Conspirituality

By Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker

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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.

Episode Date
27: Finding Meaning (and Laughs) in Crisis (w/Alex Auder)
2:01:17
Though we’re all staying put this holiday season, we continue to super-spread our conspirituality vibes. This week we’re fielding listener questions for our first-ever non-Patreon AMA. During this episode, we’ll be talking about our own spiritual beliefs, finding meaning in crisis, Matthew being canceled, and more. For a holiday treat, Matthew interviews friend of the pod, the fabulous Alex Auder, about what it means to...

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Nov 25, 2020
Bonus: Diversity Has Always Mattered
45:25
Derek discusses the importance of diversity in our discourse through three disciplines he loves: international music, fitness, and psychedelics.
Nov 23, 2020
26: Return of the Repressed, Or The Drugs Paula White is Not On (w/Brian Muraresku)
2:09:58
The psychedelic roots of Christianity, Paula White gets the Eminem treatment, laughing away your ignorance, and much more.
Nov 20, 2020
Bonus: Digital Soldiers, Purity Tests, & Word Magic
28:07
How do populist ideas on both the Right and Left identify “the people” and their enemies? Julian investigates Balkanized social media audiences.
Nov 16, 2020
25: Waking Up from Cancel Culture (w/Clementine Morrigan & Jay from F*cking Cancelled)
2:33:16
Can the woke be too woke? We discuss.
Nov 13, 2020
Bonus: Sh*tposting and The Embodiment Conference
46:26
Matthew takes a big-picture look at Embodiment Conference founder, Mark Walsh.
Nov 09, 2020
24: Body Politic Recovery (w/Tada Hozumi)
1:58:43
Election week in America: the virus will be with us for some time to come.
Nov 06, 2020
Bonus: COVID Fatigue & Empathy (w/Dr. Ali Haider)
32:34
Derek talks with Dr. Ali Haider about being on the frontlines of COVID-19. Dr. Haider is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University Medical School. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Haider is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and vascular ultrasound. He is well versed in all aspects of...

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Nov 02, 2020
23: Election Resilience (w/Hala Khouri, Lissa Rankin, and Tara Stiles)
2:14:25
With an election only days away, we reflect on how to manage our stress and fears in this moment.
Oct 29, 2020
Bonus: Hay House & New Age Jesus
43:50
Matthew explores insidious rhetoric by Hay House authors.
Oct 26, 2020
22: Racism & Fraud in New Age Publishing (w/Rebekah Borucki & Dr Jay Mohan)
1:41:52
Rebekah Borucki joins in as our first guest host to discuss leaving her position at New Age publisher, Hay House.
Oct 22, 2020
Bonus: A Letter to a Friend in a Cult
11:29
Matthew offers a tribute to Richard Vaughn.
Oct 19, 2020
21: Om-ed and Dangerous: Militant Wellness (w/Sarah Hightower)
1:37:50
The real-world consequences of conspiracy thinking in cult environments.
Oct 15, 2020
Bonus: The White Yogi, The Brown Activist, and the Evil Billionaire
27:09
Julian focuses on a recent article circulating in the yogasphere making dubious claims.
Oct 12, 2020
20: The Second Wave: Pastel Q Goes Undercover (w/Ben Lee)
2:17:45
The second wave is here: Pastel Q devotees are out in full force as the election approaches.
Oct 08, 2020
Bonus: Bullying Gates, Bullying Biden: The Conspiracy of Male Violence
25:14
Matthew looks at the culture of male violence.
Oct 05, 2020
19: Hurtling Into the Q-Hole (w/Mike Rains)
1:40:21
Thirty-two days out from the election and every hour reveals another layer of intensity. The more widely conspirituality and QAnon spreads, the more normalized mundane political violence becomes. In this episode, Derek looks at how the virus of conspiracism is now overtly threatening the basic premises of voting, as Emperor Trump projects a fiction about electoral fraud, even as he loses his clothes. Matthew looks...

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Oct 01, 2020
Bonus: Demons in QAnon & Beyond (w/Professor Jonathan O’Donnell)
54:35
Demonology expert Jonathon O’Donnell talks with Matthew about demons in QAnon.
Sep 28, 2020
18: From Psych Meds to Red Pills (w/Jules Evans)
2:04:27
We discuss Matthew's recent deep dive into Kelly Brogan and Sayer Ji. British philosopher Jules Evans joins the conversation.
Sep 24, 2020
17: The Politics of QAnon Spirituality (w/Seane Corn & Jared Yates Sexton)
2:22:50
Seane Corn and Jared Yates Sexton join this week to discuss QAnon, wellness, and American history.
Sep 17, 2020
16: So You Want to Save the Earth? (w/John Roulac)
1:52:14
How QAnon distracts from ecology, with special guest John Roulac.
Sep 10, 2020
15: Tantra: Sex, Death, & Chaos (w/Alex Auder)
2:11:59
We explore Tantra old and new, share personal stories, and take a comedy break with Alex Auder.
Sep 03, 2020
14: The Problem with Revelation: Psychedelics and Conspiracies (w/Lorna Liana)
2:04:16
We discuss the effect conspiracy theories are having on psychedelics enthusiasts.
Aug 27, 2020
13: Religion Can Be A Dangerous Verb (w/Dr Theo Wildcroft)
2:12:16
Finally, we take on Big Essential Oil. Theo Wildcroft returns to discuss conspiritualists in religion.
Aug 20, 2020
12: So You Want To Stop Child Abuse (w/Regan Williams & Dr Theo Wildcroft)
2:15:17
Theo Wildcroft and Regan Williams join the conversation to discuss real-world ways to stop child abuse.
Aug 13, 2020
11: Cults and Disaster Spirituality
1:48:49
Julian and Matthew discuss their experiences being indoctrinated into cults.
Aug 06, 2020
10: The Anti-Vaxx Agenda (w/Imran Ahmed)
1:53:02
The dangers of anti-vaxx propaganda and how social media platforms profit from it.
Jul 30, 2020
9: Ableism in Conspiracy Theories (w/Jivana Heyman)
1:52:00
Accessible Yoga founder, Jivana Heyman, joins the podcast to discuss ableism in conspiracy theories.
Jul 23, 2020
8: Taking Dr. Christiane Northrup Seriously (w/ Professor Jacqueline Antonovich)
1:57:22
Professor Jacqui Antonovich of Nursing Clio discusses the history of charisma, magic, and entrepreneurship in women's wellness.
Jul 16, 2020
7: Doctoring COVID: Christiane Northrup’s Great Truther Awakening (w/Britt Hermes)
1:27:57
A look at Dr. Christiane Northrup's turn to QAnon territory.
Jul 09, 2020
6: Grappling with the Cult of Trump (w/Steven Hassan)
1:54:53
Cult expert Steve Hassan joins this week to discuss his latest book, "The Cult of Trump."
Jul 02, 2020
5: Disease as a Metaphor (w/Maggie Levantovskaya)
1:38:28
The COVID-19 truthers are using old tricks in their branding methods.
Jun 25, 2020
4: Racism in Wellness Culture (w/Dr Natalia Petrzela & Dax-Devlon Ross)
1:20:44
Dr. Natalia Petrzela and Dax-Devlon Ross join the conversation on racism in white wellness culture.
Jun 17, 2020
3: Why Are Spiritual People Vulnerable to Conspiracy Theories?
1:11:39
"Spiritual" leaders are falling victim to right-wing conspiracy theories. What to do?
Jun 11, 2020
2: Conspirituality in Zach Bush and J.P. Sears
1:08:50
A look at recent videos by Zach Bush and JP Sears.
Jun 04, 2020
1: Coronation for Whom?
1:10:52
Thoughts on Charles Eisenstein's essay, "The Coronation."
May 28, 2020
0.2: The Kelly Brogan Effect & Red Pills
1:00:07
A discussion of suspect medical claims made by Kelly Brogan and Sayer Ji. We also talk about Julian's new essay, "The Red Pill Overlap."
May 21, 2020
0.1: Conspiracy Theories & Cult Dynamics
1:16:44
We discuss the anti-vax propaganda film, Plandemic, as well as the intersection between conspiracy theories and cults.
May 14, 2020