21 Oct 20171:30pm - 2:30pmLG17, Faculty of Law, 10 West Road, Cambridge

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This talk explores what factors – religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories. Hugo Drochon considers what impact that has had on contemporary political events, from Brexit to Trump.

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nation-wide survey conducted with YouGov about belief in conspiracy theories, this talk explores what factors -religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories, and what impact that has had on contemporary political events, from Brexit toTrump. Hugo Drochon is a researcher with the 'Conspiracy and Democracy' research project at CRASSH.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas, booking is required. Bookings open 25 September.  

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