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topical index: frauds, hoaxes, conspiracies0-9
2012 doomsday theories
Apollo Moon landing hoax hoax
Aztec UFO hoax
Ben Stein conspiracy
Blaylock, Russell (conspiracy involves Big Pharma, the WHO, and the US government)
Rashid Buttar, D.O.
cannabis cures cancer hoax
charities hoax email
climate change deniers
Cottingly fairy hoax
electromagnetic fields (cell phones, Wi-Fi, etc.)
food allergy conspiracy
Ford, Arthur hoax
Geller, Uri (accused of being a fraud by James Randi, but he denies it)
Gerson therapy (Big Pharma conspiracy)
Horowitz, Leonard (many conspiracies but the best one is that the illuminati are behind the standards of the 12-note musical scale)
Indian rope trick
Inset Fuel Stabilizer
Knight, J.Z. (Ramtha)
Lenz, Frederick (Rama)
multi-level marketing (MLM)
multi-level marketing (MLM) harassment
organic food (GM conspiracy)
perfect prediction scam
Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Protsch (von Zieten), Reiner
pyramid schemes, chain letters, & Ponzi schemes
quack Miranda warning
Rader, William C., M.D.
Satanic ritual abuse
shroud of Turin
Simpson, Rick (hemp oil cures cancer)
Steve Terbot hoax
Clever Irrationality by R. Carroll
My review of The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. The authors consider conspiracy theories to be examples of cogntive pareidolia or apophenia
Oprah's 3-ring circus (conspiracy to keep psychic research out of the hands of scientists)
Lifelock Shows Identity Theft Services Not Foolproof As a penalty for inflating guarantees that Lifelock could prevent identity theft from ever happening, the company has agreed to a $12 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The Trashing of Margaret Mead How Derek Freeman Fooled Us All on an Alleged Hoax ...the hoaxing argument is easily challenged using Freeman’s own unpublished interviews with the Samoan woman on whose testimony Freeman so heavily relied....Freeman stated his argument so boldly and presented it with such certainty that it seemed believable. In fact, it seemed foolish not to believe him. Almost no one thought that it might be a good idea to look at the actual interviews with Fa’apua’a and to ask if Freeman’s certitudes about the value of her testimony were warranted. These unpublished interviews with her demonstrate that there is no compelling evidence that Mead was hoaxed. It was a good story — a story that many people wanted to believe. Alas, it was a story that was too good to be true.
Brian Brushwood lectures on YouTube 1. How the shortchange con works 2. Science vs. Pseudoscience 3. How Astrology & Divinations Work 4. UFOs: What are the odds? 5. False Memory & Eyewitness Testimony 6. Bigfoot and Cryptozoology 7. Crop Circles 8. Spiritualism, Table Tipping & Dowsing 9. ESP & Probability 10. Homeopathy, Magnets, & Quackery 11. The Placebo Effect & Psychic Surgery
It's a Fake! by Lee Moller
Piltdown Man by Richard Harter
Urban Legends Reference Pages snopes.com
Bernard-Henri Lévy a laughing stock for quoting fictional philosopher When France’s most dashing philosopher took aim at Immanuel Kant in his latest book, calling him “raving mad” and a “fake”, his observations were greeted with the usual adulation. To support his attack, Bernard-Henri Lévy — a showman-penseur known simply by his initials, BHL — cited the little-known 20th-century thinker Jean-Baptiste Botul.
There was one problem: Botul was invented by a journalist in 1999 as an elaborate joke
Goldwag, Arthur. 2009. Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies:The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more.Vintage.
Hofstadter, Richard. 1964. The Paranoid Style in American Politics. Harper’s Magazine, November. Some things never change. Forty-five years ago, the paranoid right planted the seeds that continue to produce a parade of parrots.