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    First time poster here! I’m a big fan of the podcast…I discovered it a couple of months ago by literally searching, “collapse of civilization” on my iPhone podcast app (the US election did something to me I have to confess). I have to say that it is so refreshing to hear people who are genuine free thinkers. I sometimes feel like I’m the only sane person among my friends and family (together they encompass both political extremes) – you guys are an escape!

    I thought you all would be interested in an Adam Curtis documentary I came across recently called “HyperNormalization”. It basically goes through how we, as a society, have given up on the larger “complex world” and have retreated into a virtual “fake world” – both socially and politically. It is extremely relevant – it came out in October 2016. Here is a wikipedia synopsis:

    The term “hypernormalisation” is taken from Alexei Yurchak’s 2006 book Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, about the paradoxes of life in the Soviet Union during the 20 years before it collapsed.[3][4] A professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley,[5] he argues that everyone knew the system was failing, but as no one could imagine any alternative to the status quo, politicians and citizens were resigned to maintaining a pretence of a functioning society.[6] Over time, this delusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy and the “fakeness” was accepted by everyone as real, an effect which Yurchak termed “hypernormalisation”.[7]

    A bit grim I’ll admit, but I think it encapsulates where America could potentially head towards. As someone who aligns with the left more than anything (I’m like Adam I guess), I really think it takes conspiracy, philosophy, UFOs, history, political controversy, technology, religion, etc. and throws them into a cooking pot to produce a weird concoction.

    Anyway, keep up the good work John and Adam. To a healthy and weird 2017!



    Welcome, Janus! You must have read our minds!

    We were actually thinking of starting the new year with Hypernormalisation!



    Wow how’s that for a coincidence? Think we are all starting to get on the same wavelength in a way.

    Looking forward to the discussion on the podcast – I thought the doc. made some compelling arguments!



    Happy New Year, Janus.  And yes, we’ll be doing a podcast on Hypernormalisation next week.  So stay tuned… 😉

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