Conspiracy Hypotheses vs. Conspiracy Theories: On Meaning Making and Discernment in Conspiratorial Thought

"Now, I'm not into conspiracy theories, except the ones that are true”.  —Michael Moore In this piece I want to bring some concepts from the philosophy of science into contact with conspiracy thinking. The intention of doing so is to help bring some clarity and discernment into which various conspiracy…

Limited Scientistic Hangouts: Giordano Bruno, Cosmos, and the Alchemical Nature of Science

In the first episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, the sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, we are introduced to the great Renaissance sage Giordano Bruno. The story depicts Bruno as a martyr for scientific reason against the backward reactionary forces of medieval Catholicism. It’…

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