Friday, August 7, 2015

Quassim Cassam: A bona-fide Anti-Conspiracy-Theory buffoon

by Jim Fetzer

Quassim Cassam
A professor of philosophy at Warwick University, Quassim Cassam, during an interview with The Independent (7 August 2015), "What turns someone into a conspiracy theorist?", stated that he has been funded to conduct a study about why some people are more "receptive" to conspiracy theories than other, suggesting that those who are susceptible are either "literally mad or mentally ill", where he inclines to believe they have "certain intellectual traits", such as dogmatism, gullibility or close-mindedness, which is about as absurd as it gets. Consider:











Given the massive domination of the media (newspapers and television, especially), which provides a constant barrage of the "official narratives" of JFK, 9/11, Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing, for example, it requires independence of thought and open-mindedness to consider, much less explore, alternative theories about events such as these, which requires over coming group-think and social pressures toward conformity, which are traits precisely the opposite of those he claims characterize those who take "conspiracy theories" seriously:











When I reviewed his background on the Warwick web site, I was astonished to discover he had been Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge (2007-09), which many in the academic world regard as among the most distinguished institutions of higher learning in the world.  I regard this as conclusive proof that some faculty at distinguished universities are either cognitively impaired or purveyors of disinformation. It must be a great advantage for MI5, the British equivalent of the FBI, to have stooges with Ph.D.s to reinforce manifest absurdities.







  

Ignoring Logic and Evidence


The obvious blunder with Cassem's position is that he presents a specious bifurcation (or a "false dichotomy") by suggesting that those who embrace "conspiracy theories" are either mentally impaired or easily influenced by alternative sources of information. He does not even allow the possibility of someone having done research and concluded that we have been lied to (about JFK, 9/11, Sandy Hook or the Boston bombing). He simply omits the use of reason and rationality based upon logic and evidence. Consider the following four cases:



According to The Warren Report (1964), for example, JFK was killed by a lone gunman with three lucky shots, scoring two hits, one of which hit JFK in the back of the neck, transiting his neck without hitting any bony structures and wounding Texas Gov. John Connally; where the second hit JFK in the head, killing him. But JFK was hit at least four times (in the back from behind; in the throat from in front; and in the head from behind and from the right/front). Indeed, it turns out that the "magic bullet" theory is not even anatomically possible. 



According to The 9/11 Commission Report (2004), 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial carriers and used them as weapons--even destroying three buildings in New York with two planes! When you take a closer look, all four of the alleged crash sites appear to be fabricated or faked (albeit in different ways). The Twin Towers did not collapse but were blown apart in every direction from the top down and were largely converted into millions of cubic yards of very fine dust! That required an enormous source of energy going far beyond what gravity can provide, where gravity works in only one direction--down! Even the Co-Chairmen of the Commission have disavowed their report!



According to the Final Report on Sandy Hook by Stephen J. Sedensky III, Adam Lanza killed his mother with a .22 caliber rifle and then proceeded to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he shot and killed 20 children and six adults. But there were many anomalies, where we now have the FEMA Manual for the event, where a rehearsal was held on 13 December 2012 and went LIVE on the 14th. And exceptional research by Allan Powell from Australia has proven that the Lanza home was empty and had to be furnished to serve as a prop for this staged exercise, where we even have photos of the moving vans bringing equipment to the school itself to make it look as though it had been operational.



And the Boston bombing was another drill presented as though it were a real event, where the brothers were framed and the trial was a fraud. I had an especially illuminating interview with Maret Tsarnaev, "THEY DIDN'T DO IT! Maret Tsanraev blows apart the Boston Show Trial", which offers multiple lines of proof that it was an elaborate charade, including that the backpacks the two brothers were wearing were not black nylon back-backs, which the FBI identified as those that had exploded, which, as a retired professor of law observes, means there was not even probable cause to arrest or indict them for the crime, much less convict them of any crime. It was another elaborate charade.

Not Everyone is Taken In

 In an excellent critique of Professor Cassem's contentions, John Vibes, "Government-Funded Study says 'Conspiracy Theorists' are Dangerous and could join ISIS" (1 August 2015), astutely observes in relation to his views about 9/11 that around 2,000 architects and engineers take exception to his claim that the government has explained what happened on 9/11, where they are supplemented by a large number of experts, professionals and authorities in their fields, as "Patriots Question 9/11" displays:











He further eviscerates the structure of Cassem's argument (such as it is) by making multiple points in rebuttal, including that he has apparently done no research of his own about 9/11 (JFK, Sandy Hook or the Boston bombing), which leaves him vulnerable to having committed the "special pleading" fallacy by citing only evidence favorable to his side and ignoring the rest. But that is being charitable, because it appears to me that Cassem has only made unfounded assertions with no supporting proof.












Conclusions without premises are not arguments at all, which means that, while alleging that so-called "conspiracy theorists" are weak-minded and dangerous, he appears to exemplify those traits. Indeed, as I have often observed, the phrase, "conspiracy theory", was introduced by the CIA to label critics of official account of the assassination of JFK by burdening them with having to advance "a theory" about what happened, when their (at least, initial) role is merely that of pointing out that the government's narrative cannot be defended on the basis of proof that the backyard photographs were fabricated and that the alleged assassin was actually "out with Bill Shelley (his supervisor) in front" at the time JFK was being shot, as we now know.

The profundity of Professor Cassem's ignorance knows no bounds, however, since he appears to be as ignorant about ISIS as he is about JFK, 9/11, Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing, which of course are simply illustrations of "conspiracy theories" that are well-supported on the basis of logic and evidence as opposed to the official accounts promulgated by the government, which are often widely held because they are reinforced by the mass media. We have even discovered a 2012 document from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) explaining its intention to create ISIS to isolate Syria, which I discussed on "False Flag Weekly News" (28 May 2015) and have addressed many time since then:

To listen to the discussion of the DIA's creation of ISIS, click here.










The absurdities associated with ISIS do not end here, however, since it is being advised by two retired American generals and is being supplied by our allies, where the Iraqi Army shot down two UK cargo planes dropping supplies to ISIS and a US helicopter, which I have published about in "Top Ten Reasons WE KNOW that ISIS was 'Made in the USA'" (11 July 2015), which include photos of ISIS terrorist sporting US Army tatoos. None of this would have the least affect upon Professor Cassem, who exemplifies "to a tee" the parody of a man who's mind is made up--and doesn't want to be bothered with facts!

12 comments:

  1. "In David Rockefeller's book 'Memoirs' he admits he is part of a secret cabal working to destroy the United States and create a new world order.Here is the direct quote from his book, pg 405:"

    | Some even believe we [Rockefeller family] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - One World, if you will.If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it |

    http://opengov.ideascale.com/a/dtd/David-Rockefeller-s-book-Memoirs-admits-secretly-conspiring-for-a-NWO/4007-4049

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  2. For saying such bovine excrements Professor Quassim Cassam (a very bizarre name!) must have been rewarded in cash or even been paid in advance like Salman Rushdie was!
    BAFS

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  3. Well argued. I have long suspected the University of Cambridge's graduate record. Family members leave me LESS than impressed. An Irish street urchin could outgun most Cambridge professors IMO.

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  4. This Quassim guy is a philosopher? He sure doesn't sound like one based off that article. Philosophers are the one group of professional scholars we should trust to go where no other group will go -- as far as the evidence shall lead. Philosophy has traditionally been conceived as a "dangerous" subject to those who do not want their opinions challenged. It's hardly dangerous when it its practitioners like this guy won't even look at the evidence before proclaiming all of us insane just because it's too hard to believe the government would actually do such things.

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  5. Even in England Scotland Yard regularly puts together a theory regarding a crime, and if it involves more than a single person, then it would technically be a conspiracy theory. I do not know what they call it there. So apparently according to the Professor Scotland Yard is a hot bed of mad and mentally ill persons, not to mention weak minded. I hope they do not all soon join ISIS!
    I think it pretty obvious that he is a member of the Establishment and is doing his job to keep things ship shape, Otherwise, it really is terrible scholarship rather than intellectual dishonesty and cowardice.

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  6. The Professor has written mainly about self knowledge, etc. Ouch! This does not bode well. He must be a victim of self deception. Also a Kantian and president of the Aristotelian Society . . . I wonder if a Platonist would so easily fall into this trap? If you climb too high on the worldly ladder of success, you encounter some strange people who want you to betray others . . . Kant's ethics are not much to toot your horn about. Just Christian morality dressed in rather morose and 18th century German imagination. Anyway he may be thinking of the categorical imperative in which case he wishes we would All close our eyes and follow his lead,

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    1. Platonist by definition believes that perception is inherently a less dimensional shadow of a higher truth. Everything is a deception because human perception is always flawed and manipulated by the mind's flights of feeling. The one certainty is that you can be fooled by your perceptions. Nothing is certain, definitely not a government's spy agency. Plato was not known for his faith in the decisions made by his governmental body.

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  7. I looked up Coventry, England's Warwick University on Wikipedia and it was It was "founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand access to higher education. "

    Warwick University is to scholarly institutions of higher learning

    as

    Newtown, Connecticut, is to typical small USA towns.

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  8. It bothers me that this is passing off as elite intellectual level. I have a perfect project for that little brain.

    Galileo. He can study how Galileo and people who listened to him were radicalized by Satan. The inquisition conclusively determined that the Earth is the center of the universe. He can get to the roots of Galileo's intellectual vice that led him to embrace the conspiracy theory of heliocentric solar system.

    I am right on board with disbelief.
    SURELY HE IS PAID AS AN AGENT.
    He could rise that high as a pseudo intellectual peon?

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  9. Jim, read this piece by Cassam. I think you may have an opinion on it.

    http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/intellectual-character-of-conspiracy-theorists/

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  10. Excellent find! Argument by character assassination. Cassam doesn't have to address the evidence because he knows that anyone who disagrees with the "official narrative" is mad as a hatter. So he can blissfully believe that two planes could bring down three buildings, that jet fuel fires can weaken or melt steel, that an aircraft can pass its entire length into a massive steel-and-concrete building in the same number of frames (temporal interval) is passes its entire length through air? He is right that there are some crack pots out there, but this is beyond absurd.

    One might well ask how it is that governments "get things right", even when the chairs of their own investigations repudiate them. No one can know who is right and who is wrong about these things independent of investigation. Governments lie all the time. Yet Cassam would have us believe that we can know in advance who is right and who is wrong: those who resist what they are told by the authorities are wrong--not just once in a while, but always and everywhere. This is as absurd as it gets in the world of disinformation: a classic case!

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