21: COVID conspiracy theories

In this episode Suzi is joined by junior doctor and comedian Matthew Hutchinson to talk about conspiracy theories around covid, and healthcare more generally. Matt provides great insight in to why people might hold these conspiracy theories, and also offers advice on when and how to challenge them, and when it’s better not to engage.

Here are some links:

I love this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – offers some research and some great advice at the end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b_eHBZLM6U

Here’s a brief summary of common conspiracy theory belief structure – https://www.lse.ac.uk/PBS/Research/Research-archive/The-conspiratorial-worldview

Article on speaking to conspiracy theorists – https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/07/15/1004950/how-to-talk-to-conspiracy-theorists-and-still-be-kind/