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Professor Joe Uscinski, University of Miami

When?
Tuesday, July 5 2022 at 7:30PM

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Where?

161 Greenwich High Road
Greenwich
London
SE10 8JA

Who?
Professor Joe Uscinski, University of Miami

What's the talk about?

Conspiracy theories have a become a topic of much concern in recent years, largely due to “Brexit,” the election of Donald Trump, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Given their potential involvement in dangerous actions including political violence, it is imperative that we understand why people believe conspiracy theories, if these beliefs are increasing, and what their dangers are. Numerous claims have been made about conspiracy theories and their dangers, but what do we know about these things we call “conspiracy theories”? Are beliefs in them really increasing? Are conspiracy theories driving deleterious political and medical behaviors? Are we living in a “Post-truth” era? Who is to blame for our current state of affairs and what should we do about it? Employing numerous national surveys from the U.S., U.K., and Europe, Professor Uscinski will show that many of the popular claims about conspiracy theories have little basis in the empirical evidence.