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jon atack, along with his son sam, present a series of educational podcasts on how to spot, avoid, and overcome unethical manipulation of all kinds - from destructive cults and abusive relationships, to advertising, groupthink, bullying and more. join us in our hope to create a world where people are taught from infancy to stand up for their rights, look deeper into what they're being told, and to question everything!

from time to time we will also be sharing "lighter" fare - podcasts on art, music, and literature, featuring jon's younger son dan on guitar, sam's amazing paper sculpture.

jon atack, family & friends jon atack, family & friends

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

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jon atack, along with his son sam, present a series of educational podcasts on how to spot, avoid, and overcome unethical manipulation of all kinds - from destructive cults and abusive relationships, to advertising, groupthink, bullying and more. join us in our hope to create a world where people are taught from infancy to stand up for their rights, look deeper into what they're being told, and to question everything!

from time to time we will also be sharing "lighter" fare - podcasts on art, music, and literature, featuring jon's younger son dan on guitar, sam's amazing paper sculpture.

    Alex Barnes-Ross campaigns for awareness of Scientology among British politicians

    Alex Barnes-Ross campaigns for awareness of Scientology among British politicians

    We are delighted to hear that Scientology critic John Sweeney is standing for the UK parliament in the July 2024 elections. John is famous for his 'exploding tomato' response to the taunts of a Scientology agent while filming for BBC Panorama. He subsequently wrote a book about group and has made criticism of Scientology central to his campaign for election as a Liberal Democrat (a UK centre party).
    Alex also tells about his communication with former Labour shadow minister Dianne Abbott who is determined to launch a government investigation into Scientology abuses.

    Jon's paper, "Never believe a hypnotist."

    Steven Hassan's TEDx Talk: "how to tell if you're brainwashed?"

    John Sweeney's site

    Not sure how to find your government rep to write to them?
    US
    UK

    • 46 min
    "Bible Bangers" & Scientology with Jamie DeWolf

    "Bible Bangers" & Scientology with Jamie DeWolf

    Jon talks with L. Ron Hubbard's great-grandson, beat poet and award-winning filmmaker, Jamie DeWolf, about Scientology, extreme evangelical Christianity, life, philosophy, and belief.



    Comedy routine by Stewart Lee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvf07P7fhu0&t=6913s

    • 1 hr 16 min
    cult recovery and family support - with Hoyt Richards

    cult recovery and family support - with Hoyt Richards

    Hoyt and Jon discuss what role a family can have in helping their loved one recover from cult involvement.

    The book Jon is reading on the American Post Civil-War Reconstruction: David Blight's Race and Reunion

    a downloadable infographic of Jon's questions to ask a loved one in an authoritarian group

    more on Steven Hassan's Strategic Interactive Approach

    • 1 hr 18 min
    strategic gullibility and psychoproctology with Jeremy Sherman

    strategic gullibility and psychoproctology with Jeremy Sherman

    Jeremy seeks fundamental explanations for life and motivation. He invents a new word a day to better describe his insights. He calls himself a 'psychoproctologist' because he studies the psychology of a-holes (i.e. humans). Jeremy has a different, fascinating, and entirely non pompous view of the world. He was also the inventor of the Sherman Effect, which is the propensity to name things after ourselves.

    Links:

    Jeremy's linktree

    audio sample of Jeremy's book

    A choice selection of Jeremy's videos:
    Overcoming Science's Addiction to Unexplained Explanations

    Always Feel Like a Winner Using These 6 Tricks! (cultic behavior)

    Explaining The Trump Brand: The Clothes have no Emperor

    King Gama's aria "If you give me your attention" in Gilbert & Sullivan's "Princess Ida

    • 59 min
    psychopath, sociopath or anti-social personality? with Shawn McCraney

    psychopath, sociopath or anti-social personality? with Shawn McCraney

    Shawn describes himself as a sociopath. Using the renowned expert Dr Robert Hare's work, we explore the different forms of human predation that are often confused with one another. Shawn talks about a recent experience in Hawaii that has changed his view of the world.

    Randy Newman's "Guilty"

    Note from Spike: If you haven't read the 1954 novel "The Bad Seed" by William March (not to be confused with the children's book (!) of the same name), or seen the 1956 movie, also of the same title, consider me grabbing your lapels and shouting: "You NEED to read the book/ see the movie NOW!!!"

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Walking free from the trauma of coercive cultic and spiritual abuse with Gillie Jenkinson, PhD

    Walking free from the trauma of coercive cultic and spiritual abuse with Gillie Jenkinson, PhD

    Gillie Jenkinson talks about her time in a Bible-based cult, her escape, her doctoral studies, and her book, which is a step-by-step guide to recovery. Gillie has been counselling former members for many years and has a practice in Hope Valley outside Sheffield in England.

    Gillie's Hope Valley counselling

    Spike's note: The British call them "milk teeth," Americans call them "baby teeth," but the correct, dentistry term is "deciduous teeth." You're welcome.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

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Unique perspective

I’ve listened to lots of people talk about various cults, and Scientology. Jon Atack examines Scientology from an angle I haven’t heard others do. Going into details about Hubbard’s interest in black magic and the occult, and how those ideas formed the basis for dianetics.

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