The above title will be the explanation from the “9/11 was a government conspiracy” bunch for the latest debunking of their WTC 7 magic bullet:

Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology say their three-year investigation of the collapse determined the demise of WTC 7 was actually the first time in the world a fire caused the total failure of a skyscraper.

To be fair though, it was also the first time in the world that two giant skyscrapers very near the building in question were plowed into by passenger jets, and as such the conclusion of this investigation doesn’t seem very unfeasable to me, but try telling that to the “I want to believe” crowd.

The reason I was always skeptical of the “government conspiracy” thing never really had anything to do with physical science, but with human nature itself.

It boils down to this: How many people would have been required to purposefully pull off such a deceptively evil operation, and how is it possible to keep them all quiet?

When considering the possibility of a 9-11 conspiracy, I apply something I call “The Mrs. Kravitz Paradox.” The crux of “The Mrs. Kravitz Paradox” is this: The odds of more than a couple people successfully keeping a secret decreases exponentially as people are added to the chain, because, inevitably and early, you’ll hit a link that is a complete and utter blabbermouth.

“The Mrs. Kravitz Paradox” is riddled by the conundrum that it finds inherent in inordinately large conspiracy theories: The likelihood that people won’t blow the whistle, on purpose or accidentally, somehow increases as the number of accomplices rises.

“But Doug, it isn’t necessary that a large number of people know the entire plot when there is a conspiracy.”

Sure, but then 9-12 rolls around and there are four dozen guys saying to themselves: “Gee, I wonder if that was why I was told to plant charges in the basement of WTC 7,” and nobody subsequently says a word … ever? To anybody?

Or… maybe somebody was going to blow the whistle and that’s who they just found dead in a parking garage near the White House. Hmm…

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