Archive for Playalogue

Podcast 184 – “The Boundaries of the Human Mind”

Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotes below are by Bruce Damer.]

“What  Damasio is showing is that people who, in the lab, get a huge amount of cognitive stimulus all the time start to have no access to the emotional part [of themselves] at all. They can’t store to it, and they can’t retrieve from it. They become what he calls emotionally neutral.”

“So if ANY crisis arises you have the wrong people [in charge], probably, because the things that put them there, and the constituencies that wanted them there, create a person who is incapable of handling a real crisis.”

“If you want a future, you have to take charge of your own thoughts.”
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A Gigantic Unplanned Experiment … on You! by Bruce Damer

DigitalSpace’s Educational Spacewalk Simulation for
NASA’s upcoming Hubble Servicing Mission

The DigiBarn Computer Museum

Bruce Damer’s Personal Web Site

Mind States Conferences

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Podcast 134 – “A Playalogue about Sex and Social Control, Tantra and Liberation”

Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: The following quotes are by Daniel Pinchbeck at the Playalogue he led on August 29, 2007 at the Burning Man Festival. This Playalogue was held in the big yurt at the PodCluster in Black Rock City.]

“I think there is a lot of evidence that suggests we’re in this kind of very critical sort of evolutionary window for the human species.”

“I really do feel that one of the critical things that is happening at Burning Man is a kind of conscious and subconscious interrogation of gender and sexuality.”

“What we have to consider is that if sexuality is this infinite spectrum, and everybody is highly unique in their sexuality, then to just have a social construct of monogamy is going to lead to a lot of anger, and frustration, and hostility.”

“In a lot of non-Western tribal cultures there is a kind of like a basic happiness that people have. Our culture is all about the pursuit of happiness, but at the core there’s a basic, kind of, general sense of insatiability and unhappiness.”

“I don’t think that the nuclear family is the natural model, or good model, for raising a child. I think, actually, the tribal community is the proper model.”

“And I think one question is really like is there a fixed human nature. And if there isn’t a fixed human nature, which I think is quite possible, then we can kind of reconfigure relationship patterns, relationship models, in almost any way.”

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Podcast 131 – “Building a Model for Sustainable Psychedelic Therapy”

Guest speaker: Alicia Danforth

PROGRAM NOTES:

Alicia Danforth leading a Palenque Norte Playalogue at the 2007 Burning Man Festival
Alicia Danforth, who is Dr. Charles Grob’s research assistant, leads a Playalogue at the 2007 Burning Man Festival. In this wide-ranging group conversation, Alicia skillfully guided our eclectic audience through the intricacies of FDA-approved psychedelic research.

“I’m hoping to spark ideas in other people’s minds about what can be done to get a foothold in advancing psychedelic research.” –Alicia Danforth

“I tend to think of music [in a therapeutic psychedelic session] as a little boat you can hop on when you’re journeying and ride to wherever you need to go.” –Alicia Danforth.

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ALSO SEE:
Ecstasy : The Complete Guide : A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA by Julie Holland, M.D.

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Podcast 129 – “The Imagination and the Environment”

Guest speaker: Erik Davis

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotes below are by Erik Davis.]

“The imagination is a key, and pivotal interface, between human beings and the natural world.”

Erik Davis leading a Playalogue at the 2007 Burning Man Festival“Any kind of restorative, sustainable renewal of our planet has to exist on the imaginal realm as well as the realm of technical solutions, political developments, and technological fixes. It’s a multi-dimensional problem.”

“So the imagination is really the core, the source, the matrix of our multi-dimensional experience.”

“The creative imagination functions in a different way than religious beliefs allow us to engage with.”

“If we’re into integration now, with science and technology, that means that we can’t avoid that skeptical voice [of scientific, existential materialism]. We have engage and learn to integrate that skeptical voice as well. [To think] it’s our job to just say ‘No. Those science people they don’t understand. They’re locked in rationality. It’s actually this mystical world, this magical world’, is a profound failure, in my opinion, of our role. And the more we go into loosy-goosy mystic New Age stuff as a concretized belief system, rather than as an open, playful world that adds richness to our lives the way that poetry does, or the way that religious imagery does, drawing us to those higher realms but holding them lightly so that we can still engage a skeptical materialist, for me, that’s what integration means.”

“The new paradigm is that there’s not a paradigm.”

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Erik Davis’ Web Site: Techgnosis

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Podcast 111 – Establishing a Tribal Land Base

Guest speaker: Seabrook Leaf

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04:25 Lorenzo introduces Seabrook Leaf who then leads a playalogue titled “The Establishment of a Tribal Land Base” during the 2007 Burning Man festival.

06:44 Seabrook begins his rap. (See YouTube video beginning at 1:30)

11:30 Anonymous: “The coercive forces of control all work to keep people apart and separate, and so tribe is the healing medicine for that.”

12:05Anonymous: “You can’t choose your relatives, but you can choose your family.”

14:47 Seabrook Leaf: “I think it’s clear that working together like we do at Burning Man is going to be a crucial part of surviving the shift. . . . And I think this is the crucial part of this kind of tribalism, whether it’s putting up a yurt or raising food in a garden, we’re going to have to get back to the basics.”

16:59 Dale Pendell begins telling about a cooperative community on San Juan Ridge he was a part of in the 60s.

18:57 Dale Pendell begins telling about the May Day and Halloween festivals that the San Juan Ridge community created.

22:35 Anonymous: “We spend most of our time in a cyber-tribe, and I still feel connected. I feel like maybe the future of tribalism is going to reach beyond geographical locations, because we can’t really afford to travel everywhere and meet all these different people.”

29:25 Anonymous: “How can we expand our acceptance of people as a whole, but recognize the reality of what we can manage in our day-to-day resources and things we have to do to provide for our community?”

36:22 Anonymous: “If it doesn’t grow out of the ground it came out of a mine.”

40:53 Anonymous: “Bring a love-consciousness, always, as the focus of us being awake now. It has never been more urgent.”

46:37 La: “And it just came up so big for me that we have to eliminate fear as our motivator. We have to use what we see around us clue us in, but not operate out of that distress. It’s so tricky, slippery.”

49:39 Anonymous: “So in the best of situations you can pick an environment that has what you imagine to be the least potential for social corruption, but at the same time there’s a very big wild card that comes with saying ‘Let’s plant this here but we don’t know what all the rest of our neighbors are going to be doing in twenty years.”

53:51 Dale Pendell: “It’s wonderful for a child to know where they came from, what their tribe is, and they have a place to come back to if what they rebelled against turns out to be better than they thought it was.”
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