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Cory in hula hoop ecstasy.
KMO and Olga took a road trip through Vermont and recorded conversations at most every step along the way. This week's conversation took place at Good Commons retreat center in Plymouth, Vermont where Olga talked with her friend, Tesha Buss, about following an inspiration which took from a career on Broadway to a beautiful crossroads in rural Vermont. Up first is a conversation with Cory Richardson, the man behind Hanging Hugs, a soulful hammock business. Neither Cory nor Tesha seem particularly neurotic, but they're definitely animated by an uncommon energy and they are both seeking conscious co-conspirators for collaborative adventures.
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KMO welcomes psychotherapist, Neal M. Goldsmith, to the C-Realm to talk about the themes of his new book, Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development. The quantitative, cut-and-control mentality gives humans great power to manipulate the natural world. Neal does not suggest for an instant that we abandon this very useful mental mode, but he does think that pyschedelics and indigenous peoples can offer us an expanded psychological repertoire that does not require that we renounce the control that the scientific paradigm affords us.
Music by Hobotech.
Links for further exploration of the topics discussed in this episode:
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Larry Lowe talks with Nikki Olson, a Singularitarian blogger who attended the 20th Anniversary International UFO Congress. She noted a lack of tech-savvy young people at the event, and she took the audience to be overly credulous. Even so, both Nikki and Larry think that the usually insular UFO and Singularity communities each have something useful to offer one another. Larry does double duty as he admirably represents both the community of rational UFOlogists and the usual contingent of C-Realm concerns. The episode also features clips from Terence McKenna (taken from Psychedelic Salon episode 258) and James Burkeas well as commentary from Eric Boyd.
Music by Kyrstyn Pixton
Why the future doesn't need us: Our most powerful 21st-century technologies - robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech - are threatening to make humans an endangered species. By Bill Joy
Larry's Show Notes:
The Singularity and UFOs: Can ET Teach Us Anything about the Singularity?
by Nikki Olson on March 4, 2011
The connections between extraterrestrial life and future technology are numerous, and have been
widely discussed in science fiction literature and by physicists such as Michio Kaku. There is
basic logic to the connection: if life in other galaxies is able to travel to our galaxy, it is
thought, then we should assume their technology is more advanced than our own and that they have
already reached their ‘Singularity.’
Travis Walton http://www.travis-walton.com/
On Monday, November 10, all of Rogers' remaining crew took polygraph examinations administered
by Cy Gilson, an Arizona Department of Public Safety employee. His questions asked if any of
the men caused harm to Travis (or knew who had caused Travis harm), if they knew where Travis's
body was buried, and if they told the truth about seeing a UFO. The men all denied harming
Travis (or knowing who had harmed him), denied knowing where his body was, and insisted they had
indeed seen a UFO.
Excepting Dallis (who had not completed his exam, thus rendering it invalid), Gilson concluded
that all the men were truthful, and the exam results were conclusive. Clark quotes from Gilson's
official report: "These polygraph examinations prove that these five men did see some object
they believed to be a UFO, and that Travis Walton was not injured or murdered by any of these
men on that Wednesday". If the UFO was fake, Gilson thought, "five of these men had no prior
knowledge of it".
Fire in the Sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LhshgLJuuM
In 1993, Walton's book was adapted into a film, Fire in the Sky, directed by Robert Lieberman
and starring D. B. Sweeney as Travis Walton, Robert Patrick as Mike Rogers and Scott MacDonald
as Travis's Brother Dan Walton. Clark writes that the film found "Moderate success, mixed
reviews, and ufologists' complaints about its inaccuracies and exaggerations." (Clark, 650)
Especially inaccurate was the portion of the film detailing his time on the UFO; it bears almost
no resemblance to the original narrative.
In the renewed publicity generated by the motion picture, Walton, Mike Rogers and Allen Dallis
agreed to take polygraph examinations at the behest of "a skeptical ufologist, Jerry Black".
(Clark, 650) Again, the tests were conducted by Cy Gilson, and the men all asserted that the
events as they related them were true. Gilson concluded that all three men were truthful in
regard to their responses about the events of November 5, 1975.
Lloyd Pye http://www.starchildproject.com/dna2010.htm
In Brief: A modified "shotgun" DNA recovery technique has been successfully used to recover
coherent segments of the Starchild Skull's nuclear DNA. Of the (approx.) 3 billion base pairs in
the skull's genome, several thousand have been recovered. These nuclear DNA fragments have been
analyzed by the National Institutes of Health BLAST program, and a substantial percentage of that
DNA has "no significant similarity" to any DNA previously found on Earth.
These results have been verified and repeated; however, more DNA needs to be recovered and
analyzed before a formal report can be completed.
Law of Accelerating Returns http://tinyurl.com/29e82vw
An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential,
contrary to the common-sense “intuitive linear” view. So we won’t experience 100 years of
progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate).
The "returns," such as chip speed and cost-effectiveness, also increase exponentially. There’s
even exponential growth in the rate of exponential growth. Within a few decades, machine
intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity — technological change
so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications
include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans,
and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light.
Phoenix Lights plus 14: Still no answers http://tinyurl.com/4kkb83a
If you assume it is a very large universe and realize that, given the exponential rate of
technological progress just beginning to take firm hold of human civilization, a civilization
that was at our state of development a mere one hundred years ago would appear to us to have
advanced 20,000 years in the last century and if you take the thousands of reports from credible
citizens at face value it is reasonable to conclude that the Phoenix Lights observations is what
it seemed to be: a gentle but deliberate display of advanced technology intended to provide
enough eye-witness testimony and personal experience to spark the recognition that humanity is
not the only intelligent life form capable of operating on earth.
The original Battle of Los Angeles
The Battle of Los Angeles, also known as The Great Los Angeles Air Raid, is the name given by
contemporary sources to the rumored enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage
which took place from late February 24 to early February 25, 1942 over Los Angeles, California.
The incident occurred less than three months after the United States entered World War II as a
result of the Japanese Imperial Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one day after the Bombardment
of Ellwood on February 23.
Initially, the target of the aerial barrage was thought to be an attacking force from Japan, but
speaking at a press conference shortly afterward, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox called the
incident a "false alarm." Newspapers of the time published a number of sensational reports and
speculations of a cover-up. A small number of modern-day UFOlogists have suggested the targets
were extraterrestrial spacecraft. When documenting the incident in 1983, the U.S. Office of
Air Force History attributed the event to a case of "war nerves" likely triggered by a lost
weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining batteries.
[Host note: The USAF History does not explain why 1400 rounds of high-caliber anti-aircraft
fire could not take down a 'lost weather baloon.']
http://www.reportthreats.org/ [Viral marketing website - some confabulation]
What are they?
I have come to a different conclusion. I concede that my position is provisional, and may change
in time. But the more I reflect on it, the more persuasive I find it. It is that the UFO
phenomenon is the product of an artificial intelligence. Advanced machine intelligence, vastly
outstripping our own, biological, intelligence.
Now, many people believe that machine intelligence is involved somehow in the phenomenon of UFOs.
What I am suggesting is that it is the driving force.
I assume that I am not the only proponent of this idea, but I am not aware of any other UFO
researcher who has expressed it in this way. Back in the 1960s, there was one writer whose
thoughts moved in this direction, or who at least entertained the possibility. That was Ivan
Sanderson, surely one of the most original thinkers ever to write about UFOs.
It is a shame that Sanderson, a biologist by profession, wrote only two books on UFOs. It is a
greater shame that he is all but forgotten today. His first book, Uninvited Visitors (1967)
remains among the most sophisticated analyses yet done on the possible nature of UFOs (Sanderson
called them Unexplained Aerial Objects, or UAOs).
Too long to summarize here, Sanderson methodically asked, not what UAOs were, but what they
could be. He developed a six page outline of the possibilities. Thus, they could be inanimate
or animate. If inanimate, they might be natural, or artificial, each possibility with several
subsets. If animate, they could also be natural or artificial. Natural forms might include
life-forms indigenous to space, or to atmospheres, or to solid bodies. Artificial forms might
be domesticated natural life-forms, genetically created life forms, or biochemically created
life forms. And so on.
Sanderson at several points suggested the possibility that the "occupants" of UFOs might be
artificial life forms. He was not dogmatic about this, and also entertained the idea that they
might be an as-yet unknown life-form indigenous to Earth. Still, the concept of UFOs as a form
of artificial intelligence is fertile enough that we might have expected some follow-up.
Another Tenant in the Building http://tinyurl.com/4kdaoqv
KMO talks with rational UFO researcher Larry Lowe about the possibility of a co-indigenous
terrestrial intelligence as the source of at least some reported encounters with "aliens." KMO
and Larry wrestle with the problem of "high stangeness" in experiencer accounts that renders
them completely incredible regardless of the credibility of the witness. They also listen and
respond to audio clips from George Knapp and Terrence McKenna and consider the possibility that
the aim of the mysterious Other is to goad humans in the direction of a holistic, ecological
style of consciousness. Music by Jungle Physicians.
Exponential growth http://tinyurl.com/46tsj9t
Time to act on humankind's big favorites of "Exponential Growth" - the new (excessive comfort)
and also the old (many children) "growth factors" call for new ways. Their ethical and
governance dimensions are breaking beyond today's very basics of politics, economy, society and
self. No one dares touch them, but negligence is not an option.
Dan Chay explains in a few minutes why exponential growth must lead to collapse. he shows
examples from the world of bacteria and asks "Are Humans Smarter Than Yeast?". Dan hopes so,
and urges us to become aware of taking a turn on the growth issue in our rapidly growing
societies. Especially, because the obvious effects of exceeded growth appear very sudden and
when it is already too late - to sustain the "good times"
Singularity University http://singularityu.org/
Singularity University is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble,
educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of
exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. With the
support of a broad range of leaders in academia, business and government, Singularity
University hopes to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at
solving some of the planet’s most pressing challenges. Singularity University is based at
the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley.
Singularity Summit http://tinyurl.com/5cmtl5
The Singularity Summit is an annual conference focused on the Singularity and related
converging technologies such as robotics, nanotechnology, brain-computer interfaces, and
Founded in 2006 by the Singularity Institute, Ray Kurzweil, and Peter Thiel, the inaugural
summit was held at Stanford, the first academic symposium focused on Singularity dialogue.
Past speakers have included Doug Hofstadter (author of Gödel, Escher, Bach), Peter Norvig
(Google Director of Research), Sebastian Thrun (Stanford AI Lab Director), Rodney Brooks
(MIT Professor of Robotics), Justin Rattner (CTO of Intel), and Stephen Wolfram (CEO and
Founder of Wolfram Research).
10 Questions for Ray Kurzweil http://tinyurl.com/37n8lne
Q: You predict we'll reach a point with artificial intelligence that you call the singularity.
How will that affect us?
A: By the time we get to the 2040s, we'll be able to multiply human intelligence a billionfold.
That will be a profound change that's singular in nature. Computers are going to keep getting
smaller and smaller. Ultimately, they will go inside our bodies and brains and make us healthier,
make us smarter. We'll be online all the time. Search engines won't wait to be asked.
Q: Do you think we'll find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?
A: The consensus in the field is that there's somewhere between a thousand and a million
technologically advanced civilizations just in our own galaxy. But once you get to a point
where we are, within a few centuries at most, these civilizations would be doing galaxy-wide
engineering. It's impossible we wouldn't be noticing that. So my conclusion is that we may be
[Host note: Mainstream academia, Kurzweil included, persists in proceeding from the fallacy
that there is no evidence of advanced intelligence in the universe. It seems that they either
have not read the credible literature or have failed to comprehend it.
UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973
The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991 (UFOs and the National Security State, Vol. 2)
UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record
I Know What I Saw
Betty Andreasson's alien abduction and NDE http://tinyurl.com/3pesvk
Now the Elder touched Betty's shoulder. There was a little explosion of white light, and
then they were in a different place: a hospital room, where a very old man lay in a bed,
with a nurse keeping vigil beside him. And there was more: two small entities which seemed
to be made of darkness where tugging at the man, as if trying to pull his soul out of his
body - this was Betty's impression. But there was also present a light-being; this was a
type of entity Betty had encountered before in her experiences - it had no visible human
features, but appeared as a bodily form made of white light. This being was also tugging
at the dying man; it was clearly a battle for his soul between these opposing entities. The
Elder resolved the conflict: he threw two tiny balls of light at the black entities, and
they flew away.
Alien Abduction Experience http://tinyurl.com/4nnn3rl
It appears that some experiences of UFO-abductees and mind control victims may be explained
by an advanced virtual reality technology. The late Dr. Karla Turner called these experiences
Virtual Reality Scenarios (VRS) [19, 20]. There are alleged mind control victims who claim
that someone implants pictures in their brain . If someone has been implanted with an
intracerebral device, then the implant operators may be able to implant electronically pictures
and memories into the brain of the abductee. The New World Vistas was a major undertaking for
the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) . This military publication was published in June
1996 and is a forecast of possible military developments over the next 50 years. In this
publication military scientists suggest that the development of electromagnetic energy sources,
the output of which can be pulsed, shaped, and focused, coupled with the human body in a
fashion that will allow one to prevent voluntary muscular movements, control emotions and
actions, produce sleep, transmit suggestions, interfere with both short-term and long-term
memory, produce an experience set and delete an experience set.
Highest Strangeness - Body Containers http://tinyurl.com/4dv79za
“I got the impression that the aliens do not like to do this
soul transfer (to cloned body containers) very often.”
- Linda Porter, California Abductee
I put Linda Porter's audiocassette in my tape player and heard the following about an encounter
she had when she was 17-years-old in 1963 in Porterville, California: “I was shown a room with
very tall, clear, tube-like containers or cylinders on a raised platform, which seemed to be at
the center of the room. Inside these tubes - standing upright, naked, and appearing to be
asleep - were humans, or at least they looked human to me. They looked like they were in some
kind of suspended animation.
“I don't think they were dead because their color was too good. They were floating in what
appeared to be a purple gas. It was very thick and hard to see through, but it swirled around
so much that you could see the people as it moved.”
Linda Porter said she was taken by a “grey scientist” to a room where three people were in
tubes. She felt the people were alive, but in a state of suspended animation and that the man
on far right was a younger clone activated by a “soul transfer” from his previous older body
that Linda watched die in a rectangular container.
Linda Porter: “My sketches relate to the following - I was taken into ‘the room of light’ and
shown a man about forty-six-years-old, who was very close to death. He was lying in a clear,
I do not remember the mechanics of how this was done, but his soul was then lifted up out of
his dying body! It left the body in the area of the solar plexus (behind stomach organ). It
was about 2.5-feet-long, five inches wide and was a breathtakingly beautiful, soft, iridescent
yellow with a white, glowing inner core that radiated a very gentle heat. There was a pastel
orange layer around the yellow.
Hologram Universe Reality http://tinyurl.com/6bx6v42
They use their very advanced telepathic abilities and their technology to create manipulated
artificial dreamscapes within a sleeping abductee's mind. They also use astral abduction where
the abductee is placed in virtual reality scenarios. Some of these scenarios are used in
combination with their telepathic abilities and mind control technology to make the abductee
resort to self destructive behaviors such as drug abuse or sexual promiscuity. I guess they can
even turn someone into a serial killer. They also use implants that are designed for the sole
purpose of mind control. They use their telepathic abilities to influence and mind control the
abductee. They also have technology to remotely mind control the abductee.
They also have chambers in the form of transparent rectangular boxes. The abductee is placed in
the chamber. Then some kind of electronic equipment and machinery are activated. The abductee's
life force is then extracted and transferred into storage containers. They also extract
biological tissues and fluids.
Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness: A Causal Correspondence Theory http://tinyurl.com/cku3z4
The problem of the relation between mind and body is well known as a difficult `world knot'.
Over the centuries various monistic and dualistic theories have been proposed, and the subject
has had renewed interest as we try to assimilate the implications of quantum physics. These
implications may make us reexamine our views of brains and bodies, but it is still not clear
what consequences they have for our understanding of minds.
Another proposal by Marshall (1989) is that the mental and bodily realms derive directly from
a quantum realm, as separate appearances of an underlying structure given by quantum mechanics.
Since the unity of mental experience is one of its outstanding features, the proposal is that
consciousness arises from a quantum mechanical structure which shows remarkably unity, namely
Bose-Einstein condensates. This therefore requires not only that the brain amplifies quantum
indeterminism, but also that long-range and long-time correlations of quantum phases are set
up in the brain, by means for example of a structure proposed by Fröhlich.
Both these proposals go some way toward connecting the apparently disparate realms of mind and
brain. From the physics side, both have quantum mechanics holding virtually unchanged. They
furthermore then both require that neuro-physiological processes are in some essential way
`quantum processes'. They require then that the peculiarly quantum features of matter become
much more spatially spread out in the brain than is usually admitted. In the language of physi
cs Marshall requires that non-local correlations (of the kind described by Bell's Inequalities)
are set up between parts of the brain that are very far apart on the atomic scale, and hence
that the brain exhibits some of the characteristics of `quantum computers' as described by
Deutsch (1985). There is a difficulty that this implies much larger quantum effects than have
ever been observed in materials at room temperature. There is evidence of unusual microwave
absorption, but it is not clear whether this really demonstrates quantum correlations as
distinct from sets of coupled classical (non-quantum) oscillations.
Consciousness and Quantum Mechanics http://tinyurl.com/dt59g
As we explore further into the quantum realm, things only get stranger. With the evaporation of
matter, determinism, and finally separability, our hero Schrödinger began to get a bit worried,
for as he looked further into the unexplored territory, he saw some very odd things, indeed.
What was most disturbing to Schrödinger was the fact that when an atom was not observed it could
be in a potential state and then—just by merely measuring it— we somehow trigger the projection
of the potential to the actual. To illustrate just how odd this situation is, Schrödinger
imagined performing the following experiment with a cat.
Supernatural Fingerprints of the Gods Graham Hancock http://tinyurl.com/662fdtl
As part of his research for Supernatural, Graham Hancock traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to
drink the powerful plant hallucinogen Ayahuasca with indigenous shamans. Such visionary
experiences, Hancock argues, were fundamental to the unprecedented and astonishing evolutionary
leap forward achieved by our species during the past 40,000 years and provided the inspiration
for the earliest art and religious ideas of mankind. It is difficult for those who have not
experienced Ayahuasca, or other related shamanic hallucinogens, to visualise the strange
parallel realities into which these substances bring us. Fortunately, however, a number of
shamans in the Amazon are also gifted artists and have made paintings of their own visions.
Through these paintings it is possible for all of us to get some glimpse of the Ayahuasca
Otherworld – which, mysteriously, is not a different place for each different individual who
drinks Ayahuasca. On the contrary, whether experienced by an Amazonian shaman, or an American
lawyer, or a European businessman, or a Japanese fashion designer, the Ayahuasca realm is
always recognizably the same place, inhabited by the same intelligent beings with the same
mission to teach us important truths about ourselves and the nature of the universe.
I operate on the assumption that our education system, media and indeed our entire society
today combine to give massive support and unquestioned acceptance to the orthodox side of the
argument. Until I and a few of my colleagues like John Anthony West and Robert Bauval began to
speak out there was really no counterbalancing view at all! And even now, although we've managed
to get some people's attention - and some television time - we're still in every sense
outnumbered and outgunned.
So the way I see it it's not my job to be "balanced" or "objective". On the contrary, by
providing a powerful, persuasive single-minded case for the existence of a lost civilisation,
I believe that I am merely restoring a little balance and objectivity to a previously unbalanced
situation. There exists a vast array of academic "experts", on comfortable and secure salaries,
with the resources of full university departments behind them, whose life's work is to churn out
endless refinements and confirmations of the orthodox theory of prehistory. These scholars, and
their many fans and chums in the quality media, do not hesitate to mount Doberman-like attacks
on any who try to argue in favour of a lost civilisation. The Dobermans also systematically
ignore all forms of evidence that cast doubt on the established view (for example the
implications of the astronomical alignments of the Pyramids of Giza) while at the same time
accusing us "alternative historians" of being "pseudo-scientists" who dishonestly "select" only
evidence that supports our case and who ignore or even misrepresent contradictory data.
Less than 50,000 years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no
innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as
'the greatest riddle in human history,' all the skills and qualities that we value most highly
in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.
His quest takes him on a journey of adventure and detection from the stunningly beautiful
painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain and Italy to remote rock shelters in the mountains
of South Africa where he finds a treasure trove of extraordinary Stone Age art.
He uncovers clues that lead him to travel to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the
powerful plant hallucinogen Ayahuasca with Indian shamans, whose paintings contain images of
‘supernatural beings’ identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves and
rock shelters. And Western laboratory volunteers placed experimentally under the influence of
hallucinogens such as mescaline also report visionary encounters with exactly the same beings.
Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility
that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other 'dimensions.'
Could the ‘supernaturals’ first depicted in the painted caves and rock shelters be the ancient
teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the ‘blind’, ‘meaningless’
process that Darwin identified, but something else, more purposive and intelligent, that we have
barely even begun to understand?
On 6th July 1960 Lt Colonel Harold Ohlmeyer, a United States Airforce Commander, sent a reply
to a letter from one Professor Charles Hapgood who had requested his opinion on a feature found
on a map of 1513 AD called the Piri Reis Map. Lt Colonel Ohlmeyer's reply was a bombshell. The
map, showing the coastline of the east coast of the Americas and the west coast of Africa, the
Colonel remarked, also seemed to show the coastline of Queen Maud Land in Antarctica free of
ice - a condition it had not been in for some 9000 years!
In fact, it is only in recent times that modern man has been able to map this coastline using
sub-surface surveying techniques that can penetrate the ice sheet that lies on top of it.
Ohlmeyer had no idea how a map existing in the 16th century could have got hold of such knowledge.
Could the Piri Reis maps be evidence for a previously unknown complex maritime civilisation,
capable of mapping the globe? A global culture, cataclysmically destroyed at the end of the ice
age, remnants of which survived the devastation to pass on their knowledge to the shaken world?
Were the figures of Osiris and Quetzalcoatl survivors of this lost race - passing down not only
advanced geographical knowledge, but a secret astronomical code veiled in myth that pointed to
the devastation in the past, and warned of that which is to come?
From the mysterious sites of Tiahuanaco and Teotihuacan, to the enduring enigmatic Sphinx and
pyramids of Egypt, the grandiose Nazca lines of Peru to the stark primal beauty of the Osireion
at Abydos, this is a journey both around the globe and into the heart of the true prehistoric
origins of man. Part adventure, part detective story, this book will force you to revaluate your
beliefs of the past.
James Penniston on the Joiner report Audio Library
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KMO welcomes Jason Horsley/Aeolus Kephas to the podcast to contemplate the value of total surrender. You'll feel much better once you have abandoned all hope. Other topics include the difference between the insatiable desires of the ego and easily-satisfied requirements for psychological well-being, and how dwelling on the big picture can prove counter-productive when it takes us out of what we know.
Music by St. Augustine
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You can also hear Jason on this recent episode of the Diet Soap Podcast:
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KMO plays the first half of a conversation between AyasminA and Dr. Stephan V. Beyer. Steve is the author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon, and in the conversation Steve details his lifelong odyssey into the deep regions of consciousness and spirituality which include fifteen years spent in the upper Amazon with the Mestizo keepers of the Ayahuasca tradition.
Music by Joseph A.
The excerpt from Steve's book that I read appears on Reality Sandwich:
Here's the link to the YouTube video that Doug Lain put together that I mentioned at the end of the program:
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AyasminA returns to the C-Realm to help KMO plumb the darkness for landmarks along KMO's invisible path. In response to an email from the world's only credentialed "creative urbanist," KMO quotes from Kevin Kelly's blog entry about the fatal flaw in the anti-civilizationists' agenda. At the end of the program KMO enlists the words of Charles Eisenstein to anchor the over-arching theme of the episode.
Music: Reggae Drift by Adam of the Psychonautilus.
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KMO welcomes Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme Machine to the program to discuss minds and the memes that make them, Buddhist meditation, the value of psychedelics, and the fabricated reality of the self. Music by Z deScathach.
Musical interlude by Z deScathach: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=817450
Here's the Straight Dope on legislating the value of pi: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/805/did-a-state-legislature-once-pass-a-law-saying-pi-equals-3
In my discussion with Sue,I mentioned Leonard Shlain's book The Alphabet Versus the Goddess. You can learn more about the idea that the transition from a pre-literate to a print-based culture involves a period of ideological mania and accompanying mayhem on the website devoted to the book: http://www.alphabetvsgoddess.com/
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In this 100th episode of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO welcomes SF author Charles Stross (AKA autopope) to the program to discuss the convergence of massively multi-player online games, live action role-playing games, and the emerging infrastructure of the surveillance society. After that he considers listener feedback on the topic of whether human intelligence is somehow privileged or more important than that of other forms of life.
Charles Stross is the author of many books including Accelerondo, The Jennifer Morgue, and Halting State. He has also written an essay entitled The Panopticon Singularity which provides much fuel for thought for anyone concerned with the future of civil liberties and privacy.
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In this episode, KMO welcomes Digital Crusader, Eric Boyd, back to the
program to talk about Transhumanist perspectives on the environment
and sustainable living. Later we hear from Philip Horvath of the
Center for Conscious Creativity, and finally KMO talks with BrainPaint
creator, Bill Scott, about the potential of EEG biofeedback technology
for ADD therapy, meditation, and self-improvement.
Eric Boyd is a co-founder of Stumbleupon.com, and he shares his forward-looking mindset with brainy readers in his Digital Crusader blog. This is Eric's second time on the show. You can listen to his first outing in episode #34 of the C-Realm Podcast: Principles of Precaution.
Philip H. Horváth, co-founder of the Center for Conscious Creativity and an independent agent, is a multi-talented compulsive creative and synthetic systems thinker. A counselor, coach, and consultant, all his activities are marked by three key components: immersion, integration, and innovation. Complete bio
Bill Scott is the principal investigator and first author of an addiction research project that yielded a 79% success rate with Native American alcoholics. This study was with Dr. Eugene Peniston (in press). An interview with Bill by the Psychiatric Times was published as a feature article. Bill Scott has also presented research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science with Dr. David Kaiser. Bill trained the researchers Dr. John Gruzelier and Dr. Tobias Egner (members of Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Behaviour, Imperial College Medical School) in the use of alpha-theta protocols. The results of this research project so improved music abilities among Royal Conservatoire of Music students that the Conservatoire has made these protocols a mandatory part of the school’s curriculum. Complete bio
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