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 purpose? 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 force. 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 exemplary. 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 http://www.saatchionline.com/gacoc 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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