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Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

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




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