Channel “Idioms of Normality”

Idioms of Normality
A channel hosted by Dr. Paul Mason
Dr. Paul Mason is an Australian anthropologist who works on human and planetary health. In this space, we share the conversations Paul has about normality with people from all walks of life from Australia and around the world.

What is normal? How does normality impact our lives? What would the world look like if we took seriously the idea that normality is not real? Accompany Paul on his exploratory tour to better understand the way in which people think about normality and the way it shapes our lives and impacts upon the planet.

Want to know more? We invite you to join the conversation! Write to us with questions about normality, or if you would like Paul to further explore some aspects you are particularly interested in.

Coming on September 1st. Stay tuned.

Disrupting Normality – To save the planet.

In this episode, Paul speaks with Chief Conservation Officer at WWF Australia. Rachel talks about normalising good habits and patterns of behaviour in addressing environmental issues and habitat destruction as well as how we need to set new standards in policy and legislation. This enlightening conversation looks at ways to disrupt bad patterns as well as methods to instill patterns that are congruent with the health of the planet.

What do wild animals teach us about leadership?

In this episode, Paul speaks with Erna Walraven, Emeritus Curator and Senior Curator at Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Her book, “Wild Leadership: What wild animals teach us about leadership”, has been widely acclaimed as an insightful analysis into hierarchical social structures in other animals as well as a valuable tool for reflection about leadership among humans.
I hope you enjoy Erna’s perspectives as much as we did!

Does the concept of normality produce inequality?

In this episode, Paul speaks with Dr. Alice Krozer, a researcher based in Mexico working on inequalities. She is also the host of the Inequalities podcast on FutureFramed.TV.
They speak about normality, inequality, and how both of these concepts influence the other.
Have a watch!

Challenging the Conventional Western Diet

In this episode of Idioms of Normality, Paul meets Ruth Galloway who talks about crickets, gateway bugs, and edible insects. Ruth runs The Cricket Bakery and has been challenging the conventional Western diet for over six years by making and selling insect food for human consumption. What is a normal diet? And, what are the ethics of our eating habits?

What is normal? How does normality impact our lives? What would the world look like if we took seriously the idea that normality is not real? Accompany Paul on his exploratory tour to better understand the way in which people think about normality and the way it shapes our lives and impacts the planet.

In this episode, Paul speaks with Ash Morse a musician and psychotherapist based in Australia. They talk about Ash’s journey from a religious upbringing to becoming a stage musician and psychotherapist who questions normality in his everyday practice.

Can “ugliness” be pathologized?

In this episode, Paul speaks with the medical doctor and philosopher Dr Yves Saint James, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Centre for Health Engagement, Evidence and Values at the University of Wollongong. Yves talks about definitions of normality in medicine and how ugliness is becoming pathologized in some branches of cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Seeing Normality as Commonality

In this episode, Paul speaks with Professor Greg Downey, an anthropologist at Macquarie University. They speak about normality in relation to elite performance, gender, blindness, neurodiversity, and the discrete privileged populations upon which the statistics of normality have been based.

Sexuality, Religion, and Culture.

In this episode, Paul speaks with Dr Siobhan Irving. She is an anthropologist based in Australia who has studied sexuality, religion, and culture in both Australia and Singapore. We speak about her personal reflections on normality as well as some of the theoretical dimensions as they play out in her work as an anthropologist.

Is normality stressful?

In this episode, Paul speaks with Dr Monty Badami, CEO of Habitus a social enterprise empowering people to work together more creatively and resiliently. He talks about normality in relation to human diversity and raises important questions about how normality is conceived and rolled out across diverse populations.

In the first episode, Paul speaks with Professor Anina Rich, a cognitive scientist at Macquarie University. We speak about synaesthesia, a condition where the senses become mixed in diverse combinations. For example, individuals might experience colour percepts in response to numbers, letters or words, or perhaps feel shapes in response to smells or tastes. A benign condition, synaesthesia is a fascinating case example to problematise and rethink what is normal.

Dr Paul Mason is an Australian anthropologist who works on human and planetary health. In this space, we share the conversations Paul has about normality with people from all walks of life from Australia and around the world.

What is normal? How does normality impact our lives? What would the world look like if we took seriously the idea that normality is not real? Accompany Paul on his exploratory tour to better understand the way in which people think about normality and the way it shapes our lives and impacts upon the planet.

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