Continuing conversation with Tim K. on Morris Berman’s Wandering God: A Study in Nomadic Spirituality.
Part One: The Empty Hand of Karate (0 – 20 mins)
Politics of power, delayed return & immediate return societies, surpluses & the loss of egalitarianism, nomadism as a natural leveller, a life on the move, power as coercion, the invisibility of other forms of power, the empty hand of karate, a biological basis to egalitarianism, the Dumbar number.
Part Two: The Destruction of Trust (20 mins – 52 mins)
Brian Hayden & the accumulators, the big man’s love substitute, the origin of evil, the Marxist view, Christian doctrine, the cooperation between God & the Serpent, trauma & the family unit, the destruction of trust, a tendency to contract, a failed prototype, the temptation of alienation, the original projection, an aggrandizer-created society, finding one’s tribe, monastic life, living in paradox, family patterns, the drive of dissatisfaction.
Part Three: The Fallacy of the Archaic revival, (52 mins – 1 hr 25 mins)
Disengaging from culture, Jasun’s travels, seeking secret knowledge, a quest for alienation, an alternative to suicide, fission & fusion, unitive trance, religion & straying from the natural, the song-lines, wandering as original harmony, when the human race sat down, shamanic dabbling, non-causative rituals, a seizing of credit, the garbage-man, thrift store shamanism, shamanism & charlatanism in Guatemala, sitting vs. walking meditation, Dave Oshana on meditation, thoughts as off-gassing, life in the womb, submerged in existence, unhealthy mother bonds, the cord to animal alertness, group think, enter the demagogue.
Part Four: When Knowledge Becomes Instinct (1 hr 25 – end)
A life in philosophy, selective reading, Wittgenstein, problematology, sharpening the bullshit detector, evading gurus, the worship of knowledge, the original sin, synthesizing knowledge, caution with the occult, Castaneda, living without certainty, an instinct & knowledge continuum, the burden of knowledge, seeking satiety, developing mastery, the lens of learning, working on mystery, tacit knowledge.
Dark Ages America (Morris Berman’s site).