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The High Files
97 minutes | Oct 22, 2017
The Nuh-Uh Moment feat. Brandon Messmer
You probably love it when you get a flash of insight that makes a lightbulb appear above your head. But, what about a flash of confusion that shatters your lightbulb into a crystalline dust cloud? In this episode, Jordan explores the health benefits of chaos. Just as a body requires physical struggle to grow stronger, a mind requires a certain amount of disruption to expand. Many philosophies and theories of mind realize there is a healthy balance to be struck between order and chaos. However, we live in a society increasingly made of order. We want things to be predictable, chartable, and manageable. By all means, Life, please don’t be scary! This is poppycock. Chaos needs to be embraced for the simple fact that it is real. The alternative is to increasingly live in denial with ever narrower minds and ever harder hearts. It’s time to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Along with new acquaintance Brandon Messmer, Jordan weaves in and out of chaos and order, exposing how we learn new things and the import of doing so. If we all start having more Nuh-Uh moments, we just might become the change we wish to see in the world. Find all things Brandon Messmer at: http://onyxedgestudios.com/the-rent-is-due/ This episode is chock full of Wisdom Nuggets from the following extraordinary people: John Kounios Nicholas Christakis Joe Rogan David Axelrod Van Jones Amy Wax Jordan B. Peterson Quoted material regarding Pruitt-Igoe can be found in Public Housing Policy: Convention Versus Reality (1975) by Eugene Meehan. Aggregated Internet Audio: http://podcasts.cnn.net/epvs/v2/11/5/2690/axe.e104585e2fcaf7aa.1-1.mp3?mtp=a&dvc=f https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/facing-the-crowd Special thanks to Mad Dog Daffronian for recording sessions at Mikey Mike Slum Studios and to Mallory Willson for making the word “nuh-uh” stick in mind these many years. The High Files is part of the ONYXedge Studios Podcast Network. Visit onyxedgestudios.com for more of this podcast and many others. Subscribe to the ONYXedge Studios YouTube Channel and “Like” us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
83 minutes | Mar 10, 2017
Select a Game to Play – Featuring Mikey Gordon and Lucia Carol
What color is your parachute? If it’s slowly being eaten by moths, who gives a fuck? In this episode, Jordan explores the strange, seldom questioned rule-set imposed on our lives by American society. Most Americans, and a vast majority of global citizens, fail to ponder the rules of the games they play. In fact, most of them don’t believe they’re playing a game at all. They have accepted compulsory school, a forty hour work week, and a minimum retirement age as if they were laws of nature. But, there are those among us who see life in a different way. They make their own kind of music. Jordan attempts to see the world through the eyes of two bad-ass, free spirits, Mikey Gordon and Lucia Carol. Mikey and Lucia are comedians and professional wrestlers. They live life like they’re ten feet tall and bulletproof. By temporarily adopting their perspective, Jordan hopes to better understand the absurdity of the old guard, American way and perhaps get a better handle on his own parachute. Find all things Mikey Gordon and Lucia Carol at: https://comedysuplex.com/ This episode’s wisdom nuggets come from: Robert Frost Joe Rogan Alan Ball (writer of American Beauty) Jim Carrey and Fred the Baker Aggregated internet audio: https://youtu.be/_zA1OtsvvC4 https://youtu.be/b-7c4VNGOgU https://youtu.be/ie2Mspukx14 https://youtu.be/WRK8qhuniJQ https://youtu.be/fosG7tmWTZ8 https://youtu.be/iMuFYnvSsZg https://youtu.be/ridovIfoWdA https://youtu.be/petqFm94osQ https://youtu.be/XUWKrzsFh2c https://youtu.be/lt-udg9zQSE https://youtu.be/dmHcDWrMH-8 https://youtu.be/bPTRtZFBNnM Special thanks to Chris Naes from the Bacon and Naes podcast and Jimmy Lopez from Earth for being sounding boards for some of the concepts in this episode. Special thanks also go to Tim Pickerill of Watchers on the Couch Fame for his Sound FX assistance. The High Files is part of the ONYXedge Studios Podcast Network. Visit onyxedgestudios.com for more of this podcast and many others. Subscribe to the ONYXedge Studios YouTube Channel and “Like” us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
83 minutes | Dec 23, 2016
The Language of Love
What is love? Baby, don’t use English. In this episode, Jordan explores how language interacts with thought. By studying linguistics, he discovers that there are limits imposed on our minds by the language and culture we inherit at birth. However, if we study other languages, we can expand not only our vernacular, but our interaction with reality itself. Jordan seeks discover and learn new words for LOVE by enlisting the help of his friend Jimmy Lopez. The source material for this episode was the article “The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)” by Roman Krznaric. The Greek words discussed are listed here for quick reference: EROS – a dangerous, fiery, and irrational form of love that represents the idea of sexual passion and desire. PHILIA – deep friendship, or deep camaraderie that develops between brothers in arms who fight side by side on the battlefield. LUDUS – playful love, exhibited by affection between children, dancing strangers, laughing with friends, or other kinds of adult frivolity. AGAPE – selfless love extending to all people, whether family members or distant strangers. PRAGMA – longstanding, mature love exhibited by a relationship that works over time and shows patience and tolerance. PHILAUTIA – self-love. The idea that if you like yourself and feel secure in yourself you will have a wider capacity to love others. This episode’s wisdom nuggets come from: Robert Sapolsky Sri Anandamayi Ma The Bible Aggregated internet audio: Special thanks to Sarah Pickerill from The Watchers on the Couch for reading the definitions of the Greek words for love.
119 minutes | Oct 19, 2016
15: “The Enemy Within” feat. Khadija Bazzi Hamdar
It’s election time in America and that means a boogeyman is waiting ‘round e’ry corner. You’re not safe! There are enemies within! But Jordan doesn’t buy into this fear-mongering and neither should you. We’re not saying there is no “enemy within”, instead, we attempt to unmask the real enemy. Jordan takes a stroll down memory lane, remembering a time when violence and uncertainty reached new heights in his community. Storytelling and revelation abound. However, Jordan cannot expose the true enemy all by his lonesome. He is joined by Khadija Bazzi Hamdar, creator and host of the podcast: A Muslim Pearl in a Western Shell. With Khadija’s help, Jordan gets down to brass tacks. They gain ground against the enemy via discourse and respect. But have they exposed enough? Does a deeper, more obfuscated enemy still hide within? This episode attempts to reduce the political circus into a palatable, actionable consommé. To donate directly to the Syrian children in refuge from war via UNICEF, click here. Khadija’s website and social media can be found here: http://muslimpearl.com/ https://www.facebook.com/muslimpearl813/ https://twitter.com/muslimpearl813 This episode’s wisdom nuggets come from: The Bible The Quaran Bill W. And Peter Dale Wimbrow via “The Man in the Glass” Aggregated internet audio (coming soon) Special thanks to Khadija, for participating in my goofy, bizarre podcast, opening the hearts of many, and having the fortitude necessary to stand up to oppression in an age when most sit idly by. The High Files is part of the ONYXedge Studios Podcast Network. Visit onyxedgestudios.com for more of this podcast and many others. Subscribe to the ONYXedge Studios YouTube Channel and “Like” us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
86 minutes | Sep 16, 2016
14: The Tao of Pokemon Go
Augmented Reality!!! New technology combined with pioneering imagination has birthed a new paradigm for the human experience. We now have the ability to augment our reality in a truly immersive way. The hit video game, Pokemon Go, has taken our world by storm. But with so many Psyducks to catch and so little time, few people are asking themselves: what does it all mean? Fortunately, these subjects were explored long before the technological leaps made AR and VR tangible, practical things. In this episode, we dive into a literary movement dubbed transrealism. Jordan explores the work of Rudy Rucker, the author of the Transrealist Manifesto, with the hope of making sense of the inventible convergence of human beings and digital realities. However, Jordan does not explore these uncharted waters alone. Instead, he enlists the help of Tony Heman, an old childhood friend and Pokemon Go aficionado. Jordan and Tony discuss the dualistic promise of AR, Transrealism in literature and philosophy, as well as some of the technical points of mobile gaming. Armed with the information gleaned from this discussion, Jordan wraps things up with a mental exercise for the High Files audience. This episode’s wisdom nuggets are provided by Rudy Rucker and Terrence McKenna. (NOTE: We apologize for varying audio quality during some parts of this episode. Jordan is looking into upgrading his audio equipment in the near future. If you are an audiophile and have any recommendations for equipment that can provide mobile podcasting and interviewing capability, please let Jordan know by contacting him at https://twitter.com/HighFiles or leave a comment at http://onyxedgestudios.com/the-high-files/ ) To read a copy of A Transrealist Manifesto, visit: http://www.rudyrucker.com/pdf/transrealistmanifesto.pdf Aggregated internet audio has been sourced from the following awesome cyberspaces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIHEcctCLQE Special thanks to Pikachu for always living the Tao of Pokemon Go.
94 minutes | Aug 9, 2016
The Psychedelic Experience
Magic Mushrooms!!! In this episode, Jordan embarks on an in-depth analysis of the Psychedelic Experience with some help from some recently reacquainted fungal friends. The utmost care and preparation was exercised during this investigation. One of the most important precautions to take for any Psychedelic Experience is to have a trip sitter. Jordan decided to keep things in the Onyx Edge family by linking up with Chris from On The Road With ThorHammer for this adventure. Chris plays the role of sitter while Jordan is blasted off into a metaphysical wonderland. However, this was not familiar territory for Jordan, because it involved a much higher dose (though still not Heroic Level) than he had ever encountered before. Will it be boom or bust for this new sacrament? Grab your popcorn and strap in as we embark on a journey into the deepest and weirdest waters the High Files has explored to date. This episode’s wisdom nuggets are provided by William Shakespeare and Christ. (NOTE: We apologize for varying audio quality during some parts of this episode, but we felt it was more important to be comfortable and centered during the experience with audio being a secondary concern.) For more information regarding Psychedelics, please visit these websites/sources: https://tripsit.me/ https://www.erowid.org/ http://www.zendoproject.org/ https://psychedelicsalon.com/ Aggregated internet audio has been sourced from the following awesome cyberspaces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIG25NdOWIs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MILiWY6xR14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spdxWhKxpF8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P3TrGCMHNU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4f-GvR72RE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_5OTBIWcrQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-YT2OyyB8c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmXJo8xeb5c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81-v8ePXPd4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i30WDl8kPE Special Thanks to Duncan Trussel, Joe Rogan, Ram Dass, Alex Grey and Allyson Grey for inspiring this episode. Additional thanks to the late Terrence McKenna and his brother, Dennis McKenna, as well as Lorenzo Hagerty for making true knowledge about Psychedelics plentiful, available, and thoroughly enjoyable.
64 minutes | Jul 11, 2016
The Exorcism of Jordan Wakefield
Say your prayers little one. In this podcast, Jordan battles demons! While demons surely make great fodder for podcasting, it is their metaphorical nature that intrigues Jordan the most. We all have internal demons, although we seldom refer to them using such terminology. Demons may strike us in the form of physical ailments, psychological torments, and even separation from oneness with the rest of humanity. But if these demons, whilst unseen, have real impacts on our lives, can they be defeated using unseen weapons? Can a demon be cast out using the unseen power of imagination? How about meditation or yoga? Tim Pickerill, of Watchers on the Couch fame, joins Jordan to partake in the sacrament and explore these questions deeper. What is the nature of imagination? What is its’ relationship to reality? And why don’t people use the word “EGAD” anymore? This episode’s wisdom nugget comes from the brilliant psychiatrist, Carl Gustav (C.G.) Jung. Jung’s summation may make Jordan sound a tad less crazy. But be careful, dear listener, because the less crazy Jordan appears, the weirder your world becomes.
43 minutes | Jun 21, 2016
Happy Father’s Day!!! In this episode, Jordan poses the question: what role should altered states play in parenting? Moreover, is “altered states” too broad a term? Could the topic of intoxication benefit from some semantic expansion? Through the power of the mind, Jordan explores the nuances and moral suppositions of altered parenting. Jordan’s guests for the exploration are Heidi and Conan, the Wakefield children. They delve into the topics of literacy, poetry, death, meditation, dental hygiene and more! The original audio of the interview was pared down a bit in order to keep it interesting and easy to follow. This episode’s wisdom nugget is provided by physician and author, Gabor Maté. This brief excerpt highlights the implications of present, healthy parenting.
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