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Tin Foil Confessions: Escaping The Cult Of Conspiracy

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From Conspiracist to Ex-Conspiracist: Brent Lee’s Journey Out of the Rabbit Hole

• Brent Lee, a former conspiracist who was deeply entrenched in the world of conspiracy theories from 2003 to 2018, shares his personal journey of transformation and the factors that led him to question and ultimately reject his previous beliefs.

• Lee’s initial exposure to conspiracy theories began in 2003 when he stumbled upon a file-sharing application called DC++ and discovered a folder of videos related to the Illuminati and Freemasons.

• He became engrossed in the works of prominent conspiracy theorists such as Jordan Maxwell, William Cooper, David Icke, and Alex Jones, consuming their books, videos, and radio appearances obsessively.

• Lee actively engaged with other conspiracy theorists on online forums, contributing to the development of alternative narratives for events like the 7/7 London bombings and decoding hidden symbols in high-profile events.

• However, doubts began to arise when he encountered increasingly outlandish theories, such as the Sandy Hook massacre being a hoax, Justin Bieber and Eminem being Illuminati clones, and the rise of flat earth proponents.

• As his interests in politics, religion, society, and culture expanded, Lee found himself increasingly at odds with the grand conspiracy narrative and the logistics of how it could function in the real world.

• Significant global events, such as the rise of QAnon, the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, and the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, further challenged his belief in a predetermined new world order.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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