Defence researchers spent almost $14,000 on a survey that asked whether superheroes can leap over skyscrapers. The study for the research arm of National Defence also asked 150 people online whether superheroes can fly through the air; see through walls; hear whispers from miles away; become invisible; and walk through walls.
The oddball questions were part of a short study completed in October to help the Canadian Forces “win the hearts and minds” of the local populations it faces when deployed overseas, such as recently in Afghanistan. Some of the questions were designed to probe people’s expectations about — as the study put it — “supernatural categories that are so prevalent in popular culture and religion.”
Psyops is such a rich vein of self-delusion and fraud. If you don’t know the answer to: “Why do they hate us?” already, you might as well ask people about mythical flying fictional characters.