James H. Fetzer



James Henry Fetzer (born December 6, 1940 in Pasadena, California) is an American philosopher and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is also known for his advocacy of conspiracy theories.

James H. Fetzer was born in Pasadena, California in 1940 and attended South Pasadena High School where he received The Carver Award for leadership. After completing high school, he went on to study philosophy at Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude in 1962. After four years as a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps, he resigned his commission as a Captain to begin graduate work at Indiana University. In 1970 he completed his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science.

Fetzer taught at various schools including the University of Kentucky, the University of Virginia (twice) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before he received tenure at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he taught from 1987 until his retirement in June 2006.

Fetzer has published more than 100 articles and 20 books on philosophy of science, computer science, artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He also founded the international journal, Minds and Machines, which he edited for eleven years, and the professional library, Studies in Cognitive Systems, which includes thirty volumes.

Fetzer holds several views of recent American history. He has written about the John F. Kennedy assassination and has been interviewed on his theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks by radio hosts such as Laura Ingraham, Jerry Springer, Donny Deutch and several hosts on Air America, among others.

Fetzer's worldview is that of a constant right-wing threat to the country (notably, none of his alternate theories to historical events involve manipulation or misdeeds by progressive or radical leftist groups: Fetzer's research assumes these groups are always the victim of extraordinary, almost needlessly-elaborate conservative chicanery.

Some have questioned his apparent endorsement of a military coup to overthrow the Bush administration, members of which he believes have betrayed the country and violated their oaths of office.

Fetzer maintains that John F. Kennedy was assassinated as the result of a planned and precisely executed conspiracy, which included altering the autopsy X-rays, substituting another brain, and recreating the Zapruder film using sophisticated techniques of optical printing and special effects. He has edited three collections of studies on the assassination, chaired or co-chaired four conferences on the subject, and made numerous talk show appearances on the topic.

Fetzer supports the assertion that the U.S. government orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks for political and economical gain and that World Trade Center One and Two were destroyed using a novel form of controlled demolition from the top down, while World Trade Center Seven was brought down by a conventional controlled demolition from the bottom. Fetzer also believes the hijacking were staged and that calls from passengers to relatives and operaters were phony. Many of Fetzer's claims are spurious, unsubstantiated speculations.

On June 22 2006, Fetzer was a guest on Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes where he discussed his stance on several 9/11 conspiracy theories. Later that month, he appeared at the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Symposium in Los Angeles, California.

In July 2006, Fetzer discussed Bill O'Reilly's remark that, if Kevin Barrett had been at his alma mater, Boston University, "this guy'd be in the Charles River floating down, you know, toward the harbor", stating, "When public threats can be made to a citizen's life for expressing his opinions on a controversial topic and neither the government nor the media respond, that is a sure sign we are living in a fascist state." Further that month, Fetzer detailed his research and theories during the Midwest Social Forum held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a joint presentation with Kevin Barrett, also a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

On September 8, 2006, Fetzer appeared on the Ken Schram/John Carlson program on 570KVI in Seattle. On that program, Fetzer claimed that cell phone calls from Flight 93 passengers appear to have been faked, again displaying no actual scientific evidence to support his hypothesis.

Fetzer is co-founder and co-chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, "a non-partisan association of faculty, students, and scholars dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11".

Fetzer has co-authored a book in which the authors argue that Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone's death in a airplane crash was not accidental but resulted from a small-scale conspiracy to ensure Republican control of the Senate.

Philosophy of Science:

* The Evolution of Intelligence: Are Humans the Only Animals with Minds?
* Scientific Knowledge: Causation, Explanation, and Corroboration
* Computers and Cognition: Why Minds are Not Machines
* Artificial Intelligence: Its Scope and Limits

Conspiracy Research:

* Assassination Science
* Murder in Dealey Plaza
* The Great Zapruder Film Hoax
* American AssassinationPermission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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