From: Vincent Boudreau <vincentboudreau.nul> Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:26:49 -0400 Archived: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:11:44 -0400 Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 07:58:36 -0500 >Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing >>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:13:37 +0100 >>Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing <snip> >>The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing by Derek Beres >>Home Blogs 21st Century Spirituality >>The Conspiracy of Conspiracy Theorizing ><snip> >>Ha! Conformist hack journalists wanting brownie points churn >>this stuff out on a regular basis. >>Why do folk believe in 'conspiracy theories'? Because they know >>of small and large conspiracies all around them - in every town >>hall, county court and seat of legislature. >>The fact is that when people get _any_ power they get corrupt, >>and corrupt people conspire. >With the exception to be noted below, I had no problem with the >piece. Conspiracy theories are indeed destructive, and among >other unfortunate consequences, they draw attention away from >genuine misdeeds. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say >that conspiracy theories are concocted for that very reason and, >in the fashion of the breed, I could chase my tail throughout >eternity. >America these days is awash in the most extreme and absurd >conspiracy theories, crippling rational discourse and debate. <snip> The problem with the notion of "conspiracy theory" is that it has become a device used to prevent any further discussion about facts that do not fit the _official_ explanation. A good example of this is the 911 incident. Some facts definitely don't add up: Building 11 went down, flight 93 yielded no significant debris and the hole in the Pentagon does not fit the plane that allegedly hit it. This will not be addressed because some point their index uttering the ultimate accusation: "conspiracy theory", ultimately filibustering the debate with two words. The "conspiracy theory" insult has been spit in the face of whistleblowers for such a long time. History of governmental crimes is replete with what would have been deemed "conspiracy theory" stuff, had not the perpetrators been caught red handed. Syphilis experiments on human subject in Guatemala, the US (lasted 40 years!), Canadian psychiatrists working with the CIA to experiment on unknowing subjects, CIA experiments with LSD on unknowing American Soldiers, the Gulf of Tonkin lie to get the US into the Vietnam War, Irak's non-existent WMDs to get US to war, the NSA unlawful activities. These are just very few examples that the powers that be conspire to lie to their citizens and to cimmit crimes against them. And of course, we are not talking about the "Story of the Millennium". Surely the governments wouldn't be hiding any truth about the reality of those things to concerned citizens? "Conspiracy theory" is in the same boat as "Little green men" or "Homo" (in the days). They are devices used to prevent addressing the facts, the precise definition of "Ad Hominem Argument": "Also, "personal attack," "poisoning the well." The fallacy of attempting to refute an argument by attacking the opposition's personal character or reputation, using a corrupted negative argument from ethos. E.g., "He's so evil that you can't believe anything he says." See also Guilt by Association. Also applies to cases where potential opposing arguments are brushed aside without comment or consideration, as simply not worth arguing about." (http://utminers.utep.edu/omwilliamson/ENGL1311/fallacies.htm "Master List of Logical Fallacies") 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? Vincent Boudreau 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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