Post-truth politics: Demystifying conspiracy theories

Why do conspiracies theories emerge and why is it so difficult to abandon them?

Members event, Panel
26 April 2021 — 5:00PM TO 6:00PM

Conspiracy theories are political currency. They are used by governments, special interests and fringe groups to foment distrust in institutions, push agendas and rewrite history. They can leave people to believe that an election has been stolen, a vaccine will cause autism or that global warming is fiction. What do we know about how they work and what have we learned about how to diffuse their power?

This event examines conspiracy theories from the perspective of climate change, democracies and global health:

  • What conspiracy theories have had the most traction and why.

  • What we can learn about conspiracy theories that have lost steam.

  • What are the knock-on effects even if a conspiracy is not fully believed.

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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