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Re: The Conspiracy Meme

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.



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