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CT009 - The Day Carl Jung Analyzed a Crop Circle
Episode 8 - Ghost Photography The name conjures the image in the mind. A crop circle means a golden geometric pattern has been shaped into a field somewhere, and eventually turned into a poster on someone’s cubicle wall. Some believe that they are made by extra-terrestrial visitors, or perhaps by magnetic fields flowing from deep within the earth along leylines. Others simply chalk them up to the result of weather phenomena or the artful endeavor of hoaxers known as “cereal artists”. Crop...
CT008 - The Day Ghosts Started Photobombing Our Selfies
Episode 8 - Ghost Photography You’ve seen them on the internet. You may even have some within your own collection. Ghost photos. Also known as paranormal or spirit photography, the practice of capturing ghostly apparitions on camera is as old as the field of photography itself. Thought to be caused by the environmental affect by the apparition, either through radiation, ionization, or some impact to non-visible light spectrums, the camera captures images that are not seen by the naked...
CT007 - The Day Bacon Wrote Shakespeare
Episode 7 - The Question of Shakespeare Authorship We’ve all studied Shakespeare. You read him in school. You performed a soliloquy in drama class. You’ve watched all the bad coming of age teen remakes. Did you know, though, that Shakespeare didn’t actually write any of his works? At least, that’s the theory, and we discuss the historical thought of the day that inspired this hotly debated and contemptuous accusation. We also explore an area of pursuasive argument known as the Argument of...
CT006 - The Day New Coke Fizzled
Episode 6 - The New Coke Conspiracy Are you old enough to remember the introduction of New Coke? Afterward, when Coca-Cola Classic was re-introduced, did you hear all the stories about how the whole thing was a big marketing conspiracy, and New Coke was always meant to fail? Well, join me as we discuss the story behind the well intentioned but ill conceived business decision that lead to one of the biggest consumer backlash events in soda history. Also, find out how a better understanding...
CT005 - The Day Area 51 Joined the Narrative (PART 2)
Episode 5 - Area 51 - Part 2 The conclusion of our discussion about of one of the most secure, highly restricted military installations in the United States, Area 51. This time we dive into an understanding of narrative psychology and how the concept of narrative identity can be used to explain the public appeal of Area 51. Doesn’t the whole thing sometimes feel like a great story? Almost a movie plot, that starts with a crashed UFO, leads into a secret base the is so secure it’s own...
CT004 - The Day Area 51 Joined the Narrative (PART 1)
Episode 4 - Area 51 - Part 1 The first part in the discussion of one of the most secure, highly restricted military installations in the United States, Area 51. Ask yourself, what is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear “Area 51?” Did you say flying saucers, alien bodies and Roswell? Well, if you did, you share that opinion with a majority of the population. It may surprise you to know that those associations were not made of Area 51 until the 1990’s, and that memory you...
CT003 - The Day Paul McCartney Died
Episode 3 - Paul McCartney is dead, and the world hears about it after some astute college journalists follow the trail of clues left within song lyrics and album art. The world of Beatlemania is turned upside down and a new conspiracy is born that has endured for over half a century as a text book example of “confirmation bias.” On this episode we discuss the possible motivations that lead to the unplausible acceptance of this theory, and the real power of secrets and super-fandom. For...
CT002 - The Day Bigfoot Stepped Into Scene
Episode 2 - Bigfoot steps on the scene and into our hearts. This is a fun episode as we figure out how a 1950’s television western, a fish, and a trip to the zoo all helped to make Bigfoot the top tier celebrity that he is today. Below is a list of links for source information covered in this...
CT001 - Welcome to Conspiracy Theoryology
Episode 001 - A quick welcome episode in which I explain the origin and structure of the show, and hopefully set the stage for a lot of great episodes and topics in the future. As we begin this show series, please connect with me at Facebook.com/TheoryologyPodcast There’s not a lot of content this week, but continue to check show notes in future episodes for links to research documents and informative podcasts, videos and books that I use in preparation for the shows. Music for this...