Monday, 16 January 2012

Conspiracy Theories - Revisited

In the Star Trek Voyager called The Voyager Conspiracy, Seven of Nine is trying to assimilate as much information as possible from the computer database. As she tries to make sense of the information, she comes up with theories about how the ship got stuck in the Alpha Quadrant and how the captain can't be trusted. Her theories are so convincing that the crew starts getting suspicious of one another. They finally realise Seven of Nine is overloaded with data and she needs to free herself up or she'll go mad.

That's the mind for you, it tends to try and make sense of stuff by analysing data and coming up with conclusions whether they are true or false. Here's one example.

One morning when I was half asleep, I had this vivid dream where I saw a cat lying against a chair and stroking my mother's cheek. The cat was so loving and affectionate. I said to him "You're a very good boy, aren't you?"

As soon as I woke up, I switched the computer on to read an online newspaper. The first story that caught my attention was about a cat that had been filmed soothing a baby to sleep by stroking the baby's cheek. I was amazed how similar my dream was to the video. Is it possible I was picking up on the article and I had interpreted it the way I had? (You can watch the video here).

What about all those conspiracy theories flying about? Is it possible the human mind is trying to make sense of all the data in rather the same way Seven of Nine was trying to make sense of all the information she'd assimilated?

Another thing about conspiracy theories is they tend to ask a lot of questions that you can't answer.

Is this article another conspiracy theory?

Enocia

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