Conspiracy Theories

There's no time to lose. What's the use of worrying? It never was worth while, so let's pack up our troubles in our old kit bag and smile, smile, smile.
Back in the spring, you may remember, a man called Harold Camping informed the world that the Rapture was going to take place on May 21st.
Today, a spokesperson for Beyonce Knowles has vehemently denied claims that she was wearing a prosthetic baby bump on an Australian TV show as 'stupid, ridiculous and false.' If you haven't seen the clip yet, google Beyonce and take a look. It's all a bit weird really.
It is of course important that citizens do not take the word of our governments at face value. They often lie and cheat and cover things up. But it is a very selective application of epistemological standards that marks the 9/11 Truthers.
There is a link between 9/11 and the events in Egypt at the Israeli embassy: years of unchallenged propaganda about Jews and Israelis. Years of unquestioned indoctrination about the Jews and Israel meant even some of my most moderate and open minded Muslim friends embraced the conspiracy theory...that 9/11 was an Israeli/Jewish conspiracy to start a war on the Muslims.
As any Philosopher of Science will tell you formal theories serve as explanations to observed phenomena, an association between the explanandum - the object of phenomena to be explained; and the explanans - the framework, concept or theory to be used as an the reference point for explanation.
9/11 conspiracy myths, like all make believe, offer comforting escapism to those dabble in it, but this also seems indicative of a childishness in our own society that refuses to face those facts that it does not want to hear.
I'm very fond of conspiracy theories - they're intriguing and fun, in their twisted way. But they're also very frustrating, because any big reveal will always be just out of reach, always just around the next corner. You want them to be true, and maybe some day they will be, but they're never true now.
Conspiracism is everywhere, fuelled by paranoia and fanned by the web, preying on credulousness and stupidity and holding millions in thrall.
In case you hadn't noticed, the annual gathering of the transatlantic power elite took place in St. Moritz in June and passed by without too much fuss. Sure, awareness of Bilderberg is increasing, and the crowds outside the event grow each year, but as the glare of publicity shines with increasing intensity on this bastion of elite networking and exclusivity, a number of important things become clear.