David Aaronovitch to tackle conspiracy theories at December's Edinburgh Skeptics session

The journalist is the author of Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History

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David Aaronovitch to tackle conspiracy theories at December's Edinburgh Skeptics session

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We all love a juicy conspiracy theory. There have been many books, DVDs, TV programmes, films and websites dedicated to poring over the minutest technical details in order to try and debunk the official story on everything from 9/11 to 7/7, Wacko Jacko to Waco and JFK to AIDS. The fact is, of course, that all kinds of governments have been caught out and proven to be liars and bandits when they denied otherwise (Watergate remains the touchstone). But if conspiracy theorists are to be believed, just about every single thing we are told from anyone in authority is a brazen fib protected by a convoluted cover-up. Journalist and broadcaster David Aaronovitch was so sick of such ill-informed scaremongering that he wrote Voodoo Histories which wondered why relatively sane people would be caught up in the myriad webs of conspiracy theories. Aaronovitch will be holding court in this event arranged by Edinburgh Skeptics who promote ‘science, reason and critical thinking’.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, Thu 20 Dec.

Skeptics in the Pub: David Aaronovitch – Voodoo Histories Updated: New Conspiracy Theories

Hear from journalist David Aaronovitch about why otherwise rational people often get carried away by conspiracy theories.

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