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Student presentations, Part II (December 7-11)

Your presentations continue. Remember the rules: Each presentation is about ten minutes, followed by no more than five minutes of questions; each presentation is supported by a PowerPoint (or equivalent) slide show; and you are giving the presentation to the … Continue reading

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Student Presentations, Part I (November 30 – December 4)

Your presentations start at last! Remember the rules: Each presentation is about ten minutes, followed by no more than five minutes of questions; each presentation is supported by a PowerPoint (or equivalent) slide show; and you are giving the presentation … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now! (November 24)

Our official topic for this one-day week is a discussion of the last two chapters of the Barkun book (the 2012 apocalypse predictions and the conclusions). We can probably summarize these ideas with a conversation about your answers to Why … Continue reading

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The most recent conspiratorial nastiness and its consequences (November 16-20)

Monday will be devoted to peer reviewing of your Short Paper #4 essays, followed by a discussion of your ideas about Why People Believe Weird Things. The horrific events of Friday the 13th in Paris will be our topic on … Continue reading

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9/11 troofers (November 9-13)

This is a difficult topic for all of us. You know I’m not holding my views back, and I have demonstrated that I think the 9/11 conspiracists are fountains of nonsense. However, you are encouraged to openly debate the issues, … Continue reading

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The evil that lies beneath (November 6)

Remember that we don’t meet Monday or Wednesday. I’m at a geological meeting in Baltimore. We meet only on Friday of this week. Oh but I have something to keep you occupied while I’m away: a crazy documentary: Dulce Base, … Continue reading

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I, for one, welcome our new lizard overlords (October 26-30)

Our title this week is ultimately derived from a novel by H.G. Wells. You can substitute insects, reptilians, computers, or any other scary entities. Aliens and their crazy flying spaceships fit in well. We are reading chapters 5 and 6 … Continue reading

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The Illuminati are watching and waiting (October 19-23)

We’re now getting into material that overlaps with many of your research projects, so you’ll be expected to add your newly acquired information to our discussions. Chapters Three and Four of Barkun concerns the familiar topics of the New World … Continue reading

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Millenialism and stigmatized knowledge (October 5-9)

This week our reading is chapter 2 in the Barkun text. We will discuss this material on Monday and Wednesday, and then on Friday you make your short thesis statements from your Conspiracy Paper due on Friday at 8:00 a.m. … Continue reading

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Conspiracies! An introduction (September 28 – October 2)

This week we begin the conspiracy theory portion of the course, moving from the Schick and Vaughn text to the one by Michael Barkun (A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America). Note from the start, a clue of … Continue reading

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