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Don’t Waste Your Wonder – Episode 163

The Story: How to have a free mind and use your sense of wonder

Many people seek to hold and to defend a belief in a material or even mechanical universe. A belief in God or anything supernatural or paranormal is considered just a superstition, and to believe in those things, to those people, seems more like a delusion than a rational exploration. We know that if a cult tells you that their way is the only way to salvation – the only way to the truth – such an organisation is probably not interested in an honest pursuit of truth. Yet, when believers in science or scientism make similar statements, many accept them. If we are really interested in finding out more about reality, shouldn’t we be willing to explore ideas?

In this episode, Kurt takes a trip to Guanajuato and reflects on hardcore skeptics, atheism, the exploration of ideas and belief systems, miracles, and how people can use their sense of wonder to enrich their lives. Join us on another paradigm-shattering episode of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

Leandrew Dixon – Believer to Atheist to Wonderer

The Links:

Hegelian Dialectic

Reticular activating system

Confirmation bias

Cognitive Dissonance

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Episode 30 – Illuminatus! How does the Illuminati affect our lives?

I (Kurt) have been interested in wacky conspiracy theories for years, more so after I read Robert Anton Wilson and Robert O’Shea’s book “The Illuminatus! Trilogy”, in which they compiled all the wacky conspiracy theories they received in the letter department while working at Playboy, and turned them into a brilliant work of fiction.

In more recent years, “Illuminati” has become part of the common vernacular, with many people claiming that many famous celebrities such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West are initiated members. But what does it even mean to be an illuminatus?

“Illuminati” is broadly defined as any group claiming to have access to special knowledge, or claiming a special enlightenment. By that definition, there are scores of groups who could go by that title: the Alumbrados in Spain, the Knights Templar, Freemasons, the Astrum Argentum, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and of course the Bavarian Illuminati. Even the inner circle of Scientology would qualify as an illuminati. So what do people really mean when they say “Illuminati”? My guess is, they probably don’t know.

There are some people who talk about occult symbols in video clips, such as YouTuber Mark Dice. In 2014, Dice found that his channel had been suspended, and all his videos deleted. Could it be because he said something that was a little too close to the truth? Or perhaps he just pissed off the wrong YouTube staff member.

There are claims, which have been especially prominent in Britain in recent years, of Satanic cults involved in disturbing behaviour such as ritual sacrifice, cannibalism, and mass child abuse. These cults allegedly involve many members of the community: doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians… What is the basis for these claims? If these groups really do exist, could they be indicative of something even darker, even more disturbing and controlling?

It seems that nobody really knows who the Illuminati are or what their agenda is. But the least we can do is keep asking questions, keep questioning, and diving deeper down the rabbit hole, as we go into the next exciting installment of… The Paradise Paradox.

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Related links:

Mark Dice’s YouTube channel
Lauryn Hill’s letter on the music business
Proofs of a Conspiracy Against all the Religions and Governments of Europe
Juice Rap News – the New World Order
Professional Russian Troll
Guy claims to be ex-pro troll
Rick Ross vs Freeway Ricky Ross
CB4 – The Movie
Bowfinger (Widescreen edition)
Biggie & Tupac: The Story Behind the Murder of Rap’s Biggest Superstars
Steve Martin Handbook – about Mindhead
They Live
Tribulation Institute
Dave Chappelle breaks his Illuminati spell
Satanic cult interview in Hampstead
Jimmy Savile allegations of sexual abuse on Wikipedia