Return conversation with Tim K. for a discussion of Morris Berman’s Wandering God: A Study in Nomadic Spirituality.
Part One: Between Alienation and Annihilation (0 – 26 mins)
Parallels between Prisoner of Infinity, Wandering God, and 16 Maps of Hell, a deep analysis of what went wrong, why did fear take center stage, vertical vs. horizontal, the biological baseline, hunter-gatherer society, hierarchy and religiosity, concern for meaning, Dave Oshana & physicalized knowledge, a bodily basis to meaning, self-awareness & alienation, focused & unfocused awareness, the cowboy & the fool, the sacred authority complex, world vs. worldview, ascent experiences, mother-bonding and separation, between alienation & annihilation, dissociation & temporary security, language and the future, when we named the unnameable, identity permanence.
Part Two: The Shifting Landscape of Nomads (26 mins – 1 hr)
Objectifying the self, transcendental unity of perception, dullardism & spacing out, disenchanting the world, the quest for certainty, a preoccupation with transcendence, paradigm addiction, Changing Images of Man, worldview warfare, constructing perceptual filters, a counterfeit of a world, ayahuasca eaters of Silicon Valley, where nothing is certain, Dave Oshana & babies, psychedelic dependency, Young Guns, invisible paradox, oceanic solutions, Jung & the transpersonalists, a renewed corporeality, original ambulatory experience, the need for indeterminacy, prioritization of security, the covid crackdown, humanity’s destiny.
Part Three: The Birth of the Ego (1 hr – 1 hr 37 mins)
The defining myth of progress, the awareness of right & wrong, the goal of existence, becoming embodied, distributing the life force, a natural enjoyment of living, our bee nature, the birth of the ego, the mirror stage, the arrival of the gap, the severity of trauma, Oshana’s enlightenment, self-awareness vs. ego obsession, Husserl, the intentionality of consciousness, the two truths, the homunculus of mind, human horizontality, the Gnostic key counterfeit, the turbo-boosted ego, Strieber’s special nuttiness, a fatal glimpse of heaven, power drives to have control the mother’s body, Julian Jaynes & the metaphorical mindspace, projecting avatars into simulations for survival.
Part Four: The Loss of Paradox (1 hr 37 mins – end)
Strieber’s trauma, the perverse use of the imagination, the birth of culture, the physical expressions of human consciousness, technology & a shift from environment to mind, the loss of paradox, the personal & the universal, the fleeting & the enduring, the death of the I, theory of mind, self-consciousness vs. self-awareness, the origin of alienation, definitions of consciousness, the life force, becoming compartmentalized, creature anxiety, a natural spiritual life, the arrival of the charismatic shaman, comparative child-rearing, aggrandizers, parental relations and a compromised relationship to the divine, relative trauma, the arms of shysters, neglect & abuse, the only one in there.
Dark Ages America (Morris Berman’s site).