This Week in Conspiracy (11 February 2012)

In the beginning, it was a dark and stormy night, so you can call me Ishmael. Or Al. Doesn’t matter.

Lemme tell you, as I start this post, it’s unpleasant in Atlanta, kids. The wind was pretty impressive this evening, as was, not coincidentally, the amount a certain tree near my apartment can bend without breaking and my sudden desire to purchase renter’s insurance. But not even 2 tons of wood accelerating at 9.8 m/s/s through my roommate’s bedroom would stop me from bringing you the week in conspiracy.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that.

  • I don’t know what this is…but I like the idea…Space Nazis!:

That’s it for this week, folks. No conspiracy theory of the week. Oddly, nothing struck me as absurd enough. I hope that doesn’t mean that I am building up a tolerance. I’ve started working on a story about UFOs in the Renaissance. I may try to peddle it to, well, Ben Radford. We’ll see. Take it easy! Also, Eve, who has been a little AWOL lately, is working on something utterly hilarious. I hope that will be up soon.


12 Responses to This Week in Conspiracy (11 February 2012)

  1. Apart from being a loose rehash of post-Blavatskyan Hollow Earth/UFO theosophy coupled with Nazi Wunderwaffe speculation, Iron Sky is actually a very cool thing. It started when an aspiring Finnish CGI artist posted a demo reel on YouTube eight years ago or so, and it went viral. Thousands of small investors got involved, they crowdsourced the scenario, got a real director and lots of onscreen and behind-the-scenes talent (Udo Kier is in it! Udo Kier! Udo Kier as a scenery-chewing, overacting Moon-Nazi. There are not enough exclamation points. I adore Udo Kier.)

    It’s being marketed as a comedy, but that’s just what they want you to think, isn’t it?.

    It’s going into limited international theatrical release next month, with DVDs to follow. I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Bob says:

    Very cool. That’s good to know. Thanks! The art was awesome.


  3. Bob says:


  4. David Gerard says:

    Though it’s not clear why they got a creationist to comment on Dawkins, except to place a virtual sign at the entrance of the University of Warwick saying “ABANDON BRAIN ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE”.

  5. Bob says:

    The hit on Higher Superstition too seemed unwarranted, as if he missed the entire point of that book. I guess he thinks that snubbing the scientists’ genuine expertise in their fields somehow strengthens his authority?

  6. Pacal says:

    I’m not sure that Steve Fuller is a Creationist, but he does seem to have a severe case of Epater le Bourgoise. I do however like his hit of Steven Pinker’s book The Blank Slate. The book contained a enough strawmen to burn down New York City if they caught fire.

    The book also displayed an amazing ignorance of major strands of the Western intellectual tradition. I was esspecially annoyed with the shoddy discussion of the idea of the “Noble Savage”. The book also contained one of the most transparent examples of the polemical artificially created middle I’ve ever read.

    • David Gerard says:

      “Intelligent design” is precisely “creationism” in a funny hat. The Wedge Document is the smoking gun that the term was coined as a more marketable term for creationism. There is no difference.

      • Pacal says:

        Yes I know that “Intelligent Design” is Creationism, and I know that Steve Fuller has defended it. However given some of his comments about it and Evolution I’m not sure if he actually believes this stuff or is doing it to put peoples noses out of joint, i.e. epater le bourgoise.

      • David Gerard says:

        He feels put upon by joined-up thinking in general, yes.

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