Pitfalls of Delusion: Thanks Indiana Jones for the Metaphor!

Sorry – I am still away on a field trip. With any luck, I will return this evening and have more detailed posts for next week…

Another thought that was been bubbling away within me relates to the paranoid delusions of people like Jo Nova, her husband, David Evans, the Galileo movement and the long history of a same crackpot conspiracy; the evil bankers

For more on them, check out this post of mine and the links there in (Mike, from Watching the Deniers, pointed this weird panic out to me initially).

To give you the skinny; basically paper money resulted receipts initially designed for gold trade and savings, which was eventually being set free from ties with gold entirely. The people behind all this effectively engineered money out of nothing and in the process made themselves super rich and powerful. Oh, by the way, these same characters have been plotting since the Middle Ages to take over the world! Mwaa ha ha ha!!

“They’re Pinky, They’re Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain…” Sorry, I drifted off there for a second.

Anyway – the story itself begins with gold.

Now, who says gold is really worth anything to begin with? It’s a soft metal, pretty useless for most applications (especially until the information era where its conductance has been appreciated), but non-reactive and shiny… So we almost exclusively wore it. Failing the opportunity to evolve Peacock feathers we adorned ourselves with clumps of shiny yellow metal…

We invented the value to gold because it looked nice, did us no harm in contact and is fairly uncommon. From hear the value became established and thus eventually gold coins etc. That’s it.

How on Earth does this equate to “real world wealth” any more than paper credits or coins? The whole financial system is something we concocted out of the ether because it turned out to be easier than trading in goats and cattle… Obsessing over a shiny, rare-ish, metal as though it somehow inherently exudes wealth is a little strange, to say the least.

Did anyone else watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Of course you did.

Well, do you remember the bit where Indiana has to cross the tiled floor on bricks that spell out the name of God? Well, such nuttiness always reminds me of that scene. To arrive at a sensible and certain conclusion, each step has to be correct and well founded on reason and empirical evidence (logic in the case of Indiana’s puzzle). The second you veer off of this, your flooring – your entire foundation – collapses.

With this bat-crazy conspiracy, it’s like Indiana’s first step (which was wrong); it doesn’t even leave the starting platform. However, they continue it (as a thought experiment only) all the way to secret evil bankers and an amazing UN world order…

Um, no – if you were Indie, you would be at the entrance to the maze, humming to yourself, wishfully day dreaming what it will be like to hold that cup on the other side, but never actually attempting to get it. Nothing in this delusion is plausible or well founded. There’s no way they could reach the platform of sound conclusion at the other end. If they even tried for it, they’d fall into a chasm of mockery – hence why they don’t talk about it so often and to wide, diverse audiences. They know they don’t have the evidence to back their beliefs up.

It’s amazing what the human mind can create!

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