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...]

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...]

Why Young-Earth Creationism is so Implausible, in a Nutshell

Commenter arcseconds put it beautifully: Doesn’t it strike you as remotely strange that the world’s scientists should accept a framework which is so obviously flawed any idiot can see through it? I mean, if it’s really this simple, they’re either a bunch of fools, or engaged in some huge confidence trick. The former seems contradicted [Read More...]

Death Star Trutherism

This is a great Star Wars parody of 9/11 trutherism – and all other conspiracy theories! As with other conspiracy theorists, there is usually some glaring error that makes it hard to take what they say seriously. In this case, it is calling the planet “Aldebraan.” HT IO9 and then later Tom Verenna on Facebook [Read More...]