Show Notes: Episode 2

Fact or Fiction:
Conspiracy Theories, Paranoia and the Pandemic

Elvis is still alive, the earth is flat and 9/11 was an inside job...

There is never a dull moment in the world of conspiracy theories, as the team at Guerilla Science discover this month in the latest episode of their ‘sci-curious’ podcast – but is it all harmless fun, or do they pose a very real danger to public health?

Find out what the experts think – and where the world of conspiracy theories could take us next – in the latest episode of Guerilla Science Presents...

In Episode 2: Fact or Fiction: Conspiracy Theories, Paranoia and the Pandemic, hosts Rebecca Ellis and Rachel Williams speak to some pioneering scientists in the world of conspiracy theories to determine if conspiracy theories are doing more damage than we realise.

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  • Research: Humanising Machine Intelligence project at the Australian National University
  • Book: Conspiracy Theories: A Primer, Joseph Usinscki
  • BookAmerican Conspiracy Theories, Joseph Usinscki
  • BookThe Death of the Gods, Carl Miller
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The current global health pandemic Covid-19 has created the perfect storm for conspiracy theories to flourish - from 5G causing the virus to ‘Plandemic’ speculation – and studies suggesting that more than 60% of people in the UK believe in at least one conspiracy theory.

But are these ‘creative truths’ just carrying on oral traditions of storytelling and spinning a good yarn? Is it human nature to mistrust and question, and essential to our evolution? 

Or are conspiracy theories potentially highly dangerous, contaminating both reasonable debate and trust in evidence-based science, and moving some people towards fascism and violence?

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