From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:11:55 +0100 Archived: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:34:50 -0400 Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:22:31 -0500 >Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing >>From: Vincent Boudreau <vincentboudreau.nul> >>To: post.nul >>Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:26:49 -0400 >>Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing <snip> >>Me think accusing some one of "conspiracy theory" is in itself >>a conspiracy against the pursuit of truth. >>Let's just address the facts, shall we? >The problem with an argument like this is that in effect it >denies the existence of the psychological/social/political >phenomenon of conspiracy theories, in other words >paranoia-based, empirically unjustified allegations about public >misdeeds and their causes, of the sort that been documented all >through history (or that you can hear from any barstool ranter). <snip> Hi Jerry, And the trouble with your argument is that, while we've all heard of paranoid schizos (yet they seem very rare in this neck of the woods - wonder how many there _really_ are?), in reality the most paranoid folk around are those with stuff to lose. And that's mil-sec and politicos. Here's a quote I wrote some time ago: "It seems that, if we don't know what a thing is, we humans are inclined to make up explanations and believe the worst. So obsessive gov't secrecy has bad effects in the citizenry. However because politicos, judiciary, financiers, security/cops and media are notoriously ignorant of reality (the working world, how to think constructively, and even of real science), our rulers get more and more paranoid - and therefore even more obsessively secretive. That's a vicious circle." The backstory to that observation is at: www.perceptions.couk.com/mil-time2.html#else and it includes a barstool ranter (although he was a bit quieter than that). Cheers Ray D 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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