The Liminalist # 202: Don’t Help Chicks to Hatch (with The Skrauss)

A meaty & mirth-filled conversation with The Skrauss that takes us all around the houses, from finding spiritual purpose via material engagement to the history of suffering, siddhis, questions of the afterlife, octopus’ brains, enlightenment vs. embodiment, and why we are here at all. Part One: Hope Life (0 – 32 mins) Dressing for phone …

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Checkmated by HAL: How Technocracy is Making the World a Better Place for Machines to Live In

In the ever-escalating ideological war of narratives, everyone agrees we need to “make the world a better place”—or claims to. In a general way, there is even agreement about how to do so: we need to make the world a better place by coming up with (and enforcing) better narratives. And regardless of the ideological …

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The Liminalist # 201: The Tension of Love (with Alejandro Martínez Gallardo)

Return conversation with Alejandro Martínez Gallardo exploring the paradox of transcendence & immanence and how the body is an image of the divine, in contrast to the counterfeit technological, transhumanist-nihilist-materialist and occultist postmodern philosophies. Part One: The Signal of the Soul (0 – 31 mins) Douglas Rushkoff, Erik Davis, psychedelics, Philip K. Dick, Silicon Valley, …

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The Liminalist 200: Shared Zones of Chapel Perilous (with Erik Davis)

Epic and long overdue talk with scholar of high weirdness Erik Davis, on the ins & outs, ups & downs of paranoid awareness, self-exploration and cultural examination, & the many different pathways through Chapel Perilous. Part One: Tightrope Walkers (0 – 33m) The inner chatter, meeting in Mexico, a gulf in worldviews, the podcast burnout, …

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The Liminalist # 199: Geopolitics & Metaphysics (with Recluse of VISUP)

Return conversation with Recluse of VISUP. Part One: Left & Right Wings of Geopolitics (0 – 36 mins) The Fabian Society, elites civil war in UK & US, le Cercle, Prisoner of Infinity, two formative experiences, a meeting with the king, dissociation and disembodiment, the question who am I, Chris Knowles, a murky background, an …

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When Wonder Occludes Objectivity: American Cosmic Unveils the Temple of Techno-Religion (1 of 2)

Part One: UFO Club “In the end, the future may well be decided by the image which carries the greatest spiritual power.” —Fred Polak, quoted in epigraph to Changing Images of Man Once more unto the breach, dear friends. American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology was released in early 2019, by Oxford University Press. It is …

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The Liminalist # 198: Spectrum of the Occult (with Camille Blinstrub)

Conversation with Camille Blinstrub Part One: An Evenly Distributed Childhood (0 – 36 mins) Arriving in London, the Stan Kenton band, the British jazz scene, an evenly distributed childhood, Capitol Records, a fusion of jazz and classical, Max Jones & Melody Maker, Miss Lambert’s School, when Kennedy was killed, when the Beatles took over the …

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Manufacturing Consent to a Counterfeit Spirituality: The New Controlled Counterculture?

Two days ago I heard about the decriminalization of psilocybin “victory” in Denver because it was being celebrated by some people in my social media sphere. Being the way I am, I questioned the assumption that this necessarily amounted to a good thing, and naturally I received a barrage of consternation and criticism. This seems …

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The Liminalist # 197: Fourteen Days (with Alex Witcombe)

Conversation with Alex Witcombe on encounters with the unfathomable aspect of (human) nature. Part One: The Out of Body Police (0 – 30 mins) Attracting the inexplicable, Alex’s abduction experience, out of body experiences, strange vibrations, astral awareness, trouble-free state, an encounter with Baba, multiple selves, a goddess of herbs & dogs, the out of …

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The Lost Language of the Body: Algorithms, Occultism, & the Limits of Knowledge

Science, Religion, Dogma “This figure of the algorithm as a quasi-mystical structure of implemented knowledge is both pervasive and poorly understood. We have never been closer to making the metaphor of fully implemented computational knowledge real than we are today, when an explosion of platforms and systems is reinventing cult practice and identity, often by …

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The Liminalist # 196: Naturally Liminal (with Dave Oshana)

Part two of return conversation with Dave Oshana, on surfing the wave of life. Part One: A Room without Shadows (0 – 34 mins mins) Dissembling, the false identity’s hold, pattern interruption, pain and drama management, asking to be blasted, attention-seeking mechanisms, capitulating to addiction, mistaken salvation, seeking a better dream, a mental idea of …

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The Liminalist # 195: Crossing the Threshold (with Dave Oshana)

Part One: Identifying the Audience (0 – 25 mins) Theory of audience mind, introducing Dave to auticulture, a collection of individuals, responding to feedback, telegraphed needs as interferences, in thrall of a nightmare, differing aims, honing in on listeners, in disguise as a spiritual teacher, a Trojan Horse & monkey wrench, punk or rock & …

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The Liminalist # 194: The Many Cults of Culture (with Gib Strange)

One more casual conversation with Gib Strange, on cults, autonomy, and enlightenment, Part One: Mimesis Good & Bad (0 – 28 mins) Energetic experiences of Dave, the context of “enlightenment,” the theory of collective mind, defining the inexpressible, what’s different about Dave, accidentally being somebody you’re not, under the laser-beam, mannerisms exposed, actors as people …

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Mind the Trap: The Way Through & Out of Paranoid Awareness

Recently I have been reevaluating my need to always be focusing on the negative aspects of society when, overall, I have a positive outlook and a good feeling about human nature (if not humanity’s future). Are these two perspectives complementary or contradictory? I guess it depends how comfortably they co-exist within our psyches and how …

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