Havana Syndrome and Mass Hysteria
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Richard welcomes a sociologist specializing in mass hysteria and social panics, rumours, gossip, fads, crazes, manias, moral panics, stampedes, urban legends, community threat panics, riots, ‘cults,’ social movements, and folie a deux.

Guest: Dr. Robert Bartholomew is a sociologist who studies topics on the margins of science, such as UFOs, Bigfoot and lake monsters. He has also published widely on mass hysteria and social panics including a recent groundbreaking study in The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine on how social media is spreading mass psychogenic illness. He teaches history at Botany College in Auckland, New Zealand.


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