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The Conspiracy Meme

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


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.

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