21 episodes

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 puzzle our way through and talk some smart-sounding smack about the intellectual giants of our age, from Jordan Peterson to Robin DiAngelo. Are they revolutionary thinkers or just grifters with delusions of grandeur?

Join us and let's find out!

Decoding the Gurus Christopher Kavanagh and Matthew Browne

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 126 Ratings

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 puzzle our way through and talk some smart-sounding smack about the intellectual giants of our age, from Jordan Peterson to Robin DiAngelo. Are they revolutionary thinkers or just grifters with delusions of grandeur?

Join us and let's find out!

    Michael O"Fallon: The Jacobins are Back..... To Reset..... Everything.... Dun Dun Daah!

    Michael O"Fallon: The Jacobins are Back..... To Reset..... Everything.... Dun Dun Daah!

    Just as the Terror was used by Robespierre and the Jacobins during the French Revolution two centuries ago, fear and draconian control is being used today to usher in... The Great Reset.
    Or so Michael O'Fallon would have you believe. O'Fallon is the founder of Sovereign Nations, a Christian nationalist organisation that aims to "prepare warriors for the battleground of ideas". He's recently been collaborating with James Lindsay, renowned culture warrior and online troll, to teach us all how critical theory and social justice are hell bent on destroying Our (or at least Western) Civilisation.
    Chris and Matt are joined by Aaron Rabinowtiz, host of Embrace the Void (@ETVPod) and Philosophers in Space podcasts, PhD student and lecturer at Rutgers University. Aaron has Done the Work, he has the Documents, he's been privy to the secret conversations, and he's here to help the boys decode just WTF is going on here.
    So, what's the deal with O'Fallon? Is he a sorely-needed, breathy and bombastic prophet bearing a critical message of our impending doom? Why does he take such long pauses? Where did he get such a laughably inaccurate understanding of the French Revolution? We can't promise all the answers in this episode, but we're going to give it a shot. The Future of our Civilisation.... Depends Upon It.....
    ....
    Dun Dun Daaaaah!
    Links
    https://sovereignnations.com/2020/11/02/25-the-great-reset/ (Sovereign Nations' The Causes of Things Podcast Episode 25: The Great Reset)
    https://voidpod.com/podcasts/2020/7/9/ev-150-sovereign-nations-and-the-grievance-hoaxers (Embrace The Void Episode 150: Sovereign Nations and the Grievance Hoaxers)
    https://www.facebook.com/0gPhilosophy/ (Philosophers in Space Facebook Group)
    https://sovereignnations.com/2019/09/18/hitler-progressive/ (Sovereign Nations Website)

    Gwyneth Paltrow: Crawling with parasites and in need of a cleanse

    Gwyneth Paltrow: Crawling with parasites and in need of a cleanse

    Who would have thought it, the Hollywood A-lister and founder of the luxury lifestyle brand 'Goop', Gwyneth Paltrow also finds time to host a podcast. Making her a prime target for Matt and Chris, who simply cannot stomach the competition!
    Fans have the option to join Paltrow in questing for the eternal and well-guarded secrets of health and wellness. But unless you're only after some lip-balm, this total holistic and integrative lifestyle is not going to come cheap! As we learn from her special guest Kristine Gedroic you are also going to need some precision medical diagnostics to balance with your biome, cleanse your cell membranes, and undo the horrors of 5G. And that isn't even addressing the panoply of parasites that we are all (apparently) infested with. So this is why Matt and Chris haven't been actualising their spiritual selves recently.
    In some ways, this health and wellness space is familiar stomping ground for Matt and Chris (and maybe for many listeners too). However, the duo reckon that Paltrow, Goop, and the whole industry is very 'Now' and might even hint at some exciting new directions elite culture is taking.
    Check it out! And get yourself checked for bespoke parasites while you're at it. Seriously... we are all riddled with them.
    Links
    https://goop.com/the-goop-podcast/how-do-we-heal-and-prevent-chronic-illness/ (How do we deal with- and prevent- chronic illness? Goop Podcast with Kristine Gedroic)
    https://goop.com/the-goop-podcast/gwyneth-paltrow-ask-me-anything/ (Gwyneth Paltrow: Ask Me Anything)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKD5nwcteBM (Hard Talk interview with Gwyneth Paltrow)

    Special Episode: Sam Harris & Meditation is all you need

    Special Episode: Sam Harris & Meditation is all you need

    Sam Harris is a public intellectual who inspires strong reactions both positive and negative. Here, Matt and Chris dip their toes into Sam's introspective universe by analysing a recent 9 minute mini-episode of his Making Sense podcast titled 'Some Points of Confusion'. Sam intended to clear up some recurrent misunderstandings he has observed with maybe as much as 99% audience with this episode. What could be causing such a fundamental error and does he succeed in resolving the confusion? Join us to find out.
    In the episode you will learn about the true teachings of Jesus, how incredibly niche Chris' undergraduate degree was, the introspective case for social welfare, and why all meditators inevitably deny the existence of free will.
    This is an interesting one. And whether you love or hate Sam, we hope you find some value in our non-enlightened ejected introspections.
    Links
    https://samharris.org/podcasts/243-points-confusion/ (Making Sense Episode 243: Some Points of Confusion)

    Special Episode: Interview with Phrost on Bullshido

    Special Episode: Interview with Phrost on Bullshido

    Matt and Chris are helped again by a guest in their endless quest to get the bottom of what the Hell is Going On and What It's All About.
    Phrost describes himself as "the world's most dangeous nerd" and is not only an expert in the fighting arts (like, actual real fighting) but is also no slouch when it comes to combatting b******t.
    He identifies as a soldier, a scientist, and as a shill for "Big Reality".
    And his site bullshido.net as well as his podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-art-of-fighting-bs/id1465330459 (The Art of Fighting BS) comes up with the reality-based goods. Not only in debunking b******t in martial arts but also with regard to miracle health cures, supplements, pop psychology, COVID and many other honey traps for the curious and the unwary.
    Tune in as Matt and Chris compares notes with Phrost on how and why people delude themselves. Marvel at Phrost's offers to fight Alex Jones, Steven Seagal, and (gasp) Gwenyth Paltrow (for Science!). Matt himself accepts the the offer to fight Phrost, conditional on him being ensconced comfortably within a properly equipped Armoured Fighting Vehincle.

    Ibram X. Kendi: Gurometer Rating (Patreon Preview)

    Ibram X. Kendi: Gurometer Rating (Patreon Preview)

    In this episode we provide a special preview of our usual Patreon content with the follow up discussion and our Gurometer™ scores for Ibram X. Kendi.
    You can find a summary of all our Gurometer scores thus far https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Oe-af4_OmzLJavktcSKGfP0wmxCX0ppP8n_Tvi9l_yc/edit?usp=sharing (available here).
    Our new subreddit can also be found https://www.reddit.com/r/DecodingTheGurus/ (here).

    Ibram X. Kendi: Inside you are two wolves. One of them is racist.

    Ibram X. Kendi: Inside you are two wolves. One of them is racist.

    Ibram X. Kendi is a Professor of history, director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, and a research fellow at Harvard University. He is also the author of several best-selling and highly influential books on race in America.
    It seems like everybody has an opinion of Kendi, and when it comes to the online commentariat, those opinions can get pretty hostile.
    Even among activists and anti-racists, he seems to spark division, with some grouping Kendi together with other controversial writers like Robin Di Angelo. Kendi is often accused of peddling a pop 'anti-racism' which is at best devoid of substance and at worst toying with totalitalitarianism. With his infamous proposal for a 'Department of Antiracism' that would have power over all aspects of governance, and recent illustrated children's book titled 'Anti-racist Baby', these criticisms are perhaps understandable.
    But what about the man himself, who in his lectures and interviews, comes across as something of a calm and reasonable voice amongst the culture war maelstrom?
    In this episode, Matt and Chris, until now famed for being not racist (honestly), courageously hurl themselves onto the pyre of American racial politics. Will they reveal their total lack of understanding of critical race theory and are they racist or anti-racist according to Kendi? Listen and find out.
    Links
    https://www.oneyoufeed.net/being-antiracist/ (Short interview with Kendi from 'The One You Feed' Podcast)
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ibram-x-kendi-wants-to-redefine-racism/id1081584611?i=1000452609664 (Interview of Kendi by Ezra Klein for Vox Conversations)
    https://www.politico.com/interactives/2019/how-to-fix-politics-in-america/inequality/pass-an-anti-racist-constitutional-amendment/ (Kendi's article advocating for an Anti-Racist constitutional amendment)
    https://timothynguyen.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/geometric_unity.pdf ('A Response to (Eric Weinstein's) Geometric Unity' Paper)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Christian Segall ,

Debunking bliss

This podcast is like therapy.

BerylH ,

Hilarious banter

These guys are smart and insightful, but the real draw is their chemistry. Really engaging, fun banter—whatever the week’s guru may be. Worth a try. If their humor does it for you, you’ll be hooked!

radniffic ,

Humo[u]r too dry for Americans?

Is it a joke? Is it sarcasm? Who knows and who cares.

Great job on episode notes y’all! But why exclude your patreon link? I cannot be bothered! No money from me.

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