Liminal PodQuest #3: Nerd Immunity - Collective Wisdom and Conspiracy Theories
New Liminal PodQuest webisode released on 5 November 2020 21h CET
Driven by the intention to stay in touch with the Boom Community and encourage critical thinking, we launched a series of cultural initiatives during the pandemic. With the Boom Toolkit for Covid-19 and Liminal PodQuests we're bringing you interactive, collective, reflective, psychoactive perspectives to help us all to become friends with uncertainty.
After the summer break, Liminal PodQuests are back with a new webisode on a oh-my-god-how-do-we-even-start-to-talk-about-this topic:
NERD IMMUNITY: COLLECTIVE WISDOM AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES
Only eight months into the Covid-19 pandemic and we can see how one of the distinctive features of these unprecedented times is the spreading of conspiratorial narratives concerning the origins and “purpose” of the virus.
In the murky covidian waters that we are all swimming in, we can observe how a healthy and necessary criticism towards authoritarian measures, often imposed by governments during crises, has been contaminated with a flood of contagiously confusing narratives, leading to a pandemic of viral misinformation or “infodemic”.
In this episode we will be joined by Erik & Erica (and this is NOT a coincidence!) to inspire us to build a solid “Nerd Immunity” and be able to see “what is what” and “who is who”... or to just finally be content with not having a clue about what’s going on.
Together we will explore: What is the history of conspiracies? What’s the difference between a “Conspiracy of Kings” and a “Conspiracy of the Peoples” and what’s the real history of the Illuminati? But also how did the counterculture relate to conspiracies in the 60s and 70s? And how can we mend the rift between believers and non-believers today?
Erik Davis is an American journalist, critic, and podcaster whose writings span from rock criticism to cultural analysis to creative explorations of esoteric mysticism. Among other publications, he is the author of “High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies”.
Erica Lagalisse is an anthropologist, writer, and a postdoctoral fellow at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of “Occult Features of Anarchism: With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples”.
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