Cranks according to Jonathan Kay

What cranks truly crave is the exhilarating sense of independence, control, and superiority that come from declaring oneself a self-sufficient intellectual force. Conspiracism is a natural outlet for this craving since conspiracy theories always exist in opposition to come received truth that enjoys the blessing of experts, and because the associated claims are regarded as daring and controversial.

– Jonathan Kay, Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground (New York: Harper Collins, 2011) p.190.

  • Guest

    What mythicists truly crave is the exhilarating sense of independence, control, and superiority that come from declaring oneself a self-sufficient intellectual force. Mythicism is a natural outlet for this craving since mythicist theories always exist in opposition to some received truth that enjoys the blessing of experts, and because the associated claims are regarded as daring and controversial.

    What John Loftus truly craves is the exhilarating sense of independence, control, and superiority that come from declaring himself a self-sufficient intellectual force. New Atheism is a natural outlet for this craving since New Atheist theories always exist in opposition to some received truth that enjoys the blessing of experts, and because the associated claims are regarded as daring and controversial.

    • Anonymous

      I think this is an unfair judgment about John. He tries to persuade just as apologists do, but he does it with scientific information, and not with myth.

      There is nothing wrong with independence, a sense of control and self sufficiency over one’s person and property, nor desiring to defend his position rationally with what is discovered in the sciences.

       Isn’t this what made for our great nation? Those that sought independence, and self sufficiency. It was a “brave new world”, an experiment of sorts where people sought to better themselves and have liberty of conscience concerning their religious convictions.


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