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Fringe Beliefs

Last posted Dec 10, 2012 at 02:44AM EST. Added Dec 02, 2012 at 01:04PM EST
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What opinions or beliefs do you have that may be considered odd and/or carry a social stigma.
I think the JFK assassination was a conspiracy. I also have an interest in UFOs, but I’m not a believer.

Try not to turn this thread into a large debate about conspiracy theories or other beliefs.

Dec 02, 2012 at 01:04PM EST
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Well for starters, I’m an atheist.

Second, I don’t know if I’m a “true believer” yet, but I think there may be something to the whole “Ancient Aliens” hypothesis.

Dec 02, 2012 at 01:20PM EST

I believe in science. That’s certainly a fringe belief in some parts of the US.

Dec 02, 2012 at 01:26PM EST
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I believe in nothing. pretty much everyone else believes in one thing or another but I don’t

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Dec 02, 2012 at 01:28PM EST
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opspe wrote:

I believe in science. That’s certainly a fringe belief in some parts of the US.

Dec 02, 2012 at 01:33PM EST
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I don’t think the Pledge of Allegiance is patriotic. I respect our troops,yes, but I think at this point in our country, it’s more patriotic to sit during the pledge.

Dec 02, 2012 at 01:51PM EST
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I believe in the existence of many, not all powerful gods. This of course, has gotten me some hate and awkward moments from the Christians.

Dec 02, 2012 at 04:21PM EST
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I believe that a fringe is pretty annoying and gets in the way.

Oh, not that kind? Well umm, I believe in a concept that is a combination of Atheism and Theism. Has your mind been blown?

Dec 02, 2012 at 04:35PM EST
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I believe multiverse theory, and that any possible outcome could come to pass if only we’re clever enough to discover what’ll cause it.

Dec 02, 2012 at 04:36PM EST
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I’m a Calvinist who’s on the internet. Does that count?

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Dec 02, 2012 at 04:41PM EST
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I think that aliens could very well be real. It’s a really big galaxy and there are hundreds of billions of them.
I know a lot of people may agree with me, but you should see some of the looks I’ve gotten when I express this belief irl. They look at me like I’m insane. Like they see something else inside me…

Dec 02, 2012 at 04:41PM EST

I’m a Christian in Web Culture. On the whole, it hasn’t been a problem, but I hate to see my reason for living insulted or for me to be considered less logical because I’m a Christian. I think it’s unfair, but mostly, I find it unnecessarily mean.
 
Related to Christians, abstaining from sex before marriage isn’t out of the ordinary, but I think that other forms of sex short of coitus (e.g., anal sex, grinding, oral sex, anything physically stimulating that can be reasonably tied to achieving orgasm) are the same as coitus for the purpose of intimacy.

I think that the thought behind abstaining is to avoid sexual intimacy among multiple partners and not just avoiding one form of straight sex. Whether or not a guy ejaculates into a vagina or a mouth doesn’t really strike me as being different. Same would go for anal sex between two guys or tribadism between two women. They involve a level of sexual intimacy that I think should be for couples committed to each other for life.

My Christian friends all tend to disagree, and more conservative ones who would agree aren’t usually my friends for other reasons. So I’m less on the “fringe” and more between the two modes in regards to most Christians.
 
inb4 you’re a virgin and wouldn’t know about sexual intimacy anyway

Dec 02, 2012 at 04:48PM EST

I choose to believe that everyone is an idiot until I get to know them better. It makes it much easier to deal with them. Also, it lowers your expectations so you won’t be disappointed if they actually turn out to be idiots.

Dec 02, 2012 at 05:00PM EST
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量子 Meme wrote:

I believe that a fringe is pretty annoying and gets in the way.

Oh, not that kind? Well umm, I believe in a concept that is a combination of Atheism and Theism. Has your mind been blown?

What in tarnation did you just say about my fringe? I’ll have you reckon I learn’t me real good in the Rockies, and I’ve been on more mountains hogtyin n trapin me heathens than you know bout buddy. I done wrastled me up 300 bears, and I know how to use this here long riffle everywhich way! Consarnit! You ain’t nothin to me but another dagnum prairie dog. I’ll clean your clock rightfast, and you won’t reckon what hit ya, now you listen good, you think you can come round here and tell me whatfer? Well you better think again damn it, right as we speak my huntin dogs is closing in, tracking your there computer all across this here wilderness. And you better git while the gittins good. Yesir, you better git on, fore were forced ta get mean, or you’ll be food fer the wolves. Yesir now we can duel like gentlemen or I can use ol’betsy here to shoot the smile right off yer face 8 ways from sunday. Not only do I have with me this here riffle but being there is no law and order round here i got me a whole heep o’ bear traps and I’ll use em if need be. I think if you only knew what snakes you were winding up, youda came wearing gloves partner. But ya could’t, ya didn’t and now mister, you’re gonna pay the price dag-gumit, It’s gona be raining bullets like cats and dogs all over here in a minute. You’re a goner partner.

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Dec 02, 2012 at 05:14PM EST
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You guys know this is a Fringe Beliefs thread not a Religion thread right.

Dec 02, 2012 at 05:16PM EST
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Cale wrote:

You guys know this is a Fringe Beliefs thread not a Religion thread right.

Monotheism was once a fringe belief.

Now it’s everywhere.

Dec 02, 2012 at 05:19PM EST
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I don’t actually think the troops deserve a lot of the glorification they receive. Everyone says, “They’re dying every day to defend our freedoms!” but what freedoms are they defending? US’s freedom as a sovereign state hasn’t been even remotely threatened since WWII, if that. Really, what the soldiers do is go to foreign states to kill people they do not know, under orders that they follow blindly, for a cause that they likely know nothing about. To me, that doesn’t deserve praise, whatever the personal cost of their actions may be.

Dec 02, 2012 at 05:29PM EST
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Cale wrote:

You guys know this is a Fringe Beliefs thread not a Religion thread right.

Faith on the ‘Net is a fringe belief.
Believing in science (I’d argue isn’t a fringe belief,) but it is discredited as often being too cold and calculating.

It’s still on topic.

Dec 02, 2012 at 05:32PM EST

Cale wrote:

You guys know this is a Fringe Beliefs thread not a Religion thread right.

It’s because everything about religion nowadays is pretty fringe.

Well, not really, but some scientists are, I suppose.

Dec 02, 2012 at 05:35PM EST
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Well shit kiddies let’s get all defensive and misrepresent ourselves up in this fucker.

Dec 02, 2012 at 05:43PM EST
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Quantum wrote:

I believe in a concept that is a combination of Atheism and Theism

I’m kinda interested in knowing exactly what this means, because considering the two are direct opposites, this seems like a logical contradiction to me.


The weirdest belief I hold is that ‘everything that can happen, does happen’. It’s an idea rooted in quantum mechanics, but the vast majority of the population of Earth will tell you you’re mad for thinking its true. It means that the history of our universe is formed only as we observe it, and until that moment it would be invalid to say that an event has occurred at all. At the moment of observation, we will observe one event out of a near-infinite amount of possibilities for that event, and the way in which an event takes place (which paths the particles took, and which particles even existed in the first place) is determined only at the time of observation. I don’t think this next part is proven, but a common belief is that every possible event will occur, and that there are a near-infinite amount of universes created to accommodate every possible event. Whenever an event occurs, a new universe will form with the exact same history as ours up until that point, though with that one event changed. Since quantum events don’t all have an equal probability, most universes will look almost identical, but for every event there’ll be some universes in which really bizarre things happen.

It’s mathematically a very nice idea, since if there were only one universe where only one stream of events is picked at random, you’d be in an incredibly unsymmetrical situation. You can apply the same ideas to M-Theory (currently unproven), which allows a near-infinite amount of big-bangs to occur, each creating a universe with different physical properties, some of which will have properties which permit life to exist. In that scenario, the ridiculously unlikely stream of events leading to the human race existing in the first place will pretty much become a certainty.

tl;dr: I believe in really weird stuff which I call ‘science’ to make it sound less crazy.

(inb4 a real scientist comes in here and schools me)


Edit: It was pointed out to me after posting this that some events don’t have a near-infinite amount of outcomes, such as when you’re observing the spin state of an electron (only has two possibilities). Just felt the need to correct that little error. You’d still get new universes, but you’d only get two.

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Dec 02, 2012 at 06:15PM EST
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Oh, this one’s definitely a fringe belief:

(I know I’ll be buried for this…)

I didn’t think Mass Effect 3’s ending was that bad.

Dec 02, 2012 at 06:56PM EST
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Mack TheUnoriginal wrote:

Oh, this one’s definitely a fringe belief:

(I know I’ll be buried for this…)

I didn’t think Mass Effect 3’s ending was that bad.

There’s no need to be ashamed. I didn’t think it was as bad as people thought it was.

Dec 02, 2012 at 07:12PM EST
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On the internet,
-I consider myself part of the Halo subculture (Yeah our community sucks. Sorry for the Armor Lock and hate mail.)
-I don’t think that Romney is an evil monster bent on destroying your money and/or the planet (Not a real supporter of him either, but I don’t think he’s THAT horrible.)
Real Life,
-I like Tumblr > Facebook
-I like Pokemon openly (I don’t bring it up out of the blue, though. People who do that are the scum of whatever fandom they’re in.)

Dec 02, 2012 at 09:25PM EST
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This one’s pretty fringe on the internet nowadays:

CELESTIA WILL FAIL; EQUESTRIA WILL FALL!

Ahem. Yes. I hate ponies. I hate them to no end. I cannot stand them.

I know this post will draw downvotes because ponies are popular, but honestly?

MAY THEY ALL DIE IN ETERNAL INCINERATION.

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Dec 02, 2012 at 09:36PM EST

American Tanker, Hell on Tracks wrote:

This one’s pretty fringe on the internet nowadays:

CELESTIA WILL FAIL; EQUESTRIA WILL FALL!

Ahem. Yes. I hate ponies. I hate them to no end. I cannot stand them.

I know this post will draw downvotes because ponies are popular, but honestly?

MAY THEY ALL DIE IN ETERNAL INCINERATION.

You can stop saying how much you hate ponies all the time.

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Dec 02, 2012 at 09:42PM EST
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American Tanker, Hell on Tracks wrote:

This one’s pretty fringe on the internet nowadays:

CELESTIA WILL FAIL; EQUESTRIA WILL FALL!

Ahem. Yes. I hate ponies. I hate them to no end. I cannot stand them.

I know this post will draw downvotes because ponies are popular, but honestly?

MAY THEY ALL DIE IN ETERNAL INCINERATION.

Dec 02, 2012 at 09:53PM EST
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PONIES SUUUCK

Seriously, though, I do not like ponies, and I hate how they’re mindlessly spammed everywhere.

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:00PM EST
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Who the hell keeps editing my post?

I put LIBERTY PRIME there for a reason!

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:15PM EST

American Tanker, Hell on Tracks wrote:

Who the hell keeps editing my post?

I put LIBERTY PRIME there for a reason!

It was God.

God wants you to stop.

And believe in him.

Who believes in you.

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:16PM EST
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Cale wrote:

It was taken from you.

Three times.

It has yet to be expunged from my own memories.

Prime is eternal.

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:28PM EST

Back on track,

I dislike fandom.

I don’t mind people being fans of something, but doing something and defending it to the point of being obsessive hits me in the same exact way as religious or political fanaticism, it seems quite mindless.

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:35PM EST
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Stop provoking Nair. Really, guys. Don’t be jerks.

Nair, you’ve gotten a warning from me, and if it were up to me…well, you know what would have happened.

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:37PM EST
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Verbose wrote:

Stop provoking Nair. Really, guys. Don’t be jerks.

Nair, you’ve gotten a warning from me, and if it were up to me…well, you know what would have happened.

Oh I know what you would have done, but if you really want to know my attitude, well…

You see that link to the TV Tropes article for Metallica? Yeah, that sums up my mindset quite nicely.

The words that are linked, not the page.

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Dec 02, 2012 at 10:39PM EST

Derp Banned wrote:

Lemme put this out there:

That lyric I quoted first appeared on the album “Master Of Puppets”, in the song “Damage Inc.”

Yeah, I know my Metallica, and I prefer their stuff from the 80s.

Though some of their stuff from The Black Album (definitely NOT including “Nothing Else Matters”) is good.

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:49PM EST

I saw them when they played small clubs back in the 80’s they are shit tier now

Dec 02, 2012 at 10:57PM EST
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I believe in ghosts/spirits. I personally have never had an experience, and I don’t have any proof, but there’s just something that leads me to believe in them that I can’t explain.
I also believe in aliens, for the same reasons RussBus said. There is a practically infinite universe, it makes no sense to me that we would be the only planet that has or is currently hosting living life forms.
This isn’t necessarily a belief, but I think the concept have a soul living multiple lives is a possibility. After the host of a soul dies the soul is born into another body. A friend of mine talked to me in length about this and I found it to be a very intriguing and plausible concept.

I’d also like to say that the negative karma Nair got in his first post is very uncalled for. His overly strong hate for MLP may be considered unhealthy, but seriously we should not be giving out neg karma in a fringe belief thread unless someone is off topic. (like what people are doing because they feel the need to provoke Nair)

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Dec 02, 2012 at 10:59PM EST
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I’d also like to say that the negative karma Nair is getting is very uncalled for.

He spams pony hate and other hate and derails threads with it constantly.

Dec 02, 2012 at 11:01PM EST
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Chris wrote:

I’d also like to say that the negative karma Nair is getting is very uncalled for.

He spams pony hate and other hate and derails threads with it constantly.

Need I remind you that this is a fringe belief thread, and someone saying they hate MLP is a fringe belief here. In other words, he is the farthest thing from off topic in his original post and you are just looking for a reason to give him neg karma. If there is anywhere for someone to post pony hate, it is here. It should not matter what he does in other threads. What should matter is what he does here

Dec 02, 2012 at 11:04PM EST
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Crimson posted:

I’d also like to say that the negative karma Nair is getting is very uncalled for. His overly strong hate for MLP may be considered unhealthy, but seriously we should not be giving out neg karma in a fringe belief thread unless someone is off topic.

Maybe it’s because I’m so “over-the-top” in my hatred.

At any rate, I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hate them.

Dec 02, 2012 at 11:04PM EST

Crimson Locks wrote:

I believe in ghosts/spirits. I personally have never had an experience, and I don’t have any proof, but there’s just something that leads me to believe in them that I can’t explain.
I also believe in aliens, for the same reasons RussBus said. There is a practically infinite universe, it makes no sense to me that we would be the only planet that has or is currently hosting living life forms.
This isn’t necessarily a belief, but I think the concept have a soul living multiple lives is a possibility. After the host of a soul dies the soul is born into another body. A friend of mine talked to me in length about this and I found it to be a very intriguing and plausible concept.

I’d also like to say that the negative karma Nair got in his first post is very uncalled for. His overly strong hate for MLP may be considered unhealthy, but seriously we should not be giving out neg karma in a fringe belief thread unless someone is off topic. (like what people are doing because they feel the need to provoke Nair)

what about the negs I got? do I deserve it? I suppose I do but so does he. the only difference I don’t care about Krama (I have plenty) and I don’t neg people without them knowing it was me (I don’t hide like a pussy). I didn’t provoke him about MLP though I just said matallica sucks and then ruined it for him with ponies. I think thats fair.

Dec 02, 2012 at 11:12PM EST
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There is no means by which you can “ruin Metallica”. For as long as their songs from the 80s are still up on Youtube, I can still rock out any time I like.

Dec 02, 2012 at 11:19PM EST
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see I just got downvoted again by some “anonymous” pussy

Dec 02, 2012 at 11:20PM EST
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American Tanker, Hell on Tracks wrote:

Crimson posted:

I’d also like to say that the negative karma Nair is getting is very uncalled for. His overly strong hate for MLP may be considered unhealthy, but seriously we should not be giving out neg karma in a fringe belief thread unless someone is off topic.

Maybe it’s because I’m so “over-the-top” in my hatred.

At any rate, I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hate them.

>mfw Nair won’t drop the subject:

Dec 02, 2012 at 11:21PM EST
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