Summary: 38th Gentle Thinkers Debate (Online Privacy)

How concerned should we be about governments and corporations collecting data about us?

E.g. Wikileaks vs NSA – Both believe in gathering private information. One is a noble truthseeker. One is a filthy eavesdropper. Why the difference? When is gathering other people’s information good and when is it bad? What is the point of privacy, exactly?

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Summary: 36th Gentle Thinkers Debate (Conspiracy Theories)

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? Are you aware of any current or past conspiracies or conspiracy theories? Do you believe there are important conspiracies underlying our society? Have we come to expect dishonesty and conspiracies in public institutions? If we are distrustful of politicians, are we conspiracy theorists? The term “Conspiracy theory” has a short history, and has gradually acquired derogatory overtones, indicating baseless outlandish claims and paranoia. Why is that? Conspiracies are real and some conspiracy theories are true. Do those in power influence the evolution of language in their favour (or is this just another conspiracy theory?)

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Summary: 36th Gentle Thinkers Debate (Conspiracy Theories)

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? Are you aware of any current or past conspiracies or conspiracy theories? Do you believe there are important conspiracies underlying our society? Have we come to expect dishonesty and conspiracies in public institutions? If we are distrustful of politicians, are we conspiracy theorists? The term “Conspiracy theory” has a short history, and has gradually acquired derogatory overtones, indicating baseless outlandish claims and paranoia. Why is that? Conspiracies are real and some conspiracy theories are true. Do those in power influence the evolution of language in their favour (or is this just another conspiracy theory?)

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