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Re: The Conspiracy Meme

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.



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