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  • Escaping the Rabbit Hole

  • How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect
  • Written by: Mick West
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Escaping the Rabbit Hole

Written by: Mick West
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
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Publisher's Summary

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, MetaBunk.org, and sets forth a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are. 

Perhaps counterintuitively, 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 debunking

Mick 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.

©2018 Mick West (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Super repetitive

didn't think you could write such a dull book on such an interesting topic. one third of the material covered is actually interesting and insightful. the rest of the book is all repeated and re worded points. the useful material from this 11 hour book could fit in 1 hour. a lot of "de bunking" points are super lame and disputable. too bad.

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Avoid this, even if it's free.

There's nothing new to learn here.
It's disappointing from the first sentence. Do not waste your time on this.

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practical guide for debunking

an excellent guide on how to use gentle persuasive techniques and nudge friends and family who have come down the rabbit hole into a more rational understanding of reality

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