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Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 14:36:35 +0100
Archived: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:29:44 -0400
Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

This endless discussion has become endlessly silly.

Of course conspiracies exist. History is replete with them! 9/11
was a conspiracy - how else would it be possible to organise
that number of people secretly with a common and complex

Of course conspiracies don't explain everything in history,
politics and current affairs - there are myriad other factors,
too numerous to list, which have equal or greater explanatory

As I pointed out in an early (and copiously ignored) post on
this thread: 'To dismiss a theory just because it is a
'conspiracy theory' is plain dumb. Critical judgement is
essential, and there are no substitutes for evidence and logical
analysis. If a theory stands up to such scrutiny, then it is
worth taking seriously whether it involves an element of
conspiracy or not.'

It's worth reiterating the phrase yet again: 'there are no
substitutes for evidence and logical analysis' If you want a
gold standard for what I'm talking about, check out 'The JFK
Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman Versus Conspiracy=E2=80=99 by
Michael L. Kurtz (University Press of Kansas). Kurtz is an
academic historian and his book is rigorous and balanced,
evidenced and analytical. Kurtz's approach to the topic is

Just because some conspiracy theorists are out with the fairies,
that does not invalidate conspiracy theories per se. Equally,
because some conspiracy theories have powerful explanatory
force, that does not validate conspiracy theories per se.

End of!

Gerald O'Connell

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