Thursday, May 17, 2007


Freemasons, Illuminati, and Global Conspiracy, Oh My!

DaveScot who blogs at William Dembski's Uncommon Descent, is one of your go-to guys for right-wing paranoia. Recently, Ol' Dave took his eyes off the grassy knoll long enough to sniff out a potential conspiracy at Scientific American.

The cover story of the October 2001 issue of Scientific American was an article by Professor Gonzalez. I found a copy of the article in teaching resources at the University of Arizona.

Interestingly, the cover story isn't mentioned on the Scientific American contents web page for this past issue. Cover stories are certainly mentioned the month before and the month after. Indeed I'd wager that no mention of the cover story in any past issues web page is a very rare thing.

It's not like this article was panned by peers. Indeed it's part of the syllabus in astrobiology courses like this one at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Turns out the conspiracy isn't nearly as complicated as a Dan Brown novel and the explanation a hell of a lot more plausible. DaveScot can go back to his minute examination of the Zapruder film.

Hat Tip to reader BF.


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