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Thursday, April 15, 2021

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday April 17th at noon SLT: Mass Delusions

These days the internet is flooded with crazy theories.  There are people who believe that the planet is ruled by space lizards, that the earth is flat, that the earth is hollow and we live inside it, that recorded history began in 800 CE.  Crazy ideas were not unknown in the past. The witch-hunting of the Reformation is an example.  But are they more common now?

Why do people believe such things?  And how can we protect ourselves? How can we distinguish the sensible from the crazy?  After all, some conspiracy theories may be true.

Is logic the answer?  “Logic is the cement of our civilization, with which we ascend from chaos, using reason as our guide.” – Vulcan philosopher T'Plana-Hath. Or can misapplied logic make things worse?

Join us at GeekSpeak.  Bring your space lizard friends and all the gnomes, witches, angels and flat earthers you know!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class at 1pm every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.


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