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Handbook of UFO Religions: Chapt. 7 Conspiracy Theories, UFO s and New Religions (Incl. Scientology)

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  1. Handbook of UFO Religions: Chapter 7 They Knew Too Much: The Entangled History of Conspiracy Theories, UFO s and New Religions (Including Scientology and the Nation of Islam), by David G. Robertsonv

    Online Publication Date 22 Feb 2021


    https://brill.com/view/book/9789004435537/BP000017.xml


    https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004435537_009


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    Abstract

    This chapter considers the entanglement of UFOs, new religions, and conspiracy theory. In three case studies – the Nation of Islam, Heaven’s Gate and Scientology – the functional appeal of conspiracy theories is examined through their mitigation of uncertainty and failure by positing a malevolent, occluded counter-agency. Special attention is given to their epistemic appeal—in each case, special knowledge is gained through appeals to exclusive epistemic strategies, which challenge the dominant episteme and help to establish a counter-elite.

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