Beacon Salon – Lyn Millner

“Escaping Your Filter Bubble — Lessons from a Hollow-earth Cult”

How do intelligent people come to believe odd things? How do they maintain beliefs when facts show they aren’t true? Taking a lesson from history, Lyn Millner will tell the story of the Koreshans, a group of utopians who believed that Earth is hollow and we live inside. Their story is from a time in America when people held fast to beliefs that didn’t conform —not unlike today. Through this story, and with modern-day lessons of news literacy, you’ll understand what keeps people in filter bubbles and echo chambers — and how to get free.

About Lyn Millner:
Lyn Millner is the author of “The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet,” selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of its top five books on cults. Her radio stories and essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio, and her print work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Oxford American, the Hollywood Reporter, and Boca Raton magazine. Millner is a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she founded the BA in Journalism. She is an expert in news literacy, writing and cults.


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