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Voices in the Dark

A Society, Culture and Philosophy podcast
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Powerful conversations and interviews about real life psychology, philosophy, psychedelics, spirituality, social dynamics and much more.

Our mission is to entertain, provoke, inform, and make you question everything you think you know.

Have you ever been on the wrong end of “office politics”?

Or lost out to less talented people who are better at “playing the game”?

Join us as we our explore Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling study of the 48 Laws of Power, in which he lays bare the psychological principles that ultimately shape all human relations.

Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look at how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.


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What Makes A 'Perfect Gentleman'? – Zach Falconer-Barfield Interview
The idea of the 'gentleman' increasingly seems a thing of the past – a costume drama caricature, or an old fashioned toff whose connection to the present day is, at best, a pending #MeToo revelation. Jon certainly held those prejudices until he was introduced to the work of Zach Falconer-Barfield, the man behind 'The Perfect Gentleman', who's made it his mission to bring the best qualities of the well-rounded, Renaissance gentleman into our modern world. We quiz Zach on what being a gentleman really means, from manners and style, to etiquette and honour. As he sums up, the key is 'to make others feel at ease, even at expense to yourself' – something which goes far beyond simple ideas of 'masculinity' and into being a socially-conscious person who lives and acts deliberately, according to a strong internal code. But this is 2019. What about the crisis of masculinity? What about toxic masculinity? Isn't a gentleman a dangerous thing to be in today's world? Zach has a different take: we're experiencing a crisis of gender. As thousand-year-old stereotypes and norms have increasingly unravelled in just a few decades, we're only beginning to find our feet. And when we find our feet, we can also find balance: the balance of the 'masculine' and 'feminine' in each of us. This is a far-reaching and far-ranging conversation about the human condition and our modern lives. Fundamentally, it is a conversation about respect: respect for oneself and respect for the people around us.  Including: Manners vs. etiquette Which James Bond was the most gentlemanly? Reforming the education system How the Victorians stifled our emotions Practising deliberate style Developing your personal honour Find Out More: The Perfect Gentleman website, Facebook, and Instagram Becoming the Perfect Gentleman book Follow Zach & Andrea's cooking show: The Suited Chef Zach's personal Instagram Be Silly. Be Kind. Be Weird.
The Laws of Human Nature 4: Mastering Non-Verbal Communication
In a vast modern world, where we're constantly encountering strangers and trying to work out where they're coming from and how we can operate and cooperate together, we're living quintessentially unnatural lives compared to the tight-knit communities in which we evolved. It's as though we're living behind enemy lines: everyone's playing some kind of game we don't quite understand, saying one thing, but doing another; smiling while they hold a knife behind their backs... Help is at hand! This episode provides us with the vital tools we need to understand what people really think, really feel, and the motivations they're often trying frantically to hide. From unconscious body-language to the micro-expressions which betray their true feelings, Robert Greene dissects the role playing and hierarchy games that surround us daily. People are essentially emotional sieves: the emotions will leak out, whether they like it or not. And it's vitally important that we focus on that emotional leakage rather than believing the words alone. As ever, The Laws of Human Nature also turns the spotlight back on you. This episode drills down into what you'recommunicating without realising it. Robert forces us to recognise that we are all consummate actors, but we've forgotten that we're acting. We know certain tones and expressions that get results; we know how to present our 'best side' in a given situation. We play so many different roles all the time... But too often this means we become trapped in them, forgetting that they're all just a game based on the culture in which we're swimming.  Also Including: Life lessons from drag queens Where accents come from The 'authenticity' trap Othello's Error and how to avoid it The dangers of 'Dude-Man-Bro Mode' Get In Touch! Discuss the episode over on our Facebook Discussion Group And you can find us on Instagram and Twitter Or email us: hello@voicesinthedark.world Be Silly. Be Kind. Be Weird.
When Jon Became Part Of A Police Investigation
What would you do if the police called, informed you that you're a victim, and that they want you to give evidence about a sexual assault you've already tried to put behind you? That's the bizarre and challenging situation Jon found himself in recently, and in this episode we talk about the emotional and moral dilemmas he faced when trying to deal with it. Should you participate in a police investigation if the likely outcome is that someone goes to prison – a place where rehabilitation definitely takes a backseat to punishment? Where is your moral or social duty in all this? Shouldn't you take action if it could help others... but what if the authorities won't tell you enough to know whether you'd really be helping anyone at all? (And, being the police, do they even seem to care about the 'helping' rather than the 'punishing' aspect?) This is a Bro Talk episode, so we also spiral outwards across a variety of other subjects, from V for Vendettato dreams of abandoning your family, what makes a person delicious, to why we should rethink the word 'promise' and its role in our lives. Jon has started playing World of Warcraftagain and is worried about whether this spells the end of his life... or if real life is ultimately inferior to online gaming. Subject to being abandoned on a desert island, Andrea is plotting to write a book about why irreversible decisions are the only things that give meaning to our lives. And, just because we can, we try to untangle Andrea's unique mix of misanthropy and romanticism, before contemplating how much popular support we'd need to start a revolution. Also Including: Why does rape seem worse than murder? Becoming Schrödinger's victim What does Anarchism really mean? Dropping acid in a concentration camp Handshake deals and what they (should) really mean Get In Touch! Discuss the episode over on our Facebook Discussion Group And you can find us on Instagramand Twitter Or email us: hello@voicesinthedark.world Be Silly. Be Kind. Be Weird.


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Jun 9th, 2016
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Sep 23rd, 2019
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