Posts Under ‘conspiracy theories’ Category

Salon: Not All Conspiracy Theories are Crazy

When is a conspiracy theory outright loony tunes and when is it borderline acceptable for rational discussion? Salon has an interesting measuring stick. Earlier this month, the site┬átreated the vile Sandy Hook Truthers with proper WTF contempt. But perhaps in the interest of (false?) balance, Salon also suggests in a┬ápiece posted yesterday that 9/11 Truthers…Continue Reading…

A Climate of Conspiracy

We’re days away from the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Slate has an excellent piece on the “Truthers” and how they are impervious to reason. Here’s a quote from Philip Zelikow (the 9/11 Commission’s executive director), who makes this observation about the 9/11 conspiracists: “I play a very prominent part in their demonology of the world,…Continue Reading…

Conspiracy World

Bill Keller, the top NYT editor, goes exploring: Humans live along a continuum from doubt to faith. Wander far enough in the direction of faith and you reach the land of Nostradamus and of the Rapture (recently postponed). Wander too far in the other direction, past cynicism, through misanthropy, and you get to more or…Continue Reading…

The Truth is Out There

That was the tagline to this popular 1990s sci-fi TV show. And so that is my advice to birthers, anti-vaxxers, 9/11 Truthers, Watts/Morano dwellers, Anna Haynes soul travelers, New Agers, UFO abductees, Holocaust deniers, flat-earthers, New World Order fretters, and Scientologists ( I gotta cap the list somewhere). The truth is out there. Keep looking….Continue Reading…