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Today’s card – Richard Hoagland

August 12th, 2008 Posted in Game Cards

Richard C. Hoagland is well known as the crazy conspiracy nut whose career started with the ludicrous face on Mars fiasco.  Since that time, a sensible and well-balanced man might have accepted his mistake and moved on – but not Hoagland. He now pretty much denies anything he can get his hands on and believes in every conspiracy theory crazy enough to make it to his inbox, most of which involve super-intelligent beings on other planets.

This is the first time we have given a 10/10 for any score, but I think Hoagland deserves it for the sheer insanity of his theories and his utter inability to recognise a falsehood when it stares him in the face. In fact, not only does he not reject falsehoods when disproved, he instead mutates them into something even more ridiculous. It’s like the man who, upon learning that he is suffering from the flu, doesn’t try to cure himself, but instead starts smoking ten packs of cigarettes a day.

Hoagland doesn’t quite score a ten for stupidity because he at least has the intelligence to come up with complex-sounding conspiracy theories concerning geometric arrangements of landmarks on Mars that, though laughably wrong, are at least moderately interesting.  The good thing about Hoagland, though, is that he’s almost totally harmless, so you can just sit back and watch the fun.  I didn’t give him the lowest possible mark of 1 for danger simply because he encourages people to believe in conspiracy theories and some of those, admittedly not his ones, are far from benign.  His own conspiracy theories may be farcically insane, profoundly insulting, fatuous to the point of incomprehensibility, devoid of any coherent rational thought, utterly lacking in evidence or plausibility, and symptomatic of a tragically diseased brain; but at least they probably won’t kill anyone.

Richard Hoagland

Richard Hoagland

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  1. One Response to “Today’s card – Richard Hoagland”

  2. By Rod on Oct 1, 2015

    I would actually suggest reading his books and papers on his website. You haven’t. If you had, you would have a better understanding of Hoagland’s work. It only takes one white crow to prove that not all crows are black, and I have seen more than one image that proves there are artificial (backed by fractal recognition software) items on the moon, Mars, Pluto, Ceres, Vesta etc. The fact that Phobos is 1/3 hollow (not possible by natural means) alone is more than enough evidence to prove Hoagland is on the right track. Please do some research before accusing someone of something, don’t just jump on the bandwagon.

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