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…

Wake vs. Woke: On the Relationship Between Spiritual and Political Awakening

What I'm going to explore in this piece is the relationship between spiritual realization and political awakening. Does one inevitably entail the other? Are they mutually exclusive? Or are they distinct but potentially compatible realities? The relationship between spiritual realization and political awakening is perfectly encapsulated by the terms awake…

Sausage Party: The Animation of Contemporary Gnosticism

Prof. April DeConick one of the premier religious scholars of Gnosticism has written reviews examining Gnostic themes in Dark City as well as Avatar. Gnostic themes occur in multiple films. The Truman Show would be another oft-cited Gnostic film example. And of course The Matrix (I’ll get back to…