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The podcast that explains why so many people believe ridiculous conspiracy theories.

The Paranoid Strain Fearful Jesuit

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 77 Ratings

The podcast that explains why so many people believe ridiculous conspiracy theories.

    Quick HIt: Coronavirus Conspiracies 2, The Phlegm and the Fury

    Quick HIt: Coronavirus Conspiracies 2, The Phlegm and the Fury

    Yeah, I know. This wasn't the episode we promised last time. But coronavirus is, in addition to being a real a*****e of a disease, also the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to frightened dipshits generating an endless panoply of new conspiracy theories.
    This is another "Quick Hit", but it's over an hour. No, our nomenclature doesn't even make a lot of sense to us, but hopefully this is pretty up-to-date and comprehensive in terms of the biggest highlights of the current lay of the virus conspiracy land.
    We'll be back with you soon, and we're still working on some big, exciting, totally non-virus-related stuff for the rest of the year. We hope this makes your sheltering in place more enjoyable, and as always, thanks for listening.
    Oh, and if you wanna see that ridiculous video explaining how you can cure COVID with a blow-dryer, knock yourself out.
    All original music copyright 2020 The Paranoid Strain Orchestra.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Quick Hit: Coronavirus Conspiracies

    Quick Hit: Coronavirus Conspiracies

    Whaaaaaa? A new episode? But it's been just a few weeks? 
    That's right, Strainiacs. We're back in the saddle, albeit an indoor, socially distancing, "shelter in place" kind of saddle, to spread some facts and debunk some nonsense around the pandemic plague that suddenly has the world's undivided attention. This is a true "quick hit", production to your ears in just a couple of weeks. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to sharing more quickly produced, up-to-the-minute content with you in the future.
    Only one link this time, to a Vox story that explains all the reasons you shouldn't believe this virus is man-made
    All original music copyright 2020 The Paranoid Strain Orchestra.

    • 49 min
    Reality is an Illusion? Part 2, Philip K Dick

    Reality is an Illusion? Part 2, Philip K Dick

    Sorry about the delay, but we’re very pleased to present you, via our brand new podcast feed (which should, from your perspective, be completely indistinguishable from our original feed), the second half of our reality episode. This time, we’re orienting our discussion around the singular perspective of one of the most interesting and influential writers of the 20th century, Philip K Dick. You may know him as the Blade Runner guy, or the Total Recall guy, or just the guy who gets (rightly) credited with inspiring basically every good sci-fi idea you’ve ever heard of. But it turns out that Phil was a strange and fascinating dude, a man who believed the universe’s greatest secrets had been revealed to him in a bolt of pink light, and who then spent the rest of his life figuring out what the hell that light was trying to tell him. In the process of explaining his life and works, we’ll also incidentally delve into gnostic christianity, the modern theory of consciousness, and the work of some other super-influential, similarly mind-expanding writers. Hope you enjoy it. And if you do, let us know at theparanoidstrain at gmail dot com.
    Philip K Dick books referenced in the episode:
    The Exegesis Man in the High Castle Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Ubik A Scanner Darkly The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Valis  
    Other books and such: 
    Divine invasions, A Life of Philip K Dick, by Lawrence Sutin Science Fiction: A Hopeless Case, With Exceptions, by Stanislaw Lem Beginner’s Guide to Reality, by James Baggott What Is It Like to Be a Bat?, by Thomas Nagel V.S. Ramachandran:
    The Tell-Tale Brain A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness The Phantom Brain Great Courses: Gnosticism, by David Brakke The Futurological Congress, by Stanislaw Lem T’lon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, by Jorge Borges, in Collected Fictions What’s Expected of Us, by Ted Chiang  
    All original music copyright 2020 The Paranoid Strain Orchestra.

    • 3 hr 11 min
    Reality is an Illusion? Part 1

    Reality is an Illusion? Part 1

    We came, we saw, we conquered, and we rendered it all into an mp3 file. Welcome back to the Paranoid Strain.

    This is the first of a two-part series that is not, technically, about conspiracy theories per se. We see this show as a proud defender of reality against conspiracist nonsense. But we felt it would be unfair if we didn’t spend a couple of episodes exploring exactly how little we understand about reality, when you really get down to brass tacks. This time, we’re going over phi

    • 3 hr 20 min


    Welcome back. We hope you enjoyed the silliness of our previous, Moon landing episode, because unfortunately, this topic is deadly serious. 

    Yes, unfortunately, in spite of the almost unbelievable number of lives that have been saved by vaccinations over the past couple hundred years, a still-growing number of well-intentioned, but deeply ill-informed parents continue to avoid or delay vaccinations for their children. The result, as anyone who watches the headlines knows, is an ever-increasing i

    • 2 hr 29 min
    The Moon Landing(s)

    The Moon Landing(s)

    That’s one small episode for a Jesuit…one giant leap for a podcast feed.

    Howdy, and welcome to oneathem fun, lighthearted episodes of Ye Olde Paranoid Strain. This one covers the silly, silly idea that we didn’t land on the moon. A bunch of times. But we did. 

    We could have stopped there, but we think you’ll be glad we didn’t.

    We also covered a bunch of others moon-related stuff. Where did it come from (both scientist and lunatic versions). What moon hoax was

    • 2 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

QueenBee0257 ,

Great podcast

The 40 Year Old Boy podcast sent me to this podcast. So informative and thought provoking. Love it!

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Great show!

The way Mike Schmidt continually talks up this show made me finally try it out. Glad I did. Both interesting and entertaining.

sjsenn ,

The best podcast out there!

Paranoid Strain is entertaining and informative. Using facts, the hosts make endless jokes about conspiracy theorists. It’s the best!

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