As I try to fulfill Stephen’s request for a “brief” summary of conspiracy theories, I realize it isn’t possible. I’m going to work on a longer document that I’ll post elsewhereon the site. In particular, I plan to focus on those theories that have always had serious holes, and where the existence of Immortals has the potential to fill those holes.
For example, the problem with every “secret society” theory has been that it’s hard to imagine rich and powerful men (and women) dressing in cowls and exchanging secret handshakes. And yet, such societies seem to have been observed — and far beyond the sophomoric world of Skull and Bones. I postulate, now, that these are Immortals who wear cowls to hide their faces, and the handshakes are recognition signals. As I note elsewhere, Immortals might also explain the coherent existance of secret societies over generations, something about which a realist analyst might logically feel skeptical.
Currently, it appears to me that the existance of Immortals fill in significant gaps in the following conspiracy concerns:
(1) The Kennedy and Lincoln Assasinations
(2) The Twin Towers
(3) The origins of WW I, and, by extension, WWII
(4) The extra powers of the Federal Reserve
(5) The persistent Illuminati tales
(6) The Bohemian Grove Cremation of Care Ceremony (explicitly combines Enlightenment ideas with Rosicrucian/Theosophical/Crowley traditions)
In addition, the actual existence of Immortals casts significant light on numerous recurring myths, such as (in particular) vampires. One might even guess that the current increased interest in vampires comes from the growing visibility of Immortals. On this last note, I would recommend Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith, a surprisingly nuanced work. It is interesting on its own merits as an exploration of the character of perhaps our greatest President. In addition, it casts light, if only allegorically, on how Immortals might influence human affairs. (However, real Immortals, unlike vampires, have neither supernatural qualities nor superhuman strength.) — Glenn