07 February 2010

What knowledge brings us

I find conspiracy theory interesting. Not the theories themselves, but the people that believe them and their reasons for believing them. This one, from one of my Christian YouTubers, got me thinking about what qualifies as knowledge for some people.

I think (and I'm sure I'm just repeating something that has been said before many times) we are primed to accept evidence that supports our paradigm and biased against evidence that does not support our paradigm. It's simple enough, but in this video, Jesse Ventura is interviewing the woman who had talked to the head of state, apparently, and this head of state told her all these things about the NWO. I love that she won't say who it was because of 'doctor-patient privilege'. I love that Jesse Ventura is like, If only she wasn't your patient, then you could tell us...

Really? This counts as evidence?

Of all the things that the NWO is apparently trying to control, there is one that I fancy myself a bit of an expert on: language. The NWO is planning to have but one world language, spoken by the 500 million people they plan to allow to live. The NWO, this person believes, will control language.

This is a non-starter for anyone who knows anything about language. You can't control language. It's a complex system that is completely decentralised. You can control it in small ways, perhaps, very small ways, but if the NWO is planning on doing this, they are going to be shit-out-of-luck. It can't be done. When one thing that someone plans to do is shown to be impossible, most people, I think, also begin to wonder seriously about all the other things they are apparently planning to do.

Geerup is still afraid though, but it's his lack of knowledge (or his belief system that primes him to think that these sorts of things can happen) that makes him afraid. Or maybe it's just his inability to decipher between good information and bad.  Either way, it's startling and it makes me wonder what knowledge I am favouring in my little world...
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