Ode to a Irrational Urge

It is a little hard to know where and what to comment on at the moment. In Aotearoa we have Winston Peters and numerous Conspiracy Theories by or about him. Then there is the whole Peter Keenan footage in ‘The Hollow Men’ (the documentary; now I’m waiting on the radio adaptation, the comic strip and, of course, the series (we had that in the last election)).

Then, of course, there is the Qantas flight. And a mighty stoosh happening in regard to the infamous ‘9/11 Mysteries’ video tape.

Steve Conspiracies (or Conspiracy Theories) are popular at the moment but I was not prepared to discover that Steve Fosset, adventurer, might be the subject of a (unrelated? In the world of the Conspiracy Theory surely this cannot be the case) Conspiracy (Theory).

“I discovered that there is absolutely no proof that Steve Fossett is actually dead. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I’m a man who deals in facts, and I don’t really care if he is alive or dead, it make no difference to me. What I am interested in is the truth – and a proper criminal investigation of this man’s disappearance was never undertaken by law enforcement or officials in the state of Nevada.”.

says risk assessor Robert Davis. Exciting stuff, but there’s no need, Mr. Davis, to deny being a Conspiracy Theorist (thus treating the term as merely pejorative). You clearly are a Conspiracy Theorist; the question is whether your Conspiracy Theory is actually warranted. Frankly, given my mistrust of the rich and wealthy, I’m inclined to say it might be, even though I’m no expert in the field of finding the remains of crashed aircraft.

Well, enough of that. Time to get back to work. Chapters don’t write themselves, you know.


About Matthew Dentith

Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.