Conspiracy Round-up – 19-10-14

It seems like I haven’t written one of these posts for a while, and seeming is reality, since I haven’t. I guess I’ve been too busy being on placement in a primary school and driving friends and family away with my constant call for pledges on my crowdfunding campaign.

Do you use lightbulbs? Do you find it annoying that they just don’t seem to last? Well, even if you don’t, you might find this article on a conspiracy to ensure lightbulbs give out earlier than they need to quite interesting.

The death of Michael Hasting’s continues to resonate throughout a certain part of the conspiracy theory sub-culture. Here someone links Hastings to investigations into ISIL/ISIS and Swiss Bank Accounts.

As someone who advocates the teaching of critical thinking skills, the following report on vaccine denialism is depressing: sometimes using evidence-based arguments to persuade people works against you.

People are always slightly surprised when I say that Naomi Wolf’s latter work is conspiratorial in a way that doesn’t seem very evidence-based. This piece from Vox goes into some detail of Wolf’s “I’m just stating my opinions!” way of trying to get away with the kind of murmuring we rightly chide Alex Jones and Glenn Beck for engaging in.

Is Stevie Wonder blind? It’s very suspicious… (apparently).

Finally…


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.