The following article dissects the term ‘conspiracy theory’, and reveals why it has become a manipulative device used to mock and silence critics, and thus hide the truth about corruption in politics and government:
Who is Afraid of Conspiracy Theories?
Lance deHaven-Smith, Ph.D, New Dawn
In his book Philosophical Investigations, philosopher of science Ludwig Wittgenstein demonstrated that words are more than designations or labels. They are signals in a context of activity, and are invested with many assumptions about the roles and social status of speakers and listeners.
In the 20th century, men often called women “girls.” This term, while indeed referring to something real – to women – was more than merely a label; it was demeaning and implicitly conveyed a subservient status. Wittgenstein called the common sense view of words standing for things, the “naming theory of language.” However, he pointed out, if words were merely labels, you…
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