From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:13:59 -0000 Archived: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:45:56 -0500 Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Meme >Source: CSICOP.Org >http://www.csicop.org/si/show/the_conspiracy_meme/ >January 2011 >The Conspiracy Meme >By Ted Goertzel <snip> 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). It is even more useful to remember that history is replete with real conspiracies. 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. And it is important to remember exactly how reluctant is the same 'establishment' to confess to its own mistakes, errors and ignorance. It is also useful to think of cultural analysis such as Ted Goertzel's as 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 sharp-witted will, of course, note that therein lies the logical incoherence of his position. 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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