300 episodes

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!

The Sensibly Speaking Podcast The Sensibly Speaking Podcast

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    • 4.8 • 182 Ratings

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!

    #327: Critical Thinking and Human Predators with Jon Atack

    #327: Critical Thinking and Human Predators with Jon Atack

    This week Jon Atack and I had a critical conversation on the topics of critical thinking, what it is and isn’t and the pros and cons of thinking it’s more than it is; along with human predators, a topic both of us are keen to educate about because we feel this is the way we can help prepare anyone to avoid not just cults but all kinds of trouble in life. Enjoy!







    Predator poster: https://jonatacksopeningourminds.wordpress.com/home/infographics-and-posters/

    • 2 hr 3 min
    #326: Thought Policing in Scientology

    #326: Thought Policing in Scientology

    This week I did a rare live show to discuss some of the thoughts I had based in the research I’m doing for my Masters thesis about Scientology, confessionals and surveillance culture. In this show I walk through some basic Scientology principles that have a vast influence on its members and setup a mental framework of morality and control. In other words, this is how some of the brainwashing really works. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #325: 2021 Scientology Year in Review

    #325: 2021 Scientology Year in Review

    This week we are doing our annual Year in Review episode to cap off 2021 and begin 2022. It’s almost pure Scientology as we walk through the events and changes, good and bad, that took place this year and look forward to what comes next. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    #342: Scientific Literacy for the Holidays with Melissa Huff

    #342: Scientific Literacy for the Holidays with Melissa Huff

    This week I am joined by my beautiful wife Melissa to first share our Holiday Crack (a tasteless and yet tasteful joke inspired by Delicious Dish) and the mainline of our chat (at 6:26) about scientific literacy and our thoughts on what that has to do with our current and future situations and where we think we might improve. Happy Holidays and enjoy!

    • 47 min
    #323: Walking Away from a Cult with Jen Kiaba

    #323: Walking Away from a Cult with Jen Kiaba

    This week I welcome back cult survivor Jen Kiaba, who also happens to be doing the same Masters program I am in the psychology of coercive control. Jen and I talk about walking away from a cult and what that takes, as it’s not as easy as some seem to think. We go into what keeps people in and also I get to talk more about critical thinking. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 31 min
    #322: NXIVM and Its Aftermath with Sarah Edmondson

    #322: NXIVM and Its Aftermath with Sarah Edmondson

    This week I welcome Sarah Edmondson – actress, author, podcaster and survivor of NXIVM – to talk turkey about her experiences and the aftermath of having helped put away the cult leader of NXIVM, Keith Raniere. She was on the front lines of the FBI investigation that resulted in Raniere’s extradiction from Mexico and ultimate sentence of over 100 years in federal prison, as well as his primary aides at the top level, all of whom we discuss in the show. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

kwak11 ,

Skills we all need in today’s world!

Chris uses his experience as a former Scientologist, his studies as he has healed since leaving that cult, education as he works toward a Master’s Degree, and guests on the show to teach us all critical thinking skills we all need to a live a life where we control our own lives and think thru our decisions and interactions with the world around us.

graphica4 ,

This podcast is a treasure trove!

Thank you for such a fantastic and extensive mix of fascinating conversations. I came upon this podcast bc I have a fascination with mind control (recovering from a mind-bending relationship with a narcissist and being through religious indoctrination will do that to ya!). I also just love Chris Shelton’s voice and laugh. Keep on trucking you are doing great work!

jattzl ,

Very Sensibly Speaking

This is now on the top of my list. Thank you. Your one question “how do we fill the emotional hole” after leaving a religion. I’ve never heard this discussed. Ever. Anywhere. Please spend time on this.

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