Episode 14 – Celebrity Deaths

In the week where both Robin Williams and Lauran Bacall died, Matthew and Josh look at celebrity deaths and some of the associated conspiracy theories.So, did Paul McCartney die in the 1960s? Did Sid Vicious kill Nancy Spungen? Who killed The Notorious B.I.G.? What really happened to Tupac Shakur? The mysterious death of Bruce Lee: was he poisoned? Was his son killed because he knew the identity of his father’s killers?

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Episode 13 – Unlucky for the NWO

This week we mostly go off topic, talking about New Order, singing songs from “Anything Goes!” and plugging Matthew’s forthcoming book, “The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). However, along the way we do talk a little about the New World Order, the One World Government and a folk-pyschological thesis about why some people might like to blame shadowy cabals for the trials and tribulations humanity routinely puts itself through.

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Indexing “The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories”

I am almost done with the final touches on the book, like the dreaded index. For people who might find this kind of thing interesting (and those of you who want to find the jokes), herein lies the first draft of the index. It needs some work, but it’s fairly comprehensive.

9/11, 2, 85-86 [other references?], 90-91, 92, 94-95, 111, 119, 131, 139, 140, 141
– Inside Job hypothesis 130, 132, 161-164, 180-181
– Outside Job hypothesis 164-166

Aaronovitch, David 88, 118
Abstract Expression 169-*
Ambitious conspiracy theories, 19, 80-81, 83-85
Al-Qaeda, 1
Alien shape-shifting reptiles, see Reptilians
Anthropogenic Climate Change 97 [no earlier references?]
Appeal to authority 86, 90-91, 91-93
– appeal to academic authority, see Peer Review
– appeal to political authority 97-99
– individual vs. group trust 101-102
– naive trust in authority 101-102, 106-108 [although this comes under the official theories stuff…]
– Peer review 95-97, 98, 101
– poliitcal oversight 101-102
– Sneering 90-91
– Endorsing 90-91, 95, 102-104, 116
– Insincerity 99, 103
Arnold, Gordon B., 10, 31, 71

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