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Escaping the rabbit hole : how to debunk conspiracy theories using facts, logic, and respect

Author: Mick West
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Earth is flat, the World Trade Center collapse was a controlled demolition, planes are spraying poison to control the weather, and actors faked the Sandy Hook massacre. All these claims are bunk: falsehoods, mistakes, and in some cases, outright lies. But many people passionately believe one or more of these conspiracy theories. They consume countless books and videos, join like-minded online communities, try to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
West, Mick.
Escaping the Rabbit Hole : How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect.
La Vergne : Skyhorse Publishing, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mick West
ISBN: 9781510735811 151073581X
OCLC Number: 1054053380
Description: 1 online resource (211 pages)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prologue: Willie --
Rabbit Hole Escapee; Introduction; Overview; Part One; Chapter 1: The "Conspiracy Theory" Conspiracy Theory; Chapter 2: Conspiracy Spectrums; Chapter 3: The Shill Card; Chapter 4: The Rabbit Hole: How and Why; Chapter 5: Core Debunking Techniques; Chapter 6: Steve --
A Journey through the Rabbit Hole; Part Two; Chapter 7: Chemtrails; Chapter 8: Stephanie --
A Former Chemtrailer; Chapter 9: 9/11 Controlled Demolitions; Chapter 10: Karl --
Temporary Truther; Chapter 11: False Flags Chapter 12: Richard --
Drawing the Line at Sandy HookChapter 13: Flat Earth; Chapter 14: Bob --
Escape from Flat Earth; Part Three; Chapter 15: Complications in Debunking; Chapter 16: The Future of Bunk and Debunking; Conclusion; Glossary; Endnotes; Index
Other Titles: How to debunk conspiracy theories using facts, logic, and respect
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The Earth is flat, the World Trade Center collapse was a controlled demolition, planes are spraying poison to control the weather, and actors faked the Sandy Hook massacre. All these claims are bunk: falsehoods, mistakes, and in some cases, outright lies. But many people passionately believe one or more of these conspiracy theories. They consume countless books and videos, join like-minded online communities, try to convert those around them, and even, on occasion, alienate their own friends and family. Why is this, and how can you help people, especially those closest to you, break free from the downward spiral of conspiracy thinking' 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, 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. With sections on: -the wide spectrum of conspiracy theories -avoiding the "shill" label -psychological factors and other complications -(and concluding with) a look at the future of debunkingMick West has put forth a conclusive, well-researched, practical reference on why people fall down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole and how you can help them escape.

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