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NSP016 - The Stories They Tell Us About Big Brother

Years ago conspiracy theorists told us we were being watched, monitored and spied on, with all our communication being catalogued into a massive surveillance database. Then Edward Snowden came along and told us the conspiracy theorists were right! But, true or not, how does this story of the Orwellian "Surveillance State" affect us, and how does it function to modify our behaviour as a society? Let's dig in! Scene from Cat's Eye: Before There Was...


NSP015 - Stories That Sustain The Empire

Western civilisation exhibits many characteristics of your average, garden variety evil empire. But how did we get here? And what stories keep us complicit in a system that we would probably find abhorrent if we truly faced its underlying reality? Is it all a big inter-generational conspiracy or something more systemic? Perhaps plain old human nature? Let's muddle our way through some unqualified and ill-conceived thoughts on the topic, shall we? God Bless America - Frank's Rant:...


NSP014 - The Stories We're Told As Children

The younger we are, the more the stories we are told affect us. So the stories we are told as children are the ones we'll repeat and propagate in later life. It seems like these inter-generational cycles of violence and abuse are everywhere, but what of the more subtle traumas we're subjected to in childhood? In this episode, let's discuss the various ways families inevitably fuck each other up! Good Will Hunting clip: Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk...


NSP013 - The Stories They Tell Us About Food

Diet and nutrition are important to everybody, but when you make an earnest attempt to improve your knowledge in this area, it's often confusing, contradictory and ultimately discouraging. There seem to be so many contradictory studies and points of view that it's impossible to determine what diet is truly healthy for a human. Is there an agenda at play? And how do we find a story that makes sense of it all? In this episode of Narratively Speaking, Harv shares his own battles and tries to...


NSP012 - Stories We Tell About Reality

Elon Musk looks like he's never toked on a doobie before, and yet he's telling us, completely sober, that we're probably living within multiple nested computer simulations, like Russian nesting dolls. What is he banging on about? Is there any evidence for this? And why does this idea keep surfacing in popular media? Let's see if we can sort it out... Platoon Clip "I am reality": Popcorn Lobotomy Video: JP...


NSP011 - The Stories They Tell Us About Mind Control

Oooh, Mind Control! It's one of those stories that is pretty hard to believe, so much so that most don't give it much consideration. But is there any truth behind the myth? Let's look at it more closely... The Manchurian Candidate clip: Today Show Anchors Hypnotised: Is Hypnosis Fake? Tom Silver on Brainwashing:


NSP010 - The Stories We Tell About Our Jobs (Part 2)

The only thing worse than having a job is not having one. But what happens when robots and AI take all our jobs? Is there a way to survive in a world without jobs? This is where the establishment narrative falls apart... Fight Club Clip: Veritasium - Will Robots Take Our Jobs? Kevin Surace on the next Ranaissance: George Carlin Interview:...


NSP009 - The Stories We Tell About Our Jobs

The only thing worse than having a job is not having one. Why does it seem such a rarity that people are employed doing something they enjoy? Why do we feel compelled to work a job at all? It's all down to story... The Office intro clip: The Story of Your Enslavement: Joe Rogan on menial jobs: George Carlin Rant:...


NSP008 - The Stories We Tell About The Illuminati

The Illuminati, an all powerful, mysterious group of anonymous shadowy figures with designs on full spectrum dominance of the entire planet. But are they real, or is this just another story told by conspiracy theorists with nothing better to do? Let's dig in! There Will Be Blood - The Deal: How to spot a psychopath - Jon Ronson at TED: Stanley Kubrick's daughter speaks truth:...


NSP007 - The Stories We Tell About Fame

Fame seems to be an almost irresistible attraction for many people. But why do we place value on the attention and adoration of large numbers of people, when almost every story we're ever told about fame is a negative one? Let's examine some of the stories we tell about fame... Celebs speak on Fame: Vrillex on Beyonce and her clone: Requiem for a Dream - The Red Dress:...


NSP006 - The Stories We Tell About Death

Death is one of the fundamental things any self-aware sentient human has to come to grips with. But how do we do that, when all evidence seems to indicate that death is final, and there is nothing beyond? Of course, that's where story comes in... Bill Nye on the Afterlife: Today Show on Science and the Afterlife: Sam Parnia on NDEs and Consciousness: AWARE study...


NSP005 - Stories We Hold Onto

Sometimes we protect our stories against all reason and evidence. But do we really need the stories that originally inspired positive ideas to be validated? Does having facts debunked make the beliefs that arose from them any less useful? And what if you can't let go of a story that's untrue? The Book of Life (clip): Emoto Refuted: Rice Experiment: Rice...


NSP004 - We Are The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We've talked about the stories we consume, the stories we tell others, and how that contributes to the collective consciousness. But what about the stories you tell yourself? Let's discuss... The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Gentleman Thinker's take on Determinism: Libet Experiment: Libet Experiment...


NSP003 - Exploring Narrative Responsibility

What responsibility does a storyteller have to put out positive messages? And beyond that, do we as humans have a responsibility to share our own stories? Let's discuss... Memento clip: Music is story: Photography is story: Double-slit test explained: Jennifer's body PCL review:...


NSP002 - The Dark Side of Story

Does a story need to be true to affect your consciousness? And if positive thinking can be used to improve focus and performance, what about negative thinking? Let's discuss... Inception Scene - An Idea: Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc: Basketball experiment: Michael Gazzaniga: Your Storytelling Brain:


NSP001 - The Stories We Tell To Get Laid

Today we talk about the narratives surrounding Putin and Russian hacking, Roseanne's show cancellation and consider the possibility that storytelling is just simple virtue signalling for sexual selection. Links: Caitlyn goes rogue on story: Putin seems kinda reasonable: Roseanne cancelled and it's really important: More...