From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:09:29 -0400 Archived: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:15:50 -0400 Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:55:23 -0500 >Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing >I know that it's a standard talking point among conspiracy >theorists - whose ability to detect actual conspiracies is >minimal on its best days, though no one would question their >capacity to spot imaginary ones - that you have the right to >theorize about conspiracies, the wilder the better, without >being called a conspiracy theorist. The rest of us politely >disagree. Theorizing about conspiracies is part of human nature. Some theories attract public censure more than others. >My view is simple: if you don't want to be called a conspiracy >theorist, don't be one. An old friend of mine puts it best: >"In an odd way, the conspiracy nuts are more optimistic than I >am: if there were just a specific group rationally planning and >causing all the world's ills, theoretically it could be hunted >out and destroyed. On the other hand, I believe the world is >full of idiots and incompetents who will inevitably f*ck things >up." >In any event, I have now repeatedly violated my longstanding >personal belief, learned through hard experience, that it is >futile to argue with someone inclined to conspiracy theories. I >leave it to UpDates readers to judge who has the better of the >argument, and I move on. Meantime, whenever I read your UpDates >posts in the future, Ray, I will remember where you're coming >from. I've kept out of this discussion until now, perhaps because Jerry has already 'theorized' in an earlier exchange that I must be a CIA agent given my views on 9/11. I guess an officially sanctioned conspiracy theory is acceptable to the 'conspiracy theory' theory crowd, even if it requires violations of the laws of physics. I'm a little puzzled how Jerry is able to create a theory of experience anomalies, yet hides his head in the sand when it comes to the actions of possibly nefarious powers-that-be. I suppose there is some consistency. In both cases, he proposes one should accept the anomalies without trying to understand why they happened. William 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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