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Decoding the Gurus

Christopher Kavanagh and Matthew Browne

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An exiled Northern Irish anthropologist and a hitchhiking Australian psychologist take a close look at the contemporary crop of 'secular gurus', iconoclasts, and other exiles from the mainstream, offering their own brands of unique takes and special insights. Leveraging two of the most diverse accents in modern podcasting, Chris and Matt dig deep into the claims, peek behind the psychological curtains, and try to figure out once and for all... What's it all About? Join us, as we try to puzzl ...
 
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So, what even IS the deal with Matt? Is he a proper psychologist or does his past conceal something darker, aside from his bronzed skin-tone? Until now, he's been a mystery hidden in a enigma and wrapped within a svelte Australian shell. Well, enquiring minds need to know, so that's all about to change! Here it is - The Story of Matt. The ins, the …
 
We discuss Sasha Chapin’s “Your Intelligent, Conscientious In-group Has Bad Social Norms Too” Main Topic begins at 45:46 Other items mentioned: The Simple Truth – Eliezer’s short story about The Sheep Counter Keep Your Identity Small – by Paul Graham, not Hanson! Otters vs Possums – by Aella Shit Rationalists Say Hey look, we have a discord! What c…
 
Steven Snider, looks deeply into the politics and social engineering behind QAnon. Subscribe: Click here for Steven Snider’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-529-steven-snider [00:00:00] Clip: I forgot how like this, how polarizing that OJ case was anal. I’ve met OJ Simpson on four different occasions in my life. And before the end …
 
Brené Brown is an American professor, lecturer, author, storyteller researcher, and podcast host. She's made it her life's work to help people rise strong, brave the wilderness, and dare to lead - all through overcoming shame and embracing their own vulnerability. So naturally Chris and Matt - being the emotionally unavailable, culturally stunted a…
 
This time around Justin and Cory discuss the book Stolen by Grace Blakely You can find that book here https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/606759/stolen-by-grace-blakeley/ Check out the shownotes here - https://skepticalleftistpod.wordpress.com/?p=425 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skepticalleftist/message…
 
This episode I talked to Dr. Edwin Hodge about the crossover between extremists on the far right and the anti-mask/antivax covid conspiracies. You can find more from Edwin here https://www.twitch.tv/sociocalypse https://sociologyoftheweird.wordpress.com/ Past interviewsI’ve done with Edwin https://youtu.be/fREcygZKrqY https://youtu.be/BPpNyb5hdqM Y…
 
Miguel Conner looks beyond Gnosticism for inspirational meditations. Subscribe: Click here for Miguel Conner’s website Click here for forum Discussion Clip The King of Staten Island: I like your tattoos. What are those numbers on your arm? Oh, that’s a, the date. My dad died. He was a fireman died in a fire 17 […] The post Miguel Conner, Snack Size…
 
It had to happen eventually. As Matt and Chris listen week in and week out to the world's greatest gurus pontificating on the mysteries of the universe, it's only natural that the siren call of Galaxy Brain takes and revolutionary theories would prove too great. And so seeking to take advantage of the parasocial bonds they have scrupulously cultiva…
 
We discuss the book The Procrastination Equation as summarized by Luke in How to Beat Procrastination The audio is rough at first, we fixed it after 8 minutes. Other items discussed include: Bezos in a Mecha The Goth Chicken Whether the King’s English was good enough for Jesus? Hugh Jackman for Men vs Hugh Jackman for Women Eneasz’s next story is c…
 
Tim Grimes believes there’s a deep spirituality to law of attraction principles. Subscribe: Click here for Tim Grimes’s website Click here for forum Discussion Skeptiko-527-Tim-Grimes [00:00:00] Movie Clip: I know that, that means that you’re bullshitting and bullshitting me. I tell you what if you lie on Twitter don’t lie to it, but I […] The post…
 
This time around Justin and Cory talk about October by China Mieville and Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale and the history of the Russian revolution You can find the show notes here: https://skepticalleftistpod.wordpress.com/?p=391 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skepticalleftist/message…
 
Pam Popper is a leading public health activist and advocate for personal health rights. Subscribe: Click here for Pam Popper’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-526-pam-popper Video clip: [00:00:00] I was on Facebook one day, and I found this video, I press play it was the worst video I’ve ever seen. It […] The post Pam Popper, Fight…
 
In this episode I talk a little bit about an article I saw from the New York Times before talking to May from the Youtube Channel, Peace Labor May. It was a fun chat and I hope you enjoy it You can find the rest of the shownotes here: https://skepticalleftistpod.wordpress.com/?p=383 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skepticalleftist/me…
 
Dr Annie Kelly is a writer, researcher, and the British correspondent for the well and deservedly praised podcast QAnon Anonymous. Her PhD research was on digital anti-feminism and the kinds of ideas that float around certain 'tradcon', biological essentialist, or religiously motivated groups. She does research on antifeminism, new digital cultures…
 
We speak with Jason Crawford (twitter), from The Roots of Progress. Interview begins at 44:25. Posts discussed include: Iron: From mythical to mundane The various Why Did It Take So Long For (X), and specifically Cotton Gin, Bicycle, and Threshing Machine Does invention come from deprivation or plenty? Progress studies as a moral imperative and a c…
 
Scott Shay is a business leader worried about the intellectual corruption of academia. Subscribe: Click here for Scott Shay’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-525-scott-shay [00:00:00] Movie Clip: My deepest I was about to go when the camps together through all that just to be shot in the living room by Verba. […] The post Scott Sha…
 
Sam Harris probably needs no introduction in our neck of the info-sphere as he is seemingly never far from the spotlight... or the occasional controversy. We’ve had some nice things to say about Sam, but we’ve also made some harsh criticisms, particularly regarding a short episode he released which seemed to suggest it was necessary to practice int…
 
Riz Virk is an expert in computer game tech… so are we living in a simulated multiverse game? Subscribe: Click here for Riz Virk’s website Click here for forum Discussion Skeptiko-524-Riz-Virk [00:00:00] Movie clip: Thomas, you seem particularly triggered right now can you tell me what happened? I’ve had dreams that weren’t […] The post Riz Virk, C…
 
The hosts are certainly in no position to criticise someone for what they eat, with Matt unable to resist a Fosters and shrimps on a barbie, and Chris subsisting entirely on potatoes and Guinness. But... neither host have yet attempted to live on an all meat diet. Which is a shame, because according to Mikhaila Peterson and many others, meat and on…
 
Matt Freeman returns to talk about Decision Theory, and the discusion ranges far afield. Matt is from The Guild of the Rose, which we had a recent episode about. You can see his Decision Theory Course videos here. Scott Alexander on All Debates Are Bravery Debates Our previous Newcomb episode Our previous Torture vs Dust Specks episode The Kindness…
 
Dr. Andy Paquette knows peer-review and stat analysis, and how it didn’t work with COVID mask science. Subscribe: Click here for Andy Paquette’s website The Yale/Stanford Study Mask Study Click here for forum Discussion Skeptiko-523-andy-paquette-covid-mask-junk-science [00:00:00] News clip: A large study on masks details their importance in the fi…
 
This episode Justin and Cory talk about Marx and Engels’ short book, The Communist Manifesto You can read The Communist Manifesto here - https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ You can check the full shownotes here - https://skepticalleftistpod.wordpress.com/?p=323 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skeptic…
 
Charlie Robinson, is the host of the Macroaggressions podcast and author of The Octopus of Global Control. Subscribe: Click here for Charlie Robinson’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-522-charlie-robinson [00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: Hi everybody, I have an interview, slashed swap cast coming up with Charlie Robinson. If you don’t kno…
 
This is my interview with Detryck Von Doom from Satanic Louisville and American Atheists KY on Satanism, leftism, Project Blitz, and dealing with Boogaloo Boys Check out the full show notes here - https://skepticalleftistpod.wordpress.com/?p=312 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skepticalleftist/message…
 
Geologist and legendary blogger Sharon Hill comes to discuss the ways aspects of geology is used to totally 100% prove the world is going to end. Not so much. Get her book Scientifical Americans: The Culture of Amateur Paranormal Researchers.بقلم The HiveMind Group
 
You might have noticed there's been a bit of talk recently about a certain virus. A virus that may or may not have a vaccine that is very safe and effective, that may or may not be curable via hydroxychloroquine, vitamin D and ivermectin. That may or may not have escaped from a certain Chinese lab.... Yes folks, we're talking about SARS CoV-2. And …
 
How Newcomb’s problem applies to real-life. We discuss Newcomblike problems are the norm (LW crosspost). Also mentioned: Replacing Guilt Audiobook! Our episode on Replacing Guilt Our episode on Talking To Strangers part 1, and part 2 Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? Also merch! Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast,…
 
Richard Syrett contemplates a metaphysical connection behind COVID-19. Subscribe: Click here for Richard Syrett’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-521-richard-syrett [00:00:00] Speaker 1: As long as there are those that remember what was and will always be those that are unable to accept what can be? [00:00:08] Speaker 2: Yep, we’re…
 
Dr. Doug Matzke, AI has metaphysical implications, but are the ones pushing it evil? Subscribe: Click here for Doug Matzke’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-520-doug-matzke [00:00:00] Speaker 1: I’m placing you under arrest for future murder Sara Marks [unclear 00:02] [00:00:03] Speaker 2: The future can be seen. [00:00:08] Alex Ts…
 
This week we have an engaging interview with the scientist, author, and public science communicator Stuart Ritchie. Stuart wrote the excellent 'Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science' and is a prolific advocate fr better science and more nuanced public discourse. In this episode we start of by discussing Stuart's rec…
 
This episode Justin and Cory talk about The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood You can get a copy from Verso Books https://www.versobooks.com/books/2407-the-origin-of-capitalism Shownotes can be found here https://skepticalleftistpod.wordpress.com/?p=273 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skepticalleftist/message…
 
We settle the ultimate question once and for all. also discussed: Julia Galef’s quick video on Bayesian Thinking Bulletproofing deters warlords Steven’s friend’s GoFundMe Our first and second and third episodes on cryonics. The interview with Rudi Hoffman is the third one, and he can help get you signed up at rudihoffman.com. Also the Cryonics Inst…
 
Andrew Smart is helping Google figure out whether AI robots can/should take over. Subscribe: Click here for Andrew Smart’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-519-andrew-smart [00:00:00] Speaker 1: Copenhagen interpretation, which states that the act of measurement affects the system’s [unclear 00:05]. The Penrose interpretation, which…
 
This interview is a bit different from some of the others I’ve done. We do touch on politics a bit but it’s really a personal look at what someone who suffers from a chronic condition is dealing with. My friend Matty is the host of the podcast Nooks and Crannies and if you’ve been listening for a long time then you might remember him from early on …
 
Gary Lachman is an author with a lot to say about culture, the occult and the dissolution of the rational. Subscribe: Click here for Gary Lachman’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-518-gary-lachman [00:00:00] Speaker 1: Well, you know, one of the reasons it’s coming back potentially we assume is because the name […] The post Gary La…
 
Hey everyone, I’m happy to once again bring you another complete episode of The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. I have another great interview for you. This time I’m talking to Rodger Moran and Joe Roberts from New Left Radio which is a show they run in association with the Democratic Socialists of Canada. As usual if you want the full interview then …
 
This episode is about sense-making... if you are not sick of that term yet, trust us, you soon will be. To get things rolling, Matt and Chris launch the podcast with a pair of rants. Chris vents about the lab-leak theorists who plague his mentions and Matt gets triggered by US libertarian takes on the military dictatorship apparently taking over Au…
 
We discuss You Are In Newcomb’s Box and The IQ Shredder also touched on – Why Does Singapore Have Such A Low Birthrate? Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? Also merch! Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast, and the other podcast LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode: The Tragedy of Group Selectionism Fake Selfishne…
 
Joseph Atwill has changed the way we think about conspira-history. Subscribe: Click here for Joseph Atwill’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-517-joe-atwill [00:00:00] Speaker 1: I’ve seen VF a million dollars up. [00:00:03] Speaker 2: open up two and a half million dollars. [00:00:05] Speaker 1: What he got on you? [00:00:07] […] T…
 
Tom Thumb, world traveler and author, talks about his latest book titled "Science for Hippies: An alternative guide to how we know anything at all". It's a brilliant, approachable book on how we know what we know. You can pick it up at a great price on Amazon in either Kindle or print on demand.بقلم The HiveMind Group
 
Dr. Myke Merrill is a trainer, consultant and pastor who thinks there are no bad emotions? Subscribe: Click here for Myke Merrill’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-516-myke-merrill [00:00:00] Adam 22: Lil Nas X has pissed off a lot of people over the weekend as he unveiled his new music video and […] The post Myke Merrill, No Bad E…
 
The Weinstein brothers have been busy bees over the past few weeks/months(!) and it left Matt and Chris with a conundrum. How do they cover them as part of an intro segment without it turning into a five hour podcast? The solution was to make a two hour stand alone special episode purely dedicated to exploring the wonders (and shivering at the occa…
 
Dr. Sara Gorman and Dr. Jack Gorman offer strong opinions about science as they know it. Subscribe: Click here for Sara and Jack Gorman’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-515-Sara-Jack-Gorman Sky News Australia, Promo: [00:00:00] There’s no doubt speaking up takes Heriot. But we want to be your voice when you really […] The post Sar…
 
We discuss The Guild of the Rose with Matt Freeman. This is somewhat of a follow-up, we first did a show about them when they were called The Guild of Servants. Join their beta! Things we mention: Of course The Guild of the Rose, and their Patreon Matt’s 2018 appearance on our show – Freestyle Community Talk with Matt Freeman CFAR (Center For Appli…
 
Hey everyone, I’m happy to once again bring you another episode of The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. This time around I have another great interview. I’m talking to Brandie, host of True North Radio and we talk a lot about politics and prisons in Saskatchewan. I had to cut this down a bit again but if you want the full interview then you can find th…
 
Gad Saad is a Professor of Marketing at Concordia University, author of The Consuming Instinct and, more recently, The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense. Self described as the 'Gadfather' with a podcast called the Saad Truth, he's certainly well versed in puns on his name. But is Prof. Saad the true Godfather of evolutio…
 
Nick Cook, has a new book on Ingo Swann and lots to say about the UAP Preliminary Assessment. Subscribe: Click here for Nick Cook’s website Click here for forum Discussion skeptiko-514-nick-cook Speaker: [00:00:02] Call to serve. It has no sound, yet I have heard it. It has no form, yet I have clearly […] The post Nick Cook, Insider on UAP/UFO and …
 
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