Conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen and have been for at least as long as I have been alive. From the biggies like the Kennedy assassination and 9/11 to the wacko ones about the lizard people propagated by David Icke and the flat earth societies interesting take on geography. To add many layers of complexity to otherwise simple matters seems to be a flaw that affects more and more of us as time rolls on. Perhaps it is just that the opening up of new channels of communication has allowed these ideas to spread faster and farther than was previously possible. Whichever way one looks at it the prevalence of these ‘theories’ is a savage indictment of the education systems of the world. To allow such credulity to flourish within our societies is truly shameful.
The results of this credulity and delusion can still be full of lulz at times though. 😀
I am no fan of conspiracy theories, to me they display a weakness of mental faculties that I find quite nauseating. The way otherwise rational minds will attach themselves to these crackpot ideas. The conspiraloon adds layer upon layer of complexity to what is an otherwise straight forward event/situation. Like the 9/11 truthers who seem unable to believe that a anyone could possibly hijack planes and fly them into skyscrapers. They instead seek out the wildest stories based upon half understood science and paranoid delusions. The 9/11 truthers are fairly new kids on the block when it comes to out and out wackiness.
Enter Bart Sibrel.
Bart has been a long running proponent of the ‘theory’ that the moon landing in 1969 was faked. He has made films about the subject claiming that the Astronauts only entered low earth orbit and used cinematic trickery to make the earth appear more distant than it was. He also claims that there was not adequate radiation protection for the men in and beyond the Van Allen Belts.
His claims have, obviously, been dismissed by everyone in the science and space science communities as the load of rubbish that they are. This however does not deter Sibrel however and he continues to try and trick the Apollo astronauts into saying that they were part of some conspiracy. He often uses under hand tactics to interview the men and has been condemned for this.
His tactics have however backfired upon him in a most lulzy fashion. Two years ago he attempted to con Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, into an interview claiming it was for a children TV show. He accused Buzz of being a liar, a coward and a thief. the result is most satisfying.
Surprisingly spry for a 77(at the time) year old!
for those out there who wonder why it is that this credulity is treated with such scorn by some, and wonder where the harm in it all is, I would suggest reading this website. Where’s the harm seeks to catalogue all the sad instances where irrational thought and a lack of critical faculties has led to people being harmed, injured and in far too may cases killed.