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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Conspiracy Theorists vs Conspiracists

CDA has a comment below in my "Do what you gotta do" post, and has had comments at Kevin Randle's blog, that deal with the concepts of conspiracy, a matter that intrudes upon, and is basic to, the UFO community.

Let me add to the topic by providing this from David Runciman in his review for The London Review of Books [January 9th, 2014, Page 31] of Alex Ferguson's My Autobiography:

"Alex Ferguson is a conspiracist, which is not the same as being a conspiracy theorist. Conspiracists see patterns of collusion and deceit behind everyday events. Their default position is that someone somewhere is invariably planning something. Conspiracy theorists go further: they want to join up the dots and discover the overarching pattern that makes sense of seemingly unrelated happenings. They are looking for the single explanation that underwrites everything. A conspiracist thinks that nothing is entirely innocent. A conspiracy theorist thinks that nothing is entirely incidental. Conspriracists can be devious, suspicious, confrontational and difficult to be around but they are also capable of making their way in the world, leveraging their paranoia into real power. Conspiracy theorists are often simply nuts."

RR

2 Comments:

  • ...not a conspiracy, certainly, but at least "ufological" OCD:

    http://thebiggeststudy.blogspot.com/2013/12/wandering-in-wake-of-ufos.html

    By Blogger Chuck Finley, at Friday, January 17, 2014  

  • @Chuck

    Yes, S.T. Rawman took a beating in that post. It read more like a S.T. Friedman column.

    (Ooh, I'll have to use that as a post headline if I ever get blogging: "S.T. Friedman beats S.T. Rawman in UFO debate!")

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Wednesday, January 22, 2014  

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