Guerilla Science Presents...

Guerilla Science Presents... is our new ‘Sci-Curious’ podcast that launched in October. We take you on a deep dive through the spectrum of human experience and examine opposing views from cross-disciplinary experts and front line thinkers to find answers in the modern world.

We put scientists, researchers, contemporary thinkers, and creative minds on opposite sides of the mic every month to share their views and opinions on divisive topics of debate. Each episode tackles one polarising subject and brings together experts from the field to navigate differing opinions using science as their compass.

Hosts Rebecca Ellis and Rachel Williams  help listeners sidestep factual whiplash on the information highway and get a fresh perspective of what we all think we know about life, the universe and everything in between.

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Episode 2: Fact or Fiction:
Conspiracy Theories, Paranoia and the Pandemic

In this latest episode hosts Rebecca and Rachel dive into the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories to determine if they are doing more damage than we realise.

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.

Why are some people more likely to believe in conspiracy theories than others? What personality traits, predispositions and other factors are at play? 

We speak to Daniel Jolley, Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology based at Northumbria University about the social and emotional factors that play a part in conspiratorial thinking. 

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Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, Joseph Uscinski, has been studying conspiracy theories and the people who believe them for the last decade, and found that it’s much less of a fringe phenomenon than you might think...

The team speaks to Research Director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, Carl Miller, about the internet’s role in how we socially and politically mobilise, while Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University Colin Klein talks ‘Reddit Drama’ and the ‘meme-ification’ of conspiracy theories.

And what can be done to address misinformation as well as the growing mistrust in the scientific community itself?  Viren Swami, Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University and Perdana University in Malaysia, discusses nudge theory, counter narratives, critical thinking and what the scientific community needs to do to try and quell conspiracy theories.