A weekly study of converging right-wing conspiracy theories and faux-progressive wellness utopianism. At best, the conspirituality movement attacks public health efforts in times of crisis. At worst, it fronts and recruits for the fever-dream of QAnon.
As the alt-right and New Age horseshoe toward each other in a blur of disinformation, clear discourse and good intentions get smothered. Charismatic influencers exploit their followers by co-opting conspiracy theories on a spectrum of intensity ranging from vaccines to child trafficking. In the process, spiritual beliefs that have nurtured creativity and meaning are transforming into memes of a quickly-globalizing paranoia.
Conspirituality Podcast attempts to bring understanding to this landscape. A journalist, a cult researcher, and a philosophical skeptic discuss the stories, cognitive dissonances, and cultic dynamics tearing through the yoga, wellness, and new spirituality worlds. Mainstream outlets have noticed the problem. We crowd-source, research, analyze, and dream answers to it.
Bonus Sample: Stranded On The Lifeboat: Escaping The Large Group Awareness Cult
We sought the life-changing experience that could only happen by holding in our pee, being religiously on-time, and taking full responsibility for creating the lives we said we wanted, but hadn't achieved... yet.
40: White Supremacy: Grift and Gravity (w/Michelle Cassandra Johnson & Daniel Lombroso)
White nationalism is not new in America, but the mainstream resurgence in recent years has been troubling for many. This week, we bring on two experts to offer solutions.
Bonus Sample: Anti-Masker at the Skating Trail
39: How to Talk about Conspiracy Theories (w/ Anna Merlan)
We continue our rich conversation on the proximity of conspiracism and spiritual paths and the ways in which we fall into and climb out of fever dreams.
Bonus Sample: How to Debate on Social Media
Derek investigates three areas of research about how—and why—we need robust and progressive debates on our platforms.
38: Natural Hopes, Natural Fallacies (w/Drs Juniper Martin & Adriana Berusch)
Many of us came to yoga and wellness spaces to heal or flee from the alienation of modernity. We wanted something untouched by our cities and factories and labs; something that reminded us of a world we never really knew. “Nature” was in such short supply that we had to invent it to colonize it anew, in exotic lands and mystical beasts: the deer whose... Read More
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Thank you Guys
I have just come across this podcast and am already binge listening.
Thank you for talking sense around all this conspiracy nonsense that is about now.
Much needed at the moment
To cut through the alluring misinformation “truth” movements with something more balanced, rational and science-based.
Thought provoking, fascinating, funny
Love this podcast! I’m going to binge watch them all. Found it through Dr Funk’s YouTube channel.
So refreshing during this pandemic and Trump era where misinformation is spreading like wildfire.
More power to you guys!