Published on:

7th Jun 2024

Supplementary Materials 8: Lab Leak Discourse, Toxic YouTube Dynamics, and the Metaphysics of Peppa Pig

We stare into the abyss and welcome darkness into our souls as we discuss:

  • Feedback on the Žižek episode
  • Middle Aged Men's Health Update
  • Alina Chan and the newest round of Lab Leak Discourse
  • Discourse Surfing Pundits
  • Alex O'Connor cornering Jordan Peterson on the resurrection
  • The philosophical and Marxist implications of Peppa Pig
  • Potential Alternatives to Hipster Christianity and New Atheism
  • Andrew Gold's Heretics Channel and Toxic YouTube Dynamics
  • Editorializing and Responsible Criticism
  • Balaji Srinivasan's Waffling Defence of Huberman
  • The 'Elite Defector' Pose
  • Verbal Fluency vs. Substance
  • Heterodox and Anti-Vaxx Incentive Structures
  • James Lindsay's most recent idiocy
  • Desperate Call to Action


The full episode is available for Patreon subscribers (1 hr 14 mins).

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Decoding the Gurus
A psychologist and an anthropologist try to make sense of the world's greatest self-declared Gurus.
An exiled Northern Irish anthropologist and a hitchhiking Australian psychologist take a close look at the contemporary crop of 'secular gurus', iconoclasts, and other exiles from the mainstream, offering their own brands of unique takes and special insights.

Leveraging two of the most diverse accents in modern podcasting, Chris and Matt dig deep into the claims, peek behind the psychological curtains, and try to figure out once and for all... What's it all About?

Join us, as we try to puzzle our way through and talk some smart-sounding smack about the intellectual giants of our age, from Jordan Peterson to Robin DiAngelo. Are they revolutionary thinkers or just grifters with delusions of grandeur?

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Christopher Kavanagh

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A Northern Irish cognitive anthropologist who occasionally moonlights as a social psychologist. Chris has long standing interests in the psychology of conspiracy theorists and pseudoscience. His academic research focuses on the Cognitive Science of Religion and ritual psychology. He lives happily in Japan with his family.

Matthew Browne

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An Australian psychologist and numbers-guy. He does research on all kinds of stuff, but particularly enjoys looking into why people believe the things they do: religion, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine and stuff. He's into social media in the same way people slow down for car accidents.