TMR 261 : Dr M R. X. Dentith : Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously - (Part Two : The Pathologising Project)

DentithDeBilderberg“Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories.”—US President George W. Bush (first national address following 9/11)

We are joined by Dr M R. X. Dentith—Associate Professor in the International Center for Philosophy at Beijing Normal University—for the second instalment of a two-part interview on the subject of Conspiracy Theory Theory.

In this second part we continue to focus upon the important 2018 book edited by Dr Dentith—"Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously"—and move on to discuss the second section of the volume entitled "Diagnosing Conspiracy Theory Theorists", in which Dr Dentith and colleagues take on arguments by fellow academics who seek to "pathologise" conspiracy theorists.

M R. X. Dentith, PhD (Auckland), is the author of The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories (Palgrave, 2014), the first single-author book-length treatment of the philosophical issues surrounding conspiracy theory, and editor of Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), an edited collection of the most recent work on conspiracy theory theory. They have been a Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities (ICUB) at the University of Bucharest and the New Europe College in Bucharest, and they are currently Associate Professor in the International Center for Philosophy at Beijing Normal University. Their current research project focuses on conspiracy theory, conspiracy theory theory, and secrecy.

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TMR 260 : Dr M R. X. Dentith : Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously - (Part One : Particularism Vs Generalism)

DrMatthewRXDentithMany people say it's irrational to believe in conspiracy theories. But is that really true?

We are joined by Dr M R. X. Dentith—Associate Professor in the International Center for Philosophy at Beijing Normal University—for the first instalment of a two-part interview on the subject of Conspiracy Theory Theory. Focusing upon the essential (and approachable) book edited by Dr Dentith entitled "Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), in this first instalment we lay the groundwork for the conversation and then go on to discuss the first section of the volume entitled, "The Particularist Turn in the Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories".

M R. X. Dentith, PhD (Auckland), is the author of The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories (Palgrave, 2014), the first single-author book-length treatment of the philosophical issues surrounding conspiracy theory, and editor of Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), an edited collection of the most recent work on conspiracy theory theory. They have been a Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities (ICUB) at the University of Bucharest and the New Europe College in Bucharest, and they are currently Associate Professor in the International Center for Philosophy at Beijing Normal University. Their current research project focuses on conspiracy theory, conspiracy theory theory, and secrecy.

 

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TMR 200: Mike Hopkins : Conspiracy Theories & The Christian

Mike HopkinsFor TMR 200 we welcome back Mike Hopkins, co-host of Fight the Lies Radio, for a thought-provoking conversation on the subject of conspiracy theories and the Christian believer.

Is it wrong, as some suggest, for Christians to believe in conspiracy theories? While this might seem like a strange question to ask on TMR, many today in the wider Christian community—including people in positions of leadership—strongly maintain that a Christian shouldn't entertain such thoughts.

But what does this actually mean? Indeed, what are "conspiracy theories"? Are they essentially different from other kinds of belief? And what would make them especially problematic? But are there real dangers lurking here? Might there be, in some cases, good pastoral reasons for giving such advice? And where do we draw our "crazy line"? How might critical worldview thinking help to guard us against the nonsense.

"Mike Hopkins was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA. In 2005 he accepted Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). He has a thirst for truth and for conveying that truth to all who are willing to hear. He and his wife Kelli host their own podcasts at Fight The Lies Network. Mike currently works in the tech industry and lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and their Boston Terrier, Kayla."

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TMR 068 : Guest Episode : Antony Rotunno : 'Conspiracy Theory' - A Powerful Phrase!

AntonyRotunnoFor the short Easter break, we again take the opportunity to share a Guest Episode - this time, an audio essay by a listener to The Mind Renewed, Antony Rotunno.

In "Conspiracy Theory - A Powerful Phrase!" Antony Rotunno - a UK English teacher now living in Madrid - discusses the development, power and scope of the term "conspiracy theory" (in its pejorative sense). Maintaining that its weaponised function as a thought-stopper in the general population is regularly exploited by those in authority in order to discourage investigation of government wrongdoing, Antony Rotunno argues that the only way forward for us is to "change the discourse": to think outside the Matrix, and work towards bringing others into the conversation, so that the structures that inhibit critical thinking might be laid bare.

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TMR 049 : Barrie Zwicker : Conspiracy Theory - Analysis of a Weaponised Term

BarrieZwickerThe veteran Canadian journalist, media critic and documentary film producer Barrie Zwicker joins us for an analysis of the term "conspiracy theory" or "conspiracy theorist." Weaponised by the CIA in the late 1960s as a device for its assets in the media to discourage criticism of the Warren Report, the term "conspiracy theorist" became a powerful thought-stopper and has functioned ever since as a tool of psychological control. Barrie Zwicker also shares with us aspects of his experience as a 9/11 Truther, offers advice on how to respond to accusations, and gives us his forecast on the mainstream media's coverage of the 50th anniversary of the "execution" of JFK.

[conspiracy theory, conspiracy theorist, conspiracy nut, conspiracy whacko, tin foil hat, 9/11, false-flag operations, CIA, National Clandestine Service, NCS, 1035-960, Operation Mockingbird, PSYOP, Psychological Warfare Division, JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, Warren Commission Report, FDR, Pearl Harbor, Marshall McLuhan, Bertrand Russell, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, crimestop, Charles Pigden, Big Foot, Elvis, Lochness Monster, Abominable Snowman, Jonathan Kay, Among the Truthers, Peter Dale Scott, SCAD, Charles Pigden, The Muckrakers, tobacco industry]

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