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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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