KMO talks with Scott Mauer about fasting, living in a makeshift intentional community, switching user interfaces, making a living in a rapidly changing landscape, comics, role-playing games, van living and yurt living, Fun times.
The cover art is a group effort from the ATX Draws event that Scott describes in this episode.
KMO talks to engineer and permaculturalist, Robert Brown, about the strengths and weaknesses of the Peak Oil narrative. KMO recalls the different psychological factions that congregated under the Peak Oil banner. Some were focused on finding investment opportunities, others were disgusted with contemporary society and thrilled at the prospect of it falling to pieces. The conversation also touches on the harms and benefits of digital technology.
KMO has turned Peak Oil apostate. Information technology and machine learning in particular, seem to have played a much more influential and interesting role in determining the course of industrial civilization over the past decade than have shortfalls in petroleum production. In short, the predictions of a Peak Oil fast collapse have failed to materialize. Over that same period, most everyone in the industrialized world has taken to carrying powerful computers around with them that fit in the palms of their hands. Governments and corporations use the data we generate with our online activity for surveillance and social control. What will the coming decade hold? Will the collapse of industrial civilization finally make its entrance, or will information technology extend it's lead over the predicted collapse? KMO puts these questions to long-time C-Realm guest, James Howard Kunstler, who predicts that the collapse is still coming, and that the next couple of years will be marked by greatly increased levels of disorder on the international stage.
Hey, Vault subscribers, here's a conversation with Spinnortality game designer, James Patton, that I recorded just this morning. I plan to use it elsewhere, but not in its entirety. Here's the whole thing, with only light editing for your listening enjoyment. Enjoy. -KMO