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It's about time! Provocative, profound discussions at the intersection of art, science, and wonder with paleontologist-futurist Michael Garfield and a growing list of awesome guests...
A podcast for the future archeologists digging through our digital remains. Conversations of the unconventional, bizarre, free-roaming, fun, irreverent, and thoughtful kind...an auditory psychedelic to get you prepared for living in a wilder future than we can imagine.
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Most Recent Episode
0023 - "Our Psychedelic Future" at the Australian Psychedelic Society
5 days ago
We’re switching it up this week to present my recent talk on psychedelic futurism at the first weekly meeting of the Australian Psychedelic Society (Fitzroy Beer Garden, Melbourne, Victoria). The Chinese have a curse: “May you live in interesting times.” The Irish have a toast: “May you be alive at the end of the world” I’m more Irish than Chinese, and I know this because even though we’re living through total chaos these days, that means unprecedented opportunity for wonder, creativity, discovery, and growth. - How to enjoy life in an age of mass extinction and the imminent transformation of the human species through genetic engineering - CRISPR and evolution “in real time,” within the lifespan of “individual” organisms - The self as a multitude of distinct neural “motifs” and how each of us is a village (or a bouquet) - Living through “a trans-technological, trans-nature” renaissance - The sharing economy, nonmonogamy, global citizenship, access vs. ownership as symptoms of a global transition to more freely exchanged modular selfhood - How each of us is basically the sexually mature larval form of our ancestors and how staying “childlike” has empowered us with special powers as a species - The future of work as a world in which there are as many different kinds of work as there are people - The spiritual and philosophical implications of “teledildonics” - What replaces “privacy” in an age of universal coveillance and mutual accountability - Why we shouldn’t judge the world and lives of our software based digital human descendants - Tim Leary’s “Just Say Know” as a better approach to technologies (since all technologies are psychoactive, and so tech and drugs should merit similar approaches) Memorable Quotes: “To the extent that we recognize that who we believe ourselves to be is a story our brain is creating instinctively and automatically, we can be more conscious about that, and we can inhabit different self-concepts as it suits us.” “What we’re learning about the origins of life is that it wasn’t like suddenly the cell occurred, with a membrane already on it, and credit c