Conspiracy Theories in Aerospace History: A Lesson in Critical Thinking for the Internet Age


Mark your calendars for Friday, October 28, 2011. We are presenting a webinar at the National Air and Space Museum on critical thinking and aerospace history. We will be using four conspiracy theories to focus on this issue.

Calling all teachers and students!  Have you ever wondered about the truth surrounding Area 51, the Moon landing, Amelia Earhart, and more? The National Air and Space Museum is sponsoring a free, interactive, on-line conference about critical thinking and Conspiracy Theory. 

Conspiracy Theory was chosen for the focus of the conference because of the engaging content and will serve as the backdrop to examine controversial sources from distinct perspectives.  An emphasis will be placed on evaluating the sources that present evidence verses those based on opinion.  The goals of the conference are:

  • Introduce and deconstruct some of the myths around four of the major Conspiracy Theories of the 20th century. How did the theories begin? Why do they persist?
    Examine and evaluate internet sources critically. What makes a reliable source? How can you verify information presented on the internet?
  • Connect students and teachers with some of the leading scholars at the Air and Space Museum. What questions do you have about the moon landing, Amelia Earhart, Pearl Harbor, and Area 51?
  • Engage in a lively conversation around interesting primary sources.
  • What do you think really happened? What is the evidence?

Please join us on October 28th by registering at: http://www.smithsonianconference.org/conspiracy/

I’ll be there to talk about the denials of the Moon landings. It should be fun, but also a good learning experience.

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One Response to Conspiracy Theories in Aerospace History: A Lesson in Critical Thinking for the Internet Age

  1. JOHN WILDES says:

    WITH REGARD TO THE MOON LANDING CONSIPRACY NUTS, ITS BEEN ARGUED THAT THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE COULD BE TRAINED ON THE MOON TO GET CLEARER PICS OF THE SITES,AND THAT THE LRO HASNT PROVED TO BE CLEAR ENOUGH TO SHOW THE ACTUAL PLACES WE LANDED CAN THIS BE ADDRESSED….

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