Escaping the rabbit hole : how to debunk conspiracy theories using facts, logic, and respect / Mick West.
- ISBN: 9781510755772
- ISBN: 1510755772
- ISBN: 9781510735804
- ISBN: 1510735801
- Physical Description: xxiv, 278 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Edition: First paperback edition.
- Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2020.
- Copyright: ©2018
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-273) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
The "Conspiracy theory" conspiracy theory -- Conspiracy spectrums -- The shill card -- The rabbit hole: how and why -- Core debunking techniques -- Steve -- a journey through the rabbit hole -- Chemtrails -- Stephanie -- a former chemtrailer -- 9/11 controlled demolitions -- Karl -- temporary truther -- False flags -- Richard -- Drawing the line at Sandy Hook -- Flat Earth -- Bob -- escape from Flat Earth.
In Escaping the Rabbit Hole, author Mick West shares over a decade's worth of knowledge and experience investigating and debunking false conspiracy theories through his forum, MetaBunk.org, and sets forth a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the most successful approaches to helping individuals escape a rabbit hole aren't comprised of simply explaining why they are wrong; rather, West's tried-and-tested approach emphasizes clear communication based on mutual respect, honesty, openness, and patience. West puts his debunking techniques and best practices to the test with four of the most popular false conspiracy theories today (Chemtrails, 9/11 Controlled Demolition, False Flags, and Flat Earth) - providing road maps to help you to understand your friend and help them escape the rabbit hole. These are accompanied by real-life case studies of individuals who, with help, were able to break free from conspiracism.
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