The Paranoid Strain
Reality is an Illusion? Part 1
We came, we saw, we conquered, and we rendered it all into an mp3 file. Welcome back to the Paranoid Strain. This is the first of a two-part series that is not, technically, about conspiracy theories per se. We see this show as a proud defender of reality against conspiracist nonsense. But we felt it would be unfair if we didn’t spend a couple of episodes exploring exactly how little we understand about reality, when you really get down to brass tacks. This time, we’re going over philosophy and science, and then discussing some very out-there ways to interpret reality…some intriguing, some ridiculous. This is our new favorite episode. Hope you feel the same, and hope that you’ll check out some of the extensive bibliography below to learn more. Bibliography: Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition by Grant Hardy A Beginner’s Guide to Reality by Jim Baggott Reality, Art,... (read more at TheParanoidStrain.com)
New! Qanon: How we got here - Welcome to Satan's daycare
Season 5, Ep. 13
You asked for it, you got it. The 80s Satanic Panic--especially related to supposedly abusive daycares, was a direct antecedent to the Qanon child abuse/sacrifice mania. So we dive into the whole icky story. Joining us is interviewee Debbie Nathan, pioneering skeptical journalist who was among the first to call bullshit on the whole nightmare, which boiled down to well-meaning parents and officials inadvertently planting horrific memories in the minds of impressionable little kids, who then further elaborated these false memories into disgusting tales that led to prosecutions and imprisonment of innocent people. While also completely freaking out every parent in the country. It's a rough ride. Buckle up.
New! Qanon: How we got here - How the blood libel mutated into the Satanic Panic
Season 5, Ep. 12
Last stop before our full, multi-part discussion of the Satanic Panic of the 80s and early 90s. This stop is back in the depths of antisemitism, the miasma from which so many conspiracies arise. Learn how the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old boy in 12th century England was transformed into an unkillable, slanderous rumor tying Jews to ritual murder, blood-letting, and cannibalism. We wish we could tell you the subject matter gets lighter from here, but that would be a lie. Buckle up, Strainiacs.
New! Qanon: How we got here - Just a smidgeon of human sacrifice
Season 5, Ep. 11
Out with the old, in with the new. In this case, no more Birchers of fluoride--we've moved on to other Q-related topics. This time, we're taking a long windup to get to the Satanic Panic period of the 80s and early 90s in the US and Canada, which is the direct antecedent of the Q "democrats harvesting adrenochrome from abused sex trafficked youngsters" meme that has so obsessed lunatics in recent times. But on the way there, we need to consider how human sacrifice--and even moreso, the idea of others committing human sacrifice, has influenced conspiracy-minded plots over the past couple thousand years.