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Pratchett on Conspiracy Theory: Name One Thing…

In Thud, Terry Pratchett nails conspiracy theory:

“Like it was haunted, Dave said. He said the government hushed it up.”

“Yeah, but your mate Dave says the government always hushes things up, Nobby,” said Fred.

“Well, they do.”

“Except he always gets to hear about ’em, and he never gets hushed up,” said Fred.

“I know you like to point the finger of scoff, Sarge, but there’s a lot goes on that we don’t know about.”

“Like what, exactly?” Colon retorted. “Name me one thing that’s going on that you don’t know about. There — you can’t can you?”

4 thoughts on “Pratchett on Conspiracy Theory: Name One Thing…”

  1. J. Clifford says:

    Okay, I’ll bite.

    I’ll name one thing that’s going on that I don[‘t know about: What George W. Bush is doing right now. I know he’s doing something, but I don’t know what it is.

    I know that, when the National Security Council meets, they’re having a meeting, but I don’t know what it’s about.

    If a tree falls in the forest, and I don’t find out about it until later, it still fell in the forest, and it fell before I found out about it.

    There are secrets. I have some.

  2. Jim says:

    Well, you know about those things. The things you don’t know about are the things you aren’t naming.

  3. J. Clifford says:

    No, I know that I don’t know those things. I don’t know what they are. I know they’re there. That doesn’t mean I know them.

  4. Donald Rumsfeld says:

    The things that you know you don’t know are known unknowns. The things that you don’t know are unknown unknowns. The things that you think you know but you don’t know are thought unknowns. The things you know but don’t think about are unthought knowns. The things you don’t think about, and don’t know you don’t know are unthought unknown unknowns. The things you think about and know you know are thought known knowns.

    What are conspiracy theories? Gosh, I’ve been turning the word over and over in my head, thinking about what it means. Not, you know, figuring out how to get out of Iraq.

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