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Throughout history there have been an inordinate number of monumental events, both good and bad, such as catastrophes, government coups, assassinations, great advances in science, economic depressions, and inventions that have changed our lives. In virtually all of these events, peoples of the world have asked themselves if these events occurred naturally, as part of the natural cycle of the world's development, or if they have been planned in secret by a small group of people intent on hiding the truth.
In this course, we will examine some of the most influential conspiracy theories in history, dealing with some of the world's most historic events, such as the NASA Moon Landing, the assassination of John K. Kennedy, the horrific Tuskegee Experiments, top secret government programs, and even the conspiracy behind the Loch Ness Monster.
By its very definition, conspiracy means to form an "agreement" among people. In this case, it is an agreement, usually, to deceive. There are two views of history: an accidental view and a conspiratorial view. In the first view, people do not conspire to affect history. In this view, catastrophes and other monumental events happen as a result of natural forces. In the conspiratorial view, a small group of people exert their power to directly affect an outcome that will increase their power or benefit themselves in other ways.
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Lesson 1: The History and Evolution of ConspiraciesThis lesson will discuss the definitions and origins behind a conspiracy theory.
Lesson 2: Moon Landing ConspiraciesEver since the image of a man walking on the moon in 1969 was broadcast to millions of viewers, there are conspiracy theorists who believe that it never happened or, at least, never happened in the way portrayed.
Lesson 3: Roswell UFO CrashIn July of 1947, an incident over the airspace of Roswell, New Mexico, in the southeastern United States, would propel the most famous conspiracy theory on the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs.
Lesson 4: The Philadelphia ExperimentMany of us know famous scientists such as Albert Einstein and inventors such as Thomas Edison, but not many people know much about Nicola Tesla, even though some of his experiments have led to the most ground-breaking discoveries in science.
Lesson 5: The Knights Templar and the Holy GrailThe mystery and conspiracy behind the search for the Holy Grail has been told in countless books and publications over the last two centuries.
Lesson 6: The IlluminatiOn the back of an American one-dollar bill, there is an inscription that reads "Novus Ordo Seclorum," which is Latin for "a new secular order." This inscription, and its imagery, has sparked one of the most elaborate conspiracy theories in history.
Lesson 7: John F. Kennedy's AssassinationThere are very few events in American history that have created as many conspiracy theories as the assassination of the United States' 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Lesson 8: Global WarmingGlobal Warming is one the most misunderstood concepts for many people, especially in the United States, where the topic has become a political issue just as much as a scientific phenomenon.
Lesson 9: Princess Diana Murdered?Diana Spencer, better known as Princess Diana, was arguably one of the public's most adored and beloved members of the British royal family in recent history.
Lesson 10: The Tuskegee ExperimentsOn July 25, 1972, the Washington Evening Star reported, "Syphilis Patients Died Untreated"
Lesson 11: The Loch Ness MonsterFor years, the Loch Ness Monster has been the stuff of stories, tall tales, and even news headlines.
|Course Title ||: ||History's Greatest Conspiracies |
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Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive a CEU Certificate documenting CEUs earned
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