From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:44:45 -0500 Archived: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:44:45 -0500 Subject: The Conspiracy Meme Source: CSICOP.Org http://www.csicop.org/si/show/the_conspiracy_meme/ January 2011 The Conspiracy Meme By Ted Goertzel Skeptical Inquirer 2011, Volume 35, Issue 1 January/February Many of these theories are clearly absurd, but some are plausible and others actually contain elements of truth. Conspiracy theories are easy to propagate and difficult to refute. Having long flourished in politics and religion, they have also spread into science and medicine. It is useful to think of conspiracy theorizing as a meme, a cultural invention that passes from one mind to another and thrives, or declines, through a process analogous to genetic selection (Dawkins 1976). The conspiracy meme competes with other rhetorical memes, such as the fair debate meme, the scientific expertise meme, and the resistance to orthodoxy meme. The central logic of the conspiracy meme is to question, often on speculative grounds, everything the "establishment" says or does and to demand immediate, comprehensive, and convincing answers to all questions. Unconvincing answers are taken as proof of conspiratorial deception. [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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