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EPISODE # 303

Michael Shermer — Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational

Michael Shermer discusses his new book Conspiracy, out October 25, 2022. In Conspiracy Shermer:

  • reviews and integrates evolutionary, psychological, social, cultural, political, and economic conditions that fuel conspiracy theories
  • presents his own original three-tiered theoretical model of Proxy Conspiracism, Tribal Conspiracism, and Constructive Conspiracism
  • classifies and systematizes conspiracy theories in order to tease apart their different causes (incl. JFK’s assassination, the 9/11 Truth movement, Pizzagate, QAnon, the Big Lie, Project MKULTRA, Operation Paperclip, and the perennial conspiracy theories surrounding UFOs)
  • offers his Conspiracy Detection Kit on how to tell if a conspiracy theory is true, false, or undecidable
  • and suggests how to talk to a conspiracy theorist.
Praise for Michael Shermer's new book Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational

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This episode was released on October 25, 2022.

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