Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories

Commenter Bilbo raised an excellent question about what distinguishes a conspiracy from a conspiracy theory. There have been real life conspiracies, and people conspire together for all sorts of reasons on a daily basis. How do we distinguish this mundane phenomenon from the kind of conspiracy theory that is deservedly treated with disdain? Clearly there [Read More...]

Proving the Illuminati is Real

This video offers a great treatment of how conspiracy theory thinking works, and has a superb punny ending. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Conspiracy Theorists

A conspiracy theorist is someone whose circumstance has conspired to make fantasy preferable to reality. They are unlikely to abandon their alternate reality until we can show them some alternate to the reality they’re fleeing — something better than the powerlessness and the meaninglessness that made the fantasy game seem like a more attractive choice. [Read More...]

Obama’s Texas Invasion Plans Revealed

Greg Carey made this image and shared it on Twitter, and a lot of people have found it entertaining. And so I thought I would share it on the blog for more people to enjoy. There is actually serious irony to several of the arrows. Climate scientists invading from Alabama? Evolutionists from Kansas? I suppose the anti-gay [Read More...]

Americans – Prepare for Nonsense

Did you see the above advertisement in today’s USA Today? This quote from an article by Quassim Cassam on conspiracy theory thinking: It is in the nature of many intellectual character traits that you don’t realise you have them, and so aren’t aware of the true extent to which your thinking is influenced by them. [Read More...]

Global Conspiracy

From People In White Coats. [Read more...]

Just Another Kind of Gullibility

“Conspiracy believers are the ultimate motivated skeptics. Their curse is that they apply this selective scrutiny not to the left or right, but to the mainstream. They tell themselves that they’re the ones who see the lies, and the rest of us are sheep. But believing that everybody’s lying is just another kind of gullibility.” [Read More...]

Creationism, Mythicism, and University Conspiracies

Creationism says: universities are so much under the grip of atheism that creationism cannot get a fair hearing. Mythicism says: universities are so much under the grip of Christianity that mythicism cannot get a fair hearing. Aren’t these two claims like antimatter? When they collide, don’t they cancel one another out in a spectacular release [Read More...]

Doubt and Conspiracy

A couple of posts struck me as insightful and quotable, and related to the same theme, so I will share links to and quotes from them together. First, Carson T. Clark wrote about doubt as a Christian virtue: Many Christians see doubt as the opposite of faith. This I find rather bizarre because I see doubt as [Read More...]

Valerie Tarico’s Historical Denialism

In a recent online article, Valerie Tarico suggests that “a growing number of scholars” are concluding that there was no historical Jesus. It isn’t clear to me that Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Thomas Brodie represent a “growing number” compared to past generations. If one goes back half a century or more, the idea had [Read More...]

Skepticism, Science, and Scholarship

P. Z. Myers has seen the dark side of skepticism, the fact that its tools can be applied not just to fringe bunk but to anything and everything. And so he has written in an effort to distinguish science and skepticism. Here is an excerpt from his recent post on the topic: A short while [Read More...]


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