• Digital Reactionaries (Mary Winspear Centre)

This is a four part series that explores various aspects of extremism in online spaces. Topics will include conspiratorial thinking, the Qanon conspiracy, the role of social networks in promoting these beliefs, and the importance of critical thinking to push back against these conspiracies. 

Each of the sessions in this series builds upon the others, but each class is also a distinct stand-alone topic, so you may register for a single session or the entire series.

Note: The courses listed on this page take place at the Mary Winspear Centre. This series is also offered in an online delivery format: view online Digital Reactionaries series

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Conspiratorial Thinking in the Age of COVID (Mary Winspear Centre)

Our social media networks have become filled with strange claims: that Bill Gates is micro-chipping us through our COVID vaccines; that 5G cell towers are spreading the virus; that COVID itself is a hoax. How do some of us come to believe such wild claims?
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The Storm Rises: QAnon as Conspiracy and Quasi-religious Movement (Mary Winspear Centre)

What is this movement? What do its followers believe? Why do some of its more lurid elements feel so familiar?
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Social Networks: How Conspiracy Theories Move in Digital Spaces (Mary Winspear Centre)

Today, conspiracy theorists from around the world can come together, share their beliefs, and develop new ones to then be spread through our social media networks. How does this happen? Why do they spread so quickly, and what can be done about it?
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Skepticism and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century (Mary Winspear Centre)

In light of growing anti-intellectualism, we are faced with a daunting prospect: a world where facts matter less than popularity, and where certainty threatens to replace truth.
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