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All is Number. Chris helps Kayla square her understanding of a well known but little understood historical character. --- *Search Categories* New Religious Movement; Science/Pseudoscience; Anthropological --- *Topic Spoiler* Pythagoreanism --- *Further Reading* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoras https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism ht…
 
When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible." -Howard Schultz Grab your favorite iced, sugary, coffee-adjacent beverage, because Kayla and Chris have an episode brewing, featuring a conversation with some partners who are helping their corporate overlords walk the walk. --- *Searc…
 
"Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things." - Vernor Vinge Kayla and Chris tell another side of the classic MLM story - the downfall. And we've got a special interview here to give us all the dirt. --- *Search Categories* MLM; Internet culture; Business; Science/Pseudoscience; Alt Medicine/Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* Black Oxygen Or…
 
“Human connection is the suicide killer." Chris and Kayla revisit a former topic that's reared its head in mainstream culture again to talk about why this person continues to amass power...and what the other options are. --- *Search Categories* New Age; Internet culture --- *Topic Spoiler* Teal Swan and suicidality --- *Further Reading* Emmengard s…
 
Kayla and Chris are on vacation this week! But we still want to bring you some sweet sweet content, so here is a bonus episode from the CoJW patreon last season, where we discuss how weird it is that abusers from disparate communities all use the same refrain when facing accountability: "I didn't know it was wrong!" --- *Search Categories* Destruct…
 
“Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.” - Jean Luc Godard Kayla and Chris fall down the dollhole into an online world of unstable meaning and multilayered storytelling. --- *Search Categories* Internet culture; Common interest/Fandom --- *Topic Spoiler* Empty Spaces --- *Further Reading* https://litreactor.com/columns/the-art-of-m…
 
“Before you attempt to beat the odds, be sure you could survive the odds beating you.” - Larry Kersten Chris takes us back to the 90s... a decade of neon green baseball hats, Crystal Pepsi, Michael Jordan, Alanis Morrisette. And hedge fund disasters. --- *Search Categories* Business; Destructive --- *Topic Spoiler* Long Term Capital Management --- …
 
“Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair.” - Mariame Kaba With the tragic June 24th reversal of Roe v Wade, Chris & Kayla eschew the usual format and lean hard into talking about helpers. --- *Search Categories* Destructive --- *Topic Spoiler* Abortion Justice & Access --- *Further Reading* For those seeking abortion access (PLEASE …
 
"The worm is not to be trusted" - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra Chris & Kayla "dig in" to an unlikely but prolific Ponzi scheme in this week's episode. --- *Search Categories* Business; MLM --- *Topic Spoiler* B&B Worm Farm Ponzi scheme --- *Further Reading* https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/06/30/crawling-with-trouble https://www…
 
"We use Halloween to scare the kids and bankers to scare the adults." - Anthony T. Hincks Chris and Kayla revisit a past guest to explore a new topic - and take a look at our own biases. Special thanks to returning friend of the show, Mike Rothschild! @rothschildmd on twitter, The Storm is Upon Us on Amazon Episode content warning: Antisemitism ---…
 
We here at Cult or Just Weird like to call ourselves a family. Kayla & Chris deep dive into a recent article outlining the cult-like criteria present in an area of life where most of us toil away. --- *Search Categories* Business --- *Topic Spoiler* "Company or Cult?" article from The Economist --- *Further Reading* https://www.economist.com/busine…
 
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. -Jack Kornfield Chris & Kayla tap into their trust network- all the previous guests of the show- to help them build a toolbox of self care strategies. --- *Search Categories* Alt Medicine/Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* Self care ideas from COJW guests --- *Further Reading* - Move your bo…
 
"A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter. -Mary Lou Heiss" You might want to put that cup of tea down while Kayla spills some of her own tea about a certain producer of such products. Warning: Eugenics :( --- *Search Categories* New Age; Business; Destructive; Alt Medicine/Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* Celestial Seasonings Tea Company & Uran…
 
Information is abundant. Your attention is priceless. Chris & Kayla kick off S4 of Cult or Just Weird by finding a pretty darn good helper, who has some advice all of us stand to benefit from. --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet culture; Conspiracy Theory --- *Topic Spoiler* Interview w/ Mike Caulfield of UW's Center for an Informed P…
 
Chris & Kayla interview Stephanie McNeal, Senior Buzzfeed culture reporter, and author of the article on LuLaRoe: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stephaniemcneal/lularoe-millennial-women-entrepreneurship-lawsuits Rise & Fall of LuLaRoe Discovery+ documentary featuring Ms McNeal: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt16125656/ *** This episode was origi…
 
Every step is on the path. (Lao Tzu) Chris & Kayla reflect on their journey producing three seasons of Cult or Just Weird, and discuss what lies in store for the future. Happy Holidays & may your 2022 bring peace and happiness. --- *Search Categories* Common Interest/Fandom --- *Topic Spoiler* CoJW's journey & learnings --- *Further Reading* www.cu…
 
The tree of spiritual munificence must be refreshed from time to time. Chris gets to learn all about the Amish from someone whose story has been featured on a previous episode. (thanks to Lizzie Hershberger, co-author of Behind Blue Curtains, for her time & insights!) --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Destructive --- *Topic Spoiler* Amish (c…
 
"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water." -Loren Eiseley Chris revisits a previous topic but widens the scope by deep diving into the (sometimes violent) religious shards of context. --- *Search Categories* New Religious Movement; Anthropological --- *Topic Spoiler* Amish (Anabaptist origins) --- *Further Reading* https://en.wik…
 
Every November comes with a kaleidoscope of changing leaves, the aroma of pumpkin spice, and doesn't come with other things. Kayla goes hard on a nutty topic and comes up with some deep insights and penetrating analysis. --- *Search Categories* Internet Culture; Common Interest/Fandom; Alt Medicine/Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* No Nut November (and …
 
We must cultivate our garden. Chris gets to talk to a scientist of mammoth significance, clarifying and context-ifying a topic from 4 episodes ago. Special thanks to Nikita Zimov, Director of Pleistocene Park, for his time & insights for this episode! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PleistocenePark --- *Search Categories* Science; Anthropological --- …
 
It can poison your soul. Chris and Kayla talk with one of their favorite conspiracy theory/spirituality/cultic studies writer & podcaster - and dive deep into bodily fascism, the yoga community, and what conspiritualists get right. Special thanks to Matthew Remski for his time & (incredibly clarifying) insights for this episode! Twitter: https://tw…
 
“Separate text from context and all that remains is a con.” - Stewart Stafford Kayla takes a break from watching TikToks to give us a bunch of context and info about a pretty weird trend she's noticed on TikTok. --- *Search Categories* New Age; Science/Pseudoscience; Internet culture; Destructive; Alt Medicine/Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* The Gravo…
 
All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. Chris & Kayla seek an expert to help deliver an update on one of last season's very timely topics. Special thanks to guest Travis View (@travis_view on Twitter) from the QAnonAnonymous podcast for his time and insights for this episode! --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet …
 
Small steppes can have Mammoth effects. Chris takes us on a journey to the far reaches of the Earth to find some unintuitive science and some unlikely helpers in the fight to save civilization from our changing climate. Special thanks to guest Caelen from Atlas Pro (https://www.youtube.com/c/AtlasPro1/community) for his time and insights for this e…
 
I don't want to believe. I want to know. -Carl Sagan Kayla sciences even harder on the Self Realization Fellowship: their beliefs, their organizational structures & rules, and the veracity of some of Paramahansa Yogananda's claims (don't hold your breath). --- *Search Categories* New Religious Movement; New Age; Science/Pseudoscience; Alt Medicine/…
 
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