60 episodes

We all would like to think that we're immune to being persuaded, but were that true, advertising wouldn't work, the best candidates would always get elected, and our personal relationships would always be equitable.
On Belief examines why, with so much information available to us to dissuade us from joining harmful groups. I ask people who have had first hand experience with harmful groups and sects how they were seduced, how they were tricked, and how they got out.

On Belief: A Podcast About Cult‪s‬ Karen Geier

    • Religion & Spirituality

We all would like to think that we're immune to being persuaded, but were that true, advertising wouldn't work, the best candidates would always get elected, and our personal relationships would always be equitable.
On Belief examines why, with so much information available to us to dissuade us from joining harmful groups. I ask people who have had first hand experience with harmful groups and sects how they were seduced, how they were tricked, and how they got out.

    Bikram Yoga

    Bikram Yoga

    In this episode, we discuss:



    What drew her to yoga
    What it costs to do the 2 month intensive
    What happens at the 2 month intensive
    Why vegans began to eat burgers
    Why white instructors spoke in put-on "Indian" accents
    And more...
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    • 14 min
    The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army

    In this episode, we discuss:



    What are the core beliefs of the Salvation Army?
    Is it really organized like a Military?
    What are services like for kids?
    What is the leadership path like?
    What kinds of ceremonies are there?
    Where does the Bell Ringer money go?
    What's the Salvation Army stance on the LGBTQ+ community?
    And more...
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    • 16 min
    Growing up LDS

    Growing up LDS

    In this episode, we discuss:



    What kinds of demands are put on children in the church from an early age
    How activities were sex segregated
    What rules her parents followed
    What happens to children of divorce in the LDS church
    What it's like to go to BYU
    What it's like to question at BYU
    All about the honor code
    And more...


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    Jehovahs Witnesses and Growing Up

    Jehovahs Witnesses and Growing Up

    My guest joins me to discuss:



    Being born into the Witnesses
    What Jehovah's Witnesses believe about parenting
    What her mother believed about parenting
    What an average week looks like for a Jehovah's Witness kid
    What happens when your mom is disfellowshipped
    And more...
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    • 17 min
    Church of Christ

    Church of Christ

    In this episode, we discuss:



    How the Church of Christ differs from 'mainstream' Christianity
    How her parents, wanting her to have some religious education, inadvertently changed her trajectory in life
    What the main teachings of the church are
    What happens when you have a chastity doctrine at a highschool with boarders
    What the church camp experience is life
    And more...
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    • 17 min
    Conspiracy Theories

    Conspiracy Theories

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    Will Sommer has been covering conspiracy theories since the inception of Pizzagate. He joins me to discuss what drives people to believe seemingly incomprehensible conspiracy theories.


    In this episode, we discuss:



    What is the genesis of Pizzagate?
    Why did people believe and amplify Pizzagate?
    Why didn't Pizzagate end when Comet Pizza was shot up?
    What is QAnon?
    How do people get progressively deeper into QAnon?
    What are the societal impacts of collective belief in conspiracy theories?
    And more...
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    • 17 min

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