Thursday, February 11, 2021

Conspiracy Theories, Creation, and Reason — Part 1

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

For the tenth annual Question Evolution Day, we will examine striking similarities between some outlandish conspiracy theories and evolutionary thinking. Readers of Piltdown Superman saw that evolutionists freely use logical fallacies, and these are plentiful in the most outlandish conspiracy theories.

10th annual Question Evolution Day. Many people believe conspiracy theories, quite a few of which are outlandish. We can examine poor reasoning that are common to these and evolution.
Variation based on one of the early graphics for QED
In my biblical creation science work, I've learned quite a bit about logic. I'll allow that I still have more to learn. Many aspects of logic are actually quite simple to lasso, such as basic errors in reasoning. We expect scientists to use logic and science to back up their claims, but critical thinking becomes very important when examining dubious evidence about minerals-to-miner evolution. The same can be applied to conspiracy theories.

We can be bombarded with reports about various conspiracy theories, and they crop up in all sorts of areas. It's mighty tempting to ask the people who float some of them, "Do you take drugs?" Many stories seem to be the products of bored kids in dorm rooms, but others do have a grain of truth that has been inflated. To add to the confusion, some conspiracy theories have more truth than fantasy, so people need to be wary and glean fact from fiction.

The Villains

Who are the bad guys? I reckon it depends on who is spinning the yarn. When it comes to conspiracies about who pulls the strings on governments, it is often the Freemasons. There is far too much material to cover here about their history (real or imagined), connections to Jesuits, and so on. The Freemasons do exist, though many members (my father was a Master Mason) reject it has false religion at its core. It is an old organization with rituals and such, but many people considered it just another service guild and a place to meet people. If the Freemasons are not behind shadowy secret thing, it must be...

Anunnaki image:
Wikimedia Commons / 
Cosmo Gandi
The Illuminati. Do they really exist? Again, it depends on who you ask. There was a Bavarian Illuminati group long ago, and there are others who claim to be the Illuminati since then. They were a secret guild who would infiltrate other groups, including the Freemasons, and apparently the Bavarian Freemasons had dreams of world dominance. The "okay" hand sign is one of their 666 signals — no, it means white supremacy — no, it's obscene in Brazil — no (I stand by this) it just means "okay". How about George W. Bush flashing the hand sign in front of millions of people? In reality, he was doing the "hook 'em Horns" sign, not signaling Illuminati Satanism.

Although I touched on two of the main villains, a third is fun. This sounds like something out of modern science fiction television shows, but the roots are actually quite ancient. Modern stories tell of the Anunnaki, our reptilian masters and creators from outer space who alter our DNA, and that they are behind COVID. The Anunnaki are working with the Illuminati (or even controlling them), and somehow the gray aliens are involved. You may be Anunnaki yourself. Of course, the mythologies change depending on who is telling them.

Other Oddities

Don't forget the political versions! These include the 9-11 "truthers" who believe the destruction of the World Trade Center was an inside job, that Donald Trump will have a triumphant return because the formerly United States reverts from being a corporation to a constitutional republic, B. Hussein Obama can control the weather so he makes tornadoes happen as distractions from his failings, ad nauseum.

Flat-Earthers who believe that the United Nations, NASA, and others conspire to fool us that the world is round. Some believe Antarctica is really a wall of ice around the perimeter but is guarded so nobody finds out the truth. There are professing Christians who believe that they are the ones who believe the Bible and the rest of us are wrong — or lying.

Did you know that Australia doesn't really exist? Nobody has actually been there because planes were rerouted to other countries or stages. Guess NASA photos are doctored, huh? I didn't know about this one when I wrote my satire on how the British Isles don't exist.

There was a considerable flap about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider a spell back. Some folks thought it spelled the end of the world, even bringing in evil gods or just a salute to pagan mythologies. Those who believe such things weren't willing to consider that mayhaps it was exactly what was stated.

There are far to many to name.

Why do these things Happen?

It is easy to assume motives behind some of these, whether hoaxers who want to cause a stir, deceivers with agendas, sincere but mistaken people, hatred of well-heeled folks (ever know a poor person to give you a job?), and so on. I have an opinion that people want to feel important, so they join the "right" church denomination, believe trendy or startling things, and so on. Motives are between them and God, because we don't know what's in their hearts and minds. You savvy that, pilgrim? We can suspect, but cannot assert our opinions on these things as facts.

Grains of Truth

Arsenio Hall had a segment on his show about "Things that make you go, 'Hmmm'". Although I never saw it, that phrase comes to mind once in a while. There are grains of truth in many conspiracy theories that seem rational and sometimes make us wonder if there may be something to them after all. To add to the confusion, some conspiracy theories seem credible.

The Illuminati did exist, and there is even an "official" website. Freemasons are still around and have secret rituals. CERN does have some occult imagery involved. Many people think that Donald Trump can still emerge victorious, especially since evidence for massive voter fraud is evident to any rational person. (By the way, how did B. Hussein Obama, an undistinguished do-nothing community organizer, become the emperor of America? Hmmm...) The Anunnaki were gods in ancient mythologies, but this child finds it mighty difficult to take the huge conspiracy theories about them seriously.

The Logic is Lacking

There is a great deal of appeal to emotions hitched up with these speculations. People like sensational things and to feel like they have special knowledge. Something creationists keep emphasizing is the use of critical thinking, which applies in everyday areas. Asking pertinent questions is helpful, such as "How do you know?" Check the sources. A friend in an area of importance spoke to my cousin's mother-in-law on conditions of anonymity. Leftist media have people believing anonymous highly-placed officials made certain statements. We should demand more than vague assertions.

Confirmation of theories and speculations are found on obscure websites (such as those I linked above regarding the reptilian overlords) and social media. I'll allow that it can be tricky, as evolutionists misrepresent biblical creation science and the Intelligent Design community, and the media have a leftist bias. Even so, I recommend being careful with obscure sources that tell people what they want to hear. Note that when you confront a conspiracy advocate with contrary evidence about outlandish claims, the response is invariably along the lines of, "That's what they want you to think!", and that the conspiracists have the real truth.

A common error in logic is affirming the consequent, which is common among purveyors of Darwinism (see "Brain Development and Faulty Evolutionary Logic"). When something is observed, it can be couched in "See? I told you so!" terminology without regard to other facts. A Hindu works at CERN, therefore, they are attempting to contact demons. It's admittedly a weak example, but you get the idea. A part of this is presenting their explanation as the only one. This happens with evolutionists who say that because certain organisms have features in common, it proves evolution. Common features also indicate the work of a Designer who used similar methods.

"But I saw it on YouTube, Cowboy Bob!"

Yes, people can "prove" practically anything there and other places with carefully-selected material, possibly manipulated, and with tendentious evidence. For that matter, I saw a video of a "shape-shifter" where it looked like the reporter was turning into a lizard, but they cut back and she was normal again. Someone pointed out that she must have had "shape-shifting" clothing as well. This was taken as evidence that aliens live among us, but the ignored logical answer was video distortion.

Readers of Piltdown Superman have seen how interpretations of evidence are based on worldviews and assumptions. Evolutionists presuppose molecules-to-Master Mason evolution, then believe their biases are confirmed by incomplete or dubious evidence. Indeed, one of the Annunaki links above mentions a proponent of the concept using the discredited "reptile brain" of our alleged evolution for evidence! 

They have been known to ignore and even misrepresent important information. This is not in keeping with the true spirit of scientific inquiry, but the naturalism narrative is more important than facts for many people. The Anunnaki material presupposes several things, including an old earth and evolution. Worse, the Bible was twisted to "support" those space critters.

Thinking Should not be Hard

These s00per seekrit organizations supposedly cherish "secrets" that many people "know", such as hand signals. A saying attributed to Ben Franklin is that three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead. People are lousy at keeping secrets, especially if their consciences are operational. Study on this: to say the moon landings were faked, 9/11 was an inside job, people are hiding the flat-Earth truth, fake Australia — these would depend on huge numbers of people ignoring their consciences and never coming forward to admit the cover-ups. Also, this impugns the integrity of those people, many of whom are Bible-believing Christians. All of this includes denying real evidence.

Being human (except for my reptilian ancestry), it puts a burr under my saddle when encountering 9/11 "truthers", purveyors of faked lunar landings, and other fanatics. I've banned or blocked them on social(ist) media. Other things are easier to deal with because I may not agree, they are usually not attacking the character of decent people.

Healthy skepticism is in order. For that matter, some people need to cowboy up and repent of believing foolishness that can be hurtful to others. People must use critical thinking and examine the evidence. Now my pony and I have to mount up and teleport to Area 51 because there are things to cover up.

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