: Cracking the Thucydides Code :
an excerpt by Michael Jackson
There are those who suppose that there is secret knowledge. The conspiracy theorists, the Rosicrucians, UFOlogists, Scientologists, the esoteric knowledge adherents are all examples. Who can forget Mel Gibson as the bug-eyed conspiracy theorist in “Conspiracy Theory!” And at a remove there are also the many thousands who have devoured Dan Brown’s "The Da Vinci Code," and its many precursors and imitators. In the 1990s Fox television aired the “X-Files,” which was based on the same premise: that the real explanation for unexplained phenomenon was known and secreted away. Like the very arguments that these believers condemn as cover-ups, their own assumption is exactly wrong. The truth is that the explanation for most things is before our eyes but we see it not. The truth is not out there, hidden, it is right before our eyes most of the time. The secret is that there is no secret.