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(Boing Boing)   "For Dummies" guide and reference book series made one for Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies. Tin foil hat not included   ( boingboing.net) divider line
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2018-02-07 04:08:39 PM  
Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies? It goes without saying.
 
2018-02-07 04:51:08 PM  
The longer version of this was published thirty years ago, Something Pendulum.  Author was an Italian guy.
 
2018-02-07 04:56:06 PM  

FrancoFile: The longer version of this was published thirty years ago, Something Pendulum.  Author was an Italian guy.


You mean "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Enzo Ferrari
 
2018-02-07 05:00:17 PM  

FrancoFile: The longer version of this was published thirty years ago, Something Pendulum.  Author was an Italian guy.


I just came here to post my suggestion for "smart peoples' guide to thinking about conspiracy theories"

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2018-02-07 05:00:59 PM  

FrancoFile: The longer version of this was published thirty years ago, Something Pendulum.  Author was an Italian guy.


Naah. That had Foucault to do with it.
 
2018-02-07 05:14:18 PM  
Years ago I read Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer, which I thought was pretty good.  Seems like a similar topic.
https://michaelshermer.com/weird-thin​g​s/
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2018-02-07 05:29:49 PM  
Honestly, the publisher should just include a sheet of aluminum foil in the book, along with a sheet of origami instructions for turning it into various hats.
 
2018-02-07 05:31:29 PM  
My kids are at the age when they are wondering about conspiracy theories, because it is a appealing but flawed filter for understanding a complicated world. I'm hoping they'll read it. I wish I had this book when I was a teenager.

I had a copy of the Principia Discordia when I was a teenager.

That was more than enough.
 
2018-02-07 05:34:51 PM  
...does it cover the Lizard people who serve the Giant Space Cephalopds who genetically engineered servants to mine gold to repair the atmosphere of another world but is constantly stopped by the Bull people?

Ya know, Bilgamesh?
...just occurred to me that the bull people might be the Minoans... hrm... that can't be right... or write...
 
2018-02-07 05:38:30 PM  
Well of course "They" have put out a book to try to divert us
 
2018-02-07 05:55:06 PM  
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even R.A. Wilson couldn't handle the Truth.
 
2018-02-07 06:04:14 PM  

phaseolus: FrancoFile: The longer version of this was published thirty years ago, Something Pendulum.  Author was an Italian guy.

I just came here to post my suggestion for "smart peoples' guide to thinking about conspiracy theories"

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Good lord that book was a chore to read.
 
2018-02-07 06:29:28 PM  
Here you go:

There are conspiracies and secret societies, but they're no where near as sexy as what your stupid brainmeats conjure up.
 
2018-02-07 06:50:57 PM  
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2018-02-07 07:02:10 PM  

mooseyfate: Here you go:

There are conspiracies and secret societies, but they're no where near as sexy as what your stupid brainmeats conjure up.


How I replied to 2 kooks one time, after hearing them rant and rave about Obama and the world bank and the illuminatti for the 5th time one night
"okay, that may very well be. and what are you going to do about it ....do you have some kind of an actual plan to fix things ? "

it worked.
 
2018-02-07 07:23:09 PM  

Raoul Eaton: phaseolus: FrancoFile: The longer version of this was published thirty years ago, Something Pendulum.  Author was an Italian guy.

I just came here to post my suggestion for "smart peoples' guide to thinking about conspiracy theories"

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Good lord that book was a chore to read.


All of his books are a chore to read.  Pity the poor translators.
 
2018-02-07 09:41:02 PM  
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2018-02-07 10:20:22 PM  
I have all three of the books illustrated above. And then some. I recommend the Robert Anton Wilson book to those who want an independent but clever and entertaining POV, the Shermer book to those who want a "rationalist" take on conspiracism and superstition, and Foucault's Pendulum to those who like Foucault, Eco, or the Dan Brown books.

We did FP in university. It may be a bit dry for popular taste, but really covers a lot of conspiracist ground--the constantly merging and splitting of the conspiracist community is like the way germs swap DNA--it would make your head spin and possibly you may end up sick.

A much more interesting read for many readers was Eco's murder mystery set in a medieval monastery with a great library, The Name of the Rose. Eco is a medievalist and is brilliant at explaining modern politics and religon in medieval terms or vice versa. He really takes you into some great literary, political and religious territory and shows you around like a pro. Good movie, too, starring Sean Connery with some plausibility.

Combining all three books gives you RAW's Illuminatus Trilogy co-authoried with IIRC, Shea.
 
2018-02-07 11:36:03 PM  

mooseyfate: Here you go:

There are conspiracies and secret societies, but they're no where near as sexy as what your stupid brainmeats conjure up.


Yep.

Lots and lots of "hey, let's do this bureaucratic thing to get around the law because we're tired of dealing with it," or "could you ask your friend to take care of this off the books?"

That's how you get the Savings and Loan industry going sideways, or a "second-rate burglary" that ends up with Nixon resigning.

Followed, of course, by the "real" conspiracies (i.e., "covering our asses").
 
2018-02-07 11:56:39 PM  
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2018-02-08 07:32:07 AM  
Approves.
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2018-02-08 08:20:47 AM  
Aka "How to be a Republican for Dummies".

\being a dummy already gives uou a head start
 
2018-02-08 02:49:44 PM  
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2018-02-08 05:40:17 PM  

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A R.A.W. reference! My day is complete.
 
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