The Git-commits of “The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories”

“The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories” is in with the publisher. En lieu of a post about about finishing the book, here’s a list of the relevant Git-commits made during the writing of my 73000 words on conspiracies, conspiracy theories and conspiracy theory theories.

Date: Wed Apr 30 19:16:10 2014 +1200

Filled in my forms for Palgrave Macmillan and also sent the final 'draft' of the book to them.

Date: Wed Apr 30 18:08:16 2014 +1200

A few grammar edits due to looking over the Word version of the book.

Date: Wed Apr 30 00:07:20 2014 +1200

1. Some small edits.

2. Fixed the chapter numbering when I realised the intro and conclusion were numbered chapters.

Date: Tue Apr 29 22:04:40 2014 +1200

Cleaned up some of the title case(s).

Date: Tue Apr 29 16:01:48 2014 +1200

Added in the toxic truth reference from Lee's 2011 article.

Date: Tue Apr 29 15:56:21 2014 +1200

Revised and shorter conclusion.

Date: Mon Apr 28 23:36:48 2014 +1200

1. Cleaned up the introduction.

2. Made some section titles shorter.

3. Found that I referred to Fenster as previously covered in an earlier chapter when he was covered in a latter chapter.

4. Spelling mistakes! (removed, not added).

Date: Mon Apr 28 14:31:29 2014 +1200

Some work on the introduction.

Date: Mon Apr 28 14:07:24 2014 +1200

Removed the Common Era from the book.

Date: Mon Apr 28 13:58:54 2014 +1200

A bit of fiddling to see just how consistent my central question which underlies the analysis of the book is in the text. Answer: Quite.

Date: Sun Apr 27 23:08:19 2014 +1200

More fiddling. Mostly with the evidence and official theories chapters' conclusions.

Date: Sun Apr 27 22:00:24 2014 +1200

Just did a little rejig of the evidence chapter to make it feel a little shorter.

Date: Sun Apr 27 17:35:20 2014 +1200

Fiddling.

Date: Sun Apr 27 10:28:56 2014 +1200

Added in some references to a section at the end of the book so Endnote will cite them (despite my not directly referencing them in the text).

Date: Sun Apr 27 10:09:58 2014 +1200

Finishing putting in the Endnote refs.

Date: Sat Apr 26 23:59:26 2014 +1200

Updating references into Endnote formatting. One upside to this (and it's only barely an upside) is that I'm finding a few unecessary references which were worth pruning.

Date: Sat Apr 26 18:27:12 2014 +1200

At 73141 words, the book is most likely complete. Huzzah.

Date: Sat Apr 26 17:20:27 2014 +1200

Put the proofing materials into the folder for archival sake.

Date: Sat Apr 26 16:49:18 2014 +1200

Chapter refs put in.

Date: Sat Apr 26 15:18:08 2014 +1200

1. Removed some "Now,"s from the book.

2. Fixed up quotation marks.

3. Got rid of some contractions.

4. Made sure I was spelling Al-Qaeda consistently.

5. Got rid of some italics.

6. Got rid of some "it seems".

Date: Sat Apr 26 13:24:58 2014 +1200

Endnote references created.

Date: Sat Apr 26 12:58:08 2014 +1200

Fiddling with the conclusion.

Date: Sat Apr 26 12:12:55 2014 +1200

Added in proper titles and denest folders so it would render to Word properly.

Date: Sat Apr 26 11:32:08 2014 +1200

Discovered an odd facet about rendering to a Word file, so I need to de-nest my sections and fiddle with the structure. Gah.

Date: Fri Apr 25 17:12:31 2014 +1200

Fiddled with some instances of the word "show".

Date: Fri Apr 25 17:08:00 2014 +1200

Changed Conspiracy Theory Theorist and Skeptic to lower-case.

Date: Fri Apr 25 16:59:29 2014 +1200

Finished the conclusion of the final chapter.

Date: Fri Apr 25 16:06:03 2014 +1200

1. En-dashes now installed.

2. More Lee stuff in re chapter 10.

3. Finished the Acknowledgements page.

Date: Fri Apr 25 11:52:29 2014 +1200

Working on the final chapter. About to try a project replace to get rid of the em-dashes with en-dashes.

Date: Thu Apr 24 23:10:59 2014 +1200

1. Putting in Lee's comments.

2. Moved talk of false flags to the evidence chapter, where it really belongs.

Date: Thu Apr 24 18:52:18 2014 +1200

1. Fixed a few more 'an' and 'a' problems.

2. Did some more work on the conclusion.

3. Put some footnotes back in.

4. Put in the Gulf of Tonkin for Lee.

Date: Thu Apr 24 15:12:04 2014 +1200

1. Changed "in amongst" to "amongst".

2. Went trough and looked at instances of "This is because" since some of my semicolon 'conversions' have been a bit shoddy.

3. Changed some instances of "problematic" to something else, to stop myself from sounding too repetitive.

4. Checked my "an h" and a h" instances.

5. Dealt with some of my semicolon issues.

6. Replaced "whilst" with "while". Goodbye, Shane Jones-style anachronisms.

Date: Tue Apr 22 13:57:42 2014 +1200

Andrew Withy's comments on chapter 10 inputted. Only Lee to go.

Date: Tue Apr 22 12:47:34 2014 +1200

1. Put Litvineko back in.

2. Split the final section of chapter 9 in twain to make it feel less lengthy.

Date: Tue Apr 22 00:59:39 2014 +1200

Got Litvinenko back. Going to bed.

Date: Tue Apr 22 00:55:16 2014 +1200

Closed the file before fiddling with Git.

Date: Tue Apr 22 00:50:55 2014 +1200

Chapter 9 redraft. Lost my Litvinenko section, though.

Date: Mon Apr 21 15:17:32 2014 +1200

Next pass at chapter 9.

Date: Mon Apr 21 14:51:11 2014 +1200

Integrated the footnotes into chapter 9.

Date: Mon Apr 21 14:11:31 2014 +1200

Comments from Andrew Withy and David Merry on chapter 9 inputted.

Date: Sun Apr 20 17:45:02 2014 +1200

New daft of chapter 7 complete. Still need to deal with the footnotes, however.

Date: Sun Apr 20 16:15:30 2014 +1200

Added in a coda to the Buenting and Taylor section in chapter 8 (which I neglected to do previously).

Date: Sun Apr 20 15:32:20 2014 +1200

Sonia’s proofing comments on chapter 7 inputted.

Date: Sun Apr 20 13:22:26 2014 +1200

Integrated the footnotes into the main text of chapter 8.

Date: Sun Apr 20 13:10:55 2014 +1200

Melanie Rosen's comments for chapter 8 inputted.

Date: Sat Apr 19 22:25:37 2014 +1200

Quick look over chapter 7.

Date: Sat Apr 19 21:34:34 2014 +1200

A few more worries of Lee's hopefully dealt with in chapter 6.

Date: Sat Apr 19 18:43:05 2014 +1200

Put in some of Lee's material (including a correction) for chapter 6.

Date: Sat Apr 19 13:25:15 2014 +1200

Soni’s proofing notes inputted.

Date: Sat Apr 19 11:02:38 2014 +1200

Did a little more work on the conclusion of chapter 4.

Date: Fri Apr 18 22:14:16 2014 +1200

Chapter 5 edit complete.

Date: Fri Apr 18 18:47:58 2014 +1200

Put footnotes into the main text of chapter 5.

Date: Fri Apr 18 18:45:19 2014 +1200

Laura McQuillan's proof notes for chapter 5 inputted.

Date: Fri Apr 18 18:02:24 2014 +1200

Chapter 4 redraft complete.

Date: Fri Apr 18 12:50:51 2014 +1200

Chapter 4 editing going on. Up to section 3.

Date: Thu Apr 17 17:52:30 2014 +1200

Will Pollard's proofing notes inputted in chapter 4.

Date: Thu Apr 17 17:33:55 2014 +1200

Moved some of the footnotes in chapter 4 into the main text.

Date: Thu Apr 17 17:29:12 2014 +1200

1. Mike Dickison's edits for chapter 3 inputted.

2. Footnotes and the like either deleted, moved into the main text or turned into comments.

(It probably needs a read through before being considered final).

Date: Thu Apr 17 14:54:10 2014 +1200

1. Put in Dylan Reeve's proofing notes from chapter 2 into chapter 2.

2. Moved most of the footnotes into the main text (or just deleted them/converted them into comments).

Date: Wed Apr 16 18:17:17 2014 +1200

Chapter 1 largely reworked to be zippier and a little more interesting.

Date: Tue Apr 15 16:53:03 2014 +1200

1. Moved most of the footnotes into the main text.

2. Up to the commonalities section in chapter 1.

Date: Mon Apr 14 14:01:25 2014 +1200

Sara Barham's edits for chapter 1 entered.

Date: Fri Apr 11 13:15:35 2014 +1200

Reworking chapter 1. Have got rid of the dictionary section.

Date: Thu Apr 10 21:20:49 2014 +1200

Amended the Acknowledgements page to add in the proofers.

Date: Thu Apr 10 21:18:41 2014 +1200

Compiled Chapter 7 to send to Sonia.

Date: Thu Apr 10 21:15:32 2014 +1200

Compiled the Introduction.

Date: Thu Apr 10 21:13:47 2014 +1200

New draft of the Introduction.

Date: Thu Apr 10 11:50:50 2014 +1200

Looked at the Palgrave Guide to authors and have started typesetting appropriately.

Date: Wed Apr 9 21:45:31 2014 +1200

Working on the introduction (still)

Date: Tue Apr 8 17:54:29 2014 +1200

Working on the Intro.

Date: Sun Apr 6 17:37:09 2014 +1200

Rough draft of chapter 7 complete (again).

Date: Sat Apr 5 17:12:52 2014 +1300

Done with Buenting and Taylor.

Date: Sat Apr 5 16:52:21 2014 +1300

Dealing with Buenting and Taylor in chapter 7.

Date: Thu Apr 3 17:14:37 2014 +1300

Past Coady in Chapter 7.

Date: Tue Apr 1 08:50:58 2014 +1300

More Räikkä.

Date: Tue Apr 1 08:25:02 2014 +1300

A little light work on chapter 7 (official theories). Up to Räikkä.

Date: Sun Mar 30 17:57:41 2014 +1300

Some compiling of chapters to send out to people.

Date: Sun Mar 30 17:50:59 2014 +1300

Chapter 2 redrafted.

Date: Sun Mar 30 16:21:31 2014 +1300

Still working on conspiracism.

Date: Sun Mar 30 00:08:02 2014 +1300

Up to "Conspiracism" in chapter 2.

Date: Sat Mar 29 18:47:08 2014 +1300

Replaced [***} with [REF!] as it was confusing the compile when using Markdown.

Date: Sat Mar 29 18:23:18 2014 +1300

New draft of first chapter. Moved the taxonomy back to the end of the first chapter (from where it was at the beginning of the second chapter) to make it the conclusion.

Date: Sat Mar 29 00:26:32 2014 +1300

Up to the conclusion of the first chapter (redrafting)

Date: Wed Mar 26 22:10:04 2014 +1300

More editing of the first chapter; up to the Philosophy section.

Date: Tue Mar 25 21:55:19 2014 +1300

Up to Wood in the first chapter.

Date: Sun Mar 23 21:38:11 2014 +1300

Editing the first chapter.

Date: Tue Mar 18 21:56:26 2014 +1300

Revised draft of final chapter complete.

Date: Mon Mar 17 19:02:13 2014 +1300

1. Finished new draft of the penultimate chapter, "The Inference to Any Old Explanation"

2. Fiddled with final chapter, "The Inference to a Conspiracy Theory"

Date: Sun Mar 16 21:38:12 2014 +1300

Massive movements of sections across the last two chapters.

1. Now the penultimate chapter is called "Inference to Any Old Explanation" and features the prior probability section.

2. The final chapter has been renamed (returned to its original name) and is "Inference to a Conspiracy Theory" and deals with all the conspiracy theory examples.

Currently editing the Burden of Proof section in the penultimate chapter.

Date: Thu Mar 13 20:45:30 2014 +1300

1. Put the burden of proof material into the final chapter.

2. Cleaned up the vagueness section in the penultimate chapter.

Date: Tue Mar 11 21:41:41 2014 +1300

More tinkering with that final Lee section.

Date: Mon Mar 10 21:21:52 2014 +1300

Working on Lee and probability/burden of proof material.

Date: Sun Mar 9 17:37:24 2014 +1300

1. Some more work on the last two chapters, particularly putting in material from the "Notes" section.

2. Added in Abstract Expressionism as an example of a conspiracy with a fairly interesting twist.

Date: Sun Mar 9 15:15:54 2014 +1300

Put in Lee's comments about the Official Theories chapter.

Date: Mon Mar 3 21:58:41 2014 +1300

Moved some pieces of text around the final two chapters.

Date: Sun Mar 2 17:29:26 2014 +1300

Final chapter first draft complete.

Date: Sun Mar 2 15:31:32 2014 +1300

Finished with Gorbachev and now on to the peer review fantasy.

Date: Sun Mar 2 12:09:18 2014 +1300

1. A rough draft of the penultimate chapter is done.

2. Moved the notes relating to the final two chapters into their own folder so I can edit the final chapter without extraneous material worrying me.

Date: Fri Feb 28 17:19:02 2014 +1300

Up to Conspiracies and Inferring to Them in the penultimate chapter.

Date: Thu Feb 27 17:56:14 2014 +1300

1. Split the Inference chapter in twain; now we have the "Inference to a Conspiracy" and the "Inference to a Conspiracy Theory" chapters.

2. Finished with Dodgson.

Date: Thu Feb 27 13:38:34 2014 +1300

1. Added in some Lipton in the notes for the Inference chapter.

2. Up to the second section of the final chapter.

Date: Thu Feb 27 12:50:29 2014 +1300

Moved the comments from the frontispiece of the Inference chapter into their own sections.

Date: Sun Feb 23 17:47:06 2014 +1300

Compiled a version to send to Charles

Date: Sun Feb 23 14:49:06 2014 +1300

New draft of the Intentions chapter. It's a bit vague.

Date: Sun Feb 23 11:51:28 2014 +1300

Working on the Intentions chapter from notes given to me by Lee.

Date: Sun Feb 9 14:23:14 2014 +1300

New draft of the Official Theories chapter prepared and sent to Lee.

Date: Sat Feb 8 17:16:24 2014 +1300

Up to deHaven-Smith in the Official Theories chapter.

Date: Sat Feb 8 00:30:07 2014 +1300

More work on the Official Theories chapter. Up to Buenting and Taylor.

Date: Fri Feb 7 17:10:55 2014 +1300

Official Theories vs. Conspiracy Theories chapter editing.

Need to make the Raikka segment its own section against.

Date: Thu Feb 6 22:37:07 2014 +1300

Finished the new draft of the Endorsement and Authorities chapter.

Date: Thu Feb 6 13:39:59 2014 +1300

Working on the Endorsements and Authorities chapter; up to "Individual vs. Group Trust section.

Date: Wed Feb 5 23:54:41 2014 +1300

Working on the Endorsements and Authorities chapter. Up to "The Role of Endorsements". Have managed to almost get the chapter down to 7000 words (from just over 8k).

Date: Mon Feb 3 15:04:24 2014 +1300

Working on a new edit of the Trusting in Authority chapter. Intro done.

Date: Sun Feb 2 17:48:28 2014 +1300

1. Quick and dirty edit of the PTS chapter to send to Lee.

2. Renamed chapter 6 to "Trusting in Authorities" because it was called "When theories clash" but that's the chapter after that.

Date: Sat Feb 1 21:44:25 2014 +1300

Structure of the evidence chapter seems to be in place. Just need to read through it again to make sure.

Date: Thu Jan 30 22:35:52 2014 +1300

More disinformation fiddling.

Date: Thu Jan 30 08:16:28 2014 +1300

Getting the Disinformation material organised.

Date: Mon Jan 27 22:32:00 2014 +1300

Reduced the size of the October Raids example down by a few hundred words. Victory of a sort!

Date: Mon Jan 20 22:01:14 2014 +1300

New Evidence chapter structure.

Date: Sun Jan 19 12:45:34 2014 +1300

Slow going on the evidence chapter. It's too long.

Date: Thu Jan 16 13:55:02 2014 +1300

Evidence chapter revised draft getting there, but it's still really quite long.

Date: Tue Jan 14 18:39:28 2014 +1300

Some more evidence chapter fiddling.

Date: Tue Jan 14 18:33:12 2014 +1300

Removed the transmission chapter.

Date: Tue Jan 14 18:26:19 2014 +1300

Some more evidence chapter edits.

Date: Sun Jan 12 13:14:27 2014 +1300

Working on the Evidence chapter.

Date: Sat Jan 11 17:15:00 2014 +1300

Chapter 2 redraft due to Lee's comments complete; sent to Charles.

Date: Fri Jan 10 18:49:02 2014 +1300

Some Basham edits to chapter 2.

Date: Thu Jan 9 21:27:47 2014 +1300

Official theories chapter first draft complete.

Date: Wed Jan 8 13:31:24 2014 +1300

Up to Lance deHaven-Smith in the Official Theories chapter.

Date: Tue Jan 7 17:15:55 2014 +1300

Worked on Räikkä on official theories, Buenting and Taylor on their weird version of particularism and a bit of Coady, in re the new chapter.

Date: Mon Jan 6 14:45:15 2014 +1300

A few more tweaks of this new chapter.

Date: Mon Jan 6 14:31:30 2014 +1300

A new chapter, "Official Theories vs. Conspiracy Theories?"

Date: Sun Jan 5 17:18:31 2014 +1300

Chapter 1 edits from Lee complete. Sending to Charles.

Date: Fri Jan 3 12:30:50 2014 +1300

Inputting Lee's comments on chapter 1. Up to the Crippled Epistemologies section.

Date: Thu Jan 2 15:24:07 2014 +1300

Putting in Lee's comments on chapter 1.

Date: Mon Dec 30 17:32:19 2013 +1300

Chapter 5 (PTS) revised draft complete.

Date: Sun Dec 29 16:11:25 2013 +1300

Some more PTS fiddling.

Date: Thu Dec 26 19:04:09 2013 +1300

More PTS fiddling.

Date: Thu Dec 26 15:33:58 2013 +1300

Chapter 5 (PTS) fiddling. Almost the right length, now.

Date: Tue Dec 24 16:55:34 2013 +1300

Fiddling with the Räikkä section in the PTS chapter.

Date: Mon Dec 23 15:26:46 2013 +1300

More fiddling with Keeley on the PTS in chapter 5.

Date: Mon Dec 23 12:48:20 2013 +1300

Up to Keeley on the PTS in chapter 5.

Date: Sat Dec 21 17:21:45 2013 +1300

PTS (now chapter 5) fiddling.

Date: Sat Dec 21 16:21:46 2013 +1300

Some fiddling with the PTS chapter.

Date: Fri Dec 20 19:23:51 2013 +1300

Moved the Public Trust Skepticism chapter to before the "When Theories Clash" chapter, since the (now) former refers to the (now) latter.

Date: Fri Dec 20 19:19:14 2013 +1300

Chapter 5 draft, plus four thousand extra words, done.

Date: Fri Dec 20 13:00:41 2013 +1300

Currently working on the appeals to political sources section.

Date: Thu Dec 19 12:36:22 2013 +1300

Up to "Appeal to Authority" in chapter 5.

Date: Wed Dec 18 15:28:30 2013 +1300

1. Removed North Head from chapter 4.

2. Started work on chapter 5.

Date: Tue Dec 17 18:39:39 2013 +1300

Chapter 4 draft complete.

Date: Mon Dec 16 18:35:53 2013 +1300

Chapter 4 needs some new material.

Date: Wed Dec 11 16:07:53 2013 +1300

At the conclusion of chapter 4.

Date: Sun Dec 8 17:52:24 2013 +1300

More working on chapter 4, including the new section "Double-thinking it" (thanks, Charles, for the suggestion).

Date: Wed Dec 4 16:20:11 2013 +1300

Started on chapter 4. Rewrote the introduction.

Date: Wed Dec 4 15:16:02 2013 +1300

Chapter 3 draft basically complete.

Date: Fri Nov 29 18:03:03 2013 +1300

Just need to work on the conclusion of chapter 3 now (for work on that chapter to be sufficiently finished to move on to chapter 4).

Date: Tue Nov 26 16:47:16 2013 +1300

Chapter 3 draft. Needs a reread and tidy up, but then off to Lee?

Date: Tue Nov 19 17:51:24 2013 +1300

Draft of chapter 2 complete.

Date: Mon Nov 18 14:31:12 2013 +1300

Up to conspiracy theories proper in chapter 2.

Date: Sun Nov 17 16:30:39 2013 +1300

Up to the success condition in chapter 2. Worried I just used an exclamation mark in the main text that isn't part of my "Conspiracy!" terminology.

Date: Fri Nov 15 16:07:27 2013 +1300

Moved some chapter 2 material around.

Date: Fri Nov 15 16:06:02 2013 +1300

Chapter 1 draft complete?

Date: Thu Nov 14 11:10:01 2013 +1300

Up to Keeley.

Date: Wed Nov 13 21:41:59 2013 +1300

Up to Barkun in chapter 1.

Date: Sun Nov 10 17:36:26 2013 +1300

Almost done with the philosophers.

Date: Thu Nov 7 20:03:38 2013 +1300

Back to the philosophers in chapter 1.

Date: Wed Nov 6 21:09:22 2013 +1300

Working on simplifying chapter 1: up to "crippled epistemology".

Date: Sat Nov 2 12:40:11 2013 +1300

Working through the philosophers.

Date: Fri Nov 1 18:31:07 2013 +1300

Now playing with the philosophers of chapter 1.

Date: Fri Nov 1 14:53:07 2013 +1300

Non-philosophers in chapter 1 characterised very broadly (some philosophers are in there, too).

Date: Wed Oct 30 16:39:20 2013 +1300

Quite a bit of tinkering with chapter 1.

Date: Fri Oct 25 17:02:34 2013 +1300

Paranoid style section now much tidier (and smaller)

Date: Thu Oct 24 12:20:15 2013 +1300

Playing around with chapter 1.

Date: Wed Oct 23 11:16:44 2013 +1300

Chapter 1 intro

Date: Sun Oct 20 12:52:13 2013 +1300

Another pass at chapters 2 and 3. Really need to give them to someone to read.

Date: Thu Oct 17 11:41:48 2013 +1300

Still fiddling with chapters 2 and 3.

Date: Mon Oct 14 14:28:06 2013 +1300

Chapter 3 final draft nearly complete: only need to work on the conclusion.

Date: Thu Oct 10 18:59:42 2013 +1300

On to editing "Pejorative sense 2" chapter. (I keep changing the names of chapters).

Date: Mon Oct 7 14:24:01 2013 +1300

Fiddling with the definition chapter so I can send it to Lee.

Date: Mon Sep 30 13:59:25 2013 +1300

First proper draft of the "Objections to the definition" chapter.

Date: Mon Sep 16 14:23:33 2013 +1200

1. Moved the talk of "Conspirators" and "Consummation" into the definition chapter, where they belong.

2. Moved discussion of SCADs into its own sub-section in the Coincidence Theory section. Still not sure where coincidence theories are going in the book. Probably in the "Clash of theories" chapter.

3. Moved the coincidence theories section into the "Clash" chapter.

Date: Sun Sep 15 17:54:27 2013 +1200

More chapter 3 material. Humming along.

Date: Sat Sep 14 12:51:45 2013 +1200

On conspiracies of goodness.

Date: Thu Sep 12 12:24:50 2013 +1200

Doing some work on chapter 3 (defending my definition).

Date: Fri Aug 30 15:10:24 2013 +1200

Still working on the conspiracism section.

Date: Thu Aug 29 18:06:03 2013 +1200

More conspiracism.

Date: Tue Aug 27 17:26:02 2013 +1200

Split chapter 2 in twain.

First new chapter deals with the definition of conspiracy and conspiracy theory (and deals to the conspiracism debate).

Second new chapter deals with the objections to my general definition.

Date: Mon Aug 26 13:57:46 2013 +1200

More fiddling with the conspiracism section. It's coming together, albeit slowly.

Date: Sun Aug 25 16:22:06 2013 +1200

Conspiracism tidy-up.

Date: Fri Aug 23 18:25:47 2013 +1200

More fiddling with the second chapter, hacking sections into shape.

Date: Thu Aug 22 11:54:04 2013 +1200

More chapter 2 fiddling.

Date: Sun Aug 18 12:47:36 2013 +1200

Some work on the size criterion section.

Date: Fri Aug 16 16:42:22 2013 +1200

More fiddling with chapter 2.

Date: Thu Aug 15 17:27:58 2013 +1200

Fiddling with chapter 2.

Date: Wed Aug 14 18:50:10 2013 +1200

Put in the missing references for chapter 2 (my definition).

Date: Mon Aug 12 14:07:53 2013 +1200

Fiddling with the Official Theories chapter (mostly).

Date: Sun Aug 11 17:40:08 2013 +1200

Some tinkering with the Official vs. Conspiracy Theories chapter.

Date: Sat Aug 10 18:26:37 2013 +1200

Some more tinkering with fortunate vs. fortuitous data.

Date: Sun Jul 28 17:18:52 2013 +1200

Moved some files around in the Proposals section.

Date: Fri Jul 26 17:59:21 2013 +1200

Kind of a finished draft of the evidence chapter.

Date: Thu Jul 25 16:52:32 2013 +1200

More tinkering with the evidence chapter. Up to counterfacts now.

Date: Wed Jul 24 15:45:47 2013 +1200

More tinkering with the evidence chapter.

Date: Tue Jul 23 17:25:19 2013 +1200

Got the Evidence chapter into a semblance of shape. Now to edit it into a coherent whole.

Date: Sun Jul 21 17:35:20 2013 +1200

1. Feldman on counterfacts rewritten.

2. Tidying up the errant data and falsification sections.

Date: Sat Jul 20 17:12:46 2013 +1200

Dealing with the fortuitous data material, which really does need to come after the selective evidence and disinformation section.

Date: Fri Jul 19 13:04:38 2013 +1200

1. Moved some material about Basham and about Bale to the Inference chapter (where it belongs, not because I can't be bothered dealing with it at the moment).

2. Also, some more rewriting.

Date: Thu Jul 18 18:09:59 2013 +1200

1. Moved the Official Theories chapter back to before the evidence chapter.

2. Some tinkering with the disinformation material.

Date: Wed Jul 17 16:36:37 2013 +1200

Evidence chapter tinkering.

Date: Tue Jul 16 16:21:25 2013 +1200

1. A little bit of work on the Evidence chapter.

2. Added in notes from the 2013 Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas article.

Date: Mon Jul 15 13:15:07 2013 +1200

Notes placed logically into the Selective Evidence chapter.

Date: Sun Jul 14 13:35:16 2013 +1200

1. Some notes on Feldman and counterfacts.

2. Some notes on Bale and his worries about the evidence used in conspiracy theories.

3. Moved some notes into relevant parts of the selective evidence chapter.

Date: Wed Jul 10 17:29:47 2013 +1200

New Lee Basham material (and a lot of it, all throughout the book).

Date: Mon Jul 8 23:12:21 2013 +1200

Working on the Selective Evidence chapter (in preparation for Singapore).

Date: Fri Jul 5 13:51:25 2013 +1200

Some notes about Axel Gelfert.

Date: Thu Jul 4 09:15:57 2013 +1200

Added in Simon Locke.

Date: Sun Jun 30 13:56:02 2013 +1200

Added in Lance deHaven-Smith.

Date: Thu Jun 27 17:19:49 2013 +1200

Added in Michael J. Wood, Karen M. Douglas1, and Robbie M. Sutton to the Psychology section.

Date: Wed Jun 26 20:31:26 2013 +1200

1. Added in Hannah Darwin, Nick Neave and Joni Holmes to the Psychology section.

Date: Tue Jun 25 16:57:32 2013 +1200

1. Added in a section, under "Philosophers", about Volker Heins (even though he is a Critical Theorist - scandalous!).

2. Reorganised the non-philosopher section so everyone, once again, get's their own textual section (even if they won't survive the rewrite of the first chapter).

Date: Fri Jun 21 19:35:37 2013 +1200

Added in a note about Twitter and the AP account.

Date: Fri Jun 21 17:47:06 2013 +1200

1. Added in Viren Swami, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Adrian Furnham.

2. Added in Zonis and Joseph.

Date: Thu Jun 20 12:25:55 2013 +1200

Added in Jeffrey M. Bale to the literature review (and notes about him in other places).

Date: Wed Jun 19 16:17:43 2013 +1200

Added in some notes about Lewandowsky.

Date: Tue Jun 18 17:07:22 2013 +1200

1. Added in Martha F. Lee.

2. Added in a provisional section about Stephan Lewandowsky.

Date: Sun Jun 9 17:33:31 2013 +1200

Moved the list of conditions for something to count as being a conspiracy into the chapter detailing my definition, as I think it slows down the analysis in chapter 1 proper.

Date: Sat Jun 8 17:04:08 2013 +1200

1. Added in a place holder for Martha F. Lee.

2. Some work on the taxonomy.

3. Moved a version of the taxonomy to the end of the non-philosophers' section.

Date: Thu Jun 6 19:56:42 2013 +1200

1. Added in Peter Knight properly (still needs a polish).

2. Added in Richard Hofstadter proper.

3. Lots and lots of references from various writers to themes in the book made note of.

Date: Tue May 28 19:40:21 2013 +1200

1. Added in Barkun.

2. Added in Gordon Arnold.

3. Did a little light rearranging of the non-philosophers.

4. Added in some material on Peter Knight.

Date: Tue May 21 11:22:21 2013 +1200

1. Adding in some material on Gordon S. Wood.

2. Bit of moving about of people to put them under other people, in the name of a thing that might be called "science".

Date: Fri May 17 16:15:52 2013 +1200

1. Made a note about lumping together certain kinds of thinkers. This will make for a better systematisation than the existing broad categories.

2. Added in a blank space for Gordon S. Wood.

Date: Fri May 17 13:08:19 2013 +1200

Forgot to save before making the last commit.

Date: Fri May 17 13:07:39 2013 +1200

1. Removed Hünemörder from the Historians section.

Date: Tue May 14 16:38:01 2013 +1200

1. Added in new Págan material.

2. Added in Joseph Roisman into the "Historians" section.

3. Tinkered/simplified Pipes.

4. Added in a point about Tony Sobrado. Well, removed him, actually.

5. Simplified/changed the Ramsay material.

Date: Sun May 12 13:30:51 2013 +1200

Fiddled with the taxonomy

Date: Wed May 8 14:03:57 2013 +1200

1. Added in some short material on Bueting and Taylor.

2. Added in some short material on Feldman.

3. Put the various theorists who share or use someone else's definition under each other as I think a thematic rather than publication ordering to the philosophical definitions will make illustrating the taxonomy easier.

Date: Tue May 7 15:38:48 2013 +1200

Up to Steve Clarke.

Changes:

1. Introduced the notion of the "strong" and "weak" conspiracy theory in the chapter detailed my definition of a conspiracy theory.

2. Removed Shapiro from the historians section.

3. Simplified the Popper section in chapter 1 and moved the consummation and divine analogy material to the next chapter.

4. Much simplification of philosophical views, with some material shifted to the next chapter. Might need to write a nice intro to this which explains that the purpose of this chapter is to get to the taxonomy and then use that to talk about my definition.

Date: Mon May 6 14:23:41 2013 +1200

Fiddling with the historians.

Date: Fri May 3 13:01:04 2013 +1200

Did some more work on Aaronovitch and then a little work putting Sunstein into the thesis.

Date: Thu May 2 17:56:42 2013 +1200

Tinkering with the Journalism section in chapter 1.

Date: Wed May 1 15:48:18 2013 +1200

Many changes:

1. Worked on a rewrite of the conspiratorial conditions section.

2. Separated out political commentators from journalists.

3. Added in a completely new section on conspiracy theorists on conspiracy theories (which is just a list of names at the moment but I'll fill it out in the coming weeks).

Date: Tue Apr 30 12:02:45 2013 +1200

Work has begun on revamping chapter 1 proper.

Date: Tue Apr 30 11:17:20 2013 +1200

Quite a radical restructuring of the book:

1. Popper has been moved into the first, lit review, chapter.

2. Keeley and Basham on PTS and the OO are now in the "issues with evidence" chapter.

3. Split the lit review chapter into two parts, so the first section is the lit review proper and the new, next chapter, covers my definition.

Date: Mon Apr 29 12:05:00 2013 +1200

Addition of the Scrivener project file for the Palgrave Macmillan version of my thesis.

Date: Wed Apr 17 16:32:45 2013 +1200

Added in the banner for the book (for the blog/advertising).

Date: Tue Mar 26 12:33:48 2013 +1300

Added in a note about "Mozart and Salieri" that came from the reviewer of the Macmillan proposal.

Date: Mon Mar 11 14:02:04 2013 +1300

Note about Basham and his condition about "important events" in re a definition of "conspiracy theory".

Date: Wed Mar 6 21:17:14 2013 +1300

Added in a comment about Aaronvitch's "fashion thesis" in re conspiracy theories, which might be a nice sideline to explore in the book.

Date: Sun Mar 3 12:42:12 2013 +1300

Macmillan proposal ready to send.

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.