>But the really weird, and really frightening part, is that when the
>brain malfunctions in that way, it usually becomes impossible for the
>person to accept that vis experiences are hallucinations. No matter how
>ridiculous, no matter how perfectly conforming to the standard report of
>schizophrenia, the victim simply becomes unable to wield Occam's Razor.
Jacques Vallee calls this the "ratchet effect." Once "converted" to a
specific way of viewing the world, a person will cling to this viewpoint even
when faced with overwhelming evidence that he or she is wrong. This is the
glitch that allows conspiracy mongers to perpetuate wild tales--and,
simalarly, allows their great appeal in our society.