1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Escaping the Rabbit Hole 512.

    I'm writing a book. It's called Escaping the Rabbit Hole.

    It's largely based on the work done here at Metabunk, including this Rabbit Hole sub-forum . I focus on clear communication, identifying ways in which attempted communication can backfire, and starting any discussion on as firm a foundation of mutual understanding and respect as possible. This is all set in a description of the full spectrum of conspiracy theories, from false flags to flat earth.

    Based on feedback I've got over the last few months, I'm also going to look at real conspiracies - and how the boundary between real and false conspiracy theories is always a blurry one.

    I'm also still writing it. I've talked to a lot of people already, but if anyone has a story, advice, or useful links to share then please let me know.
    Last edited: May 7, 2018
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  2. McGurnicle

    McGurnicle Member

    Congrats on the book deal! You've really done a good thing with metabunk and a book will further the work you've started here. You've made a meaningful contribution to an important dialectic and that's no small thing.
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  3. Maxim

    Maxim New Member

    Mick, I'm thrilled to hear about your upcoming book. If you are interested in more firsthand stories, I would be happy to share some and/or answer any questions, as a 30-something who within the last year has dug himself out (with help from friends and strangers) of quite a few rabbit holes, some discovered during college, some inherited from parents, some never previously questioned and some which I'd been in and out of over the years -- including chemtrails (with the recent help of ContrailScience.com), alternative medicine, organic/anti-GMO food, chemophobia, vaccine denialism, and 9/11.

    I especially appreciate your statement that there's a blurry line between real and false conspiracy theories -- too few debunkers, in my opinion, acknowledge this -- and I personally remain suspicious (though agnostic) of a few I haven't studied closely, including electronic vote hacking, TWA 800, CIA-drug trafficking/alliances, and the 1960s assassinations (JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm X). These are often treated as dismissively as 9/11 and chemtrails, but I suspect at least some of these deserve better. And there are others which I'm rather certain are well-documented and not directly disputed, but are too often ignored. (For each of these categories, I can recommend specific books, articles, or websites if you're interested.) Of course this eventually bleeds into normal corruption in politics, business, and the media.
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  4. Jay Reynolds

    Jay Reynolds Senior Member

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  5. toutdoubt

    toutdoubt New Member

    Hi Mick new member here, just pre-ordered your book on Amazon, can't wait till Sept. to read it! Thank you for writing it!!
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  6. Daz

    Daz New Member

    Hi Mick, just found out about your book and I'm looking forward to it.
    Your unwavering patience with people, even when throwing lies and abuse at you is admirable.

    I see a audio CD version is listed. Do you know if it will it be available for download?
    I much prefer an audio book to listen to.
  7. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, there will be a downloadable audio. I think it's just not showing up right in Amazon etc. yet.