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Charles Eisenstein, Sensemaker Q&A

Charles Eisenstein is one of the world's most interesting thinkers on the nexus between systems change, spirituality and transformation.
The author of books including 'The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible', he was the star of a recent Rebel Wisdom film 'An Epidemic of Control':
This was a Q&A for Rebel Wisdom Sensemakers. To join future sessions, consider becoming a member:

Narrative Collapse? With Paul VanderKlay

Paul VanderKlay recently released a film 'Why is YouTube Boring?' that sparked a discussion about the collapse of narrative.
In this conversation Paul and David trace their background with Jordan Peterson and the Intellectual Dark Web, and ask where the novelty and interest went.
To take part in discussions like this, become a Rebel Wisdom member:

Personal Growth that Doesn’t Suck, Mark Manson

Why is so much Personal Growth advice ineffective and cringeworthy?
Mark Manson is a hugely popular blogger and bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and Everything is F*cked, a Book About Hope.
In this conversation with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller he talks about how you can't wish yourself into a better life, the value of hardship and suffering, and his fascinating background in the world of pickup artistry, and what happened to that subculture.
Check out Mark's weekly newsletter 'Mindf*ck Mondays', and his blog here:
Rebel Wisdom has just relaunched our community platform, with many different membership options, to join the conversation, check here:

Symbols & the Meaning Crisis, John Vervaeke & Jonathan Pageau

John Vervaeke and Jonathan Pageau are two of the most fascinating thinkers engaged in the deepest questions of meaning, religion and culture.
In this dialogue and Q&A, they cover topics like the future of Christianity, symbology & culture, and the meaning of gnosticism.
To join future Q&As, consider becoming a Rebel Wisdom member:
Jonathan Pageau is an expert on religious symbolism, which he discusses on his channel The Symbolic World:
John Vervaeke is a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Toronto University, and the creator of the hit YouTube series, Awakening From the Meaning Crisis:

London Real and How Societies Collapse

In April, Rebel Wisdom ran a series of investigations into London Real's suspicious 'Digital Freedom Platform' fundraiser.

Now the head of London Real, Brian Rose, has announced that he's running for Mayor of London. Meanwhile he's been deleting a load of his old videos and much more.

What does the story of Brian Rose say about our society? What does it have in common with cult dynamics? And what is the 'sociopathic niche'?

Original Investigation:

This film has clips from: The Paradox of the Times, Jordan Hall:

How to spot a cult, Jamie Wheal:

Converting Moloch from Sith to Jedi w/ Daniel Schmachtenberger (The Stoa):

Brian Rose is Running for Mayor - I PREDICTED THIS!? (Coffeezilla):

The King of Free Speech CENSORED Me! (Coffeezilla):

War on Sensemaking V, Daniel Schmachtenberger

The increasing inability to make sense of the world is an existential problem, what might we be able to do to fix it?
The original War on Sensemaking film was a viral hit:
In the time since then Daniel Schmachtenberger has been thinking hard about how deep the problem goes and what is needed to fix it.
This film outlines how essential sensemaking is to a functioning society, and introduces a new project that is designed to fix it, the Consilience Project. See the very end of the film for more on that, and to offer help, go to:
Daniel will be doing a live Q&A about this film for Rebel Wisdom members, check out the different membership options here:
To learn more of the skills we talk about in these films, the next cohort of our online course, Sensemaking 101, begins in a week's time:

Ayishat Akanbi & Diane Musho Hamilton in dialogue

Ayishat Akanbi is one of the freshest voices inquiring into the most difficult topics of race and identity. Diane Musho Hamilton has been wrestling with the same topics for decades as a Zen priest and mediator.
In this special conversation for the Rebel Wisdom Community they discuss each others' work and try to find a way through the conflict of the times.
This was a special discussion as part of Rebel Wisdom's regular Sensemaking Q&As, to join live, consider becoming a RW member:

Hacking The System? Unity 2020 with Bret Weinstein

What is 'Unity 2020'? is it possible to have an alternative to Trump or Biden? Is it a "Game B" project? And most importantly, could it possibly work? Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller talks to Bret Weinstein.


We are about to run our Sensemaking 101 course for the third time, check it out and see what all the fuss is about:


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Spiritual Emergency & Mental Health in a post-Covid World, Jules Evans

This talk was given at the Rebel Wisdom Festival in late May 2020.
A spiritual emergency is a period of intense and extended disturbance to a person’s ordinary sense of self and reality, which can involve psychotic-like symptoms such as mania, ego-dissolution, a heightened sense of meaning, hallucinations and a confusion of inner and outer worlds.
These experiences can be treated as symptoms of chronic brain disorders requiring psychotropic medication. However, they are better understood as attempts by the psyche to seek greater wholeness.If properly handled, they can be transitions to greater maturity, flourishing and wisdom.
Jules Evans is a philosopher and author, his most recent book is 'Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency', with psychiatrist Tim Read:

The Evolving Conversation, John Vervaeke & Peter Limberg

How do we have conversations that can go into new territory? John Vervaeke and Peter Limberg are enmarked on a project to revive the ancient practice of 'dialogos', a form of dialogue that created the first wave of Greek philosophy.
Peter Limberg will be leading a session for the Rebel Wisdom Community this Thursday, on the topic of Memetic Mediation, more details below, to take part, become a Rebel Wisdom Member.
John Vervaeke has become known to many through his series 'Awakening From the Meaning Crisis'. Since the release of this grand history of thought, he has turned his attention to the process of how we come to generate new ideas; dialogue and dialectic.
Peter Limberg runs The Stoa, and is the Rebel Wisdom Toronto Correspondent:
In this wide-ranging and fascinating discussion, they talk about where the cutting edge of the evolving conversation is at, and the necessity to cultivate new skills to move forward.
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Peter's Session: The Psychodynamic is Political, The Art of Memetic Meditation with Peter Limberg - Thursday 27th 7PM EST/ 4PM PST/ 12AM UK/ 9AM Fri Eastern Australia
As a whole, we are not only becoming politically and philosophically divergent, we are becoming increasingly fragmented. Multiple worldviews of how the world "is" and "ought" to be are co-existing, and this co-existence is not a peaceful one.
The build-up towards the 2020 election in American is seeing to an intensification of our culture war, and because of this we are seeing memetic violence turn kinetic. How can we wise rebels address this? Memetic mediation, the ability to mediate amongst radically different worldviews by taking on a multitude of perspectives, might hold the key.
Before mediating between "memetic tribes" however, one will have to address their own internal conflict. The psychodynamic is political. If one cannot get into the right relationship with themselves, and the various subpersonalities they consist of, they won't be able to help others get into the right relationship with each other.
In this interactive session, Peter Limberg will introduce the concept of memetic mediation, followed by various practices that will help us sniff out our "philosophical allergies", in service to learning how to be responsive rather than reactive in the culture war. 90 mins.

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