From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:16:32 -0500 Archived: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:39:52 -0500 Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Meme >From: Gerald O'Connell<goc.nul> >To:<post.nul> >Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:13:59 -0000 >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 so is selective ignoring of evidence by the "establishment" that conflicts with the spin it desires. This was especially true in the case of 9/11. The rise of the "truther" movement occurred mainly because the official "establishment" conspiracy theory ignored witness testimony and physical evidence that it could not explain. Or silly explanations were given, like all the missing building wreckage was on a boat to China. (We are familiar with that ploy in the "UFOs are marsh gas" explanation.) A competing conspiracy theory can be a healthy response to such obvious inconsistencies, as well as to manipulation by those in authority (e.g., the false rationale presented to the UN for the war with Iraq). The alternative is blind acceptance, i.e., "my country, right or wrong". Goertzel says that "The first step in testing claims of conspiracy is to establish precisely what is being claimed". This was done by Judy Wood in her book, "Where did the towers go?", in which she carefully analyzed the physical aftermath of the attack. When this remarkable analysis is ignored by the "establishment", one can reasonably conclude it has no desire to question the validity of the official conspiracy theory. And so, we have an impasse. Conspiracies are a part of life in a competitive society, from politics to business to social relations. They can happen on both sides of any given issue. Yet Goertzel does not appear to acknowledge that the "establishment" can have its own vested interests in promoting certain theories. He appears to believe that only the dissenters from the mainstream view are capable of arguing that the earth is flat. >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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