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Old 4th January 2009, 06:01 AM   #1
Jonathan Harrison
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Excellent summary!

I would add the term "epistemological paranoia". Someone with a conspiracist view of the world views the question of 'how knowledge is produced' through a paranoid lens, and this ultimately determines all the logical fallacies that appear in conspiracist methodology.

I would also argue that, not only are conspiracists unable to construct scientific theory, they cannot even come up with an uncontaminated hypothesis, because any hypothesis they present will have a paranoid premise.

In my own field - countering Holocaust Denial - every statement I read from a denier has a conclusion that is predetermined by a paranoid premise. A paranoid hypothesis deliberately framed to avoid engagement with reasoned argument.

Conspiracy theory is thus anti-theory; anti-science; the essence of negationism.
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