1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm writing a book. It's called Escaping the Rabbit Hole - How people get sucked into conspiracy theories, and how to help them out. The deal with my publisher was just announced today on PublishersMarketplace.com.

    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.
     
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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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