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“I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast…”*

The Draco constellation from “Uranographia” by Johannes Hevelius, 1690. David Icke’s “reptoid hypothesis” posits that humanity is ruled by descendants of reptilians from Draco.

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David Icke, a BBC sports reporter turned conspiracy theorist, argues that

Reptilian humanoids are the force behind a worldwide conspiracy directed at manipulation and control of humanity. He contends that most of our world’s leaders, from George W. Bush to members of the British royal family, are in fact 7-foot tall, blood-drinking reptilians from the star system Alpha Draconia.

According to an interview with David Icke, Christine Fitzgerald, a confidante of Diana, Princess of Wales, claims that Diana told her that the Royal Family were reptilian aliens, and that they could shapeshift. David Icke and others have claimed that U.S. President George W. Bush and his family are part of this same bloodline (Icke, 2004).

Icke claims, based on his exploration of genealogical connections to European royalty, that many presidents of the United States have been and are reptilian humanoids. In his view, United States foreign policy after September 11 is the product of a reptilian conspiracy to enslave humanity, with George W. Bush as a servant of the lizards.

And, Public Policy Polling reports, 4% of of the U.S.– over 12.5 million Americans–  believe him… still, as The Atlantic observes, that’s at the bottom of PPP’s conspiracy theory chart:

[C.f. also, “What It’s Like To Believe You’re Controlled By Reptilians.”]

* The Queen, to Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

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As we slip on our sunglasses, we might spare a thought for Blessed John (Johannes, Ioannes) Duns Scotus, O.F.M.; he died on this date in 1308.  One of the most important philosophers of the High Middle Ages (with his arch-rival, William of Ockham), he was a champion of a form of Scholasticism that came to be known as Scotism.

But he may be better remembered as a result of the slurs of 16th Century philosophers, who considered him a sophist– and coined the insult “dunce” (someone incapable of scholarship) from the name “Dunse” given to his followers in the 1500s.

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Written by LW

November 8, 2013 at 1:01 am

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