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A Freethinker's List to Conspiracy Theories

The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn’t exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our national identity. When such tales takes hold, they reflect the anxieties and experiences of the people who believe them, even if they say nothing true about the objects of the theories themselves. Here is a list of books that explain the psychology, history, and consequences of conspiracy theories.

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Secrets, Plots, and Hidden Agendas

What You Don’t Know about Conspiracy Theories

By Paul T. Coughlin
Narrated by: Paul T. Coughlin
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Were the government actions at Ruby Ridge and Waco “planned executions?” Has the national debt been deliberately increased to give international bankers control over the country? Is there a secret organization of top political, economic, military, and religious leaders whose goal is to control the entire planet?

The people who answer “yes” to... Read more »

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Suspicious Minds

Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

By Rob Brotherton
Narrated by: Charles Constant
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes

Conspiracy theorists do not wear tin-foil hats (for the most part). They are not just a few kooks lurking on the paranoid fringes of society with bizarre ideas about shape-shifting reptilian aliens running society in secret. They walk among us. They are us. Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Yet conspiracy theories are not a recent invention. And... Read more »

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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

By Dr. Steven Novella, Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella & Evan Bernstein
Narrated by: Dr. Steven Novella
Length: 15 hours 54 minutes

An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction."

It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with... Read more »

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Escaping the Rabbit Hole

How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect

By Mick West
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 11 hours 16 minutes

The Earth is flat, the World Trade Center collapse was a controlled demolition, planes are spraying poison to control the weather, and actors faked the Sandy Hook massacre ...

All these claims are bunk: falsehoods, mistakes, and in some cases, outright lies. But many people passionately believe one or more of these conspiracy theories. They... Read more »

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Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies

By Christopher Hodapp & Alice Von Kannon
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
Length: 18 hours 1 minutes

Entering the world of conspiracy theories and secret societies is like stepping into a distant, parallel universe where the laws of physics have completely changed: black means white, up is down, and if you want to understand what's really going on, you need a good reference book. That's where Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For... Read more »

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Red Pill, Blue Pill

How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us

By David Neiwert
Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Conspiracy theories are killing us. Once confined to the fringes of society, this worldview now has adherents numbering in the millions—extending right into the White House. This disturbing look at this alt-right threat to our democratic institutions offers guidance for counteracting the personal toll this destructive mindset can have on... Read more »

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Conspiracy Theories

Bizarre Secrets and Suspicious Cover-Ups in History

By Wesley Jones
Narrated by: Rick Paradis
Length: 1 hours 15 minutes

Crazy conspiracies you may have never heard before 

You’ve probably heard of the Illuminati, of the Denver Airport, or Area 51, but there are a lot more conspiracy theories out there. Some simply remained theories, and others turned out to be real. After all, not everybody makes things up from scratch, do they? Most theories are based on a... Read more »

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The Irrational Ape

Why Flawed Logic Puts us all at Risk and How Critical Thinking Can Save the World

By David Robert Grimes
Narrated by: David Robert Grimes
Length: 14 hours 4 minutes

'An unstoppable page-turner. If our leaders were forced to read this book, the world would be a safer place' Richard Dawkins

'A beautifully reasoned book about our own unreasonableness' Robin Ince

Why did revolutionary China consider the sparrow an 'animal of capitalism' - and what happened when they tried to... Read more »

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Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies

By Martin Cohen
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

Turbocharge your reasoning with Critical Thinking Just what are the ingredients of a great argument? What is the secret to communicating your ideas clearly and persuasively? And how do you see through sloppy thinking and flim-flam? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, then this book is for you! These days, strong critical thinking... Read more »

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Real Enemies

Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11

By Kathryn S. Olmsted
Narrated by: Marie Hoffman
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

Many Americans believe that their own government is guilty of shocking crimes. Government agents shot the president. They faked the moon landing. They stood by and allowed the murders of 2,400 servicemen in Hawaii. Although paranoia has been a feature of the American scene since the birth of the Republic, in Real Enemies Kathryn Olmsted shows... Read more »

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