Mick West Dedicated to the art of Polite Investigation and Communication

Web Name: Mick West Dedicated to the art of Polite Investigation and Communication

WebSite: http://mickwest.com





About Me

My name is Mick West. Im a writer and a debunker. I used to be a video game programmer. I focus on investigating and explaining conspiracy theories such as Chemtrails, 9/11 controlled demolition, and False Flags. I also cover more esoteric topics such as UFOs, pseudoscience, Flat Earth, photo analysis, and quackery.

Email:  mick@mickwest.com  Phone 530-903-5359

Escaping the Rabbit Hole:

Based on my experiences interacting with conspiracy theorists, my book: Escaping the Rabbit Hole, was published by Skyhorse Publishing on September 18, 2018. Escaping the Rabbit Hole examines the full spectrum of conspiracy theories from 9/11 to Flat Earth, and looks at how people get into them, how they get drawn down the rabbit hole, how they get out, and how you can help. Interviews with former conspiracy theorists show that there is hope even for the most deeply entrenched conspiracist. I explain the key flaws with popular conspiracy theories, and how to talk to people who believe in them.

My Web Sites:Metabunk.org My primary site where I post and discuss various investigations. A polite forum of and about debunking. Metabunk gets 10,000 visitors a day and has an active discussion community.ContrailScience.com About contrails and the chemtrail conspiracy theoryCowboyProgramming.com,  Where I write about games programming and post some of the experimental code I have written.My Social Media, etc.Twitter: @MickWest Where I engage my audience and perform and promote debunkingYouTube: Mick West (and my old account Epoxynous) where I post various debunking related videosFacebook: Metabunk Metabunk.orgs official Facebook page.Flickr: Metabunk Metabunk related photo galleriesAmazon: Mick West  About me and my bookWikipedia: Mick West My entry on WikipediaReddit: u/MickWest I dont really post much on Reddit, but Im listing this to verify its me. Formerly u/MetabunkTV Appearances

CBS Evening News, November 2010
I helped explain a mystery missile launch off the coast of Los Angeles. My related page on Contrail Science got over a million views.

CNN, November 2010
Explaining the mystery missile and another contrail UFO

Americas Most Secret Structures, Discovery Channel, 2014
I was profiled as a Contrail Expert, and explained the science of Contrail formation relating to the Chemtrails conspiracy theory.

Joe Rogan Questions Everything, SyFy, 2013
I appeared in two segments on this show hosted by Joe Rogan. In one segment I discussed the Chemtrails theory, and in the other, I helped Joe debunk a machine that was supposed to affect clouds by simulating the HAARP research radio.


Overcast, Dedal Films, 2016
Several minutes of me explaining the chemtrail theory in anaward-winningg documentary.


KPCC, Nov 2010
Interview regarding the Mystery Missile

Pat Walsh KFBK, 2015
35-minute segment discussing the Chemtrails theory.

Radio New Zealand, 2016

Mick West is a science writer and is dedicated to the art of debunking wild theories that circulate online and helping other people do the same, with his website, Metabunk.



The Jordan Harbinger Show #363, June 2020


On this episode, we enlist the help of Mick West, himself no stranger to locking horns with conspiracy theorists as the creator of debunking websites Contrail Science and Metabunk, and author of Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect. Flat Earthers, 9/11 “truthers,” and chemtrail believers hate this guy in spite of his efforts to patiently set them straight, so he must be doing something right. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

Joe Rogan Experience #959, May 2017


A two-hour podcast discussing the Flat Earth conspiracy theory. This was very popular, having over half a million views on YouTube alone. Several people made detailed response videos.

Joe Rogan Experience #388, Sept 2013


A three-hour podcast where I discuss chemtrails and all kinds of conspiracy theories with Joe Rogan and guest Bryan Callen

The Mad Scientist Podcast, 2017

a sit-down interview with Mick West, founder of Metabunk.org, Contrailscience.com, and overall debunker extraordinaire.


Critical Wit, 2011

Mick West is a pilot and creator of the website, ContrailScience.com.  We talk about the history and science of contrails; how they are formed, how they take on a variety of shapes, and why they can last for short or long durations.  And we’ll also discuss Mick’s criticsm of the chemtrail conspiracy.  We also discuss another website he’s developed recently on ‘how to debunk’ called Metabunk.org.


Podcast UFO, (UK) 2017

Our First Guest: Mick West of Metabunk to talk about the Chilean UFO


Polly and Grant (Australia), 2016

We talk to Mick West for Anti-Conspiracy


Other Interviews

CSICOP: From Chemtrails to CSICon: An Interview with Mick West., 2017

Mick West Presenting a Paper on Chemtrails at CSICON 2016

An interview regarding my presentation of the Expert Elicitation paper.


Articles and Publications

I study UFOs and I dont believe the alien hype, The Guardian, 11 Jun 2021


Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program, Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, Number 8, 2016

A peer reviewed study I co-authored on expert opinions of the evidence put forward supporting the chemtrails conspiracy theory. This was the most popular article in the history of Environmental Research Letters and got a top 5% Altmetric score. There was extensive media coverage of this paper, and I presented it at CSICon 2016.



Curated Crowdsourcing in UFO Investigations, Skeptical Briefs Volume 27.1, 2017

A detailed article on how I solved a UFO case that baffled the Chilean Navy for two years.


Other Media Mentions (incomplete list)

Daily Express, UK, 2018

Sceptics at debunking website Metabunk.org have been analyzing the footage to see if it does in fact “defy physics” as claimed. Mick West, administrator of Metabunk.org, who has poured cold water on many previous claims of evidence of UFOs, came to the conclusion it could just be a misidentified plane in the far distance.


Daily Express, UK, 2017

Mick West, administrator of Metabunk.org, a website which investigates and exposes hoax UFO and alien sightings, concluded the alleged lizard was simply a dust removal device at the head of the rover.


Similar videos have also been examined by Mick West of the metabunk.org website.


But, now Mick West, an administrator for the Metabunk.org website, based in Sacramento, California, claims to have solved the case.


Daily Mail, UK, 2017

The amazing rainbow contrails are a result of these ice crystals, according to Contrail Science.


Huffington Post, 2014-2017

Mick West of Metabunk.org, a site devoted to investigating and debunking “mysteries” of this sort, maintains it’s boat wake,


Mick West, a retired video game programmer who now runs Metabunk.org, an online site, “dedicated to the art and pastime of honest, polite, scientific investigating and debunking.


While it initially appeared the FBI had just released the photos, conspiracy-debunking website Metabunk uncovered evidence indicating they were released to the public as early as 2011,


The Guardian, UK, 2017

I play Tammi and Rob a YouTube video by Mick West, who runs the conspiracy theory-debunking blog Metabunk. Going through 70 years of books on the science of clouds, West explains why


NBC News, 2015

Metabunk.orgs Mick West says it looks like the weird effect thats created when someone walks through your line of sight while youre taking an iPhone panorama. On his website, he demonstrates


Vice.com, 2014, 2015

In the US, Mick West runs the website metabunk.org, pulling in 10,000 unique visitors a day. He reckons the Charlie Hebdo rumors were predictable.


Mick West—editor of anti-conspiracy theory website Metabunk, which published an article explaining why Chriss video was a hoax—explained the history of the chemtrails theory to me.


Gazette Review, 2017

the skeptical website Metabunk claimed to have been contacted by one of the boys in the picture


Dive Photo Guide

Over on the de-bunking website, Metabunk.com, a bunch of very smart people have gotten together to discuss why this technology is just not in our near future.


News.com.au, 2015

As the well-informed sceptics of metabunk.org point out, if you fiddle with the zoom 5feature a little, the dots will suddenly materialise.


Inquisitr, 2016

But as the online fact-checker Metabunk noted, although Trump gave a speech in Richmond, Henrico County, on October 14, 2016, he did not mention 9/11 during the speech.


Christian Science Monitor, 2015

But the website metabunk.org says the shadows in the first video are exactly as they should be and demonstrates why the shadows converge.


Slate, David Weigel, 2014

Metabunk has done a number on this, and to be fair, our Colorado candidate doesnt seem to have bought into the exciting sequel to the Sandy Hook conspiracy.


Cafemom, 2014

I recently found Metabunk, a website devoted to debunking various conspiracy theories, misunderstood natural phenomena, and flat-out weird beliefs.


Daily Star, UK, 2014

Sci-fi expert Mick West, of website Metabunk.org, said: There is not a lot in the original video that can be pointed to as an automatic fake.


International Business Times, 2013

At Metabunk.org, a user named Mick set up his own experiment to show that an object can be moved around by vibration.


La Presse, Canada, 2015

The appearance of paranoid theories of this nature does not surprise Mick West, a programmer based in California who has run a blog for several years, Metabunk, trying to thwart this type of speech.


Discover Magazine, 2014

Mick West, who runs the debunking website Metabunk.org, also convincingly argues that the object is a digital byproduct.

“The answer is that Google stores multiple resolution image tiles, and uses a different set of tiles depend on how much you are zoomed in,” West explained.


Scientific American, 2010

The airplane explanation was put forth rather quickly by Contrail Science, which demonstrated how an airplane flying horizontally toward a viewer can, from certain perspectives, mimic the appearance of a rocket flying vertically into the sky.



Ive published several technical articles in Game Developer magazine where I was a contributing editor. Some are republished here:


Game Development

My articles on Gamasutra. These are a mix of Game Developer Articles, and some articles from Cowboy ProgrammingMy gameography on Mobygames. All the games I worked on. This was mostly programming and design up to Tony Hawks Underground. Then consulting on some games. The last programming I did there was the AI for World Series of Poker back in 2005.

Historical Writing

My old blog. Which I have not updated in yearsFlying Lessons Journal Back in 2004 I took flying lessons, up to long-distance solo

A game I helped make.

MetabunkASTRO - New proposed office to replace UAPTFAE911 New Collapse HypothesisTic Tac in Greece?The Alderney UFO sightingTIc-Tac Shaped UFO Near Lake Michigan [Plane]Defense officials announce new UFO task forceHypothesis: Fravors Tic Tac was Kurths FA18Could The Gimbal Video Show an Atlas V Launch?WTC Collapse Simulation using Unity/BesiegeGimbal distance and Speed Range Estimates using Lines of Bearing and/or DCS Tales From The Rabbit HoleEpisode 56: Robert Bartholomew – Havana Syndrome and Mass Psychogenic IllnessRobert Bartholomew has a PhD in Medical Sociology, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He’s an expert in Mass Psychogenic Illness...Episode 55 – Professor Avi Loeb: The Galileo ProjectWhat is a University professor doing investigating UFOs?  Professor Avi Loeb of Harvard University heads the Galileo Project, which seeks (in part) to identify the nature of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena by establishing a network of...Episode 54 – Mia Bloom and Sophia Moskalenko: Pastels and PedophilesMia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University with a PhD in political science from Columbia University. Sophia Moskalenko is a research fellow at Georgia State University and a researcher at the National...Episode 53 – Jason Colavito – UFOs and the Invisible College, How Did We Get Here?Jason Colavito is an author and journalist with a focus on “alternative archeology” and, more recently, the UFO cultural phenomenon. In May 2021, he wrote the article: “How Washington Got Hooked on Flying Saucers” in...Episode 52 – Luis Elizondo – UFOs, UAPs, AATIP, and TTSALuis Elizondo is a former senior intelligence official, a disclosure advocate,  a national security expert, and the former director of the Pentagon’s UFO/UAP Program (AATIP). We talk about his work in those capacities and also...Episode 51 – Michael: Post Inauguration QAnon CatchupMichael is a “follower” of Q, in what is commonly known as the QAnon conspiracy theory. I first talked to him one year ago, February 2020. We met on Twitter discussing UFOs, but had a...Episode 50 – Alex: Raised by Conspiracy TheoristsAlex was raised by conspiracy theorists. This makes him different from most people who end up down the rabbit hole in that assuming nefarious plots were going on was never a surprise to him. Indeed,...Episode 49 – Georgina: A QAnon Friend in the UKQAnon is a very American conspiracy theory, focussing upon a supposed plan by a mysterious entity named ‘Q’ who was working with Donald Trump to rid the US of a corrupt elite.  But despite this...Episode 48 – Accidentally Dating a Conspiracy TheoristMy guest this week thought all was well when she started dating a handsome intelligent man. But then a few things he said, particularly about “the Jews” started to seem like something more than just...Episode 47: Sarah – Conspiracy CasualtySarah’s ex-partner seemed like a normal person, but a few years ago he discovered conspiracy theory videos. Starting with claims that the Moon Landing was fake he quickly progressed to Flat Earth and eventually ended...
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