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By Brianna Wiest

Anyone who has studied the art of arguing would be familiar with the phrase “poisoning the well.” It’s a form of ad hominem fallacy – where the opponent attacks the character of a person so as to shift attention away from the point being made with a subsequent defense of the individual. “Poisoning the well” is an extension of that, dismissing  or discrediting someone else’s ideas based on their (ultimately unrelated) personality traits.

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t think Russell Brand was an unlikely ambassador of cosmic consciousness, but maybe that’s the real beauty of it all. As a philosophy/psychology/spirit junkie who writes for a living, I have come across few other people who are as succinct, understandable and stunningly profound as the following collection of sound bites. May we all be humbled by the fact that Russell has approximately four million feet up on our plebeian understanding of the world:

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