This weekend I decided to sit down and watch David Icke's talk 'Freedom or Fascism' which he gave, last year, to 2000 people at the Brixton Academy, for over 7 hours! Phew! The above clip is from a Channel 5 documentary on David Icke (and it mentions the Brixton talk).
So what was this talk about? On the most basic level David Icke attempted to answer the greatest question of them all: what is the point to life? He has rejected conventional wisdom and has rehashed together a variety of conspiracy theories, new-age philosophies, quack-, and down right lies, into a philosophy of inter-dimensional slavery and a belief in the infinite power of love. He believes 'The Matrix' is reality. He believes in life after death. And he believes we are all, one conscious being.
Let me take one example which he uses a few times in his talk. The 100th Monkey phenomenon is the idea that once a certain number of a species understands something, that a critical mass is reached and other members of the species pick up the knowledge, through some kind of mental emission or telepathy. From Skepdic:
Thus, I repeat: Watson created the hundredth monkey phenomenon. Amundson refers to Watson's "myth-making" rather than his confabulation. Watson's response to Amundson's critique was published in the Fall 1986 issue of Whole Earth Review. Watson wrote: "I accept Amundson's analysis of the origin and evolution of the Hundredth Monkey without reservation. It is a metaphor of my own making, based—as he rightly suggests—on very slim evidence and a great deal of hearsay. I have never pretended otherwise. . . ." Watson has apparently made no effort to contact the researchers to inquire about the hearsay he claims he heard. In any case, Watson did not put forth the idea as a metaphor; he put it forth as a fact for which there was some unspecified hearsay evidence.
And so it is with most of the evidence the David provides. He refers often to joining up the dots. But for those that missed my own dots post, just because something can be joined up in a 'meaningful' way, does not mean that there is an underlying reality to those connections. As it goes, I have some sympathy for David. He has lived on the fringes of society for many years and despite the increased interest in the paranormal, he remained on the fringes until 9/11. Who was in the audience? From the start the laughter and cheering identified where Icke's main support is drawn from. There were anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-Blair sentiments. There were 'The Matrix' fans. And there were the disenfranchised. Preaching to people about how Bush is the devil or the matrix is real is not difficult, when the people come already believing those things.
I'm not going to give David Icke any more thought than that. He had 7 hours or so in which to convince me and I discovered a man, overcome by various strands of evidence, that he has constructed into a narrative for his life. Unfortunately asking for meaning in the universe is a non-question. It is like asking the meaning of a rock. A rock has no meaning, it just exists. Our purpose has no meaning and we like the rock, just exist. The universe no more exists for the rock than it exists for us. David concluded that love is the only truth and everything else is an illusion. Unfortunately David, you're wrong. The Matrix isn't real. There is no god and everything is pointless. That is the simple truth of existence.Go Top