Conspirituality

By Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker

A weekly study of converging right-wing conspiracy theories and faux-progressive wellness utopianism. At best, the conspirituality movement attacks public health efforts in times of crisis. At worst, it fronts and recruits for the fever-dream of QAnon. As the alt-right and New Age horseshoe toward each other in a blur of disinformation, clear discourse and good intentions get smothered. Charismatic influencers exploit their followers by co-opting conspiracy theories on a spectrum of intensity ranging from vaccines to child trafficking. In the process, spiritual beliefs that have nurtured creativity and meaning are transforming into memes of a quickly-globalizing paranoia. Conspirituality Podcast attempts to bring understanding to this landscape. A journalist, a cult researcher, and a philosophical skeptic discuss the stories, cognitive dissonances, and cultic dynamics tearing through the yoga, wellness, and new spirituality worlds. Mainstream outlets have noticed the problem. We crowd-source, research, analyze, and dream answers to it.

  1. 1.
    Bonus Sample: Doomsday Prophecy & Spirituality Porn
    12:05
  2. 2.
    55: Games Against Humanity (w/C. Thi Nguyen)
    1:40:36
  3. 3.
    Bonus Sample: What Will Yoga Do to Our Children?
    10:00
  4. 4.
    54: Māori MAGA (w/ Joe Trinder and Anke Richter)
    1:57:48
  5. 5.
    Bonus Sample: How Many Monuments Must Fall?
    9:17
  6. 6.
    53: Learning Cultish (w/Amanda Montell)
    1:47:30
  7. 7.
    Bonus Sample: Loaded Language & Productive Discussion
    9:33
  8. 8.
    52: The Clerical Class of the Right (w/Alex Ebert)
    1:33:49
  1. 9.
    Bonus Sample: No Moral Outrage Porn, No Punching Down
    9:12
  2. 10.
    51: You Can’t Force It (w/Devendra Banhart)
    2:17:24
  3. 11.
    Bonus Sample: On the Anxiety of Death
    5:49
  4. 12.
    50. Sellouts & Zealots (w/ Sheena Sood)
    2:21:01
  5. 13.
    Bonus Sample: The God-Man & His Enabler: How Ken Wilber Got Adi Da All Wrong
    10:40
  6. 14.
    49: Tik Tok Fulfillment Center (w/Abbie Richards)
    2:14:56
  7. 15.
    Bonus Sample: Post-Cult Shame
    10:12
  8. 16.
    48: Traumatic Influence (w/Kyra Haglund & Hala Khouri)
    2:09:15
  9. 17.
    Bonus Sample: Vanillaroma
    15:53
  10. 18.
    47: Is An Ethical Cult Possible? (w/ Jamie Wheal)
    2:49:41
  11. 19.
    Bonus Sample: Gaia & The Map to Nowhere
    6:20
  12. 20.
    46: Back to the Vax (w/Lydia Greene & Heather Simpson)
    2:24:29
  13. 21.
    Bonus Sample: Pray & Work
    8:36
  14. 22.
    45: Theatre of the Transferred
    1:34:19
  15. 23.
    Bonus Sample: The Role of Intuition
    3:54
  16. 24.
    44: Netflix & Pill
    1:21:18
  17. 25.
    Bonus Sample: This is NOT Just a Drug!
    7:30
  18. 26.
    43: How to Redpill a Yoga Podcaster
    1:33:16
  19. 27.
    Bonus Sample: “CIS White Man” Means So Many Things
    8:28
  20. 28.
    42: Deradicalizing From Digital Hate (w/Caolan Robertson)
    2:17:05
  21. 29.
    Bonus Sample: Cats and the Meaning of Life
    8:19
  22. 30.
    41: Snark Tank
    1:24:07
  23. 31.
    Bonus Sample: Stranded On The Lifeboat: Escaping The Large Group Awareness Cult
    5:04
  24. 32.
    40: White Supremacy: Grift and Gravity (w/Michelle Cassandra Johnson & Daniel Lombroso)
    2:06:42
  25. 33.
    Bonus Sample: Anti-Masker at the Skating Trail
    9:51
  26. 34.
    39: How to Talk about Conspiracy Theories (w/Anna Merlan)
    1:56:47
  27. 35.
    Bonus Sample: How to Debate on Social Media
    6:36
  28. 36.
    38: Natural Hopes, Natural Fallacies (w/Drs Juniper Martin & Adriana Berusch)
    2:13:18
  29. 37.
    Bonus Sample: The Devil & The Arrow of Time
    6:40
  30. 38.
    37: Guru Jagat Cultjacks Kundalini Yoga (w/Philip Deslippe & Stacie Stukin)
    2:23:11
  31. 39.
    Bonus Sample: Michael Roach Meditates COVID Away
    12:13
  32. 40.
    36: Guru Jagat’s Pandemic Brandwash (w/Philip Deslippe & Stacie Stukin)
    2:16:22
  33. 41.
    Hearing Voices, Seeing Colors, & Fighting Phantoms
    41:30
  34. 42.
    35: Séance Science (w/Susannah Crockford)
    2:40:37
  35. 43.
    34: Insurrectionist Influencers (w/RP Eddy)
    1:53:17
  36. 44.
    33: Manipulating the Hero’s Journey
    2:21:56
  37. 45.
    32: Both Sides Pt 2: Healing & Sense-making in the New Year (w/Charles Eisenstein)
    2:49:17
  38. 46.
    31: Bro Science: Anti-Vaxxers (w/Jonathan Berman)
    2:39:55
  39. 47.
    Bonus: Solstice Light in the Man Cave
    1:06:16
  40. 48.
    30: Are There Really Two Sides? (w/ Charles Eisenstein)
    2:09:08
  41. 49.
    29: Bro Science (w/Dr. Dan Wilson)
    2:22:54
  42. 50.
    28: Resurrection of Jordan Peterson (w/Jeff Brown)
    1:53:16

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