Whether it's government cover-ups of UFOs or faking of the moon landing, the royal family being reptiles or the New World Order, conspiracy theories have long fascinated the public.
Do conspiracy theories just fulfil the human need to understand the world in terms of higher powers? Or is there some objective truth in the myriad conspiracy theories that fill the internet?
Seriously Suspicious is a packed one-day conference on all aspects of conspiracy theories. Bringing together speakers who are sceptics and believers, academics and lay researchers to try to shed some light on this most interesting of phenomena.
Subjects tackled in this not-to-be-missed day include:
- What are the psychological processes behind belief in conspiracy theories?
- What conspiracy theories have turned out to be true?
- Did the government imprison mediums who were spreading war secrets?
- Is there any such thing as Satanic Ritual Abuse?
- A look at some of the most famous conspiracy theories like UFOs, pyramids, psychic phenomena, religious apparitions and ancient prophecies in the search for a common thread between them
Seriously Suspicious has a definite paranormal theme as it follows in the footsteps of paranormal conferences like Seriously Strange, Seriously Unidentified (UFOs), Seriously Spooked (ghosts), Seriously Staked (vampires), Seriously Enchanted (faeries) and Seriously Possessed (demons).
The day is co-run between ASSAP (Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena), an education charity established in 1981, and the Anomalous Phenomena Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London.
In the spirit of openness we should say that ASSAP has been accused of being a front for M16, trying to collect email addresses of conspiracy theorists. We categorically deny this claim. But then we would, wouldn't we.
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