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IDP Speaker Series - Dangerous Conspiracies: Why Some Bad Ideas Produce Violence

Thursday, September 28, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room: 448
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International & Defence Policy Speaker Series with Amarnath Amarasingam.

Conspiracy theories have long been woven into the fabric of society, but not all remain benign chatter in the dark corners of the internet. This talk delves into the dynamics of why certain conspiracy theories escalate into violent ideologies, focusing on findings from a comprehensive survey of the UK population. The presentation will also explore the history of movements like QAnon, their political influence, look at the current state of conspiracy theories like the Great Replacement and Antisemitic ideas. Amarasingam will illuminate the premise that while ideas in isolation seldom pose a threat, an amalgam of factors within an ecosystem of conspiratorial thought can steer individuals towards endorsing, or even advocating, violent action.

Brian Houtman
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