The Sensibly Speaking Podcast is a weekly show, posting a new episode each Saturday, covering current events and topics from a skeptical, humanist and critical thinking approach. Join Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, as he goes over varied topics from critical thinking to science to talking in detail about hot topics in the news . Tired of just hearing the mainstream media's interpretation of events? Want some sensible talk? Then join me here each Saturday!
Scientology and Double Binds
This week I am joined by my wonderful wife, Melissa, to discuss the psychological principle of double binds and how these are control mechanisms used to deceive, manipulate and control people in not just cults like Scientology but also in domestic partnerships. We talk about what these are, where the ideas come from and I give a lot of examples from my own Scientology experience. I hope that this is truly an educational video for people about a topic that is not discussed nearly enough. Enjoy!
Psychology Today article
Recovering from Scientology - Another Layer
This week I talk somewhat intimately about what has been happening in my own recovery from Scientology and how my recent education has really ramped up that process in both good and not-so-good ways, and what this has taught me firsthand about cult recovery.
"Better Left Unsaid" and the Radicalization of the Left
This week I welcome Curt Jaimungal and Desh Amila, two filmmakers who have produced Better Left Unsaid, a new documentary about the rise of Left-wing extremism in the United States and across Western nations. We discuss various points from the documentary and our mutual concern about what we see as radicalized behavior on the part of some on the extreme Left. There is a lot to unpack and learn from this and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.
Better Left Unsaid is an independent documentary that explores the dangerous tactics of extremism across the Western political landscape. For many, extreme right-wing ideologies are easily recognized by overt racism, ethno- nationalism, white supremacy, and the like. The extreme left, on the other hand, takes on a more philosophically nuanced position, which some argue is no less harmful, but often takes on a more understated form in public discourse. Confronting, impactful and reflective, Better Left Unsaid leads viewers on a nuanced exploration of the West’s past and current political disposition, which is often overlooked in classrooms and the mainstream media alike.
Better Left Unsaid film website
Desh Amila’s Website
Street Epistemology - What It Is and Isn't ft. Anthony Magnabasco
This week I welcome back Anthony Magnabasco to discuss the growing conversation/inquiry method called Street Epistemology. We talk about what it is and what it isn’t and how when used properly, it can be a great tool to increase understanding and tolerance in our increasingly divided times. Enjoy!
Anthony’s Social Media: https://linktr.ee/magnabosco
Street Epistemology Resources: https://tinyurl.com/abm-se-resourcesStreet Epistemology Communities: https://tinyurl.com/abm-se-communityStreet Epistemology Discord Server: https://discord.gg/sKap3zM (recommended)
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #283: Clearwater and Scientology: A Fresh Perspective
This week I welcome back Aaron Smith-Levin to give us an update on what is what with Scientology in Clearwater, including a fresh and different perspective on what life there is really like with Scientology as a neighbor and some detailed talk about the Clearwater city council and how it can and should best deal with the “Scientology problem.” Enjoy!
Talking to QAnon ft. Rachel Bernstein
This week I welcome licensed therapist and cult recovery counselor Rachel Bernstein back to the channel to discuss the unique problems and techniques of talking to people in extremist belief sets such as those of QAnon. This reckless and all-consuming conspiracy has created radicalized extremists, making this much more than “just another cult.” It’s time we all had some information about how to deal with people in this mindset and hopefully bring them back.