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Podcast 305 – “Conservatives Confront the Ideas of Occupy: A Radical Remake of America”


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Bruce Damer.]

“I think it’s clear to everyone on the left, the right, the center, every walk of life, that we have to undo a mess that’s been created, a tangled mess. And we have to remake the System. There’s no way to reform the System. We must re-do it.”

“If you put out a powerful vision, the universe just lines up the stones and the pebbles and allows you to walk toward it. As long as you’re pure in that vision and you really vision it, and you really share it, it’s amazing how these things come to pass.”

“Silicon Valley and its progeny have reinvented the world, and [the tools they have created] are now the tools by which we will reinvent politics and the economy.”

“The Occupy Movement is like the tip of an iceberg, but underneath the water is 95% of the volume of the discontent and of the volume of the powerful organizing.”

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Podcast 301 – “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012” Part 4


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

PROGRAM NOTES:

In this, the concluding episode of recordings from the workshop titled “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012” and led by Bruce Damer and Lorenzo, we hear Bruce’s final presentation in which he begins by taking us on a mental voyage around our solar system. From there he tells a fascinating story of his meeting with a somewhat dodgy character who convincingly explained that, although it may appear that way at times, there actually is no cabal secretly controlling human affairs. Following that begins an interesting Q & A session. . . . In the Occupy segment of the podcast I ponder over the pros and cons of the Black Bloc tactics that have become somewhat controversial lately.

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Bruce Damer.]

“The financial system is a giant hair ball of GO-TO statements and lack of control and out of control pools of assets that flow.”

“We do not have real technology compared to what nature does. We’re not even close.”

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Podcast 299 – “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012” Part 2


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

PROGRAM NOTES:

In today’s podcast we pick up with the next part of a workshop that was held on January 28, 2012 titled “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012”. This section features Bruce Damer, who begins with his “Ode to Terence” [

In the Occupy segment I begin with a recap of what went down in Washington, D.C. the day of the eviction from McPherson Square. Also, I play a series of short audio clips. The first one is of a young man from San Diego who was speaking at the General Assembly that was held in the middle of K Street in Washington the evening after the McPhearson eviction. And while this segment also ends with a call to the barricades from Chris Hedges in different interview, between those two Hedges segments I play a three minute pep talk that Tony Benn gave to some of the occupiers in London the other day.

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Podcast 298 – “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012” Part 1


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Guest speakers: Bruce Damer and Lorenzo Hagerty

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features the first of the recordings from last weekend’s workshop (titled “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012”) that Bruce Damer and Lorenzo led in the Los Angeles area on January 28, 2012. In addition to Lorenzo’s remarks and some comments by those in attendance, three videos created by Bruce Damer were shown. Those videos are embedded below.

The second part of the podcast is the Occupy Movement update, which features a conversation between Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges. During the course of their conversation they debate the relative merits of pushing for a Constitutional Convention verses non-violent civil disobedience. Also included is a sound bite from one of OccupyFreedomLA’s live video feeds in which a speaker addresses the actions now being taken by those who are suffering from the foreclosure epidemic that is facing so many people in the U.S.

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Video of the first session of the workshop

Books mentioned in this podcast

Land Without Evil: A Novel
By Matthew J. Pallamary

Death of the Liberal Class
By Chris Hedges

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It
By Lawrence Lessig


OCCUPY SEGMENT:
“The Occupy Movement seems deeply rational for not engaging in normal politics, because normal politics gets us Barack Obama.” -Lawrence Lessig

“All of the correctives to American democracy came through movements that never achieved formal political power.” -Chris Hedges

“Which in my mind means the system is not reformable but will have to be pushed aside. And I think in that sense the Occupy Movement is, in sort of classical terms, correctly defined as a revolutionary movement.” -Chris Hedges

“The legislative branches, both at the state and the federal level, are wholly owned subsidiaries of the corporate state.” -Chris Hedges

“But this is a moment, this is more the French Revolution moment. This is a moment when everything is falling apart at the same time, and it’s another reason to be pushing on every front at the same time.” -Lawrence Lessig

This is the YouTube video from which I extracted some of the audio for this podcast.

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Podcast 283 – “Elves in the Machine”


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Guest speakers: Tom Barbalet and Bruce Damer

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we are taking a slightly different tack and heading into the cyber world of Artificial Life, which may sound like a contradiction or may sound like life in the hectic Western world these days. While this field may be controversial to old-line scientists, of late it has gained more traction and is proving to be the source of much new understanding about the way life has come to be. Our hosts for this conversation are Tom Barbalet and Bruce Damer, two leaders in the field of AL and who are the cornerstones of Biota.org, the Web’s leading site for AL information. Surprisingly, their discussion quickly turns from things only true geeks can love to speculations about the work of Terence McKenna, psychedelics, and the possibility that all of us may be in the process of becoming machine elves.

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Podcast 272 – “On the Genetic Runway”


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Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“I like the Pope. I think he’s the finest mind of the 12th century.”

“It really is an awesome epidemic of deliberate stupidity that is laid upon us by the media, by the press, by the magazines and so forth. They simply do not raise any of the issues that will challenge our interest or intelligence.”

“There’s simply no question that anyone who knows anything about how to use brain-activating drugs and is operating with a clear mind, with no desire to screw other people’s minds up, whose willing to put in time and patience, and sensitivity, can help anyone wash their brain. There’s no longer any excuse for having a mind that you don’t like, or having a brain program that you’re dissatisfied with.”

“I’ve always hated the Second Law of Thermodynamics.”

“It always comes down to individual choices of what chemicals you’re going to use to stimulate your evolution.”

“You use a drug intelligently when you know what effect it’s going to have on you, and you use it at the time and the place that it’s going to add to your growth, or your fun, or your overall program of life management and directorship. And you’re not going to use a drug that in any way will fuck up, or slow down, or throw obstacles in your overall path.”

“Computers are to the Eighties what acid was to the Sixties.”

“One thing that drugs give you: Personal options to change your own mind, a way of rewarding yourself, of teaching yourself, of activating yourself, of changing yourself. And one thing that the power-holders do not want you to do as an individual is to change your own mind and learn how to reward yourself.”

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Podcast 260 – “The Great Crescendo” Part 2


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Bruce Damer.]

“I would say it’s no more than 500 people in the United States who cause a vast amount of the grief.”

“A crescendo involves everyone. The singularity seems to be this nerd idea of reaching some kind of Omega Point. It’s very much the Christian idea of the second coming. It’s apocalyptic, etc., a bit of a downer because everything comes to an end, but it’s incredibly unlikely.”

“The crescendo will throw off all the old religions. It will throw off the conspiracy theories. It will throw off crusty old corporate jobs. And replace them with self-sufficiency, direct communication with nature, with other human beings, with media, and the creation of opinions directly.

“So if you think of the computing, it’s not really computing, but the computing nature is doing all the time, it outstrips all our largest supercomputing grids.”

“So if we can’t do even one neuron [computer simulation] how are we going to upload consciousness exactly?”

“You’re here not because something put you here and fabricated you and guided the evolution and created the whole planet. It’s an emergent phenomenon and so are you. And you are an ongoing story, and the story is written in your genes, but it is also written in your mind. And you have responsibility for this amazing emergent phenomenon.”

“You don’t need religion for miracles. The fact that you exist in all this existence is stacked upon miracles, turtles all the way down. So if we grok that, we don’t need religious stories any more.”

“The virtual worlds and avatar spaces and multi-player games of now are the Keystone Cops of what virtual worlds will be in twenty or thirty years through AR [Augmented Reality], and big home holodecks, and stuff like that.”

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Podcast 259 – “The Great Crescendo” Part 1


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Bruce Damer.]

“What’s interesting is the difference, or the counter-ballast, between the dialogue of doom and the voices of hope, and the innovators of hope for the future. And it’s something that you could refer to almost as like a great crescendo.”

“I think that in this year of 2011 and heading into the auspicious year of 2012 and 2013 and beyond we are in the great crescendo of humanity.”

 “I think in a sense it’s the dialogue, it is the control of the dialogue that is the problem here. It’s the battle of the airwaves. It’s the people we didn’t nominate to talk back to us and tell us what our culture is and what our future is and what our politics are. That is the problem. That’s the primary problem.”

“There can’t just be protests, it can’t be like the Sixties. You can’t be just against. You have to find out what you are for, not just what you are against. That’s the key to getting through the Crescendo.

“To some extent, the future is being made around us.”

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Bruce Damer’s Web site

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Podcast 252 – “How Do Psychedelics Heal?”


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Guest speaker: Dr. Cameron Adams

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Dr. Cameron Adams.]

“It is not really reasonable from a public health perspective to make psychedelics illegal.”

“[Psychedelics] are biologically safe, far safer than alcohol. Alcohol, ten times the active dose will kill 50% of the people who take it. And something like mescaline, which is the most dangerous classic psychedelic is twenty four times. So that’s two and a half times safer than alcohol. And it doesn’t even compare to things like DMT, psilocybin, and LSD, which have only been predicted to be between one and five thousand times the active dose.”

“So there’s this relationship to diet, neurotransmitters, and psychedelics which may be involved how the body regulates itself and builds itself.”

“There might be real biological changes even though it just seems on the surface that psychedelics are working in a psychological way.”

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Podcast 246 – “Elves, Egos, and Avatars”


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Guest speakers: Bruce Damer and Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Bruce Damer.]
“In life if you let yourself be ruled by fear life becomes a fearful experience.”
“If you shake the Earth, all of the loose objects end in the West Coast of North America.”

“There’s nothing useful thinking about the same task fifty times. It’s the ego filling the space according to Tolle.”

“Advertising is heavily ego-driven. … So why do we have them creating our thoughts, creating our vision of ourselves? Why do we nominate them?”

 

“And also say, look kids, it feels good to be online and be doing fifty texts and having 10,000 Facebook members, but your brain is going to be mush. How do you explain to them let’s tone it down and watch the dosage level of technology.”

“It’s the strength of the survivors that’s always going to get you through. So how do we create a critical mass of people ready for the next phase, ready to build that new Earth?”


[NOTE: The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“DMT is not like a psychedelic drug in the sense that you’re getting into the contents of you’re hopes, memories, fears, and dreams. It’s much more like a parallel continuum. It’s much more as though you’ve broken through to some alien data space.”

“One of the most puzzling things about DMT is does not affect your mind. It simply replaces the world one hundred percent with something completely unexpected. But your relationship to that unexpected thing is not one of exaggerated fear, or exaggerated acceptance, as in ‘Oh great. The world has just been replaced by elf machinery.’ Your reaction is exactly what it would be if it happened to you without DMT. You’re appalled.”

“The psychedelic experience, in the best sense of the word, is a religious activity.”

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More about Bruce Damer

A Gigantic Unplanned Experiment … on You
by Bruce Damer

Damer.com

http://www.digibarn.com/

DigitalSpace.com

The Buddhafield Festival

Shamanic Freedom Radio
Bruce Damer’s October Gallery Talk

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