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CRV161

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CRV161_coverSoryu Forall of the Center For Mindful Learning teaches meditation to a group at the Burlington Friends Meeting Hall. In between meditation sessions and debriefing, Soryu explains the importance of breaking fixed points of view and familiar means of pursuing happiness.  Only by doing so can we bring an end to the automatic human program of destroying life on this planet.

480: Assumptions and Preferences

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Soryu Forall

Soryu Forall

KMO and Olga took a road trip to Vermont where they met up with Soryu Forall, a meditation and mindfulness teacher and the founder of the Center for Mindful Learning. On this episode of the C-Realm Podcast, Soryu describes the feedback loop between perception and action that gives rise to the sorts of human behaviors which are so detrimental to the living planet. To change our behavior, we need to change our thinking, but before we can change our minds we first must know ourselves.

CRV160

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Any port in a storm? That would have to be some storm.

Any port in a storm? That would have to be some storm.

KMO responds to feedback on the tiny house episode of the C-Realm podcast. Then he continues his reflections on Amazon.com’s labor practices in the late 1990s before moving on to questioning the utility of a contemplative practice as a means of switching human civilization from a path of destruction and consumption to one of healing and restoration. No, composting wouldn’t have stopped the Nazis, but sometimes direct resistance makes matters worse. The episode ends with an introduction to Soryu Forall, who will be the guest on C-Realm Podcast episode 480.

479: Tiny Gets Huge

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"Deek" basking in the light of the Tuftex.

“Deek” basking in the light of the Tuftex.

KMO and Olga talk with Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com. Derek builds tiny houses, cabins, forts and other unconventional structures, often using donated or scrounged materials. Olga will be attending his Tiny House Summer Camp 3 workshop in northern Vermont September 18 – 20, 2015. KMO closes by riffing on some thoughts lifted from the Tiny-Project blog.

CRV159

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Westlake Center in Downtown Seattle.

Westlake Center in Downtown Seattle.

KMO expands on his comments at the end of C-Realm 478: Lies, Damned Lies and Data about the workplace culture at Amazon.com in the early days of the company into a wider set of reflections on what it was like to live and work in Seattle during the irrational exuberance of the tech stock bubble of the late 1990s. He also reads and responds to feedback on the topic of the Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders.

478: Lies, Damned Lies and Data

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The mint features prominently in the conversation.

The mint features prominently in the conversation.

KMO and Olga welcome Karl Fitzgerald, creator of the Renegade Economists Podcast, to the kitchen table at C-Realm HQ. Karl was in New York recording many hours of video with Michael Hudson, and on his last night in the US he made it out to bucolic Brooklyn for dinner and a chat. The conversation, inspired by the stops on Karl’s trip, moves between NYC, Detroit, San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia. KMO concludes with some reflections on working at Amazon.com from 1996 to 1998.

CRV158

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Vault_Cover158There is no guest on this episode of the Vault. KMO goes it alone with some reflections on recent events. Was the challenge to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign helped by the challenge from disruptive protesters claiming to speak for #BlackLivesMatter ? This and more in this episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast.

477: SBNR

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Psychedelic Parenting

Psychedelic Parenting

In recent decades an increasing number of people have begun to identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” In this episode of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO talks with Jonathan Thompson about the unintended consequences of this practice of loading the word ‘religion’ with exclusively negative connotations and investing all the positives aspects of religious practice and experience in the word ‘spiritual.’ It is of particular concern to groups looking for First Amendment protections for religious practices that involve psychedelic sacraments. In the second half of the conversation, they discuss psychedelic parenting and consider the dangers and challenges in speaking honestly to children about psychedelic practices.

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Vault_Cover157The conversational collage with Doug Lain, author of After the Saucers Landed, and regular C-Realm contributor Larry Lowe that started in C-Realm episode 476: The Third Space concludes here. We delve deeper into the intention and hidden complexities of Doug’s book, the sorry state of the UFO community, religious yearnings and the allure of dark conspiracy narratives.

476: The Third Space

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Asket

Asket

Douglas Lain has a new novel, After the Saucers Landed, which depicts an alternate history in which fake-looking flying saucers land on the White House lawn in the 1990s. The aliens that emerge are Nordic space brothers like the ones described by Billy Meier. This comes as an enormous disappointment to most UFO researchers. KMO talks with both Doug Lain and Larry Lowe about the novel and about the subject matter that it takes as it’s jumping off point for an exploration of the phantom of individual identity.