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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!

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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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!




Do White Opinions on Black Lives Matter?

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 problem in America, or are they having a more open debate than in...


Futurology: Reading the Tea Leaves

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. and Sxrx 23 for the image


The Australian Government Anti-Social Media Smack-down

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 what moves do they have left? A deep dive on an issue with...


Beyond Death

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 thought regarding death. In today's episode the Beyond...


Tacticool Girlfriend Debates Gun Control

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 support Tacticool Girlfriend...


Chinese Colonialism and Soft Power

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 plans only until the next election, Democracy appears less...


Next Generation Nuclear Power and Beyond

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 generation of Nuclear reactors, and the need to stop lobbyists,...


Does Everyone Hate Feminists?

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 phenomenally talented Florence Glen, releasing this song on...


The Social Media Dilemma Featuring PeteyVid's Craig Stadler

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 David takes on Godzilla, why song covers get taken down quicker than...


Polish Protests: What Is Going On?

Content Warning: Abortion, Blasphemy, and Revolution. We spoke to Gabriel to get a handle on what's happening with women's rights, politics, protests, and the Catholic Church in Poland. Funny, alarming, enlightening, and disturbing. If you wondered WTF is going on in Poland, I'd recommend you check out this frank discussion. In the last two minutes you'll hear a protest song by Zbigniew Stonoga, a polish entrepreneur and activist.


Upgrading Capitalism and Re-branding Bernie with Real Politik

Can a few minor tweaks to our current system make the world a much better place? We tried to steelman Capitalism and Democracy, and ended up with Mr. Koch holding court with some practical changes grounded in political and economic theory that none could argue with. Another wonderful crossover with the Real Politik gents, and a very impressive guest.


Polite Political Discourse and Activism in America

A Bernie Bro, and a Reformed Republican discuss the future of American politics. Both have changed their minds several times in recent years, and spend time reaching across the aisle to people with differing political opinions having seen the benefit of getting involved in local politics. It's time for a change, but it starts with you, and it requires local action.


Drugs Won The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs has exacerbated most of the problems it claimed it could fix, costing the United States $1 trillion dollars and wrecking millions of lives, while disproportionally targeting black men. This episode we look deeper into the reality of modern day prohibition and discuss the drawbacks of a lack in drug education and the ramifications of strong drug laws. How dangerous are drugs? Would you want all drugs to be legalised?


Real Politik Beyond Binary Crossover

Real Politik is our favourite podcast, so we jumped on a cross-over to deep dive into how most economic theory is a nonsense mythology based on demonstrably false misunderstandings of people and markets. We also get into the religion of "Leftist" politics and why the Democratic Party stopped representing the working class, paving the way for Trump (and his potential re-election). Visit their Patreon at and keep the conversation going on twitter @real_politik. Outro...


Grey Faction's War against Pseudoscience and Bad Psychology

Evan Anderson, head of Grey Faction does inspiring work taking on pseudoscience and conspiracy therapists in the mental health industry. We discuss how Satanic Panic made an industry of hysteric Conspiracy Therapists, implanting false memories, and interfering with criminal cases. Does privatized healthcare corrupt therapy as quickly as a nationalized service trying to scale costs? Does the replication crisis invalidate most of psychology, and if so, are the therapies it's based on...


Utopia for All?

We discuss everyone's vision of Utopia, and how anyone can be happy when so many aren't. Must everyone sacrifice their freedom for someone else's vision of the greater good? Israeli Kibbutzim and apocalyptic sex cults aren't the only ones that have planned for a better future. Most revolutionaries plot for a better future, but how can there be a Utopia, if only a minority want it? As is often the case when we chew on a huge topic, we don't have all the answers, but we have a great...


Beyond Gender Binary with insanelyshane

JK Rowling's blog defending TERFS and the letter that followed promoted another round of discussion on Trans and non-binary rights, the problems with Cancel Culture, and worries of 1984 wrongthink wokescolding. We discuss with Trans Activist and stand up comedian Insanely Shane from the Holy Tranity what JK got wrong, and whether people are allowed to make mistakes in these conversation without moral panic? Despite the Left's recent claims that cancel culture is just feedback for bigotted...


A Nuanced and British Discussion of Black Lives Matter

The disproportionate murder of people of colour by police forces, and poverty has triggered a series of Black Lives Matter protests around the world. Are the police racist, or merely policing a structurally racist inequality? Will the arrest of "a few bad apples" fix the problem? Does "playing the race card" and toppling statues make things worse in a multicultural society? And if so, why has decades of peaceful protesting been so poorly received? Will more active demonstrations achieve...


Conspicuous Conscious Consumerism

The Beyond Binary team debates whether it's possible to be a conscious consumer, how evolutionary psychology, social media, and a desire to succeed and be conscious drive us all to be more conspicuous in our spending habits, and whether the scorn of this all is helpful. From Zizek to Kim Kardashian via Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates, we talk about poverty shaming, the politics of envy, whether greed is good, and whether progress is possible.


Plandemic? Beyond the Conspiracy Theories

From harmless tales of Bigfoot and aliens, a mistrust of everything, and social media has mutated conspiracy theories into a monster. The Beyond Binary Thinking crew are joined by Jonny Miller to discuss how scientific illiteracy, skepticism, algorithms and echo chambers have us dying from preventable diseases, burning down 5g masts, and completely unsure who's running our elections any more. Will Newton's flaming laser sword save us? Do we really hate our own politicians so much, we'd...