A Conspiracy History of the World by Andy Thomas.
Andy began his illustrated talk by showing the strange symbol on the US $1 bill. Borrowed from Egyptian civilisation, the pyramid denotes strength and the ability to weather the ages. The Latin phrase ‘Annuit Coeptis’ around the top of the pyramid means ‘God has favored our undertaking.’ The phrase below the base, ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum,’ can be translated as ‘a new order of the ages.’
The Moon landings, JFK, Watergate. The Gunpowder Plot, Pearl Harbour, the sinking the Lusitania in 1915 through to 9/11 and the The New World Order, which) is a notoriously vague conspiracy theory which claims that some powerful group is either secretly running the world or on the verge of gaining such control, Andy explained that since the political intrigues of the Roman Empire long ago, nearly every significant event of the last 2,000 years has sparked off a conspiracy theory.
In this talk Andy Thomas sifted through the evidence of many major conspiracies and set them against the social and psychological factors that have prompted them to spread. The accounts were stripped of unfounded opinion and presented factually but accessibly, dramatically highlighting the core issues that lie behind conspiracy theories.
In today’s environment, with trust in authorities at an all-time low, conspiracy theories have found a new currency, and websites and social networking ensure they receive a wider and more rapid global spread than ever before.
But how do we separate truth from imagination? Was Princess Diana murdered, as many people think, despite all the official denials? Did NASA really go to the Moon, when anomalies in the photographic record suggest otherwise? Could 9/11 really have been set up by agencies within the USA itself?
He examination of some of the most popular conspiracies of our times, including theories over assassination of Jack and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, widely voiced concerns over 9/11 and the ‘New World Order’. Andy drew the conclusion that while not all conspiracy theories can be proven, they do at least draw attention to paths we should not take, and they can be valuable in helping to create a better world where new trust and hope can be forged.
Members wishing to explore more should check Andy’s web site at http://www.truthagenda.org