Conspiracy Theories: A Guide to the World's Most Intriguing Mysteries

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Conspiracy Theories: A Guide to the World's Most Intriguing Mysteries

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Another scholarly volume that is nonetheless very readable and utterly compelling, this outing from Robertson introduces the term “epistemic capital” to help make sense of conspiracy theorists: there are the “elites,” with all the power and the money, and then there are the “sheeple,” the duped suckers. There is a good reason as to why the Truth can only be found on internet discussion boards populated by uneducated middle-aged men, who may or may not be living in their parent’s basement.

In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed after being found guilty of disclosing nuclear weapons designs to the USSR. Conspiracy Theory in America investigates how the Founders’ hard-nosed realism about the likelihood of elite political misconduct—articulated in the Declaration of Independence—has been replaced by today’s blanket condemnation of conspiracy beliefs as ludicrous by definition. We experience the lead character’s tension as he realises the mess he’s got himself into with his lies, then witness his struggle to backtrack and make things good. This handbook examines where conspiracy theories come from, who believes in them and what their consequences are. The persistence of conspiracy theory, from antiquity to the present day, attests to its potency as a mechanism for confronting the frailties of the human condition.It was temporarily taken down on 20 June 2019 and reposted on 2 October 2019 following amendments made to more accurately reflect the contents of the volume in response to concerns expressed by the book’s editor. As someone who campaigns for a better way to operate spaceship Earth, Dispelling Wetiko was the precise slap in the face I needed to break free from the spell that has captured so many would-be change-makers like myself. You know, those wild, often outlandish theories claiming a secret group of people controlling everything from world events to the weather (if you just shook your head, check out this link.

Once again, Michael Shermer has written a sparkling, irresistible, astonishing romp through one of today's biggest problems. Josef K never finds out why the agents have come to arrest him or what it is he is supposed to have done wrong, and neither does the reader. And while it’s important to approach these ideas with a healthy dose of skepticism, there’s no denying that they can be endlessly fascinating. The book convincingly brings into relief the anxieties of those at the margins of American economic and civic life, their perceptions of state power, and the narrative continuities that bond them to histories of violence and expansion in the American West.Doesn’t matter how far-fetched – the Earth is flat, the world is overcome with Bigfoots, shape-changing lizardmen are secretly controlling everything – convince enough people, and it happens. There are a lot of books that attempt to understand the lure of conspiracy theories and their effect on our lives. The book is a series of interlinked stories that explore a range of popular conspiracy theories and I amused myself with videos about UFO sightings, Area 51 and mysterious satellites lurking in Earth’s orbit.

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