This Week in Conspiracy (20 Nov 2011)

It was a crazily jam-packed weekend for those of us at Skeptical Humanities, so this is a little late and a little short. On Saturday, Eve and I put on our thinking helmets (sometimes you just need the extra protection) and attended an event by paranormal enthusiasts. One of us will be writing about it soon, I’m sure. We were so tired at the end of the day, I think we missed our first skeptics in the pub event since…ever.

This morning, we were out again. I had been invited by the Alabama Freethought Association to talk about conspiracy theories. About 20 people showed up, and Lake Hypatia seems to be a sort of Mecca for southern atheists.

Speaking of Mecca, when we got there, an hour early (stupid time change), in one of the sitting areas on the lovely campus, we found a Koran under the bench. We pointed it out when our hosts arrived, and they brought it inside because someone might think that leaving it outside would be a desecration. That’s class, people. Learn from them.

Onto the week that was weak!

Conspiracy Theory of the Week:

That’s all for now, m’laddies. I’ve got lots more, but not a lot of time at the moment. So, keep your eyes open for more from this week in next week’s edition.


8 Responses to This Week in Conspiracy (20 Nov 2011)

  1. Considering SOPA and PROTECT-IP, saying the DoJ is criminalizing Youtube videos is hyperbolic, but not too horribly far off.

  2. Pacal says:

    The idea of “Conspiracy” thinking as post modern has existed among “Post Modern Literary Critics” for almost two decades now. THe idea is that since it “undermines” the legitimacies” of the “hegemonic” “discourses” of “rationality” and “reason” and is “transgressive” it represents a “liberating” struggle against “domination” and “repression”. Thus we get various Post Modernists who declaim about Alien Abductions and how “liberating” “trabnsgressive” such beliefs are how they struggle against the “dominant discourse” and liberate from the chains of “rationality” and “reason”.

    And of course we cannot “judge” such a “discourse”because it will mean that we are accepting the “discourse” of “reason” and “rationality” and operating under its “oppressive” “hegemonic” “discourse”.

    “Liberation” come from embracing paranoid delusions it seems. I note for all the gyrations about a refusal to “judge” this “discourse” clearly “judges” “rationality” and “reason” negatively and the “transgressive” irrational belief positively, because – Hey at least it’s not “rational” or “reason” based nor part of the “hegemonic”, “opprressive” [Insert negative descripers here.], “discourse”.

    That these people do not seem to realize that that such irrational, cospiracy type beliefs can have negative consequences is amusing and franklt sad. Protocals of the Elders of Zion anyone? Further one would think that people getting obsessed with imaginary conspiracies and paralyzed by irrational fears would be perfectly suited and useful for oppressors.

    Hell something like Alien Abduction if it was created by a government agency would be perfect for “enslaving the masses” witth mindless fear. Of course no such “conspiracy” to create the Alien Abduction phenomena exists, but the idea that people paralysed or obsessed with delusional fears are rebelling against authority in any real sense is compulsively funny.

    As a side issue. The most recent Issue of Skeptical Inquirer has a article about the Shakespeare authorship “controversy”.

  3. “Who was the real Shakespeare? It is doubtful that we will ever know the truth.” STFU and read a book.

    This is the only proper response to the Shakespeare authorship question.

  4. Bob says:

    That’s what I thought.

  5. Evil Freemason says:

    You may enjoy this site debunking Alex Jones

  6. Bob says:

    I like it. 🙂

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