Conspiracy: A History of Boll*cks Theories, and How Not to Fall for Them
‘Witty, entertaining and slightly distressing… You should probably read it’ –Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
Tom Phillips (Humans; Truth) and Jonn Elledge (The Compendium of Not Quite Everything) team up to debunk the greatest conspiracy theories humans have ever espoused – to teach us how not to fall for them
From the Satanic Panic to the anti-vaxx movement, it’s always been human nature to believe we’re being lied to by the powers that be (and sometimes, to be fair, we absolutely are).
But while it can be fun to indulge in a bit of Deep State banter on the family Whatsapp group, recent times have shown us that some of these theories have taken on a life of their own – and in our dogged quest for the truth, it appears we might actually be doing it some damage.
In Conspiracy, Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge take us on a fascinating, insightful and often hilarious journey through conspiracy theories old and new, to try and answer an important question: how can we learn to log off the QAnon message boards, and start trusting hard evidence again?
Duffy’s Thoughts on Conspiracy
If you like satirical humour with a bit of bite, then Conspiracy is for you. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments within the pages and even in the footnotes.
Conspiracy talks through the big ones (QAnon and COVID-19) and the smaller ones and demonstrates that this isn’t a new thing that we, as humans have recently cottoned on to. Conspiracy shares that we’ve been doing it for thousands of years, we just can’t help ourselves.
Conspiracy is a sassy b*tch of a book but it will also get you thinking, I really enjoyed it and would definitely explore other books by Tom Phillips and John Elledge.
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