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The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
Posted: 29 May 2009 07:02 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 29 May 2009 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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All you have to do is to look at all the murderers and terrorists who do what they do because “the Jews secretly control America” or whatever, or all the wars that have started because one side believed (or at least claimed to believe) that the other side was conspiring.

Though the Catiline Conspiracy that was mentioned above is kind of an interesting one:  it’s quite possible that Lucius Catilina was not actually conspiring anything at first, and that it was Cicero’s constant accusations that he was conspiring and Cicero’s persecution of him that led to Catilina finally creating a true (and unsuccessful) conspiracy against Cicero and the Roman government.

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Posted: 29 May 2009 12:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The thing I find interesting about conspiracy theories is that whoever’s involved in them just happens to be the person or kind of person (Jews, Jesuits, Muslims, gays, etc) that the theoriest dislikes.

For example, just after Arlene Spector switched to the Democratic Party, a conspiracy theoriest insisted that he was secretly a part of Obama’s NWO plan (or a NWO plan at any rate, this same theorist insisted that Obama was just a pawn being controlled by Henry Kissinger)

It’s like Anne Lamott’s friend once said, how if God hates the same people you do it’s a clear sign you’re remaking Him in your image. Much the same could be said about these theories.

On the subject of real conspiracies, there have been real ones I’ll conceed, but near as I know they don’t stay secret for decades and decades. (Or at least ones hatched by the American government don’t cheese)

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Posted: 29 May 2009 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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What else is somewhat ironic is how so many of the horrible ghastly evil characteristics and qualities that the conspiracy theorists decry the plotters for having are, in reality, displayed mainly in the character and actions of the conspiracy theorists.  They’ll accuse people or governments or whatever of lying, and then to support their theory they’ll lie, falsify information, selectively quote so as to give false impressions, and so on.  They’ll accuse people of inciting fear and hatred, but the main people doing that end up being the conspiracy theorists.  They’ll complain about how nobody questions anything or has an open mind, and then you ask them a question and they through a tantrum.  It’s as though they’re trying to disguise their own bad qualities by trying to blame somebody else for them.

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Posted: 14 June 2009 06:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Beasjt - 29 May 2009 11:02 AM

The book review

I have bought and am currently reading this book. Interesting read. Some very sharp observations in it, but sometimes written a bit chaotic.

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J. Kruger & D. Dunning (1999), Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. J Pers Soc Psychol. 77, 1121-1134

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