(Original air date : Mar 8, 2012)
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?
What’s really at the root of society’s skepticism of the “official story?”
Set against the global socio-political landscape, Conspiracy Rising focuses on the most iconic and popular conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK, Princess Di’s untimely death, Roswell and 9/11.
Featuring the outspoken US publisher of Skeptic Magazine, Dr. Michael Shermer, and his “Baloney Detection Kit” and British psychologist, Patrick Leman’s research on the social needs related to conspiracy theorists’ beliefs, Conspiracy Rising takes a hard, penetrating look at the psycho-social and philosophical roots of conspiracy theories, examining who tends to believe in them and why. Most importantly, it makes us more aware of the need to be skeptical when considering both sides of any story.