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73 minutes | Nov 4, 2018
Tangent General Episode 22
Following on from episode 21, in this episode we explore the Australian Property market in 2018. With a royal commission into banking underway to assess misconduct in the finance sector in Australia and nerves running high as clearance rates continue to drop, many Aussies are starting to wonder whether we have fallen off the cliff. Whilst our Politicians continue to reassure us that this is a “market correction” and that we are in for “soft landing,” prominent Australian economists disagree. Looking to Ireland as a model for what may happen here, the future outlook is starting to look quite bleak. Even the national news is starting to question the wisdom of over investing in property. Yet, just like the GFC, credit has started to contract and this is leading to a down turn in the real economy. Please consider supporting the Tangent General Podcast on Patreon and make sure to share the episodes you love on social media.
70 minutes | Oct 14, 2018
Tangent General Episode 21
From one scandal to another the Trump Presidency surges forward. From Stormy Daniels, to Russia Gate, to Nikki Haley Resigning to Kavanaugh getting confirmed as a Supreme Court Judge, we are talking all manner of scandal without discussing the economy. 10 years on from the Global Financial Crisis, we are facing a situation where the fundamentals of the economy in the form of $250 Trillion dollars’ worth of Sovereign debt in the US alone. Throughout the world, Trumps Trade War is starting to have a massive impact on the business cycle. Crude Oil peaking at 2014 highs suggests though that things are going to get a lot worse soon. Drew Sample, from the Sample Hour joined me to discuss this with a specific focus on Martin Armstrong and his Pi cycles which have proven to have amazing predictive power.
69 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Coffee At Midnight: Episode 01
Without further ado, here is Episode One of a new monthly show I am co-hosting with Nick Ulbrick of the Tangent General Podcast. In this episode we discuss "Liberal World Order, RIP", an article penned by Council on Foreign Relations Director Richard Haass and breakdown the motivations behind his assertion that the United States and a larger populist movement are leading to the downfall of the "Liberal World Order". Thank you for listening! Original Article: https://www.cfr.org/article/liberal-world-order-rip https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberalism_(international_relations) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(international_relations) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_interdependence The Real New World Order by Anne-Marie Slaughter http://www.columbia.edu/itc/sipa/S6800/courseworks/real_new_slaughter.pdf
70 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Tangent General Episode 20
What is the Maxwell’s demon? Why is the second law of thermo dynamics so important for our survival as the human race? Why is Elon Musk worried or even terrified by the current and near-term future states of Artificial Intelligence? Phil Surdam and I take a look at how a seemingly simple idea about the speed of a particle in a closed system can have profound implications for the social apparatuses we interact with on a daily basis. The study of entropy becomes the study of information theory and the study of information theory quickly leads to deep philosophical questions about the very nature of cause and effect. In this episode Phil and I take you to the base camp of one of the biggest mountains you can climb in the field of cybernetics, so strap in and enjoy the ride.
56 minutes | Jul 15, 2018
Episode 19 - Addendum
***THIS IS AN ADDENDUM, PLEASE START AT EPISODE 19*** In this addendum to episode 19 I tell my story of a particularly bad night when I was ten years old. 1997 was the worst year of my life, and Alanis Morissette was a friend who through her music was able to help me deal with trauma. The anguish and the catharsis of her music shaped my childhood and I want to share that story with you here. Just as Tori Amos would years later, the emotional release of songs like “right through you;” “not the doctor;” and “wake up” were critical for me to connect with a rapidly changing home environment. We all have our own cross to bear, and my story is not necessarily any better or worse than anyone else’s. However, I have thought long and hard about why we share our despair at all. Partly it is a personal relief and release. Partly it is so that others can find their own method to deal with their own pain. This is my method, but I hope that it helps you to in your own journey. Please consider consulting your local crisis centre if you are upset or triggered by any of the sensitive material covered in this episode.
59 minutes | Jul 14, 2018
Tangent General Episoide 19
Today we are doing a deep dive into music and its role in pain relief. This episode is being broken into two parts, the first the main production and the second an addendum to the main production where I share my story of a traumatic period in my childhood and how music has helped me to deal with that and acknowledge that pain. In this first part, Chris and I discuss core beliefs and the role that these play in shaping our interactions with the world. We delve into how significant trauma is in our lives and how easily it is in contemporary society to simply compartmentalise it. If this episode triggers you in any way, please reach out to your local crisis centre.
75 minutes | Jul 7, 2018
Tangent General Episode 18
Today I am proud to invite Antony Sammeroff onto the show. Sammeroff has written a truly inspiring book called Procrastination Annihilation which is going to help all of us sort out of lives and move from a state of being overwhelmed and discouraged to knowing that with a few small steps, a few small tasks we can build towards our long-term goals. The golden triangle is sleep-health-exercise. I would say most of us can get two out of the three, and occasionally for a short period achieve three of the three. However, our ability to achieve the good life (as we define it for ourselves) long-term does require an awareness of the forces that help and the forces that hinder us. This is why I love the work that Sammeroff does. He has a beautiful Scottish accent that sells this message in a soothing and kind voice. Go to beyourselfandlove.com/doit today and make the most of the opportunity each new day brings you.
33 minutes | Jul 7, 2018
Tangent General Episode 18: Prologue
This is a short discussion that creates and adendum to my conversation with Antony Sammeroff. Depression is a major subject for this show and for my life. As a part of that, I often procrastinate, but it's not as simple as an irrational putting off of a task that needs to be done. In fact it is far more serious and something which I work with and through on a daily basis. I felt compelled to include this extra media with Episode 18 as it is very important to learn about ourselves and to know when to push hard and when to take it easy.
76 minutes | Jun 2, 2018
Tangent General Episode 17
Today we continue the discussion around cybernetics and even dip into system dynamics. Phil Surdam again joins me to discuss not only Norbert Weiner, but the rest of the crew involved in the Macy conferences and some of the spectacular results that have emerged. We also draw in some more of the philosophical background hearing from Stuart Umpleby who is a pioneer of second order cybernetics and worked on the biological computer program. This is stuff to make your skin crawl and your head ich. Where the Terminator formed a motif in episode 16, the Matrix serves a similar function in episode 17. However, the twist in the story is that the Matrix asks us to question what is real and what is simply illusion. In this age of fake news we are immersed in a sense reality that can hardly be trust, but was this always the case? Neil Sanders, Mark Devlin, Jay Dyer and John Coleman have been on the scene for years discussing one institution that may be responsible for this sensory illusion we call reality – Tavistock. But were the Beatles really a creation of Tavistock? Did Paul McCartney get replaced following a tragic accident in 1967? I can only take you so far on this journey, you need to make the final choice… blue pill or red pill?
78 minutes | May 16, 2018
Tangent General Episode 16
Today we begin an investigation into a big topic. So large it exceeds the very boundaries of the medium. Phil Surdam joins me to discuss Norbert Weiner and the history and impact of Cybernetics. We look into the remorse and the fears that Weiner had regarding this new science. Technocracy is a child of Cybernetics and increased social control is its sister. This episode starts with a montage that is designed to get under your skin and make your spin tinkle with fright. Joblessness, human beings becoming resources for a fully mechanised world and the constant fear of nuclear war. The terminator may be nothing more than the fever dream of James Cameron, yet the impact it has had on pop culture and our feelings about technology have been heard and felt for two decades now. Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger isn’t holding out his hand and asking us to come with him if we want to live. Instead it’s the scary world of quantum computing that we need to be on guard for, that is where our story today begins and over a series of episodes it will progress. Of course, whenever you’re dealing with a subject like this the spectre of Ted Kaczynski is never too far away.
75 minutes | Apr 24, 2018
Tangent General Episode 15
C Derick Varn and I continue our discussion on Bataille. We think about how the trends of history influence and impact the social trends in which schools of thought are thoroughly immersed in. Abundance is not something we think about when we discuss economic theory, yet there is a macro social problem when we reach a state of abundance. This is strangely enough related to the lies we tell children. Why do we encourage children to think they can do anything they set their mind to? It’s a lie, there are a number of social and economic factors that restrict our ability to achieve our desires. What should be our relationship toward desire be? How does society move, what are the trends, what impact does media have? Words like weird, strange and odd only have comparative meaning. Thus, the notion of transgression is deeply connected to the culture in which that transgressive act takes place. In this episode we explore the work of Bataille in a broader context and ask is it ok to masturbate in front of your dead mother while your pregnant wife sleeps in an adjacent room?
64 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Tangent General Episode 14
What creates value? How is value created? Are the methods that are being used to create value today optimal? We are still living in the shadow of the Global Financial Crisis. The material world has been shaken by the financial scare that hit the liquidity markets nearly a decade ago. Whilst the dust has started to settle, what has emerged is a growing wealth gap, rapidly rising inequality and consequent homelessness. In 1998 Sanders spoke to congress about the attitudes and modalities that led to what became a huge casino mentality on Wall Street. While people were forced out of their homes in middle America and around the world, we were told that the banks were too big to fail. We were told that the tax payers needed to bail out the institutions that had failed so massively. I reached out to C Derick Varn to discuss Georges Bataille, however putting first things first – we needed to discuss Marxism and why it is still necessary to understand the critique of capitalism that is nearly 150 years old.
74 minutes | Mar 23, 2018
Tangent General Episode 13
In this, part two of my conversation with Drew Sample, we get deeper into Wendell Berry. We discuss Slavery, we discuss our history, we look at how we have developed as a society. In this episode you will hear a wide range of voices, all loosely discussing what it means to suffer from a lack of freedom. Whether it be in the form of slavery or the form of an increasingly mechanised world. Sample and I discuss some of the realities of Slavery that differ from televisual presentations such as Roots. The issue is complicated, but it doesn’t end with the American Civil War, today we are enslaved in a variety of forms, from transport to communication. What is slavery though? Are we slaves to technology? Is such a comparison even appropriate? Today the world is continuously being developed, from the land which we live on to the software apps that are always being updated on our phones. In the opening monologue I discuss what the word meek means, and how this plays into the entire edifice of contemporary civilization. As Edward Abbey once said: If a man can’t piss in his own front yard, he is living too close to town.
64 minutes | Mar 17, 2018
Tangent General Episode 12
The world seems to be build for machines, the question that I have been contemplating recently is: “how do we remain human?” Depression is something that I suffer from, it is a part of my bipolar disorder. I want to share my story of my recent struggle with depression. In the first story today I share that with you. In the second story, Drew Sample of the Sample Hour Podcast, joins me in the first part of a two part discussion where we discuss Wendell Berry and his role in guiding us towards taking better care for ourselves and our home. Fast food is delicious and a ready comfort for the overwhelming emotions that are triggered by the overwhelming stimulus that we have floating all around us in the either. But to garden, to cook and to clean our kitchens and to clean our bodies is one of the most important challenges that we have in our contemporary society. So whilst Jordan Peterson may instruct us to clean our rooms, I say: Clean our bodies, eat healthy, get plenty of sunlight and exercise and work on developing a consistent sleep cycle. Thanks for all of your support so far, I look forward to making more amazing episodes for you soon! Up coming guests include: C Derick Varn, Phil Surdam, Antony Sammeroff, and Chris Stefanick.
59 minutes | Feb 22, 2018
Tangent General Episode 11
Today we continue the discussion with Douglas Lain. Lain is the host of Zero Squared, a Zero Books Podcast. He is also the publisher of Zero Books a critical theory left leaning imprint. Titles include Capitalist Realism and Kill all Normies. Two books I highly recommend. In this episode we delve deeper into what some of the problems with Peterson’s presentation may be. What is a Post-Modern, Neo-Marxist? Why does Zizek hate his own celebrity? Is Zizek a Stalinist? And finally, can we write off the project of Marxism based on the death toll of the Twentieth century? Lain offers a variety of interesting philosophic avenues for us to traverse and presents a counterbalance to the weirdness of the Tangent General. Thanks for all of your support so far, I look forward to making more amazing episodes for you soon! Please consider leaving a 5 star-review on iTunes and supporting the show via Patreon.
53 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Tagnent General Episode 10
Today we speak with Douglas Lain. Lain is the host of Zero Squared, a Zero Books Podcast. He is also the publisher of Zero Books a critical theory left leaning imprint. Titles include Capitalist Realism and Kill all Normies. Two books I highly recommend. In this first hour we discuss the changing political landscape, why Doug is a wannabe Marxist and how the influence of both Zizek and Peterson is shaping society. Thanks for all of your support so far, I look forward to making more amazing episodes for you soon! Please consider leaving a 5 star-review on iTunes and supporting the show via Patreon.
63 minutes | Sep 20, 2017
Tangent General Episode 09
It's a system designed to understand non-cooperative competitive games, and there is no deadlier a non-cooperative competitive game than that of Nuclear War. Nash himself was terrified of the bomb and that much we have in common. In some respects the cuban missile crisis may have been more severe (especially if Trump is colluding with the Ruskies) but nonetheless two mad men engaged in game of chicken can only ever end in tears. In this episode I strive to cut to the heart of the issue and look for the ways in which we can understand the deep complexities of our world through the power of mathematics. Unfortunatley, it took two brilliant men going insane for us to get here. Thanks for all of your support so far, I look forward to making more amazing episodes for you soon!
59 minutes | Sep 12, 2017
Tangent General Episode 08
How important are Boundaries? Today, we take a more literal approach as we look to Trump’s wall and the various meanings that can be derived from it. We ask what does it mean to have a wall, a fence, a limit to our physical and personal space? Another driving question in today’s episode is: Why do good fences make good neighbours? We will hear from Robert Frost directly but think about the resonance of that idea. Limitations to space, demarcations of a perimeter allow for the construction of an identity, be that of a farm, a garden, a room or indeed a person.
57 minutes | Aug 24, 2017
Episode 07 - Nazi's on Ice
Antarctica is thought to be a cold desolate place where only the Emperor Penguin can survive. But this may not be the whole story. From historical audio of Admiral Byrd, discussion of the potention devastation of the Horten 229s, contemplation about remote viewing and what it may reveal. Deep analysis of Operation High jump along with three montages! All of which concern Nazi's in Anatarctica. This is, in no way, an endorsment of Hitler or the Third Riech. Rather it is an exploration into oblique terrority. visit www.tangentgeneral.com.au for more information on this, and all podcasts.
80 minutes | Jul 31, 2017
The Tangent General Podcast Epidose 06
How can we understanding our own ability to understand in the process of problem solving? There are many perspectives available to us at any one particular time, but the ability to recognise the abundance of potentialities is not always readily apparent. Enter Edward De Bono, author of (among other things) Lateral Thinking. By extending our horizons beyond convential wisdom and engaging our critical and creative minds, suddenly questions such as how a factory on the lake can be downstream from itself, or is the sun actually hot? Go from being patently absurd to being interesting thought experiments. In Episode 06 we delve deep into the concept of Lateral Thinking and ask one of the weirdest questions we've asked to date: "Is the Sun actually hot?" I explain my absense and detail you on some changes that have taken place. I also tease you as to what is coming down the line. This is a rather lengthy episode and I am particularly proud of the montage in the second story. So buckle up for the journey is a strange and multifaceted one, but full of thrills and wonder. Be fear free, maintain an open mind and embrace the weird. Welcome to Episode 06 and welcome back to the weird! Story 01 - LATERAL THINKING Story 02 - IS THE SUN HOT
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