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Not all conspiracy is willful and deliberately planned. All too often, it would seem, a first germ is picked up, coddled and embellished by new hands, because it fits with their prejudice or wishful thinking, and so fortuitous conspiracy is midwifed by unwitting subsequent conspirators. Thus many strange and persistent mass delusions could be explained, from the furthering by all of the Piltdown Man hoax to the great Flying Saucer myth.

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