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

 

Your Death Is Your Project: Conner Habib + Caitlin Doughty!

22 Sep

I couldn’t be more excited to bring you this episode with death expert, bestselling author, and mortician, Caitlin Doughty!

Caitlin is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory as well as her new book about death rites, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.

She’s also the host of the wildly popular youtube series, Ask A Mortician which is one of the foundation stones of the death positive movement, which is seeking to change our relationship to death in our culture.

In this ep:

  • Taking death rites out of the “News of the Weird” category: 5:30
  • If we can’t think it’s okay for someone to interact with the mummy of their mother, how will we work on our politics? 11:20
  • Conner Sees His Dead Mother, or But can we really respect people’s experiences or is it just lip service? 13:25
  • Resisting creating a metaphysic around death…or forcing yours on someone else: 19:15
  • The potential of the strange psychological, spiritual event of death: 21:40
  • How death is our life’s project: 23.50.
  • What’s Your Death Fantasy? (And why?): 27:50
  • Lacan, Bataille, and how thinking about what the dead want tells us about the living: 34:55
  • Grieving is a physical process: 39:05
  • The boundary reveals itself as the connection: 40:25
  • How death makes us available to others in a new way: 42:20
  • Death is the engine that moves life forward: 48:00
  • The origins of sex: 49:00
  • And here’s where we get irritated about the singularity. And go on about it for quite a bit: 52:30

You can get full show notes with links to books we talk about, some info on previous Caitlin/Conner collaborations, and more by going to my patreon, where you can also support the show!

Love!
CH

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SELFIE POLITICS: on SJWs, MAGA bros, and iPhones – It’s ep 7 of AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB!

15 Sep

Episode 7 of AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB: SELFIE POLITICS or NATIONS OF IDENTITY is about how identity politics have emerged into a world where a changing sense of self is taking place.
So while identity politics offer us a lot, there are also dangers there if we don’t include the changing sense of self in our perspectives. I touch on the dreaded and celebrated SJW (social justice warrior), selfies, social media, varieties of racism, and more.

• Your parallel lives: 1:55
• The Grand Canyon is interesting because I’m in front of it: 4:20
• I’m the center of the universe: 5:15
• God and the worms need you: 6:10
• Intersectional warriors in the Garden of Eden: 8:55
• Losing ourselves for the sake of language: 12:05
• Racism isn’t what it used to be, and the three things to not say to an
Arab: 14:30
• Don’t offend my language!: 17:10
• The danger of new nationalisms: 17:45
• Is intersectionality just capitalist politics?: 19:20
• Identities are teachers, not foundations or obstacles to transcend:
20:30

The SHOW NOTES for this ep are here.

Please support the show via Patreon! I’m really pushing to make this show my main income source, and obviously I’m not there yet. Even a dollar a month goes a long way!

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(PS: Sorry to say there’s a wee bit of a sound issue on this one: a slight echo. If you keep the volume at the right level, it’s fine. If you’re playing it loud on headphones, it’s mildly annoying.)

Me + Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris talk ethics at the end of science on the new AGAINST EVERYONE

25 Aug
So excited to welcome podcaster, author, and skeptic of skeptics Alex Tsakiris! (You may remember Alex from my blog, when I posted our first-ever conversation, “Fight Science with Science” here)
Alex, author of Why Science Is Wrong…about Almost Everythingis best known as host of the mighty Skeptiko podcast, which has hundreds of episodes up, chronicling his journey from skeptic to full-on consciousness explorer. It’s an exhilarating progression, as Alex talks to scientists, mystics, conspiracy theorist, historians, and more. I encourage you to listen to the episodes in sequence. Alex is, in some ways, even more open and exposed than me, displaying all his misfires and new insights, his frustrations and his fascinations.
IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK ABOUT
  • Time management as occultism
  • My first memory was of the spiritual world
  • How Alex decided to start a podcast and why you should too
  • The power of self-doubt, and how to make sure doubt doesn’t overwhelm you
  • Why every discipline should seek to be obsolete
  • Skeptical ethics
  • The disconnection between political beliefs and action
  • The trap of being a spiritual seeker
  • Whether or not Alex is sick of Skeptiko after 300+ episodes
  • Gloria Steinem, CIA agent
  • Social Justice Warriors vs Free Speech Warriors
  • When being victimization becomes a weapon
  • Escaping centrism by disregarding the poles
  • Defending Jon Ronson, Chapo Traphouse, and Camille Paglia
  • When to speak up, and when to remain silent

Making this show my main gig outside of writing is a huge dream for me – so please support the show AND get cool stuff by donating as little as a dollar/month here. Thank you!

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AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB: Ep 5 – The Astronaut’s Thumb or The Contraction of Time & Space

12 Aug
Episode 5 of Against Everyone with Conner Habib is where things get, you know, a little weird. But in a totally understandable way.
Here’s me talking about space and time, and how our actual experiences – not just our ideas – of them are changing, and how that’s affecting the rest of our cultural world.
In Episode 5, I Talk About
  • Leaving dumb brain mapping and reductive evolutionary biology perspectives behind when discussing consciousness and culture
  • The European philosopher Jean Gebser and how his concept of “mutations” of consciousness show a shift in the 15th and 16th Centuries like the one we’re experiencing today
  • The Moon landing as the beginning of contracting space with our hands
  • How we all have astronaut thumbs
  • Changes in the field of labor (Like I mention in AEWCH Ep 3)
  • The compensation of making more space virtually available by trading in bodily movement
  • Pokémon Go as the conflict between old and new space
  • Why do we take so many pictures?
  • How the motion of our hands has outrun time
  • The internet as an attempt to summon the Akashic Record
  • The nightmarish Buddhism of facebook
  • How new time & space give rise to anxiety and depression
  • Why all this bad news is good news
You can get the show notes on my Patreon, which, if you’re watching the show, you should support. Thanks!
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