Conspiracy Theories and the Problem of Disappearing Knowledge | Quassim Cassam | TEDxWarwick

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At TEDxWarwick, Quassim discuss conspiracy theories and their implications. He will explore how they pose a threat to our knowledge and stress the …


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Tetelestai Paid in Full April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Quassim Cassam has written a book called…"Self Knowledge for Humans"….

In this CLASSIC introspective work he compares HUMANS to a fictional race of beings on a fictional show set in a fictional world…Vulcans….Or rather…The race the fictional character Spock is created to be from….

Humans ((( Real ))) compared to….Vulcans ((( Fictional Race from a Fictional Show created in a Fictional World…Hmmmmm)))

Yep….This guy is someone I would listen to….Except….It would seem someone has paid him to direct humanity into a fictional fantasy, created by a our ELITE Benefactors….

SO….In retrospect….Maybe we should take EVERYTHING this man proposes…..and leave it in the fictional world that our Elite Benefactors created for us to live in….and never….ever….let it be leaked into the REAL WORLD in which we all ACTUALLY live in…..

Katie Common April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

This is awful.

Gun Noob April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

I see. Authorities never employ this same technique of implanting self doubt to obscure information? I think, therefor I am. No no no…thinking is for the weak minded. Only the very intelligent trust in those who have already thought for you. This freedom of thought leaves you the liberty to deconstruct today's sport ball match, or practice being more efficient at work. Philosophical thinking should be left to the experts. They do not need to waste time and energy replacing the knowledge lost from those you've damaged with your pesky questions. Certainly one cannot hold and consider two opposing pieces of information without purging the "correct" piece. You certainly shouldn't need to bear that burden. Such a heavy burden, this…"consideration" requires. You've got much more pressing business to attend to! Run along now, chap. Remember how much you love big brother and how very much he loves you!

Anna Voth April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Did I accidentally go on The Onion website? This knucklehead is saying that experts are never corrupt. Independent research and acquiring more knowledge is a loss of knowledge. Surrender your own critical thinking skills and common sense and just swallow the official narrative. Propaganda 101.

My Own Kind Of Man April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

In other words, "Don't think for yourselves, let us authoritarian experts tell you what to believe so you can just do what we tell you"!
Think for one second about how is it possible to " lose knowledge" when an alternate theory is proposed? Will it leak out your ears?
Authority is not truth.
Truth is Authority.

Steven Bellisle April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

This is proof you don't need to be intelligent to get educated. He is using a logical fallacy (appeal to authority) to prove his argument. I feel less intelligent for having listened.

hogensan April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

This is the stage of MSM BIG LIE. It is to push they are correct when they speak and nobody else. World Pravda.

HATES PEACH April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

if you believe the german government set out to exterminate the jews during ww2…thats ok its your belief, you can believe whatever you like wether its actually true or not

Jim Quade April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

it's not true until the government denies it

Alloallo Veralynn April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

To think; TED disowned REAL thinkers like Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock

Romans 8:11 April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

So, basically, we have to believe the official narrative and investigating other possibilities is wrong?
Yeah, great philosophy. And he’s Oxford educated?? Socrates would be proud of this guy!!!
And that’s why we have so many sheep that believe everything the government/mainstream media/education system tells us.
Don’t think for yourself folks. That will soon be thought crime. 1984 style! SMH!

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AJ M April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Quassim Cassam, did you beside regurgitating the material to become a professor, ever dare to think critical?

john maclean April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Well! Well! A philosopher who objects to thought. Priceless.

Tony Smith April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

this talk is full of contradictions and suggestions to only believe big brother.

Jeff Maxim April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Another mindless sheep.

Jack Booted Hug April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Finally Ted addresses the great unlearning.
We need camps for these kooks so they can't continue to spread their mental illness

Paul McNaney April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Yes, people can be manipulated into questioning their own perceptions & memories. He explains that well. But then he continues as if that means all conspiracy theories aren't valid. Absurd. That manipulation technique he described could just as easily be used to keep a real conspiracy hidden than to fabricate a conspiracy theory. Also, why does he talk about lies & conspiracy theories as if they're the same thing when they're simply not?

christopher kettler April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

But over confidence or the dunning- krueger thing is more common.

Thomas Neal April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

I’ve never heard someone speak for so long with nothing to say

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photo synthesis April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

quite well spoken. he should do crunchy asmr

Dennis Muli April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

This is the worst TED talk I've ever watched. Tge speaker doesn't distinguish between knowledge and belief. He doesn't realise that doubt/scepticism is a tool for improving knowledge, not for destroying it.

Alejandro playmesalsa April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

I just need to check my app to see if the alarm is on or off

StopIsraeliTerror Farmer April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Shootings and terror acts that happened as they were somewhat reported. A) the Orlando shooting b) the parkland shooting c) the aurora acts that were reported one way and actually happened a totally different way a) 911 b) the Marathon Bombing c) San Bernardino. Conspiracy theories that we literally started by the CIA. A) the Flat earth theory b) the moon landing was faked c) Sandy hook. Want you mind blown. Two clicks of the mouse and you can watch THE 60 MINUTES DECEPTION. Or just think on, mental Giants.

C W April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Great talk. It is so telling how many conspiracy lunatics and hoax nuts are here in the comment section clearly with their head still buried in the sand. These are a truly sick and demented group of people. There is no healing for them. They are permanently broken.

C W April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Gaslighting Narcissists do this "doubt planting." Watch for them and run.

januda games April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

There is nothing wrong with people free thinking and I don't understand why people are calling it "conspiracy theories" what about the theory about gravity? And ect????? that was real???

PaleBlueDotCitizen April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

This talk is incredibly weak. The responses to claims are not to ignore or rebut, the response is to examine the premise of any claim by referring to EVIDENCE and to examine the logical integrity of the argument. Also he states that not all conspiracy theories are false. Yes they are because that's incorporated in the definition of a conspiracy theory and all conspiracy theories are deemed thus because others have already done the hard work of examining the claims, argumental logic and the EVIDENCE. Please stop giving TED talks, you are a part of the problem of ignorance and stupidity.

Also we have a term for making people doubt their own knowledge, it's "gaslighting." This talk really wasn't about conspiracy theories and the psychology behind them so much as it was about gaslighting – which apparently the speaker has never heard of. Fail.

Busta Crank Smith April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

He's been brainwashed by reptilian illuminati shape shifters. To learn the truth goto my website Natural News.

Ben April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Fantastic speech.

vilhelm schmit April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

This guy's setup was pretty good. But then it all just completely fell apart. He should rewrite and try again.
Pretty cool name though. I bet you could pull a rabbit out of a hat by saying his name.

T Nut April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Wow. If he prepared for this presentation then I've been fooled. This man is lost

World Entertainment April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

I feel like this entire time he's trying to defend his own argument. And he's all over the place. It's like watching someone on a movie who forgot what to say

Ellis K April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Almost five minutes in and he's still talking about his damn alarm. You blew it, I'm walking out. And this is me getting up and turning towards the door and walking out.

2017_2018_2019 April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

In the middle ages, certain people had monopoly on truth. As the peoples of the world woke up, they realized that even a farmer or a blacksmith could actually have an opinion. Later, even poor people were allowed to have an opinion. This led to the freedom of speech that we've had up until recently. So it goes without saying, that reversing the freedom of speech is a reversal of good and reasonable progress.

Lisa A Johnson April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

It’s more complicated than what he’s putting forth. Folks who believe in conspiracy theories have several personality traits. First, they are somewhat narrow in their thinking. They don’t seem to be able to take it upon themselves to do research. They are more inclined to believe what’s being said even if it’s being delivered by a known questionable source. They lack responsibility. They look for “reasons” to justify their situation instead of taking responsibility for it themselves. They are less inclined to believe mundane facts. They are very drawn to sensationalism. Unfortunately social media provides a platform for these types of personalities to group together and in doing so provides justification for their thinking which for them adds credibility to their ideas even though their ideas are not backed by facts or only slim half truths.

Alli Starr April 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Is anyone really, "qualified" to judge? What are the guide points to be allowed to do that anyway? Society is a a flux of opinion and experience. No two people are the same.

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