Anthony J. Hall and Joshua Blakeney Challenge Michael Shermer About His 9/11 Denialism

Posted by Joshua Blakeney, Media Coordinator of Globlalization Studies, University of Lethbridge:

Here is the latest action by Prof. Anthony J. Hall and I. We were so disgusted with Prof. Michael Shermer’s lack of knowledge about 9/11 that we were compelled to intervene during his parodic lecture at the University of Lethbridge last night. Shermer purports to be a skeptic (his magazine is named “Skeptic Magazine”) who has read “ALL of David Ray Griffin’s books” (DRG is actually his colleague at the Clairmont Graduate School ). However, Shermer is clearly somebody who has never engaged with any of the critiques of the government narrative about 9/11, a subject which he nonetheless talks about authoritatively to public audiences, conflating 9/11 truth-seekers with UFO spotters, Holocaust Deniers under the rubric of “conspiracy theorists”. As part of his deliberately satirical analysis he showed the audience cross-sections of the human brain indirectly implying that “conspiracy theorists” think how they do due to their biological makeup which harkens back to the notorious days when cities like Lethbridge and the wider hinterland of Alberta were leading the way in the eugenics movement. Like Sebastian Junger and Christopher Hitchens Shermer is somebody who serves the war machine’s agenda by poisoning the public consciousness of our society. He has blood on his hands for his role in depoliticizing society, enabling the murderous 9/11 Wars. We attempted to expose him as somebody who was profiting from the official story of 9/11. A true “conspiracy entrepreneur” indeed. Like Hitchens he declares himself to be a materialist and sombody cocnerned with scientific reasoning. Yet, like Hitchens, when science becomes politically inconvenient he reverts back to government-sanctioned superstition whilst at the same time showing cross-sections of the brain and comedic imagery to audiences to convince them he is an authority on subjects which he is in fact seemingly ignorant of. When I asked him to name one of DRG’s books, all of which he purports to have read, he could not. When I asked him to name one academic who has defended the government conspiracy theory he cited himself. Shermer’s comedy show was not worthy of an educated audience in a Canadian University. Prof. Hall should be acknowledged for making sure we attended the event and for speaking the truth in front of his colleagues many of whom sniggered like sophomoric school children. One of the U of L professors in the audience implied that I was an “asshole” (that’s ARSE-hole for the British recipients of this email). The behaviour of these quack-a-demics speaks volumes about the state of the academy in the 9/11 induced Age of Impunity and Superstition.

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  • Bulletproofheart

    all universities are psychiatric petting zoos.
    gotta love group reaction when we remind hearts of traumatizing truth.
    oh, and may the revolution be internal when the post apocalyptic stress disorder meds kick in.

    head shakers anonymous for shermers darkside bank account funder and lightning.
    dont get to thinky..

  • Bulletproofheart

    all universities are psychiatric petting zoos.
    gotta love group reaction when we remind hearts of traumatizing truth.
    oh, and may the revolution be internal when the post apocalyptic stress disorder meds kick in.

    head shakers anonymous for shermers darkside bank account funder and lightning.
    dont get to thinky..

  • nick__nick

    I can’t wait for someone to tear apart this video…

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait for someone to tear apart this video…

  • malatesting123

    Ive got to say, if 9/11 conspiracy theories arent sponsored by government agencies, then they should be. Its very rare to find something that has obsessed so many very intelligent individuals who might otherwise be putting their efforts into dismantling the corrupt system and the indignities it breeds.
    One thing is for certain. Inside job or no, the same people rule our lives and have no intention of giving up their ill-gotten power without a real challenge.

  • malatesting123

    Ive got to say, if 9/11 conspiracy theories arent sponsored by government agencies, then they should be. Its very rare to find something that has obsessed so many very intelligent individuals who might otherwise be putting their efforts into dismantling the corrupt system and the indignities it breeds.
    One thing is for certain. Inside job or no, the same people rule our lives and have no intention of giving up their ill-gotten power without a real challenge.

  • Anonymous

    I often wonder whether articles purporting to be about alternate interpretations of 9/11 are really more about science or politics.

    Those articles I have read (which can never be more than a trickle in the never-ending stream of alternative scenario literature) generally seem to have a pretty poor grasp of science. And logic. They rarely commit to a single, coherent falsifiable hypothesis, which leads me to believe that in the writer’s mind it’s more important to convince the reader that the consensus view is not 100% locked-down, rather than to actually establish the proposed alternative.

    This is all a shame. Because I suspect that I may have some sympathy with the underlying political thesis of many of these nutjobs–that recklessly short-sighted American foreign policy played a significant part in the events leading up to nearly 3,000 deaths on Sept 11, 2001.

    But I utterly fail to see how these writers destroying their own credibility with hopelessly amateurish misinterpretations of science puts that thesis forward. And really, all matters of physical science aside, advocates of conspiracy theories have to admit that no effective conspiracy can exist outside of the framework of a deeply flawed institution. Wouldn’t there be a much better payoff from leveraging the other 99.99% of the world in an improved institutional analysis?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I often wonder whether articles purporting to be about alternate interpretations of 9/11 are really more about science or politics.

    Those articles I have read (which can never be more than a trickle in the never-ending stream of alternative scenario literature) generally seem to have a pretty poor grasp of science. And logic. They rarely commit to a single, coherent falsifiable hypothesis, which leads me to believe that in the writer’s mind it’s more important to convince the reader that the consensus view is not 100% locked-down, rather than to actually establish the proposed alternative.

    This is all a shame. Because I suspect that I may have some sympathy with the underlying political thesis of many of these nutjobs–that recklessly short-sighted American foreign policy played a significant part in the events leading up to nearly 3,000 deaths on Sept 11, 2001.

    But I utterly fail to see how these writers destroying their own credibility with hopelessly amateurish misinterpretations of science puts that thesis forward. And really, all matters of physical science aside, advocates of conspiracy theories have to admit that no effective conspiracy can exist outside of the framework of a deeply flawed institution. Wouldn’t there be a much better payoff from leveraging the other 99.99% of the world in an improved institutional analysis?

  • Macid

    Two individuals riding the adrenalin of sensationalism.

  • Macid

    Two individuals riding the adrenalin of sensationalism.

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