Tales from the Rabbit Hole is an interview-style podcast focusing on people whose lives have been affected by the conspiracy theory rabbit hole. Guests include both former and current believers in a variety of conspiracy theories, as well as debunkers, skeptics, and the investigators of those theories.
I’m Mick West, the host of Tales from the Rabbit Hole, author of Escaping the Rabbit Hole, and creator of Metabunk.org.
I grew up very interested in topics like UFOs and Science Fiction. This developed into a lifelong love of science. After a successful career as a video game programmer I retired to pursue my hobbies. One of the first things I did was take flying lessons. This tied in with my new-found hobby of writing about science and conspiracy theories when I discover the chemtrails conspiracy theory. I started a blog on that (contrailscience.com) and later a more general discussion forum, Metabunk, which covers everything from Vaccines and 9/11 to Flat Earth and reptile shape-shifters.
In 2018, I wrote Escaping the Rabbit Hole – How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories using Facts Logic and Respect. This was a distillation of what I had learned from all my interactions with believers and former believers in conspiracy theories. Stephen Fry liked it.
While researching my book I interviewed many people. These were often fascinating conversations, and I wished I could share them with a wider audience. Something that came up over and over is that people were often polarized, often totally ignoring or ridiculing other viewpoints, and sometimes not even aware those viewpoints existed.
So I decided to start a podcast, to do more of these interviews, and to share them as widely as possible. It’s fascinating stuff, and it might help.