Beyond Binary Thinking

Beyond Binary Thinking

Tired of entrenched view tribalism and binary debates? A psychologist, a philosopher, and an anthropologist walk into a podcast to air out some echo chambers, and try and a fresh perspective on the most controversial political, social and psychological debates. It's not about Left vs. Right, Us Vs. Them or Good vs. Evil. It's all about dialogue and beyond binary thinking!

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November 21, 2021 165 min

Some say the left have no unity! Yet Toby and Chris had the pleasure of discussing the nuance in the differences between Marxist and Anarchist thought from Comrades: Brenton Lengal (Snow White Zombie Apocalypse, & Buenaventura Durruti), and Duncan Moore and Ryan Aldred (National Committee of the Socialist Party). We managed to avoid it descending into a confrontation, and an inspiring discussion was had.

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Last time we talked China, we discussed the silk and belt road initiative and how china is buying up debt world wide. It seemed like they had a 100 year plan, and the west was falling apart. Now it seems like everyone is struggling, and we're all in it together. We talk to two Americans (including Connor from the Prove Me Wrong, Please podcast) who have lived in China for several years. Initially to discuss whether China will...

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September 5, 2021 52 min

Peter Kris has built several successful startups in the block chain, and has a no nonsense, plain speaking approach to demystifying what is often an unnecessarily jargon filled space. What's overhyped? Where are the risks for retail investors? Why does it use so much energy? And what are some practical applications for blockchain technology that will actually help transform the internet of money from an investment bubble to a ...

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August 31, 2021 91 min

The OG crew get weird and discuss traditional moral dilemmas such as the trolley problem, whether you should speak up at a wedding if you don't think the couple should marry. If our moral revulsion to certain acts is evolved, when is that instinct helpful, and when is it not?

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German Political Analyst and Strategist Marc Saxer bring his experience in Asia and a unique perspective on how to transform Western politics.

If Neo-Liberalism is dying, why has the Left failed to capitalize on it? How can climate change activism become more effective?

We get into Identity Politics, the Culture Wars, and why polarized activism gets cancelled out by its tribal polar opposite. How can we break out of our political ...

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We discuss the need to avoid religious dogma on the path to enlightenment and Nirvana. A fascinating exploration of Buddhism from two perspectives often presented as conflicting opposites. What does Buddhism have to teach us about history, philosophy, our reality, history, and ourselves.

Hear more from Brenton here:

https://linktr.ee/BrentonLengel

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Feminists often assume you’re either with them, or you're wrong, and IMHO this is a a big reason why many fail to be persuasive.

However, Becs, my favorite and most charming Feminist friend was willing to come on for another round, and persuade me otherwise.

At the halfway point, we get into INCELs, and true and false claims of sexual harassment, and violence.

A history of and a future for misogyny and misandry.

So this convers...

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From the Fermi Paradox to Dyson swarms, the gang talks gravity assists, solar sails, recent developments in astrophysics, and the final frontier. What's the chance of life on other planets? How easy would it be to communicate with them, and would we want to?

Music from Art-X & Sumac Dub (free download at odgprod.com)

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As America joins most developed nations with Church attendance no longer a majority activity, we ask: Is organized religion doomed, and what's worth saving?

Matthew Distefano has been a shining light in a church that seems to have lost its way. Jesus was a person of color, killed in an act of state violence, but how often is moral leadership seen from those who would claim religious authority?

Pablo and Chris share their experi...

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Leftube's rising Solarpunk Anarchist Saint Andrew delivers impactful essays on the problems and needs to go beyond Colonialism's legacy, and the inequities it continues to promote. We discussed the history and future of European Colonialism, and the backlash all of its critics face. If there is no winding back the clock, how do we move forwards? A superbly passionate and optimistic conversation on a topic that people are ...

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April 18, 2021 72 min

After a decade of a party split by New Labour centrists, Momentum, Jeremy Corbyn, Brexit, and terrible election results, what is next for the Labour party in the UK? We're joined by a superbly well informed guest to dive deep on how the Labour party can rebuild, and come back stronger.

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An American and British Perspective on modern racism, and why so many continue to argue at every opportunity against the Black Lives Matter movement.

How racist is it to deny the existence of systemic racism? Aren't things better than they've ever been?

Are terms like White Supremacy, Fragility, and Privilege helpful to dialogue?

What can White People do to ally themselves in the struggle against racism?

Is racism a bigger ...

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March 5, 2021 92 min

We predict the end of the housing crises, the globalization of healthcare as a human right, AI taking over from short-sighted middle managers, and leading us into space Shout-out WHRK for supplying the closing track, a great talent, and a great friend.

youtu.be/lCothJoOCtY and 

Sxrx 23 for the image www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/599541769121265460/

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We're joined by Grahame Lynch, Editor, Publisher, Journalist, and Raconteur Extraordinaire of the Australian Telecommunications Industry, for a behind the scenes discussion of why Facebook stopped showing News on its news-feed, and the history behind it. What does this all mean for the future of media, social media, and the tech giants?

If this is just the beginning, how can they expect to be treated by other countries, and wh...

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February 14, 2021 85 min

We are mortal, and one day we will all die.

Whilst navigating this thorny discussion through tales of personal experience, uplifting philosophical musings and the occasional flippant attempt at brevity we find ourselves exploring some surprisingly meaningful insights into our own psyches, to find ways of dealing with the concept of mortality.

All while confronting the nihilistic hedonism that steers so much of contemporary western ...

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February 5, 2021 67 min
The American Gun Control Debate seems fiercely polemic; Liberals frame the gun lobby as right-wing rednecks with blood on their hands. Conservatives point to the gang shootings in Democrat run cities caused by the failed attempts at gun control. This leaves gun-rights activists on the left in an uncomfortable minority. A deep dive on a fascinating topic war, from one of gun cultures most well-spoken proponents. Follow and suppo...
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January 31, 2021 80 min

The Chinese, and their apologists point to how relatively peaceful China's modern expansion has been in comparison with the Western Superpowers. Activists from Hong Kong to the Uyghurs beg to differ. The Belt and Road Initiative, the Silk Road 2.0, worldwide trade deals, and buying up of foreign debt in return for massive construction partnerships make for a aggressively growing China. Meanwhile for stalling economies, with ...

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January 22, 2021 121 min

Nuclear Energy is deeply misunderstood, shrouded in technical jargon, and all the secrecy you'd expect from Cold War weapon technology.

Uncertainty breeds misinformation, and so we were blessed to have Sean Kenny, an expert guest on the next generation of nuclear molten salt reactors.

An enlightening and intriguing conversation was had on the risks and rewards environmentally, and geo-politically for investing in the next gener...

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December 4, 2020 98 min

Chris finally has the nuances of Feminist theory explained to him in a thought provoking debate.

Why do only a minority of people consider themselves Feminist?

What does the movement get right, where can it improve, and why is this still a controversial topic?

Why are we still talking about Jordan Peterson!? Two insightful guests help Beyond Binary Thinking finally broach, one of our more polemic topics.

Outro music by the phenome...

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Social Media Giants promised a revolution in how we would communicate and form communities.

The promise of the Arab Spring has been tainted by genocides in Myanmar, and Ethiopia, accelerated by dictator sponsored Facebook ads. The technological revolution built on innovation has grown so monopolistic, that few dare to build close to Google's "kill-zone". We talk to PeteyVid's Craig Stadler about alternatives, how ...

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