conspiraciesIt’s an ungodly hour in the morning and I’ve spent the last few hours bouncing around the web reading and watching videos about a conspiracy theory I just heard about tonight. The hollow earth theory apparently has quite a few really passionate advocates.

It’s way too late and I’m way too tired to even go into where I stand on that particular conspiracy theory but it did get me to thinking. Since I’ve started this new blog in a fairly anonymous manner I am wondering if it might not be a good outlet to write about and discuss some of the different conspiracy theories that are out there. I think sometimes there can be a stigma about talking about certain topics but that certainly doesn’t mean that they’re not worth discussing.

Would anyone out there be interested in an occasional expose of sorts of different conspiracy theories out there in the hopes of creating a civil discussion about the merit of them?

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  1. Just read this post. The lack of comments after 3 months indicates that perhaps there’s already plenty of coverage of “conspiracy theories” out there on the internet?

    One of my main interests has just been addressed by this article: http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/07/17/new-studies-conspiracy-theorists-sane-while-government-dupes-are-crazy-and-hostile/ . Namely, what is the origin of the phrase “conspiracy theory” in the first place? 90% of the time the phrase is used as a debate tactic or to shut off discussion, not because an actual “hypothesis about a conspiracy” has been put forward. This article (link above) has a nice summary of the history, including this nugget of inspiration: “If I call you a conspiracy theorist, it matters little whether you have actually claimed that a conspiracy exists or whether you have simply raised an issue that I would rather avoid… By labeling you, I strategically exclude you from the sphere where public speech, debate, and conflict occur.”

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  2. For me, hard cold physics usually sheds the best insight into “conspiracy theories.” In this case, does the well-supported theory of plate tectonics allow for a hollow earth? Understanding planetology (e.g. the origin of the Earth’s magnetic field, or its density as indicated by orbital mechanics) shows the hollow-earth theory to be implausible.

    Next example, plucked at random: what does physics say about HAARP? Is the amount of input energy sufficient to steer hurricanes? Both can be measured in joules, and this measurement shows that HAARP could not have much of an effect.

    Now, what does physics say about the World Trade Center #7? Video shows that all columns collapse at precisely the same instant. Is there a proposed mechanism by which every huge steel column was subjected to the same heat and tensile stresses to completely fail at exactly the same time?

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