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I continue to be fascinated by conspiracy theorists and conspiracy thinking.

One thing that may not be obvious is its unexpected predictability. Not only is it very drama prone, but the focus of interest and the imagery changes very slowly.

Conspiracy theorists don't think like normal people. They free associate with very poor discrimination.

So one of the fundamental leaps of 'logic' is that if one thing looks like another thing the two things must be related and may even be identical.

So if a big hill looks like a pyramid it must be a pyramid and it was probably hewn out of the solid earth by magicians from Atlantis and is currently sending energy beams out into the universe.

(You probably think I made up that last bit. Actually I didn't.)

The other motivator is resentment against clever people. If you're untrained but excitable it's infinitely satisfying to be in the know about huge secrets which Real Scientists™ are too blinkered and stupid to understand, etc.

So I don't expect much real archaeology or physics is going on.

But there will be plenty of narrative logic, and not a little heroic self-importance.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 07:07:53 AM EST
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As conspiracy theories go, this is rather feeble. How about this one?
The Monuments of the Cydonia region of Mars are perhaps the most fascinating ruins ever yet discovered by man - on any planet. On the shores of an ancient Martian ocean, now completely dry, Man's first probes to our nearest planetary neighbor have detected a group of mounds, surrounding the Face, that even at first glance appear unnatural and complex in design. Further investigation of the mounds shows that they were in fact arranged in a definite complex geometric pattern - one that could not possibly have occurred naturally, and apparently required much thought and labor to create, by architects who knew more about mathematics than we have the even optimistic ability to half way decode today. Predominant throughout the area, the angles implied by arrangement of structures within the City are of a relation to each other which suggests alignment to astronomical phenomena within this solar system - and beyond.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 07:17:29 AM EST
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Is that the best you can do?

Wikip: "Conspiracy (civil), an agreement between persons to deceive, mislead, or defraud others of their legal rights, or to gain an unfair advantage."

Anything come to mind? ;-p

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 07:40:24 AM EST
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So I don't expect much real archaeology or physics is going on.

But there will be plenty of narrative logic, and not a little heroic self-importance.

And carving of the existing mounds into Ziggurats...

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 07:21:13 AM EST
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You get similar problems in Germany, the majority of stone circles there are built during the 1930's to help prove someones wacky racial and historical theories.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 07:41:02 AM EST
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Are there stone circles in Germany? Where?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 08:40:30 AM EST
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Frankfurt.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 08:51:54 AM EST
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