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67 minutes | May 16, 2022
How can we trust anything anymore? - Sam Patten
A distant cousin, a writer who lives in Maine, and a former political consultant. Why is 1957 a bad time to get stuck in a honey pot? 1962 is when the Cuban missile crisis occurred. What is Mr Jones? Is Russia a threat to the United States? What does a great policy towards Russia look like? What is the policy towards Russia? What is the policy towards China? What are the forms of leverage that China has on the US? How about Russia? Who is Peter Splitzer and his book? What is going to happen to Europe when it comes to alliances with Russia and the US? What does the Monroe doctrine look like from a Russian perspective? What is NATO doing? What is the role of nuclear power? NATO Article 5 was only used after 9/11. Why do you disagree with? What does a desperate Russia look like? Who is Gerhadt Schroder? Is the Ukraine War a civil war? What is the role of the UN in the New World Order, which is essentially a lack of order? The planes never arrived. Who were the victims of Joseph Mcarthy? What is the future of the American political experience? How can the Republican Party stop being reactive? Column for three newspapers Village Soup (Crossfire Hurricane)
72 minutes | May 10, 2022
Who was the Bitcoin Jesus? - Bernardo Oliveira
His business is like Jack Mallers’ Strike, but in Brazil. What is the Bitcoin scene like in Brazil? What is Bitcoin Maximalism? Which cryptocurrency is the most reliable? Is there a better alternative to democracy? What is a hardware wallet? What is the Lightning Network? What is Bitcoin Beach? What is the effect of hyper-inflation on bitcoin? Who was the Bitcoin Jesus? What were the Block-Size Wars? What are your favorite psychedelic substances? @didimosats
70 minutes | May 2, 2022
What is the Tirrel Corporation? - Christian Langalis
Christian Langalis is the co-founder and C.E.O. of Tirell Corporation What is Orbis Tertiary? What is the Orbis Ledger? Are there any cyberpunk references for Urbit business? What is the distinction of cyber-punk? Dystopia. What is cypher-punk? Who are Timothy May and Satoshi Nakamoto What is the overreach of instrumentalization? What is the atomization of the social? How did computers atomize humans even further? In what ways has studying culture informed your world view? What is the ultimate holy grail for Tirrell? What is an interregnum? What is the role of Urbit in the Web 3.0 ecosystem? How do you maintain legacy systems on an entirely new system that is censorless? What is a Spot ETF and why is it important? What is Bitcoin’s fifth pillar? (15 minutes) What is a cantalon insider? What is the New World Order that George H. W. Bush setup and how does it work now? What is the Minsky Moment? What is the Austrian tendency when it comes to economics? Who are Larry White and George Selgen? What is synthetic commodity money? What is the New Wyoming Bank Charter? What are Full-Reserve Cryptocurrency Banks? What is the difference between a bank and a bitcoin wallet? What are interbank clearing systems? What is the difference between a deferred system and a credit card settlement? What is unchained capital multisig? What is an FBO? What are extant regulations? What is the Nick Land quote (“in the mouth of madness”) (25 minutes)? How did science fiction inform your life? Who is Phil Monk? Urbit strives to have a system that is human scale, that will never require the long-term intervention of a specialized third party. Why do people call Curtis Yarvin an authoritarian? What is peer discovery? What is the contained podcast and who is Barret (36 minutes)? What are your favorite exclaves? How do I use Tirrell? Download the thing (find the thing). What is landscape (groups) programming language? What is the future of NFTs when it comes to fan groups? NFT’s can be digital cellophane wrappers for an album. How many people are in the Tirell corporation? What should someone know about the Urbit foundation? What is Hoon School? Do you have any insight into the people aspect of doing business? How is Tirell corporation set up? What church do you belong to (55 minutes)? What is the correct view of Urbit? What is the Jungen? What is Cottage Core? What is the relationship between Solipsism and being a Luddite? Who is Junger? What is the naming scheme? ~tirrel ~pindet-timmut ~tirrel corporation tirrel.io
73 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
How can we minimize conflict and maximize collaboration? - Erik Newton
Erik Newton is the C.O.O. of tlon.io which is the web development service for Urbit. Urbit is a place where you can speak your mind without worry of being censored. He used to be a lawyer, researching how humans can be removed from the execution and enforcement of contracts. He also had a podcast which attempted to pinpoint the causes of conflict in human relationships. Urbit is 3 pieces of technology: A virtual server built from the ground up; very secure, durable, and simple. A peer-to-peer encrypted network connecting all of the servers. A decentralized verification system. Data is not harvested on the Urbit network as it is on other social media networks. Humans can’t put genies back in their bottles. Get ready for Web 3.0! urbit.org tlon.io
56 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
What is it like to become part of the outgroup rapidly? - Steve Kirsch
If you are interested in the info on the podcast please make sure to verify yourself the information that is presented You are on your own now for determining what is true. No trusted groups are now responsible for it. You can't outsource it. The best way that I have found to find what is true is to ignore what the mind wants to be true and relentlessly attack your own notions of what is true. Ask is that true? Over and over again until you find out If you verify it yourself please find Steve Kirsch on Substack here: https://substack.com/profile/40661664-steve-kirsch For reference from the audio on the debate between two trained experts: James Lyons-Weiler on Substack: https://substack.com/profile/40349055-james-lyons-weiler
51 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Accessing the Unconditioned Mind - Jonathan Harrison
Jonathan Harrison's work is in learning to become more realistic. The more we connect to what’s really happening as opposed to what we think, we realize that what we think is our creativity operating, but the real world is just happening (including our thinking which is part of the real world). Then from this more realistic viewpoint, what we think ceases to disturb us because we realize it has no particular validity or meaning whatsoever, other than expressing our state of mind at the point that we may express it. The Unconditioned Mind: With a direct view of reality as it is, in which things that aren’t real don’t disturb you. You might call it a gentle adjustment or correction to our faulty education. Anger is a physical and mental state which we sometimes get into. When we’re angry, it’s temporary insanity and our judgment isn’t as good at that time. People who attack with anger are generally in the greatest need. Happiness is a biological drive that can cause anger. There’s always pain hiding behind anger. Listening to an angry person can diffuse their anger. Confusion is a common reaction to this work, along with fear and the whole spectrum of emotions. Ultimately there is no terminology in this work, and it doesn’t depend on any theory. For these reasons, it can get strange very quickly. We are all scientists. Nobody understands anything, but this doesn’t stop us from trying. The process of learning is updating our expectations according to the evidence. If you can accept that what’s happening now is not what you think, you immediately may face an open space of pure awareness in which you don't know what to be aware of, you don’t know who’s aware, you don’t know what awareness is, and it really doesn’t matter anymore. The goal is awareness of things as they are, as opposed to things as you think they are. In this work we don’t start from the assumption that a problem exists so there’s nothing to heal or solve, and we don’t start with the assumption that a problem doesn’t exist so everything is open. If there’s a problem and you have a solution, no need to worry. If there’s a problem and you don’t have a solution, there’s also no need to worry. Be wary of any teacher who is claiming to be enlightened, they may have missed the point.
59 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Reclaiming Personal Agency - Michael Batrano
Michael Batrano is the founder of Libertis Horizon, a private society event happening in San Diego that is focused on freeing individuals around the world from the control structures that keep us living scared, disconnected lives and restrict our personal agency. In this episode, we discuss control systems, how the elites have deceived us into giving away our agency, and much more. You can find him on his website www.libertishorizon.com and on the associated Telegram group. 1:16 - 15:46 -The two systems US citizens are living under. -Why knowing yourself is important to navigating yourself out of the negative system to the positive one -How the negative system has caused us to overintellectualize our lives. -How propaganda distracts you from the damage done by the negative system -Everything we use is owned by a few private groups. How do they maintain control? 16:00 – 17:55 -What is democracy? Is it useful? Does it offer any protection? -The REAL difference between a Democracy and a Republic. 17:56 – 19:27 -The unique opportunity modernity has presented for enabling individuals to build their own private worlds 19:30 – 25:09 -How we get trapped in the elite’s world without our consent. -Why you need to understand the contracts that keep us bound to these control structures -Everything in society is fiction. -How the idea of the US is now upside down. 25:27 – 34:23 -Examples of governments that have enforced control systems on their citizens -Does the US constitution offer more protection from autocratic systems than other constitutions? -Facebook and Google have been compromised. -Why guns are the last bastion of freedom in the US. 34:25 – 46:21 -A bit about Michael’s past -Lessons learned from fatherhood -How Disney implants the wrong ideas about love in us -How to keep yourself open to love despite the risks -Human nature is not innately destructive - we’re influenced from even before birth to have baggage. 46:50 – 53:25 How to find out more about the Libertis Horizon event.
66 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
What are the three technologies of the future?
Particularly what technologies will help us remove ourselves from systems of waste and hopefully inequality of opportunity. Many people think that we are in a dark age but what if in fact the last few years have been a civilizational level psych-out and we are on the cusp something truly great and transformational. Listen for more by Ben Magelsen (you can find him on Twitter at @benmagelsen
101 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
How has the world changed post COVID? - Jim O'Shaughnessy
James O'Shaughnessy is the founder, chairman, and co-chief investment officer at OSAM (O'Shaughnessy Asset Management). In this episode, we discuss the changes that have come about in the world post-COVID, mainstream media, politics, navigating the future as a society, the law of attraction, and much more. You can catch Jim’s podcast, Infinite Loops, at www.infiniteloopspodcast.com. Enjoy. 1:58 - How covid accelerated the evolution of work meetings 6:47 - What is quantitative analysis? And how is it different from hedging bets? 13:36 - The world, especially after covid, has changed with respect to investing and decision-making, what do these changes look like? What will they result in? 19:08 - The crazy thing about Silicon Valley 21:24 - A rule of thumb for filtering who to have political discussions with 22:07 - How mainstream media in America is committing suicide 31:12 - How to deal with self-deception and how it is easier for intelligent people to fall prey to self-deception. 36:47 - How do you navigate the differences between eastern and western philosophy? 48:04 - The dangers of premature certainty 48:43 - The truth behind the law of attraction 54:01 - What is negative compounding and why should you be wary of it? 1:00:50 - Why free societies do better than unfree societies. 1:12:31 - Why you should see life as a “choose-your-own-adventure” game 1:20:44 - Why the atomization of society, the destruction of geographical boundaries by the internet, and addiction to social media outrage all work to serve a healthy purpose. 1:31:20 - Why marketing is the bedrock of all of humanity’s greatest institutions.
63 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
What is meant by the phrase "The medium is the message"? - Steven Fan
Steven is trying to discover the next culture that’s emerging to replace conventional western culture and is also trying to be part of its formation. In this episode, we talk about order, blockchain, decentralization, media, information, eastern spirituality, and much more. You can reach out to Steven on Twitter @_StevenFan 1:30 - What is the relationship between top-down and bottom-up influences when it comes to the formation of culture? 1:59 - Is the universe itself inherently bottom-up? Is order built up or pressed down? 6:44 - What is a cultural membrane? How do they influence a culture? 13:15 - As the world becomes more of a global village, is the decentralization of the internet possible with the current model of the internet? Should decentralization even be a goal? 18:15 - In the quest for decentralization, are languages like Solidity (Ethereum’s programming language) useful for creating large-scale applications, like Twitter, for example? 26:49 - How centralized technology can trap us in an information bubble. 28:57 - What is meant by the phrase, “the medium is the message?” 34:32 - What is the salience network and how does it influence how we perceive and process information? 36:35 - How paying attention to the salience network can lead to spiritual experiences 41:58 - Does consciousness exist beyond the brain or body? 48:07 - How does the brain create the unitary perception of reality? Is the brain even the actual mechanism behind this unitary perception of reality? 51:48 - What is information?
64 minutes | May 5, 2021
What exactly is an NFT? - Daliso Ngoma
Daliso Ngoma is the founder and Managing Director of African Technopreneurs which is focused on providing the best AR/VR/360 camera hardware in South Africa. In this episode we discuss NFTs, Crypto, blockchain, trust, thinking for yourself, avoiding self-deception, and much more. You can find Daliso on Twitter and Instagram at @djngoma. Enjoy. (5:24) What is the connection between VR and crypto? Is it possible that they’re going to merge into one? (7:41) What exactly is an NFT? What does it actually mean to own one? (14:55) Is there a difference between shame and guilt? What is it? (17:14) Can you trust centralized social media platforms? Is crypto/blockchain a stepping stone to freedom of expression on the internet? How should you navigate decisions with contradicting information? Such as deciding whether to take the vaccine or not? (19:46) Do you really think for yourself? (23:33) Why you should be skeptical of how internet platforms (e.g., social media and websites) use the data you give them. (30:49) Self-deception: How Daliso tries to avoid bullshitting himself. (35:00) Why do people get so emotional when arguing on Twitter? (37:55) How South Africa is handling lockdowns. (47:57) What’s the crypto space in Africa like? (53:34) Can you pay for stuff with bitcoin in South Africa?
48 minutes | May 3, 2021
What is the relationship between fear and healing - Keia Lavine
Keia is a Medicine Woman who organizes ceremonies for ancestral medicine. Her aim is to help people transform their lives life into empowered and abundant experiences through facilitating awakenings and supporting healing. In this episode, we discuss plant medicines, what it means to heal, the relationship between fear and healing, the goal of healing, and much more. You can find Keia on Twitter at KLMedicinewoman, and on Instagram at keialavine. Enjoy! (3:29) What is healing? What does it mean to heal? How can you tell when someone, in front of you, is healing from something deep? (6:14) What is the relationship between fear and healing? Is it possible to be afraid of healing? (14:14) The role of pain in healing. (15:05) How much of your decision-making is based on fear? (17:57) The place we must get to, on the inside, if we’re to face the fear of healing. (24:57) Why healing isn’t for the faint-hearted. (32:20) What are “being needs” and “having needs”? How can they help us find meaning? (41:07) What was it like to grow up in an indigenous tradition?
65 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Will exoskeletons ever become mainstream? - Nikhil Verma (MD)
Nikhil Verma is a medical doctor who specializes in treating and managing spinal health, mobility, chronic pain, and athletic health among others. In this episode, we discuss chronic pain, the various ways chronic pain is managed, transhumanism, muscular tension, and the possible future interventions in managing chronic pain. You can find Nikhil Verma on Twitter at VermaN21 and on Instagram at dr.nvsportandspine. Enjoy! (5:44) What is a notochord? (10:18) What portion of pain is subjective and what portion is objective? How much do we know about each of these components? Nociceptive vs Neuropathic pain. (14:40) What do we know about the memory component of subjective and chronic pain? And why is it so misunderstood? (18:02) Why opioids are terrible widespread methods for treating chronic pain. (19:54) How can we get better in touch with our endogenous opioids? (24:50) Is there such a thing as too much mobility? (26:44) Is there evidence that weightlifting helps manage chronic pain? (29:56) How does the brain create a unitary picture of experience? (33:10) Transhumanism, the ways people apply it to managing chronic back pain, and the problems with it. (41:45) Is there a relationship between muscular tension and chronic pain? Why are float tanks so effective? (48:55) What is the potential of stem cell regeneration for chronic pain? Do psychedelics or ketamines play any role in the future of treating chronic pain? (55:53) Will exoskeletons ever become mainstream? Are there any disadvantages to this?
59 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Why do kids get cancer? - Courtney Hodges
Courtney is passionate about helping children with cancer and in this episode, we discuss the shortcomings of the medical industry, their misinformed directives, their indirect undermining of human endurance and adaptability, living off the grid, achieving independence from the system, and much more. Enjoy 2:07 The patient advocate: how Courtney helps children who have cancer and their families. 6:31 Why do kids get cancer? Do you know that in adults 90% of cancers have environmental causes? 8:45 How the medical industry, in its current form, prevents people from understanding how durable and capable their bodies are 11:44 How current medical protocol prevents doctors from paying deep attention to patients’ needs. 16:55 What does it mean to be “sensitive”? Does the word have multiple interpretations? 21:00 How do we “tear down” the “system”? 24:38 The largest political ingroup in the U.S is not who you think it is. 29:19 A big thing you can do to reduce your dependence on, and participation in, the system. 31:19 Is it possible to be in a codependent relationship with flowers and plants? 34:30 For quality planting tips revisit my episode with 35:32 How important is it to make money doing the things you love? Is it always doable? 39:49 Does free will exist? Do you really have agency over your choices? 45:52 The neuroscience of internal resistance 49:40 Tools for dealing with fear
78 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
God, the boundaries of Biology, and Free Will - Woody Wiegmann
A collaborative episode with Woody Wiegmann, host of Courage over Conviction podcast. In this episode, we discuss the existence of free will, and try to determine where choice ends and determinism begins. We discuss psychology, making the unconscious conscious, the pitfalls of human hubris, hedging against terrible fiscal policies and much more. Enjoy. (1:22) What is free will? How do we decide our actions? Do we really decide? Does free will actually exist or are we slaves to determinism? (10:12) The Iboga mystery. Why is it so effective with heroin withdrawals? What can Iboga, and plant substances in general, teach us about Biochemistry, and in turn free will? (13:58) Should psychology be a science? We don’t really understand qualia; all information comes to us through a subjective filter and we don’t fully understand that filter, so should psychology be seen as hard science? (17:24) Would it actually matter if our feeling of free will was actually a delusion? What if we just need to feel strongly like we have free will, what if it’s a mechanism that prevents us from drowning in the complexity of the world? (18:33) Woody’s answer to the mystery of free will (19:43) Stewart’s approach. (21:38) Does a deterministic approach make you more compassionate? (36:15) How much of our unconscious can we make conscious? How aware can we be of our own shadow? (42:20) How learning and knowledge-sharing have evolved and sort of given humans the ability to become books, and how this could lead to human evolution (45:48) The role of wealth in human evolution (48:21) The potential pitfalls of engaging in genetic engineering (53:58) Is it possible to resolve all of your inner biases? Is it possible to be free of bias? Or does bias have a role in humanity? (57:48) Why you should be wary of financial planners with fancy graphic presentations (1:00:08) How the separation between the treasury and the feds seems to be lessening and the risks associated with this phenomenon. (1:06:07) Can crypto serve as a hedge against inflation and horrible fiscal policies? (1:07:42) Alternative hedging options to Bitcoin
34 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Do you know you can make music with plants? - Joshua Morrison Cooper
Joshua Morrison Cooper is the creative coordinator at Happiness and in this episode, we discuss gardening, the healing power of plants, how to get started with planting, how big agricultural practices deplete the quality of soil, government initiatives to help people interested in planting, and much more. We also spoke about Joshua's unique type of music, which you can listen to here: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/1QTKWSH9FVPks1M3A Enjoy. (1:53) Do you know you can make music with plants? Find out how (6:11) How working with plants helps you heal. Do you know that your body generates a certain kind of electricity, that under the right circumstances, can heal you? (10:49) How commercial farming techniques have depleted soil quality and nutrition (11:29) Some healthy alternatives to pesticides you can use in your home garden (21:00) What do you need to understand about plants and the planting process, if you want to work with them? (23:47) What are some things to be aware of in terms of how the government might be able to help you grow stuff if you’re interested? (25:55) What is vertical farming and how is it useful?
57 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
What is a fab and why is it the next big thing in the manufacturing industry? Matt Parlmer
Matt Parlmer is the founder of General Fabrications, a firm devoted to democratizing production and the supply chain across a lot of industries. In this episode, we discuss his company's products, fabs, and delve into how they're going to revolutionize the manufacturing system and the various ways and fields in which they could be applied, such as in homesteading, moulding, and so on, as well as the possibilities they could unlock for humanity. You can find Matt on Twitter as @mattparlmer and General Fabrications as @genfabco. Enjoy!
58 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Why you should reach out to strangers you admire online - Rodney Gainous Jr.
Rodney Gainous is the founder and CEO of Safe, a company dedicated to providing more easy-to-use privacy tools for individuals and businesses. In this episode, we discuss the changes Corona has wrought, the importance of sending cold emails, the importance of location for networking, and much more. Enjoy! You can reach Rodney on Twitter at Rg2official. (7:59) Do you need to move to the Bay area, or tech hubs in general, to be able to fully chase your dreams of working in tech? What are the merits of doing so? Can you run a tech startup from any location? (11:09) Even if you choose to run your tech startup from outside a tech hub, is an experience of the tech hub necessary or helpful to have? (15:01) The difference between knowing a lot about a place and actually living in a place. (16:56) How to build a network in today’s Post-Covid world, despite all the restrictions posed by lockdowns. (19:58) Why you should learn to reach out to strangers, founders and people you admire, online more often. (Hint: a lot of them are more open than you think) (20:41) What is the value of being open in the business world, especially as a founder? (25:15) Is it good to be upfront about what you want when interacting with a stranger you want something from or are you better off building a relationship first? Where is the line? What is the right way to go about it? (29:43) A tip to help increase the open rates for your cold emails. (37:02) As a tech founder, how should you treat hype? Both hype of your company and external tech-related hype that generates FOMO? (47:51) Why is Miami receiving so much hype? Apart from it potentially being the new base for Silicon Valley.
184 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Can AI be taught to hold a conversation? - Bruna Paese
Bruna Paese is the CEO of Iubi, a social robot that helps people improve their health. We had a marathon of an interview -my longest ever- at three hours. And in this episode, spoke about language, decision making, learning, drug use in Brazil, Banks, health, poverty, wealth, and so much more. Enjoy! (1:55) The nuances of language, how different slang can develop among different cultures sharing the same language. Can AI learn to note the differences in accents across non-native speakers of English? Is this current inability of AI to account for accents a failure of technology or is it a result of cultural bias? If even humans can’t appreciate all the nuance that exists in spoken language (i.e., tonality, pitch, etc.) can computers be expected to do the same? (7:25) Why do people go to therapy? Are actions similar to thoughts? We understand how people act and react to stuff, but do we understand how they think? Why is it important to understand how people think? (9:29) Why is Big Tech so concerned with the exploration of Mars? (13:42) How does Brazil rank in the AI revolution? What does the AI scene look like in Brazil? How does it work? What are its rules? (16:39) Brazil has half the population of Latin America and is the country with the largest landmass in South America, yet Chile, a much smaller country, manages to accumulate the same number of yearly tourist visits as Brazil, why? (22:54) Brazil’s big advantage; what is Iubi about? What does it do? How Bruna got the idea to start? (40:34) Is Iubi a robot, a human being, or a combination of both? (45:40) Conspiracy theories. Was COVID manufactured? Did China have a game plan? How do conspiracy theories form? Are conspiracy theories the result of using particular modes of communication? Where did the term “conspiracy theory” come from? How human nature makes it easy for us to accept unverified information. (58:16) What tests or markers can you use as a measure of fitness? (1:08:18) The global asset that is in demand but has very little supply (1:08:56) Drug history in Brazil; the value of history and how it shows the connection between everything. (1:19:27) The general argument is that drugs are a means to escape reality, but what if the opposite can also be argued? What if drugs actually support reality? What would that look like? (1:32:18) Why does cannabis have such a negative association, compared to other plant-based substances, like ayahuasca or psilocybin? (1:39:54) Why Iubi is focused on children (1:42:39) The unseen impact of environment on health (1:46:03) Given the access to nature people in the United States have, why aren’t we as nature-centered, especially in the materials we use to produce medicine, compared to countries like Brazil and India? How does culture limit or improve the overall health of a population? (1:49:26) Why language is more about connection than discovering truth. (2:07:50) Is the impact of COVID-19 on poverty and thus crime rates universal worldwide? (2:10:27) What is the truth about mental health? Is it an inborn pathology or a result of the environment you grew up in? Does expecting a person diagnosed with mental health issues to act crazy make them act crazy? And thus, what are the ways we treat patients diagnosed with mental health issues that cause them to respond negatively? (2:18:20) What is the future of pharmaceuticals? Where will technology take it? (2:22:32) How to create an ecosystem for innovation to thrive. (2:26:13) What is Brazil’s take on cryptocurrency? How deeply is it integrated into their financial system? How international transactions between banks actually work. (2:38:55) Why is it still possible to transfer money illegally between countries? Is it all because cash runs everything? And the governments can't actually see everything happening? (2:42:44) The lines between corporations and the state are thinning in many countries; CEOs or megacorps are gaining greater ability to influence government policy; can this new system still be called capitalism?
68 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
How can we make our forests resilient again? - Gabriel Bolzani
This episode focuses on self-sufficiency through living off the land and growing your own food, agroecology and restorative farming, escaping the control of governments worldwide, and basically living a life that allows you to thrive physically, all of these in light of the events of the pandemic. Enjoy! (2:50 - 3:40) The difference between city and rural life, and how that contrast, unwittingly, showed Gabriel the difference between learning about a course in college and actually living the reality of said course. (4:33 – 6:10) Now that the world as we know it has ended, what shifts in thinking and culture will have to be made to enable people thrive in the coming age? (7:42 - 8:34) The ethical, nutritional, and environmental benefits of oysters and growing oyster farms. (10:52 – 12:56) How Gabriel restored a portion of land that had been severely degraded from years of serving as pasture for horses and was unable to grow grass and made it rich, fertile farmland with more than a hundred varieties of plants, including fruit trees and cash crops, all within a year. (14:19 – 19:29) How human activities affect ecology; how pests and insects interact to contribute to nature’s ecology (22:22 – 27:01) Will more people embrace retiring to the country to farm their own lands and grow their own foods? Will the events and fear-mongering by governments worldwide, during the pandemic, cause the shifts necessary to make people seek self-sufficiency? Brazil as an example of how culture, if strong enough, can influence government directives; Are we currently living in an Orwellian world or a Huxleyan world? (27:45 – 30:01) There’s nothing wrong with vaccines, but given everything we know about COVID, does everyone have to take it? Given that we don’t know the long-term effects, is vaccinating everyone, including those who have already had covid and those who haven’t had it, worth the risk? (30:37 – 37:19) Organic vs inorganic farming; given that there are harmful organic pesticides, is organic farming really all the PR surrounding it makes it out to be? How do practitioners of agroecology cope with abstinence from the use of pesticides? How does this affect their crop yield and their ability to make a living? How do we incentivize restorative agriculture on a large scale? (46:48 – 53:09) How some commercial farmers are implementing regenerative agricultural practices. How money can help the incentivization of restorative farming. Are conscious consumers really making a difference or are they just being ripped off by capitalists trying to take advantage of their guilt? Does knowing the process of how food is made really change consumers’ relationship to food? Or is convenience the driving force?
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