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Re: [humanism-174] "The Bible" on History Channel

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 2:50 PM
In a message dated 3/12/2013 1:54:51 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
The problem wit conspiracies is that it is so easy to conspire these days.
Equal problem is getting away with it.

All it requires is one person saying "Yeah right." and the otherwise intelligent among us simply looks away.
Nonsense. Conspiracies occur all the time.  But so do coincidences and fortuitous events that can be used to advantage.  I do not dismiss conspiracies out of hand (unless they come from people who have already demonstrated convincingly that they are irrational or illogical or unaware of their surroundings).  I DO look at what information is available, but I also weigh assertions of conspiracy against scale and motive and risk/reward.

The word "conspiracy theory" itself  will shut off your brain instantly, do to the years of classical conditioning associated with it.
Not totally untrue, but source and scale become important.

Whether or not a group of people conspired is irrelevant. Whether or not you can imagine the group conspiring denotes whether it happened or not.
What do you mean by this?  The intellectual and physical capabilities of an alleged conspirator as well as their social and economic makeup are certainly factors in determining whether a conspiracy is likely or even possible.

The social engineers who are our shepherds know this.
A prejudicial statement. Can you back up this with any evidence or documentation outside of nutcase websites?  Which social engineers?  Does thinking that people are skeptical lead to more or to fewer attempts at conspiracy?  Support your assertions.

Having a smug discourse along with a self important attitude does not change whether or not people intended events.
Big difference between "intend", "want to" and "can".

Belief is irrelevant.
Works both ways.


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