Woolly brained Cambridge academic attempts to engage with ‘conspiracy theory’ and loses the will to live

Are conspiracy theories destroying democracy?

By Brian Wheeler Politics reporter, BBC News
The more information we have about what governments and corporations are up to the less we seem to trust them. Will conspiracy theories eventually destroy democracy?
What if I told you I had conclusive proof that the moon landings were faked, but I had been told to keep it under wraps by my BBC bosses acting under orders from the CIA, NSA and MI6. Most of you would think I had finally lost my mind.
But, for some, that scenario – a journalist working for a mainstream media organisation being manipulated by shadowy forces to keep vital information from the public – would seem entirely plausible, or even likely.
We live in a golden age for conspiracy theories. There is a growing assumption that everything we are told by the authorities is wrong, or not quite as it seems. That the truth is being manipulated or obscured by powerful vested interests.
And, in some cases, it is.

‘Inside job’

“The reason we have conspiracy theories is that sometimes governments and organisations do conspire,” says Observer columnist and academic John Naughton.
It would be wrong to write off all conspiracy theorists as “swivel-eyed loons,” with “poor personal hygiene and halitosis,” he told a Cambridge University Festival of Ideas debate.
They are not all “crazy”. The difficult part, for those of us trying to make sense of a complex world, is working out which parts of the conspiracy theory to keep and which to throw away.
Mr Naughton is one of three lead investigators in a major new Cambridge University project to investigate the impact of conspiracy theories on democracy.
The internet is generally assumed to be the main driving force behind the growth in conspiracy theories but, says Mr Naughton, there has been little research into whether that is really the case.
He plans to compare internet theories on 9/11 with pre-internet theories about John F Kennedy’s assassination.
Like the other researchers, he is wary, or perhaps that should be weary, of delving into the darker recesses of the conspiracy world.
“The minute you get into the JFK stuff, and the minute you sniff at the 9/11 stuff, you begin to lose the will to live,” he told the audience in Cambridge.
Like Sir Richard Evans, who heads the five-year Conspiracy and Democracy project, he is at pains to stress that the aim is not to prove or disprove particular theories, simply to study their impact on culture and society.
Why are we so fascinated by them? Are they undermining trust in democratic institutions?
David Runciman, professor of politics at Cambridge University, the third principal investigator, is keen to explode the idea that most conspiracies are actually “cock-ups”.
“The line between cock-up, conspiracy and conspiracy theory are much more blurred than the conventional view that you have got to choose between them,” he told the Festival of Ideas.
“There’s a conventional view that you get these conspirators, who are these kind of sinister, malign people who know what they are doing, and the conspiracy theorists, who occasionally stumble upon the truth but who are on the whole paranoid and crazy.
“Actually the conspirators are often the paranoid and crazy conspiracy theorists, because in their attempt to cover up the cock-up they get drawn into a web in which their self-justification posits some giant conspiracy trying to expose their conspiracy.
“And I think that’s consistently true through a lot of political scandals, Watergate included.”

TAP –   The academic should try this video.  Evil is only just below the surface.  He’ll find it in plenty if he eventually dares to look.

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14 Responses to “Woolly brained Cambridge academic attempts to engage with ‘conspiracy theory’ and loses the will to live”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Illuminati’s REAL “Religion” Revealed (Scary) 2013


    HETT 5:56 pm

    David Vose


    HETT 6:04 pm

  2. charles foster drake says:

    wow truth on the discovery channel.
    crane shot in a church close up shots hand held shaky liuke a documentary with studio lighting.
    watch tv shows but leave your brain at home.

  3. Anonymous says:


    These people fought to free us

    Lives lost to the cause of our freedom dont let them go to waste

    Aaron swartz sopa
    Rik Clay
    Bill Cooper (pale horse)
    Andrew Breitbart
    Aaron russo
    Stanley Kubrick
    Robin Cook
    John Lennon
    Allan Watt

    If you only knew!!??!!

    any more ive missed please add


    Too many fighters dieing young, But illuminates seem to live to a 100+ HUNDRED !!!!!!!!

    Can you imagine Blair’s damage to our world at 110? & he’s not the only one!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Do you mean Alan Watt? He’s still alive afaik.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ha just testing 11:37pm just seeing if your awake.

    anything to offer though folks why not contribute?


    Ps all big names though & all faught for you & I, can you name any more?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sorry 100% 10 out of 10 give that man a gold star.


  7. Anonymous says:

    John Lennon- Mind Games
    Aurora Clarke



  8. Anonymous says:

    There is a real HUMAN element

    If You Tolerate This Your Children Will be Next – Manic Street Preachers



  9. Anonymous says:

    what about the hate attack by paid shits on Trevor Stokes last week, and on Chris Spivey this week, and the Corbett report and England is ours, all down now, where next ?

  10. Anonymous says:

    R U aware that all energy companies are ownded by Rothschild subsidiaries ?
    The freinds meeting house has had a series of talks by chris from chris cooper investigations, and a slide show told us that freemasons run the whole legal appparatus in the UK, and its run as a company for profit, the Freemasons are run at the top by jews, great talk and wonderful colour slides
    thanks chris

  11. Anonymous says:

    recon we all go camping or caravaning maybe a log cabin in the country.

    candles logs etc.

    hope the Rothschild s*i75 go bankrupt.

    we the strong & many can leave them high n dry.


  12. Anonymous says:

    thanks HETT we must remember these people and all whistleblowers who brought us the truth

  13. Anonymous says:

    Alan Watt is interesting but takes you nowhere. He also talks nonsense for example claiming the Ark of the Covenant was a reference to the Arc of the sun. Sorry Alan but the record was not made in English.


    Suggest you Google:

    “Alan Watt debunked”

    Be wary who you listen too.


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