My research says they’re out to get me

Here’s the kind of thing I really enjoy. According to an article in the Huffington Post, the Russians are demanding an international inquiry on the NASA moon landings, because as we all know these never happened and were merely staged for gullible western television audiences. We know that because the the US flag planted by Neil Armstrong fluttered in a non-existent wind, there were clearly discernible studio lights, the ‘moon rock’ samples have disappeared: you get the idea.

It didn’t take the Russians to activate this particular conspiracy theory, it’s been around for years. In fact, the number of such theories is impressive, and there’s one to subvert every obvious historical fact you ever thought of. Napoleon was in fact a woman. The Second World War was just a staged show put up by international bankers. Aliens have landed all ver the planet and various secret agencies have suppressed the news. Elvis never died (well, that one’s credible). Princess Diana was murdered. The CIA staged the 9/11 attacks. You probably have your own favourite one.

But almost as resilient as the conspiracy theories are the theories about conspiracy theories. Earlier this year the University of Miami hosted a conference about the topic, with 36 presentations on various aspects of the phenomenon. The Leverhulme Tust and the University of Cambridge have conspired – oops, collaborated – on a project about conspiracy and democracy, with an eerily strange website. Overall, conspiracy theorists are thought to use different neurological methods of processing information from the rest of us, and the impact of their published suspicions can be significant: apparently most people believe in at least one conspiracy theory.

For myself, I find it really suspicious that the Miami conference was ‘not open to the public due to both space and catering considerations’. Really? Do they think we’re stupid?

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3 Comments on “My research says they’re out to get me”

  1. Vincent Says:

    Conspiracy beliefs that deal with social controls tend to have a basis in fact. If you think of the child abuse in both Ireland and the UK 20-30-40-50 years ago and what the reaction would be to anyone mentioning it in public. Think of the system in place for when one goes above the speed limit in Ireland with the points where only some people, those that didn’t ‘know’ someone had the criminal charge appended to the record.
    If you take Scotland and the Clearances, even today the theory is they were removed to provide space for sheep. But the truth was they were a ready labour force to harvest seaweed. The thing is people see and understand wool and sheep. They don’t quite -even today- get that what made guns go bang came from the chemicals in the seaweed. And you can mark coastal famines with periods of European peace.
    Ireland’s coffin ships so much a part of the American-Irish social history was utterly destroyed over the last 40 years with what could be called a fetish for the written record coupled with a delusional belief in the basic humanity of the average sea going businessman.
    Yes, you have insane theories but how much of a push is it to couple the Big Fat and the Scrounger on Benefit’s programmes where the people involved are shown in the same style as one would animals in a zoo with savage cuts. But was it designed, or was it greedy TV executives seeing a niche. Eitherway what you have is the conditions where a segment of society has been circled penned and targeted while the rest sit watching banging the arm of their chair saying the deserve it. Or the precise same attitude that informed the abuse of kids and vulnerable adults and at its extreme the utter obliteration of peoples.

  2. anna notaro Says:

    I have a lot of sympathy for Vincent’s point above, when it comes to ‘conspiracy theories’ one should perhaps ponder a bit before dismissing them tout court with ridicule, as someone put it: “Skeptics are important in achieving an objective view of reality, however, skeptism is not the same as reinforcing the official storyline. In fact, a conspiracy theory can be argued as an alternative to the official or “mainstream” story of events. Therefore, when skeptics attempt to ridicule a conspiracy theory by using the official story as a means of proving the conspiracy wrong, in effect, they are just reinforcing the original “mainstream” view of history, and actually not being skeptical.” This is a very valid observation, particularly because some of such theories turned out to be true..

  3. Jeremy Says:

    Most conspiracy theories have serious logical flaws, but to dismiss all of them would be a mistake. Most people don’t understand the workings of the elite underworld.

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