Conspiracy theories (final): the confirmed, the plausible and the busted
Wednesday 3 August from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus
This Wednesday 3 August from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 the Deakin Philosophical Society will wrap up its discussion of conspiracy theories with a look at confirmed, plausible and busted conspiracy theories. This is the third and final week of what has been a high-level discussion of this controversial area. A look at particular conspiracy theories should round out the topic nicely.
We'll focus the discussion on the emotively mild yet plausible Barnes Foundation conspiracy. A group called Friends of the Barnes Foundation argue that power brokers and charitable trusts in the Philadelphia area conspired to acquire $25 billion dollars worth of artwork from the Barnes Foundation (an educational institution in suburban Philadelphia) against the will of its late founder. Find a brief overview of the conspiracy on the Vanity Fair website. The conspiracy is the subject of a recent documentary The Art of the Steal, to which the Barnes Foundation has responded.
The point of Wednesday's meeting is to highlight the difficulty in determining the plausibility of conspiracy theories, and the confusion between sound and unsound inferences. Bring along a conspiracy theory of your own to discuss, plausible or not.
President, Deakin Philosophical Society.