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The End of the World - Armageddon Obsessed

The End of the World - Armageddon Obsessed

November 26, 2022

Celine and Stephen explore the ever-present belief that the end is nigh, starting with Stephen's former group Jehovah's Witnesses, including the calculations he was taught as to why Armageddon would definitely come within the generation that saw 1914.

Jehovah's Witnesses are not the only ones who have claimed this special knowledge, only to be made to look foolish, so Celine and Stephen take a whistle stop tour of end time prophecies. Finally they explore what real threats there are out there and what we could do about them as well as having a quiz about end of world films.

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Links

End of world prophecies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events

JW Facts

https://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/failed-1914-predictions.php

 

 

 

 

Special Mini Series: Cults at Work Part 2, Leadership

Special Mini Series: Cults at Work Part 2, Leadership

November 23, 2022

Part 2 of our special collaboration with the World of Work Project's Jane Stewart and James Carrier. This week we explore leadership within cults and business, and how progressive efforts to create collaborative cultures and transformational goals can set a trap for well intentioned organisations and individuals.

References

The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership

https://www.routledge.com/The-Dark-Side-of-Transformational-Leadership-A-Critical-Perspective/Tourish/p/book/9780415564281

 

Cult Survivor, Activist and Podcaster, Andrew Pledger - Part 2

Cult Survivor, Activist and Podcaster, Andrew Pledger - Part 2

November 20, 2022

In part 2, Andrew continues his discussion with Celine and Stephen. Andrew Pledger is a podcaster, activist, writer and life coach who left a fundamentalist Christian cult and now seeks to raise awareness of religious trauma, as well as help those who leave to rebuild their lives.

To listen on a web page

https://whatshouldithinkabout.podbean.com/

Andrew's Links

Linktree 

https://liinks.co/4ndrewpledger

Andrew's Podcast, Speaking Up

https://play.acast.com/s/speaking-up-with-andrew-pledger/bju-is-a-cult-bonus-video-audio

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Cult Survivor, Activist and Podcaster Andrew Pledger - Part 1

Cult Survivor, Activist and Podcaster Andrew Pledger - Part 1

November 19, 2022

Andrew Pledger is a podcaster, activist, writer and life coach who left a fundamentalist Christian cult. He raises awareness about religious trauma and recovery from controlling religious groups. He is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and provides insights into how fundamentalist Bible groups compromise identity. It's a fascinating discussion over two episodes. Part 2 is available after the 20th November 2022.

Andrew's Links

Linktree 

https://liinks.co/4ndrewpledger

Andrew's Podcast, Speaking Up

https://play.acast.com/s/speaking-up-with-andrew-pledger/bju-is-a-cult-bonus-video-audio

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Special Mini Series With The WOW Project: Cults at Work Part 1

Special Mini Series With The WOW Project: Cults at Work Part 1

November 16, 2022

This is a special collaboration between Cult Hackers and The World of Work Project, exploring cultic practices in the workplace. Stephen welcomes Jane Stewart and James Carrier to discuss where work and cults intersect, how employees can spot potential risks, how managers and leaders can avoid cultic practices and how society can spot cultic groups. Part 1 explores the specific areas of concern and interest including charismatic and transformational leadership, meaning and purpose through work and employee voice.

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The Cornetto Trilogy

The Cornetto Trilogy

November 12, 2022

To lift the mood this week Stephen and Celine review three of their favourite comedy movies, all with tangentially cult related themes; Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Also Stephen talks about the LEJOG cycling challenge for 2023.

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To support Stephen’s ride for the Family Survival Trust 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cult-hackers

Trauma Recovery Coach Jolyn Armstrong

Trauma Recovery Coach Jolyn Armstrong

November 5, 2022

Jolyn Armstrong is a certified trauma recovery coach and has an interesting personal perspective, having gone through the experience of a son becoming incarcerated for a serious crime and of overcoming her own religious trauma. During the conversation Celine and Stephen discuss the use of coaching in recovery, the difficulty of finding friends after leaving a cult and the similarities between incarceration and disfellowshipping for family members. 

Jolyn's website landing page:

https://gvtraumarecovery.com/culthackers

Please Note: Cult Hackers cannot and does not endorse any particular trauma recovery treatment or method.

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A Diabolical Week and Demons On Repeat

A Diabolical Week and Demons On Repeat

October 29, 2022

Today Stephen briefly considers a week of hell, and then Cult Hackers revisits an episode from the archives exploring the supernatural, the Devil and the demons' interest in second-hand furniture. Celine and Stephen explore how upon leaving a religious Bible Cult long held beliefs about the spooky and supernatural are re-evaluated. There's also an example of a 'cold reading' from Derren Brown's book Tricks of The Mind

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References

Tricks of the Mind

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Channel 4; Reprint edition (8 Oct. 2007)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1905026358
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1905026357

 

“Jonestown in slow motion”. Leaving Christian Science with Hilary Alexander

“Jonestown in slow motion”. Leaving Christian Science with Hilary Alexander

October 22, 2022

Today Celine and Stephen explore a group they've not talked about before, Christian Science. Hilary Alexander was raised as a Christian Scientist and in this interview she talks about the process of leaving and making sense of the world afterwards. Christian Science – not to be confused with Scientology – is a religion that was started by Mary Baker Eddy in the late 19th century and as you’ll hear from Hilary has some pretty unusual beliefs that lead to some dangerous practices – perhaps the most important of these is the refusal by many adherents to use modern medicine or medical procedures.

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Bonus Episode: Separating the Quantum Science From the Woo

Bonus Episode: Separating the Quantum Science From the Woo

October 19, 2022

After leaving a cult or fundamentalist group with an all-encompassing belief system, it’s great fun to explore science and philosophy and it’s not long before the quantum world is likely to attract attention. Today Celine and Stephen have the company of a special guest to explore quantum physics and try to separate the science from the woo.

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Videos about quantum physics

The Double Slit Experiment

https://youtu.be/A9tKncAdlHQ

Apertures and Diffraction - Exploring Wave Motion

https://youtu.be/BH0NfVUTWG4

Quantum Physics Explained

https://youtu.be/Usu9xZfabPM

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