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238: A Permanent Low-Level Bardoness


KMO talks with Erik Davis about his new book, Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esotericism. Erik details the fundamental paradox of the counter-culture -- the communications technologies that let non-conformist freaks coalesce on the fringe can also render their scene mainstream and lame with shocking speed. A Bardo is a space between worlds, and the speed and ubiquity of cultural and technological change creates Bardos everywhere. KMO concludes with audio recorded on the road and some thoughts about his journey in 2010.


Music by Float 23 and LouD Speka.

229: Zombies-R-Us


Author and esotericist Erik Davis returns to the C-Realm to talk about how the archetype of the zombie and the increasingly familiar narrative of the zombie apocalypse exemplifies a swarm of 21st century human anxieties. We fear our own lack of agency, a world on auto-pilot heading inexorably for disaster, and a ceaseless onslaught of troubles that multiply faster than we can deal with them.

Music by The Billions.

The short film that Erik mentioned is called "I'll See You In My Dreams."

You can find the Z-Realm Podcast here:

124: Pot Luck


"C" stands for consciousness

124: Pot Luck

KMO talks with Erik Davis about the novels of Philip Kindred Dick and the movies they inspired. Warning, this segment includes unchecked ranting by the host. Later, Professor Lefty of Lefty's Lounge stops by to chew the fat and reflect on life as a podcaster.

Musical Guest: Andy Warren


The podcast ends when the rooster crows. Any copyrighted musical material that may follow on after the closing rooster crow is not part of the podcast, and I wouldn't have any idea how it got there.

82: American Bardo


In this episode, KMO welcomes Techgnosis author Erik Davis back to the program to discuss the idea of the Bardo and consider possible ways to make the most of it. In the second half of the program, after a few excerpts from a talk by Terence McKenna to set the stage, KMO and Erik Davis dig into the question of whether there's any purpose behind the human enterprise and whether that purpose could possibly be worth the obvious harm that it is causing to Mother Earth.

81: Imaginal Identity


As the start of the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica draws near, KMO uses BSG to dig into questions of the continuity of individual identity over time with philosophy professor Amy Kind. Professor Kind has contributed a chapter to the new book, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy. In the second half of the program, we hear from Techgnosis author, Erik Davis. Erik details the need to employ tactical skepticism in negotiating the Mundus Imaginalis and dealing with its inhabitants.

Amy Kind's contribution to Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy is called "I'm Sharon but I'm a Different Sharon: The Identity of Cylons"