Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Monday, January 05, 2004  

John Reese over at SkepticReport has written an interesting article about conspiracy theorists. Unfortunately, too much of it is stuck on attacking on person's article, and on conspiracy theorists in general, without seeing one problem.

His article is based on the September 11 attacks.

He is attacking people who are trying to find the truth about the September 11 attacks.

He has finished his article with the following:

If conspiracy theorists wish to be taken seriously, this is what they must do: They must come up with a clearly stated hypothesis that can be tested for truth or falsehood. They must test their hypothesis by looking at all the evidence. They must examine this evidence in a rational and lucid manner, preferably with the help of others who do not necessarily share their political views. If they cannot think like scientists, then they can at least think like journalists. No more taking quotes out of context, no more drawing questionable conclusions based on personal biases, no more placing the burden of proof on others. They are making the extraordinary claims, they can do the work required to support these claims.

Until then, my advice to conspiracy theorists everywhere is…put up or shut up.

Funny, I'd say the same thing to the Bush administration, which has constructed a fairly elaborate and bizarre conspiracy theory of its own, but one which has come to be accepted as Gospel Truth by too many people, for the sole reason that it's being handed out as Truth by the government.

posted by lazarus | 13:24 | |
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