The New Heretics is the most balanced and well-reasoned investigation available into the rise of divisive conspiracy theories and global polarization.
Using his extensive experience of negotiating between cynics and truth seekers, in this challenging and groundbreaking book, The New Heretics, Andy Thomas explores the judgement surrounding conspiracy theories – and the future of free expression.
The new heretics are seen to threaten modern society, spreading doubts and fears that result in Washington Capitol invasions and anti-vax material. Yet they prefer to call themselves “truth seekers” and see the mainstream establishment and its increasingly censorious policies as the real disruptor, endangering human liberty.
In reality, the new heretics, whose numbers are swelling, are symptoms of a wider polarization splitting much of the world in ideological divisions. Nuanced debate in all directions has been crushed by information overload and distrust in politicians and the media, breeding uncertainty, civil unrest and mental health issues.
In a world of 24/7 online exchanges, it is easy to find a side we already agree with and stick to it. The New Heretics challenges all of us to understand conflicting perspectives and conspiracy thinking in new ways to encourage the open flow of discussions once more and help define truth without creating dystopian futures.
The New Heretics covers many subjects, including:
QAnon · the US Capitol invasion · COVID-19 · vaccine controversies · alternative facts · the ‘Great Reset’ · 5G and EMF sensitivity · climate debates · censorship issues · ‘cancel culture’ · 9/11 · paranormal beliefs (UFOs, crop circles, astrology, psi phenomena) … and much more.