September 17, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    Very insightful – thank you!

  120. mp

    September 17, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    I remember when TED featured academics and professionals. Now it’s just pranksters dressed like slobs. Despite his claims, no one ever “picked up” on this story other than reporting the obvious joke that it was. Did anyone actually pay to sit in this audience? They should get a refund if they did.

  121. Daniel Kaschel

    September 17, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    This is a high schooler’s idea of being perceptive. There is no path to improvement here, just naive and idealistic whining.

  122. sole eater

    September 17, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    Climate change is not a conspiracy. Some people think it is.

  123. Winton Gibbons

    September 17, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    What about the topic that some “conspiracies,” e.g., and not partisan, around COVID, Hunter Biden, Trump, turn out to be true. We seem to acknowledge their eventual truth in a stealth way, as if we really always knew, rather than confronting that we as society said they were false. That approach seems to feed additional unfounded conspiracies. We collectively need to admit when things turned out to be true, and why we got it wrong the first time, in order to minimize those truths subsequently generating many more falsehoods.

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