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Lay down the tin foil hat

 
#1 Lay down the tin foil hat
09/11/2010 13:07

Bob

Just saw the phrase "lay down the tin foil hat" used by a McKinsey:ite in another thread.

Can anyone enlighten me as to what on earth this means as I haven't run into this particular idiom in the past?

Is it a McKinsey:ism, consulting speak or in general use?

And what is the etymology / origin?

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#2 RE: Lay down the tin foil hat
09/11/2010 13:09

Dave to Bob (#1)

A tin foil hat is a piece of headgear made from one or more sheets of aluminum foil or similar material. Alternatively it may be a conventional hat lined with foil. One may wear the hat in the belief that it acts to shield the brain from such influences as electromagnetic fields, or against mind control and/or mind reading; or attempt to limit the transmission of voices directly into the brain.

The concept of wearing a tin foil hat for protection from such threats has become a popular stereotype and term of derision; the phrase serves as a byword for paranoia and persecutory delusions, and is associated with conspiracy theorists.

The concept was mentioned in a science fiction story by Julian Huxley, "The Tissue-Culture King," first published in 1927, in which the protagonist discovers that "caps of metal foil" can be used to block the effects of telepathy.

Since then, the usage of the term has been associated with paranoia and conspiracy theories. The supposed reasons for their use include the prevention of perceived harassment from governments, spies or paranormal beings. These draw on the stereotypical images of mind control operating by ESP or technological means, like microwave radiation. The effectiveness of tin foil hats is disputable; however, the belief in their necessity is popularly associated with paranoia.

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#3 RE: Lay down the tin foil hat
09/11/2010 13:38

Shoe Polisher to Dave (#2)

Dave,

Now THAT'S insight. Reference earlier thread re:expensive training etc...

I suggest a fee of £5,000 for your time and IP. (Of course there will be a SLIGHT levy for my own expenses..)

Now then, ROLL UP ROLL UP, TIN FOIL HATS FOR SALE....

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#4 RE: Lay down the tin foil hat
09/11/2010 14:08

rc to Shoe Polisher (#3)

also about to be issued to the Army as part of the cost saving initiative..

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#5 RE: Lay down the tin foil hat
09/11/2010 15:56

anon to rc (#4)

...will not be a risk to the army as they will all be safe inside their balsa wood tanks

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#6 RE: Lay down the tin foil hat
10/11/2010 15:35

duh to anon (#5)

insight = wikipedia, highlight and a right click?

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