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When I was in second grade, I had a lunchbox with Bert and Ernie on it. On the lunchbox, Bert was carrying a lunchbox, with Bert and Ernie on it. On that lunchbox, Bert was carrying a lunchbox...and I wondered: how far do the lunchboxes go? Am I in a lunchbox too?? You're opening the Infinite Lunchbox for a *fresh take* on what's going on. I'm Stephanie Lepp — socially-engaged artist, producer, and your monochromatic host. Subscribe to stay tuned. If you're new to the show, start with the DE ...
 
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Rebel Wisdom has been covering the ongoing controversy over the claims to do with the drug Ivermectin and those who claim the Covid vaccines are dangerous. The principle advocate for Ivermectin has been the doctor Pierre Kory and his organisation the Frontline Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC). However, behind the scenes there has been growin…
 
For years Rebel Wisdom has been focused on the problems of Sensemaking, how we find truth together. The pandemic has made all these problems worse. We are lost in echo chambers, manipulated by narrative warfare and the hacking of our attention by the big tech platforms. The problem of Sensemaking is right at the core of all our issues, because how …
 
Over the last few weeks, Rebel Wisdom has been investigating the claims of vaccine dangers made by Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying and their guests on the Dark Horse podcast. This has not been an easy process given Bret and Heather are former interviewees and friends. But the stakes could not be higher, and this issue shows up all of the problems…
 
What does Eric Weinstein make of the current controversy around vaccines and Ivermectin, centred on the criticism of his brother Bret's podcast, the Dark Horse. In the last days, Sam Harris and former guest Yuri Deigin have both been heavily critical of claims made by both Bret and his guests. In this conversation with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller, …
 
In recent months, Ivermectin has gone from a little known anti parasite drug to a culture war battleground - for some it's a potential miracle drug for treating and prevention of Covid and for others it's over-hyped snake oil. Discussion of Ivermectin has also led to censorship from the Big Tech platforms. But the free speech/censorship dynamic is …
 
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're WEIRD - raised in a culture which is Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic. Joseph Henrich is professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a pioneer in the study of WEIRD psychology - how it evolved, its unique characteristics, and why we need to understand it. …
 
There has been a lot of heat recently around YouTube censoring Bret Weinstein's Dark Horse podcast discussions around the vaccines and the drug Ivermectin. Yesterday Quillette published an article highly critical of Bret co-authored by Yuri Deigin, one of the researchers who uncovered evidence on the 'lab leak' hypothesis and a former guest on Bret…
 
Zubin Damania, AKA ZDoggMD is a Stanford-trained MD who became something of a medical star during Covid. In this conversation with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller they discuss the difficulty in finding truth online, the rise in censorship by the big tech platforms, and also his keen interest in the future of healthcare and his interest in spirituality …
 
What are Daniel Schmachtenberger, John Vervaeke, Sara Ness & Doshin Roshi trying to make sense of right now? We catch up with the faculty of our online course, Sensemaking 101, to find out what questions they've been wresting with recently. We also discuss how we think the information landscape has shifted in the last 6 months, reflect on the chall…
 
In the last few weeks, the suggestion that the Covid virus emerged from a lab in Wuhan instead of the wild has gone from 'fringe conspiracy theory', to 'possibility' to 'most likely explanation' for many mainstream media outlets. At the same time, the way that the 'consensus' position was created and defended has been laid bare. This is a hugely im…
 
Zak is an influential voice among those wrestling with the deep problems with the source code of our culture, and he is particularly focused on the problems of learning and education. We welcomed Zak to this Digital Campfire event, where we will dive into his concept of a "Time Between Worlds". His piece a year ago, "A War Broke out in Heaven" caus…
 
Jonathan Rowson is a philosopher and chess grandmaster, who did an interview with Jordan Peterson at the Royal Society for the Arts in January 2018. In the aftermath he received a lot of criticism online from Peterson's fans, and spent six months trying to make sense of his interaction with the 'Peterson Phenomenon'. This took the form of a long es…
 
In this episode of the Wisdom Gym, we're joined by Stephen Jenkinson, best known as one of the world's leading commentators on our cultural attitudes to death. The author of 'Die Wise' and 'The Case for Elderhood in Times of Trouble', Jenkinson is also a musician, cultural activist and co-founder of a training school called Orphan Wisdom. With a li…
 
As psychedelics enter the mainstream, a lot of people are concerned that they're being captured by corporate interests. In this debate, hosted by the Oxford University Psychedelic Society on 27 May, Alexander Beiner and Lars Wilde (President and Co-Founder of Compass Pathways) discussed the controversies surrounding Compass Pathways' patenting stra…
 
Over the last year, Heather Heying and her husband Bret Weinstein have turned their podcast the Dark Horse, into a commentary on the pandemic. It's a long way from their background as evolutionary biology professors at Evergreen college, which they were forced to leave in 2017. How has the journey been over the last year, and what can be learnt fro…
 
What have we learnt from Brian Rose's spectacular London Mayor flameout, and assorted other scams? This was a conversation including Nic Gabriel, the original co-host of London Real, Coffeezilla, who has done so much to expose Brian over the last months, hosted by Rebel Wisdom in the Digital Campfire. David Fuller has just written a new Medium piec…
 
Alan Watts is still considered one of the most penetrating and influential thinkers on the topic of spirituality, and played a pivotal role in introducing the west to Eastern religious thinking. In this edition of the Rebel Wisdom Book Club, author and Watts expert Tim Lott discusses one of his most intriguing books, 'The Book: The Taboo Against Kn…
 
What is a Live Player? How does this concept help us make sense of the cultural landscape? Is becoming one important, maybe essential? Samo Burja is a deep thinker with a talent for creating concepts that help make sense of the cultural landscape, such as 'Live Player', meaning a person or organisation capable of novelty, versus one only able to ru…
 
Mary recently took part in Rebel Wisdom's first 'Sex and Culture' event, where there was a great deal of interest in her concept of 'reactionary feminism'. She returns to Rebel Wisdom for a showcase event in our Digital Campfire, in dialogue with Raven Connolly. She says: "The central contention of reactionary feminism is that the ideas of 'freedom…
 
NEW INC invited me to give an artist talk about Deep Reckonings, moderated by the illustrious Kat Cizek. In it, I do something I've never done before: guide people in writing Deep Reckonings scripts! In other words, guide people in imagining our better angels. In this case, the better angel of Jeff Bezos. This episode is better watched on YouTube: …
 
In the face of multiple existential threats, and a pervasive crisis of meaning, how can we reconnect to our deepest purpose and what techniques and practices can help us reboot. Jamie Wheal is launching his new book, Recapture the Rapture, based on three principles: Choose Your Own Apocalypse, The Alchemist's Cookbook and Ethical Cult Building. Reb…
 
Brian Rose is the grift that keeps on giving. After his successful attempts to part people from their money through his scam 'Digital Freedom Platform' last year, he's now running for London Mayor. After becoming a laughing stock on YouTube, Brian is now determined to bring his failing personality cult to the capital's voters. He claims to be runni…
 
Integral Theory has been a hugely influential school of thought in alternative communities for decades, likely peaking in the early 2000s. Created largely by the philosopher Ken Wilber, it still maintains a strong influence, and has featured several times on Rebel Wisdom. What light can it shed on current cultural dynamics? This was a discussion on…
 
Recently, we released 'Endgame for the Psychedelic Renaissance?' in which Alexander Beiner caught up with Jamie Wheal to make sense of recent tensions in the psychedelic space around patenting, IP disputes and lobbying. In this follow up, we move the conversation forward to explore possible ways to reboot the psychedelic renaissance. Jamie lays out…
 
Call-out culture is all about straw manning: representing the weakest version of someone's position (or the weakest version of something they tweeted a decade ago). So call-IN culture would be all about STEEL manning: representing the strongest version of someone's position. But what would that actually look like in practice? This video is a teaser…
 
The New York Times has a headline this week: "Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic." The article does the predictable tug-of-war between online and in-person learning, ultimately arriving at the obvious conclusion that online learning works better for some students than others, and that online and in-person can be mixed-and-matc…
 
Amazon workers in Alabama are trying to unionize. And influential people are trying to convince Jeff Bezos to support the campaign: Bernie, Danny Glover, even THE PRESIDENT. But what might actually move Bezos to support unionization, and more broadly, *change the game*? Also -- for those of you on Clubhouse, I'm hosting a conversation about the fut…
 
After a year of living with the pandemic, it's painfully obvious that we can't treat health and economy as either/or. So how to we treat them as both/and? What's the equivalent of sustainable development -- which economic development with sustainability -- for integrating economic development with *health*? And....what could such a phenomenon be CA…
 
Have you noticed the evolution of Disney? Have you noticed how the concept of good vs. evil, the women characters, and other aspects of the storylines have evolved over time? WELL THEY HAVE. But does that mean I only want my daughter to watch the most recent Disney movies, with more redemptive conceptions of evil and empowered women characters? Not…
 
In the aftermath of the Atlanta and Boulder shootings, we're doing the gun legislation impasse rigamarole. What could move things forward? Might it be helpful to hear from public servants who *expanded* their views on gun control — to include both gun rights and gun safety? Introducing the power of FORMERS. Watch on YouTube: http://bit.ly/gunformer…
 
The New York Times' The Daily podcast on 3/16/21 was about how conservative lawmakers are increasingly embracing wind. Host Michael Barbaro and reporter Dionne Searcey refreshingly bring up the phenomenon of *identity* -- and talk about how a shift from coal to wind isn't just a change in jobs, but a change in identity. Which implies that coal mine…
 
Tensions are running high in the fast-growing field of psychedelic medicine. As companies use aggressive tactics to corner the market, researchers and activists are being pushed toward check-mate. Alexander Beiner speaks with Jamie Wheal to make sense of what's been happening - including patent grabs, Tim Ferriss raising the alarm around psychedeli…
 
Clubhouse is the new audio-only social media network that's been described as a continual podcast that you can drop in and take part in. It's been valued at over $1bn, making it a rare 'unicorn' company, and is now growing exponentially as competitors like Facebook scramble to produce competing versions. Is the hype justified, and what are the dyna…
 
What if the way to transcend our post-truth crisis is not to double-down on our Enlightenment-era relationship with truth and knowledge? What if transcending post-truth requires...a NEW Enlightenment? For years, I've been scared to share these thoughts. But I just shared them in an upcoming VPRO documentary. And I've discovered that I have intellec…
 
What does free speech mean in practice, and just as importantly, what are the rights and responsibilities of creators and journalists? Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller and Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster of Triggernometry explore the complexities of free speech in an enjoyable and sometimes heated conversation. Triggernometry Channel To discuss the …
 
At the weekend, the New York Times published a long awaited article about one of the world's most celebrated blogs, Slate Star Codex, a central node of the influential rationalist community. Called 'Silicon Valley's Safe Space', it was widely criticised as an inaccurate hit piece: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/13/te...​ This is an interview with …
 
Dr Gabor Maté is a bestselling author and one of the world's leading voices in the science of the mind-body connection, healing addiction and transforming trauma. In this episode of the Wisdom Gym, he talks about how the pandemic is affecting our ability to connect, and what we can do in relation to it. He also demonstrates a powerful psychotherape…
 
What is the link between spirituality and eugenics? What is the dark side of spirituality? This conversation brings together Alex Ebert, singer and songwriter for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Jules Evans, philosopher and writer. Jules will be doing a series of exclusive talks for the Rebel Wisdom Digital Campfire starting Thursday 11th…
 
In the last week so many of the topics that Rebel Wisdom has been covering burst onto the world stage, the birth of new religions, the overlap between spirituality and conspiracy/Q Anon, and more, all personified in the iconic image of the Q Anon Shaman, leading the mob that stormed the seat of American democracy. In this film, we try to pull apart…
 
In this latest film in Rebel Wisdom's Sensemaking Series, David Fuller attempts to make sense of an astonishing week for America and the world. From the scenes in the US Capitol, Q Anon making the final leap from fringe conspiracy theory to the centre of American government, to the reaction of big tech, Twitter booting Donald Trump and the demise o…
 
Psychedelics are going mainstream. With landmark studies in the last decade showing their incredible potential in treating serious mental health conditions, 2020 saw a goldrush of investment. But what are the implications as psychedelics move from the counterculture to the boardroom? In this short documentary, Alexander Beiner speaks to leading exp…
 
In the first episode of 'Decoding Culture', Alexander Beiner is joined by Jonathan Pageau and Jules Evans to discuss whether we're witnessing the birth of major new religions in 2020. In a three way conversation, we try to make sense of cultural phenomena like Wokeism and Conspirituality to figure out whether they're historical blips, new forms of …
 
Chloe Valdary uses art and literature to teach empathy, depolarisation and anti-racism. But not anti-racism as practiced by the likes of Ibram Kendi or Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility). In fact, she believes that Critical Race Theory is a betrayal of the artistic heritage of Black America. In this conversation with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller, they…
 
If Trump conceded, what would he say? This episode is part of Deep Reckonings — a series of explicitly-marked deepfake videos that imagine Mark Zuckerberg, Brett Kavanaugh, and other public figures having a reckoning. Here, an imaginary Donald Trump concedes the 2020 election. Want to see Trump give a real concession speech? Tweet: .@realDonaldTrum…
 
The pandemic has led a lot of people to rethink every aspect of their lives, where they work, where they live, who they live with. Rich Bartlett says it's created a huge boost in the number of people who say they want to create community. But it's not so easy. Rich has spent the last decade or so looking at why communities succeed, why they fail, a…
 
Why is Rebel Wisdom listed as 'far right' in a new academic study? Does it point to a major crisis in sensemaking in mainstream institutions? In this latest edition of the Sensemaking Series, we take a look at the questions raised by this report, from academics at places like Harvard, Santa Fe Institute, University of Pennsylvania and more. The stu…
 
Spiritual Emergency is the name given to a psychological crisis with spiritual overtones. It was coined by the psychologist Stan Grof in the 1970s. Dr Tim Read is a leading psychiatrist and is also trained as a holotropic breathwork practitioner with Stan Grof. He was Consultant at the Royal London Hospital for over twenty years leading the Liaison…
 
Jamie Wheal is a long time friend of Rebel Wisdom, the creator of the Flow Genome Project, author of 'Stealing Fire', and the upcoming 'Recapture the Rapture'. In this member Q&A he talks about the nature of flow, whether mainstream culture is also a cult, and much more. Check out the Flow Genome Project here: https://www.flowgenomeproject.com/ To …
 
In the wake of the US election, the political divisions are as deep as ever. How can we hope to build dialogue across those divides? John Wood Jr is the ambassador for Braver Angels, a grassroots organisation that tries to mediate between the different warring tribes. What techniques work, and what kind of narratives might unite us? Check our Rebel…
 
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