NSP030 – Narrativising the Big Bang

How can there be meaning in life if there’s no free will?

In this 30th episode of Narratively Speaking, we travel from the cramped interior of an office elevator to the infinite expanse of the entire universe as we revise some of the through-lines we’ve followed since the podcast began. We cover free will & determinism, the scale of human perspective, and discuss the possibility that our consciousness is a filter for the stuff of the universe.

Big ideas only in this episode! Will you join?

Episode Links

Intro clip (Lucy):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nELxnSK1SHk
Sam Harris – Taking the Redpill on Free Will:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFazP2nBIqQ
Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t_Uyi9bNS4
Arthur C. Clarke (quote):
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/arthur_c_clarke_101182

NSP collaborators

Adem Koci: @podcastanon
Doug Wilson: @kundalinirunning
Angus Younga: @angusyoungaofficial
Joel Pearse: @campfirebreath
Rod Evans: @djelevate
Jessica: @jezebelisgone

NSP029 – The Story Russel Brand Tells

Starting out as a stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor, Russel Brand has become a divisive public figure for the past 15 years.

Not particularly notable as a Hollywood superstar, Brand burst into the mainstream media pushing political a message of revolution and political non-compliance. The establishment weren’t quite sure what to make of him.

Whether you’re a fan or hater, the one thing Russel Brand is not is boring. Let’s have a look at his career and the story he tells.

Episode Links

Intro Clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD-DYjqW7HQ

Russel Brand:
https://www.russellbrand.com/podcasts/

Where Did Russell Brand Go?
https://www.kqed.org/pop/64857/where-did-russell-brand-go-the-answer-is-more-interesting-and-complex-than-youd-think

Russel Brand on Paxman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk

23 minutes with Russel Brand:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Hz8DJWFEA

Russel Brand’s political revolution:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WATd8hqnjZE

Russel Brand on Fame:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg4NQRn7Xos

Russell Brand interview with Mehdi Hasan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBaVG_Oiwtw

The Trews – Emergency: VOTE to Start Revolution:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwGBTcIHN0U

The Trews – Why I Backed Labour:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdQVDpqBgiE

The Trews – Final Episode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvoqQT41wos

NSP028 – How To Re-Write Your Story

We never truly know how much the stories we tell influence those around us.

Today we talk to Joel Pearse; mental health support provider, rapper and aspiring comedian, who, unbeknownst to him, was actually a major catalyst for the creation of this podcast.

We discuss, among other things, his experiences working as a mental health support provider at a youth center, and how he applied the practice of Narrative Therapy to help troubled kids re-write the stories they told about themselves.

And you’ll never guess one of the influences that convinced him to explore this line of treatment…

Find JP’s work on the web:

Bandcamp:
https://campfirebreath.bandcamp.com/

Facebook:
facebook.com/campfirebreath

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/campfirebreath/
https://www.instagram.com/joel.pearse.comedy/
https://www.instagram.com/howsgetfuckedsound/

Intro Clip:

The Pursuit of Happyness: Basketball and Dreams:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZb2NOHPA2A

NSP027 – A Story of Synchronicity (and Ayahuasca)

Do you believe in synchronicity?

Today I have a discussion with Alex Snarski, an old friend whom I hadn’t seen for 13 years but happened to bump into while shopping for audio cables at the HiFi store where he works.

We started talking and found we had both developed interests in consciousness, meditation and Ayahuasca over the 13 years we had been apart.

The rub? It was Alex’s last day at the store. If I had gone a day later, we would never have crossed paths.

Here’s Alex’s story of heartbreak, awakening and synchronicity.

Intro Clip:
Repo Man – Flying Saucers & Time Machines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRJ5cCP0ZPE

Show notes and links:
Seven Types of Synchronicities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-FhR7cGgYo
Joe Rogan talks Ayahuasca and DMT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_fuE9La6Xg
The real reason why DMT is banned – Graham Hancock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47ElVv3RG2M
Graham Hancock’s banned TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_hShqKn5cg
Rupert Sheldrake talks Morphic Resonance on Under The Skin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAS-QzWvj8g

NSP026 – What’s the Story with Mindfulness?

It seems everyone I respect and listen to meditates. They say, Harvey, have you tried mindfulness and meditation? It changed my life, it’ll change yours too, just give it a try…

ALRIGHT! I feel like I’ve been just fine without it, but here’s your meditation episode you heathens!

Let see if there’s anything to this ancient practice…

Very calm, serene links:

Catharsis Myth, Metaphor or Reality: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/evil-deeds/200909/anger-and-catharsis-myth-metaphor-or-reality

Catharsis Theory and Media Effects: https://www.encyclopedia.com/media/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/catharsis-theory-and-media-effects

Aggression & Catharsis Dr Brad Bushman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASKXG4kf4n4

What I’ve Learned – Change your Brain’s Default Mode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAVPDYhW_nw

Sam Harris – Mindfulness is Powerful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwac6Uk-zyk

Joe Rogan Experience – Dan Harris on Mediation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB3RGu8Go2s

This is your Brain on Meditation: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/use-your-mind-change-your-brain/201305/is-your-brain-meditation

The Neuroscience of Why Meditation Works: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-meditation-works_n_4702629

NSP025 – Trauma is Just a Story

It’s often tempting to assume that the worst part of trauma is the tangible, physical experience.

But the core element of any trauma that stays with the victim throughout his or her lifetime is the memory of the event, more than the physical scars inflicted.

It’s the story of the trauma that continues to affect human consciousness, long after the physical wounds have healed. So, is it really fair to diminish the effects of purely emotional trauma, or are these the issues that we need the most help with?

Let’s discuss…

Episode Links:

Intro Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQVJBu3NEi0

Episode Links:

Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207191/
Traumatic stress: effects on the brain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181836/
Psychology Today – How to Heal the Traumatized Brain: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/workings-well-being/201703/how-heal-the-traumatized-brain
Learning Brain vs Survival Brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoqaUANGvpA
Dr. Vincent Felitti – How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3cCAcGeG8E
Nadine Burke Harris – How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk

NSP024 – Stories They Tell Us About Aliens

Do you believe in aliens? I don’t know your answer, but I bet you have one ready!

Our culture is steeped in stories about off-planet entities, be it fling saucers, alien abductions, interplanetary civilisations seeding humanity, or full on interplanetary war. Ronald Reagan even wished for the latter, as it would make his job easier… !

But what keeps these stories circulating and why are we so attracted to them? Let’s discuss…

Episode Links:

Ronald Reagan – wishes for an alien invasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQxzWpy7PKg
Corbett – How to Fake an Alien Invasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM4tkJGSSaU
SGT Report – UFOs, YouTube & The Alien Deception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naJcX_VjJik
Drake Equation – Estimating the Odds of Finding E.T.: https://www.space.com/25219-drake-equation.html
Project Blue Beam conspiracy theory suggests NASA has secret plans to create new world order: https://www.news.com.au/technology/project-blue-beam-conspiracy-theory-suggests-nasa-has-secret-plans-to-create-new-world-order/news-story/25266f2c57e89e139f0fa9daddeb0953
Project Blue Beam Conspiracy Theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfcbIErsuEc

NSP023 – Our Bodies Express Our Stories

We all know about body language, but are there other ways our bodies betray our private internal world?

Humans are subject to a wide assortment of non-verbal communications, and they are going on all the time, even when we’d rather keep the things they express to ourselves. Are these “tells” subconscious, or is it just more evidence that humans are storytelling machines?

Let’s discuss…

Links:

Body Language Expert Dr. Carol Goman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NqnfpGsQaI
Tiny Crystals In Our Brain Could Unlock Psychic Powers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l34844iTAKQ
Why We Get Tattoos, by “Buzzfeed”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL_Fu_p5A1U
Tongue Posture by “What I’ve Learned”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbzT00Cyq-g

Intro clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR6lF73AtPU

NSP022 – Stories the Media Tell Us

Angus McAlpine recently ran as a Greens candidate for the seat of Footscray, using the campaign slogan “Put a Plumber in Parliament”.

His campaign was derailed when the media discovered he had been a rapper in a past incarnation and had created some hip-hop tracks featuring lyrics that contained potential references to date rape and violence against women.

Now, we all know the media has a tendency to sensationalise stories for ratings, but this was a rare opportunity to investigate a real-life example of media duplicity, and find out exactly how far from the truth the media is willing to stray.

Today I sit down with Angus and get his side of the story, and discuss the real-life impacts of stories the mainstream media tells.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Intro clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmM8rE_LdFA
Grhyme Productions on Bandcamp: https://grhymeproductions.bandcamp.com/

News stories on Angus’ campaign:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-14/more-video-of-rapping-greens-candidate-emerges/10496640
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/greens-candidate-exposed-as-rapper-called-fatgut-who-wrote-about-date-raping-women-and-hurting-his-girlfriend/ar-BBPE15z
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-13/victorian-greens-stand-by-footscray-and-sandringham-candidates/10494022
http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/footscray-greens-candidate-apologises-sexist-hip-hop-past/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-12/victorian-election-greens-woes-not-due-to-preference-deals-alone/10612276
https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/9wxh02/greens_defend_rapping_candidate_angus_mcalpine/

NSP021 – Telling Stories Through Character

Adem Koci is host of the Podasta Non Grata podcast, which got my attention when he did an entire episode in the style of an elaborate old fashioned “radio hour” programme, performing the entire show in the character of an elderly gentleman called Gerald Twint.

In this episode, I speak to Adem about why we tell stories as characters, how they can function as shields against criticism, and whether it’s possible to create so many characters, you lose track of yourself in the process.

You can find Adem’s amazing podcast at: https://www.spreaker.com/show/podcasta-non-grata_1

Links to the episodes we discuss on the show:

The Gerald Twint Radio Style Programme: https://www.spreaker.com/user/ademk/the-gerald-twint-radio-style-programme
52_A dog named “Voldemort”?: https://www.spreaker.com/user/ademk/52-a-dog-named-voldemort
The Truth About Harv – A Channel Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-L4uSgCvxc
Watchmen – A Popcorn Lobotomy Scathing Reveiw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Qksvp2C7Y

Intro clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBRlxs0q2QY