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583: Psyop Defense

Psionic hero defending against a mind flayer attack - NightCafe AI

KMO welcomes psychotherapist Zac Rhodenizer to the podcast to talk about the ways in which wild-grown and deliberately engineered mind viruses hijack human cognitive capacities for nefarious purposes and ways to recognize and defend against such attacks.

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Zac's book, "Psychological Defence: Protection from psyops, culture wars, and social contagion" is being pre-released on


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