View Full Version : Scientific Scholastic Conspiracism

03-25-2009, 03:08 AM
The main problem with conspiracy theories is that although there are some good writers there are also some whacked out crackpots... (an enforced conspiracy in itself perhaps). If there indeed is a conspiracy that needs to be explored and written about perhaps there needs to be a method that demands respect.


Scholars frown on so-called alternative history books, but perhaps they can be won over with their own methods.

I have read many alternative history and conspiracy books, none that fully apply the scholastic method, which is:

The scholastics would choose a book (say, the Bible) by a renowned scholar, auctor (author), as a subject for investigation. By reading it thoroughly and critically, the disciples learned to appreciate the theories of the author. Other documents related to the book would be referenced, such as Church councils, papal letters and anything else written on the subject, be it ancient or contemporary. The points of disagreement and contention between multiple sources would be written down in individual sentences or snippets of text, known as sententiae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sententiae).

Once the sources and points of disagreement had been laid out through a series of dialectics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectic), the two sides of an argument would be made whole so that they would be found to be in agreement and not contradictory. This was done in two ways.

The first was through philological (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philology) analysis. Words were examined and argued to have multiple meanings. It was also considered that the auctor might have intended a certain word to mean something different. Ambiguity could be used to find common ground between two otherwise contradictory statements.

The second was through logical analysis, which relied on the rules of formal logic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic) to show that contradictions did not exist but were subjective to the reader. - source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scholasticism#Scholastic_method)

It would be interesting to see a tome written that uses such methods...

The scientific method goes something like:

The essential elements of a scientific method are iterations, recursions, interleavings, and orderings of the following:

Characterizations (observations, definitions, and measurements of the subject of inquiry)
Hypotheses (theoretical, hypothetical explanations of observations and measurements of the subject)
Predictions (reasoning including logical deduction from the hypothesis or theory)
Experiments (tests of all of the above) - source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method#Elements_of_scientific_method)

Some form of combined scientific and scholastic method could be of interest!