Conner and Peter Rollins talk religion without God on AEWCH 14!

17 Nov
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Well hello everyone! AEWCH 14 is me and Peter Rollins — author, philosopher and radical theologian — talking about religion without God, about desire and psychoanalysis, about the way pleasure and pain are intertwined. I have to say, this is my favorite episode so far!
A small but fun-fact backstory: Peter and I used to be roommates – I was a fan and I hit him up and we hung out and then a year later we were living together. If you like our conversation, please consider supporting Peter’s Patreon as well:
IN THIS EP
  • How to have religion without God: 1:20
  • Why do we hide under the covers to protect ourselves?: 5:50
  • The way we enjoy our fears and oppressions: 8:00
  • The only true analysis in the second before you die 9:05
  • It’s difficult to know what you don’t believe, but the unexamined life is not worth living: 10:10
  • Young Conner vs Dracula: 11:35
  • “One of life’s great pleasures is having enemies…the trick is picking the right one”: 14:28
  • Love Trump’s hate: 14:45
  • We have not seen the enemy and it is us: 17:10
  • What if this is the world we want? How would we make it better?: 18:35
  • Whether you like Freud or not, here’s his point that we should all be grateful for: 21:45
  • Why gamblers don’t want to win: 24:35
  • The value of being a utopianist: 26:10
  • Conner’s brushes with atheism, and how Simone Weil saved him: 38:15
  • CS Lewis meets an obscure Italian occultist in the light: 52:05
  • How to act when you’re a mystery to yourself: 55:50
  • “Monogamy is the most widespread perversion”: 1:00:20
  • The value of grace and forgiveness: 1:10:00
  • Why are people suspicious of pleasure: 1:23:40
 As always, I invite you to support the show and my work via my Patreon. Your contribution is so helpful and helps me not lose my mind with all the time I dedicate to this and other projects.
And also, as always, the show notes are up on my Patreon here.
Love!
CH
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Conner and Mish Barber-Way from White Lung talk about screaming, abuse, and danger.

10 Nov

In AEWCH 13, I hang out with one of my favorite punks, Mish Barber-Way, singer/screamer of White Lung. White Lung is intense, loud, metal-meets-punk, and they’re truly awesome. (Rolling Stone named White Lung’s album, Deep Fantasy, one of the 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time.) So I made sure to ask Mish to play a couple songs, too, even though she’s used to playing MUCH much louder. There are acoustic versions of “Paradise” at  57:55 and “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette: 1:17:40

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Mish’s sordid, awesome past and present in the adult industry: 2:45
  • Who gets screwed up by being in porn and who does well and why?: 5:10
  • Strategies for public performances. Of all kinds.: 7:15
  • Radiating sexuality: 10:20
  • Our apocalypse survival strategies and the Amish at the end of the world: 13:15
  • How screaming gets you ignored in music, especially if you’re a woman, and why to do it anyway, and what Wilhelm Reich has to do with it: 23:00
  • Arousal and desire are not the same thing: 36:05
  • The missing language of gray area sexual encounters, and why we’re drawn to simple language, even though it doesn’t help us: 46:35
  • The complicated relationships that can frame assault: 51:05
  • Mish talks about White Lung’s song, “Paradise”: 54:40
  • Mish plays an acoustic version of “Paradise”: 57:55
  • Once you get what you want you can’t want it: 1:00:50
  • Why danger matters: 1:03:15
  • Mish plays “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette: 1:16:45

If you like the show, please support it on Patreon, where you can also find the show notes!

Conner’s new online course, STRANGE NEW SCIENCE – about why we need to reinvent science with the occult & philosophy!

9 Nov

Hey folks, so excited share info on my new online course + Q&A about what science gains from taking the occult and radical philosophy seriously! It’s online and one day only – 12/3. If you can’t attend the day of, no problem! Your ticket gets you 90 day access to a recording of the whole thing! SIGN UP HERE. PLUS: If you register before 11/15 you get a big discount!

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Charts, graphs, metals, stones, intentions, concepts, weird energies: put them together, and you get the world we live in.

It sounds like a magical formula, but it’s just a description of our scientific, technological era.

So why have the occult and, in recent years, even philosophy been seen as so at odds with scientific inquiry and progress? What if, instead of trying to keep science “pure” of these influences, bringing MORE philosophy and occultism to science would help science, and our world, progress?

Join author, activist, and podcaster Conner Habib in this one-session-only, live, online workshop + Q&A on how to we can rework our views of science — and our world — by using the occult and radical philosophy.

Together we’ll investigate

  • Occult views on evolution, why they matter, and what a new biology would look like.
  • How thinkers like Rudolf Steiner, Lynn Margulis, Bruno Latour, Paul Feyeraband, Donna Harraway, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe practiced a more dynamic and reality-based science, and what their principles were.
  • Whether or not there’s an objective truth. (And if there’s not, how do we practice science?)
  • Why a strange new science is needed to address the challenges of environmentalism and global climate change.
  • What the implications for medicine if we take philosophy and magic seriously?
  • How our current view of science is reaching its limits and often causes damage to our world and our psyches.

And more!

The course will be a fun, accessible, irreverent lecture, followed by a Q&A where we can all engage. And If you can’t attend the day of, or if you want to watch the lecture again, you’ll have exclusive ticket holder access to a recording of the course for 90 days.

TICKETS

There are three different tickets types.

Standard: You’ll get access to the course, the Q&A, and the recording of the course for 90 days. 15.00

Plus: You’ll get everything above and you’ll also get: a reading list curated by Conner + a 30 minute Skype conversation with Conner. 65.00

Gold: You’ll get everything from the Stadard & Plus-level tickets – and you’ll also get: an exclusive Strange New Science worksheet from Conner, with tips on how to carry the contents of this class even further in your life + 15 extra minutes on the Skype call AND a handwritten strange-science-y postcard mailed to you by Conner. Wow! 100.00

Conner Habib abducts Felix Biederman from the Chapo Traphouse.

27 Oct
Hello friends!
So awesome to be joined on AEWCH by Felix Biederman; writer, speaker, and founder of leftist podcast phenomenon, Chapo Traphouse.
Listen to the PODCAST version via iTunes or Stitcher or watch by clicking on our goofy faces above. (And please Subscribe to whatever option you choose!)
Chapo Traphouse, in case you don’t know, is a podcast which boasts the biggest Patreon on Patreon. It’s one of a handful of newer and successful leftist news outlets that is changing the contours of our public discussion and political landscape. And it’s really funny. The Chapo team talks about neoliberal and neoconservative punditry, stupidity, and cruelty. The talk about activism and social progress. They also do on-the-ground work, like door-to-door canvassing, meeting with international socialist groups to build bridges between movements, and donating money (most recently $10,000 to the Victim Rights Law Center) to causes.
In this ep:
  • The loneliness of thinking bigger about politics: 2:15
  • The way media ensnares our imaginations in incremental change: 6:15
  • Why we need to be suspicious of “progressives,” including Kamala Harris: 7:25
  • The on-the-ground marginal change is urgent, but will lead us down the wrong path if we don’t dream, bigger.: 11:15
  • Stop using the language of your enemies.: 12:50
  • Dragging the leaders down and raising the people up: 15:20
  • Felix loves Downfall and it shows the weaknesses of iconic maniacs:16:35
  • Distinctions in evil.: 18:35
  • The Nazis Conner grew up with and, like the NAZI Nazis that Conner grew up with.: 21:15
  • Why we need to be more forgiving of idiots: 23:15
  • When do people deserve public scorn, when should we just ignore them, and when should we forgive them?: 27:20
  • How fear of being “reactionary” is kind of white bro capitalist bullshit in the attention economy, bro.: 32:30
  • What healthy detachment is and why it’s needed for leftists: 38:40
  • Mindfulness as a way to exploit workers.: 40:30
  • “Love what you do” is a trap, but we should love what we do. So now what? 43:55
  • The suspicion of pleasure is capitalist exploitation, too.: 45:45
  • Our era is not the first dumb era. 49:35
  • Felix and I talk adult movies. IN A POLITICAL WAY.: 53:40
  • Children are teeny tiny monsters. 58:45
  • So Felix, why do people hate you and Chapo so much?: 1:01:20
  • The public discussion is crucial to what our actions can achieve.: 1:11:55
If you enjoy the show, please do support it!
Thank you!
CH

CONNER on WHY MASS SHOOTINGS HAPPEN + AGAINST EVERYONE IS NOW A PODCAST

20 Oct

 

First, some big news for me: Every episode of AEWCH will now be featured on iTunes and Stitcher as a podcast as well as a web episode! The iTunes store link to my show  is here, so please subscribe!

Episodes will post here first, since iTunes podcast eps take a few hours after posting to show up in the store. And give me a whole lot of stars. (Stitcher is going to be a few more days but I’ll retroactively edit this post. And also it’ll be on TuneIn. But does anyone use tune in?)

You can also click here for audio format on SOUNDCLOUD

AEWCH 11 – ABOUT THE EPISODE

Last year, after the Pulse nightclub shooting, I was completely overwhelmed. I found myself, like many LGBT people breaking down in the middle of the day, crying, not sure why. There had been mass shootings before, but this one intersected so deeply with my personhood and history that I couldn’t quite bear the burden of it in the same way.

I also realized I had no idea why these shootings were happening, and seemed to be happening on a grand scale (with more victims) , more and more. None of the explanations were satisfying: guns, Islam, mental illness, etc. They all seemed so…thin. Too monocausal. So I looked for people who were trying to formulate more complex ideas of what was going on, and to see what happened when their ideas intersected with my outlook.

This episode is the result.

IN THIS EP

  • How revolution and and fascism are intertwined…: 2:30
  • …and how the presence of Occupy and the death of Steve Jobs were evidence of that: 5:25
  • Our political climate is marked by Presence: 10:00
  • ISIS as the dark side of political presence: 10:20
  • How the Egyptian Osiris/Seth/Isis myth ties into ISIS’s castration complex: 11:05
  • How our political and social climate translates into mass shootings: 15:25
  • Here’s the breakdown – neoliberalism, the contraction of time and space, and scientistic materialism lead to mass shootings: 19:10
  • Mass shooters shoot to live; not people complete in their beliefs, but people who kill to complete their utterly un-complete-able selves: 22:30
  • What’s our task right now?: 25:00

If you like the show, please support it on patreon. Your support is HUGE and helps me keep going.

Show notes, as always, are available on my patreon, with links to stuff you can read, further thoughts, some of the quotes on the show, etc.

Also, as I mentioned above, AEWCH is now in podcast format! Go to iTunes to subscribe!

Love,

CH

Conner + Dr. Chris Donaghue talking sex and culture

13 Oct
Welcome to Episode 10 of Against Everyone with Conner Habib
I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far without talking at length about sex yet. Well, that changed, of course, when I invited one of my closet colleagues over: sexologist, author, and co-host (with Amber Rose) of Loveline, Dr. Chris Donaghue!
Chris is one of my closest colleagues (as in, we share the same approaches to thinking about sex), and he’s constantly reinvigorating my interest in a subject that I’ve been studying and working with for over a decade.
IN THIS EP
  • When you talk about sex, you’re condemned by pop culture and bureaucracy (this goes on for quite awhile, because there’s example after example): 2:25
  • This condemnation is happening for everyone, it just rises to the surface when you enter the public sphere 9:55
  • Hypersexualization meets sexphobia to create a frustration culture: 10:30
  • Sex shame in the self help section: 13:55
  • Your own sexual liberation is a lifelong project 15:45
  • The surprising places sex negativity springs up 16:35
  • New age fundamentalism masquerading as healthy sexuality 18:20
  • Dismantling “balance” and going for excess to be healthy and fully realized: 19:45
  • “Balance” is just another name for monogamy: 21:35
  • Sex IS the teacher: 23:00
  • To learn about sex, seek some discomfort: 28:45
  • How monogamous partners often police and trap each other: 30:50
  • Wittgenstein explains pornography 33:55
  • My favorite adult scene to watch: 38:30
  • Why bisexuality does and does not exist: 40:10
  • Are new terms for sexual identity politics valuable?: 43:10
  • Conner feels fat, and that makes him a top: 47:55
  • Individuality vs Individualism: 1:01:10

The show notes, including three books Chris recommends, are here on my patreon!

If you enjoy the show, please do support it!
Thank you!

CH

Conner on How To Break Up With A Country and why We Deserve Better (AEWCH Ep 9!)

29 Sep
Hello friends,
I know it’s weird to say, “wow, I’m on Episode 9 already!” instead of waiting for Episode 10 to say it.
But I dunno, for some reason, I’m just very excited that I’ve made it this far. I love my small but mighty web series, and I’m happy the subscribers are growing. Are you one?
Each time I record a show, I write the lecture, practice it, record it, make notes for my editor, post it, post the show notes, send these emails out, post a blog, and promote it. Wowzah. This is, of course a not-so-subtle-plea for you to support the show via my patreon
Episode 9, How To Break Up With A Country or We Deserve Better is all about the antagonistic and increasingly outmoded relationship with the state. I bring in writers like Rebecca Solnit and Zygmunt Bauman to talk through some of this. I also do a long bit on why stop signs kinda suck.
In this ep:
  • Yes We Can! Campaign slogans as evidence of dwindling nationalism: 2:15
  • We unveiled the rotted roots of our system, but pretended it was just bad apples: 4:45
  • Centrism is what happens when you walk into the realm of evil and it benefits you 7:10
  • Stop signs as evidence that the state doesn’t work 10:15
  • We handle disasters well. The state? Not so much.: 13:00
  • “…it takes powerful forces to keep…paradise at bay…”: 16:25
  • What this cute Argentine taught me about governments: 17:20
  • The “election” of 2016.: 21:15
  • Voting matters, but HOW does it matter?: 22:25
  • “We are at the start of a long and torturous process…”: 28:10
Thanks for hanging with me on this journey, for watching my show, and for being awesome.
Love,
CH