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Conspiracy Theory

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If you are unable to attend, please change your RSVP PRIOR to the day of the event. Cancellations after 12pm, May 9th will constitute a "no show." 

***A "no show" or last minute cancellation may impede your ability to attend future IM events.***

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Conspiracy theories have been a part of humanity for ages.

From the more far-fetched (the Moon landing was a hoax) to the very widely believed (JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy) to ones of middling popularity (world events are controlled by small families of bankers, etc.), these narratives inform much of how many of us see the world, and our actions which follow from that.

And they remain entrenched, only giving way gradually when their error becomes irrefutable, and often to some of us, not even then.

They hold and have held enormous sway over entire communities, even nations.

What gives them so much power?  What are the consequences of believing in erroneous ones?  And how can we learn to better see the world as it actually is, and not as how very compelling but highly flawed narratives tell us it is?

Bring your open mind, bring your candor, and if you want to, bring your favorite conspiracy theory :)

And let’s all learn together...E

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  • Elliot

    Good discussion and sharing, as usual. The real interesting part may have continued at Orleans though, where Ron and Jerry were adamant the Sandy Hook shootings were falsely staged theater. Ay-yi-yi... Overall, I'd say it was a useful learning experience though...E

    May 10, 2014

  • A

    Me too. Yay traffic.

    May 9, 2014

  • Qing

    Sorry running late

    May 9, 2014

  • Liz

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation, but I just realized that my RSVP was changed from a "on wait" to a "yes". At this point, I am already involved in a project that's due tonight. Looking forward to joining you in the future. Thanks.

    May 9, 2014

  • Suzanne S

    This description seems biased against conspiracy theories. Just because I'm paranoid, doesn't mean someone isn't out to get me.

    April 22, 2014

    • Deborah

      There's meter parking until 8:00 p.m. both on the street and in nearby lots.

      May 9, 2014

    • ron v.

      Thanks much! :-)

      May 9, 2014

  • ron v.

    Oops. I am coming from western ma. Is there parking?

    May 9, 2014

  • Harris

    The definition of conspire is from the Latin to breathe together....

    May 9, 2014

  • Deborah

    Sorry to bug out at the last minute but something came up.

    May 9, 2014

  • Jeff M.

    where do we get the "evidence"? What are our sources and what are their biases? Tough choices must be made as to whose evidence we conclude is the most truthful. It is unrealistic to consider only one source as the ultimate source of the whole truth.

    April 28, 2014

    • Elliot

      Yes, I try to use a common sense approach to evidence. Should the source know what they're talking about? Do they have motivation to mislead, etc? Then I just throw in what I've learned about human nature through my life experience and go from there. In general, human nature doesn't seem inclined toward maintaining conspiracies. Most of us can validate that in our own lives--if we tell one person something, it may remain a secret, but by the time three, four, five people are told, the chances of it not getting out fall drastically. And this can be among loyal people with good intentions; that's just how people are built...E

      April 28, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      I remember the fire recently with firefighter Michael Kennedy dying. The first articles in the newspapers said he was 33 and had a string of girlfriends and loved them all. Surprisingly, within a week, the newspapers made the story about the marathon, his long time girlfriend and pending engagement. Though not related, the name Kennedy needs protection. A credible source confirmed the first story.

      1 · May 1, 2014

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