All Is Not What It Appears!

The placement of a paranoid circular in Dalrymple’s letter box causes him to think about conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists:

The great psychological advantage of conspiracy theories is that they explain the most disparate phenomena effortlessly and indubitably. They thus satisfy man’s intellectual longing to understand the world, but also, as importantly, man’s desire to be superior in his understanding to his fellows.

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  1. Rebekah

    Love this: “The great psychological advantage of conspiracy theories is that they explain the most disparate phenomena effortlessly and indubitably. They thus satisfy man’s intellectual longing to understand the world, but also, as importantly, man’s desire to be superior in his understanding to his fellows. To have penetrated the mystery of things is an achievement not given to everyone. Those who have developed a conspiracy theory both want to keep it to themselves so that they can retain their superiority over others and spread it as far as possible to recognized for their enormous contribution to human understanding.”

    This reminds me of G.K. Chesterton’s chapter called The Maniac in his book, Orthodoxy.

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