Beyond Binary Thinking

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

A Nuanced and British Discussion of Black Lives Matter


The disproportionate murder of people of colour by police forces, and poverty has triggered a series of Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

Are the police racist, or merely policing a structurally racist inequality?

Will the arrest of "a few bad apples" fix the problem?

Does "playing the race card" and toppling statues make things worse in a multicultural society? And if so, why has decades of peaceful protesting been so poorly received? Will more active demonstrations achieve more?

For a nuanced discussion, of all of the above, we're joined by the enormously talented Jamie Mackie whose song features at the end.
https://soundcloud.com/jamie-mackie-20259246


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Sunday, 17 May 2020

Conspicuous Conscious Consumerism


The Beyond Binary team debates whether it's possible to be a conscious consumer, how evolutionary psychology, social media, and a desire to succeed and be conscious drive us all to be more conspicuous in our spending habits, and whether the scorn of this all is helpful. From Zizek to Kim Kardashian via Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates, we talk about poverty shaming, the politics of envy, whether greed is good, and whether progress is possible.


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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Beyond the Conspiracy Theories


From harmless tales of Bigfoot and aliens, a mistrust of everything, and social media has mutated conspiracy theories into a monster. The Beyond Binary Thinking crew are joined by Jonny Miller to discuss how scientific illiteracy, skepticism, algorithms and echo chambers have us dying from preventable diseases, burning down 5g masts, and completely unsure who's running our elections any more. Will Newton's flaming laser sword save us? Do we really hate our own politicians so much, we'd rather leave Russian trolls and billionaire oligarchs in power? Does anyone actually believe Jeffrey Epstein killed himself? We try to go beyond the conspiracy theories. https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/
https://yourbias.is/

Check out the Stalwart Report: UK Gov investigation into mobile phone health effects from 3G roll out. 2003.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org/

Also, for a funny takedown, check out https://rationalwiki.org/


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Saturday, 4 April 2020

Philosophy Crossover with Searching for It


We invite knowledgeable and eloquent guests for a beyond binary discussion, and we knew we'd outdone ourselves as soon as we started talking with Philosopher Lewis Williams from our favourite podcast Searching for It.

What followed was a free and open conversation, following the most interesting tangents intersecting philosophy, psychology, and culture.

Why did Simulism capture the public's imagination and what does it have in common with death cults? How does meditation become a religion, and an ego-driven competition?

Is a utilitarian perspective on ethics against our evolution? Are Buddhism and absurdism, two sides of the same coin? Do Chinese students study Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer to be edgy?

We don't have all the answers, but we ask the fun questions.


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Friday, 20 March 2020

Corona-Cast


The current pandemic is so controversial, we had to abort our first attempt at recording this episode. It devolved into a pretty heated argument.

So we came back vaccinated against disinformation, and ready for a calmer, more entertaining discussion, on how skepticism in the face of social media clickbait, our stone-age misunderstandings of statistics, and a mistrust of government has doomed us.

Will everything be all right? Well it won't ever be the same!

Thanks to Kit Zellerbach for the wonderful outro music.


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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Is America’s Foreign Policy Corrupt or Coherent?


America’s history has always combined colonialist expansion with entrepreneurial spirit. Is Lockheed Martin sponsored war with Iran the inevitable logical step?

Following another longstanding tradition, two Europeans critique American foreign policy.

We’re joined by an American political hip hop artist to help explain whether there’s method to the madness of the orange president, and whether Christian Evangelicals are catalyzing world war three.

We struggle to play devil’s advocate, and discuss how much America will be missed now it’s losing its position of respect as a world power, and running out of money after spending trillions on losing profitable but illegal wars.


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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

The Satanic Temples Kym LaRoux and Chalice Blythe go Beyond Binary Thinking


I was surprised when two senior leaders of The Satanic Temple agreed to a chat, especially given the organisations’s dramatic growth following the warts and all documentary (now on Netflix).

I came prepared to play devil’s advocate. How can a group whose values include the right to offend be inspiring and thoughtful? How does a growing and popular organisation stop themselves from becoming the powerful theocracy they’re protesting against?

The Satanist label clearly gets a lot of press attention, but isn’t it counterproductive for their work in schools and with mental healthcare? I tried to hold up the mirror to some criticism of their members’ groupthink, and hypocrisy.

They responded thoughtfully, and left us awestruck by the depth of their understanding of religion, psychology, philosophy, and how to change the world for the better.

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Artwork by Shirley Pipps: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/3802727...

And here’s a link to Denied Grace’s music! https://www.deniedgrace.com/media


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