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Podcast 212 – “The Genesis Generation”


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo
Lorenzo, Sasha Shulgin, and Bruce Damer at the 2007 Burning Man Festival
NOTE: This chapter was revised for the paperback edition that was released in February 2015. Please see the Kindle edition for the current version of this chapter.
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[NOTE: All quotations are by Lorenzo.]

“Forget getting a permanent job. Forget careers and the quest for financial stability. They are all false gods, sent to you by the Capitalist elite on Wall Street, whose primary goal is to trap you into a life of servitude.”

“You still haven’t figured it out yet, have you?” began Shadow. “It should behoove us all to take the words of the Empire’s leaders at face value. They have declared what they call a War on Drugs. Of course, that’s a lie on its face, because they aren’t putting drugs into prison cages, they’re putting people in them. This is no war on drugs, William, this is a war on consciousness, as Richard Glen Boire says. It’s a war on people who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. It is a war on the very people that we are going to need to get us humans out of this mess we’ve created for ourselves. And if this is really a war, as they want to call it, then you and I, young William, you and I are their sworn enemies.”

“We are at what many believe to be the most pivotal moment in human history that we know of. The arrow of unsustainable consumption, powered by the bow of credit, has reached the top of its flight. There is nowhere for that arrow to go now but down, and where it is going to land is anyone’s guess.”

“A thousand years from now, humans will most likely still be walking the Earth, as we have done for over a million years already. Some of those future humans will have genetic links to us. . . . And those people of the future will be alive because they had at least one ancestor, maybe you, who was a part of what their historians will call the Genesis Generation.

“We are raising our children to become serfs!”

“Our families are detaching from the monetary system and applying their energy in different directions, like raising some of their own food, and entertaining ourselves without spending exorbitant amounts of money.”

“Unlike that insidious John Galt, I am advocating that We the People go on strike and remove our minds from their System of servitude. For we are fully aware that it isn’t the handful of CEOs who are the producers. No, in fact, they are the looters now. It is time to keep our best ideas to ourselves, here in our own community.”

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Podcast 163 – “Reality Syndromes & Cyberpunk Symptoms”


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Guest speaker: Wrye Sententia

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[NOTE: All quotations below are by Wrye Sententia.]

Dr. Wrye Sententia“How can we have confidence in what we think we know, in our particular version of reality, in our particular take on the world? … What is real and what is false, and does it really matter if there is a difference.”

“Mind is built on consciousness. It’s an accumulation of life-experience over time. … Consciousness, for me, is sort of a snapshot in the photo album of the mind.”

“Cyberpunk, I think, is about altered states of body and altered states of mind.”

“And the reason I mention the decade of the drug wars [in connection with cyberpunk fiction] is because there are a lot of overlays between altering your mind through drugs and altering your mind through technologies, hard technologies.”

“Now we can’t protect ourselves from misconceptions. But I think we can keep from evolving them, maybe by taking the doctrine of signs and saying, instead of finding the purpose find the consequence.”

” ‘Augmented reality’ supplements the physical world, the external world, with additional information.”

“If we put filters on cameras to enhance the picture, what kinds of filters can we put on our minds to enhance our day-to-day walk?”

“If cognitive liberty is the right of each individual to think independently, or autonomously, and to engage in the full spectrum of thought, and to have access to multiple modes of consciousness, if that’s what cognitive liberty is, it’s something that is a political goal.”

“The cultural machinery never rests.”

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Podcast 099 – “Controlling The Culture” (Part 1)


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Guest speakers: Richard Glen Boire, Erik Davis, and John Gilmore

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(Minutes : Seconds into program)

05:08 Richard Glen Boire: “What if the government could inoculate you so you couldn’t get high, so if you took a drug it didn’t work in you?”

07:53 Richard begins a discussion about the U.S. Government’s research into anti-drug drugs, which he calls “Neurocops”. “So the question is, is it actually possible to treat illegal drug use with other drugs?”

08:25 Richard Glen Boire: “What I think the drug war is about to become is like truly a “drug” war. The war of your favorite drug against the government’s anti-drugs.”

09:09 Richard Glen Boire: “One of those [“anti-high”] vaccines that is now under production (they have these for all the major classes of illegal drugs right now, including marijuana), and this is the one that’s been tested now in humans, is only known as SR141716.”

10:10 Richard Glen Boire: “The most recent Drug Control Strategy Report, this year’s, has this term, ‘compassionate coercion’. This is a real government publication. [quoting] ‘Compassionate coercion requires the use of innovative techniques for fighting addiction, such as specialized pharmeceuticals.”

15:40 Richard Glen Boire: “What makes this kind of thinking by the government possible: That we’re going to create a vaccine, and you druggies are going to get it so you don’t continue to transmit your disease, is what’s made the drug war itself possible, which is the government’s total disrespect for what we call Cognitive Liberty. And that is the right to control your own neurochemistry, to think the thoughts you want to think triggered by whatever inputs those may be as long as you’re not causing harm to others.”

16:43 Richard Glen Boire: “I think we need in this country a Roe v. Wade of the mind.”

17:11 Introduction of Erik Davis who talks about “Waking Up In The Matrix”

20:16 Erik Davis: “What I talk about in Techgnosis is the way this sort of Gnostic hunch, this sense that there is some kind of false construct that I’m in is really part and parcel of technological society.”

21:02 Erik Davis: “By ’spirituality’ I really mean something very simple, which is the process of inquiry. And I mean inquiry on multiple levels. . . . Constant inquiry, such as ‘what is going on here?’ “

30:14 Erik Davis: “As Dale Pendell said in a line that has just stuck with me, ‘When one learns to face the gods directly one no longer fears facing a king.”

30:37 Introduction of John Gilmore who talks about our Constitutional rights of anonymous travel and speech.

32:48 John Gilmore: “When the government says, ‘Terror . . . danger . . . evil . . . trouble,’ people sort of zoom in and look at that stuff. Instead, I kind of back away and say, ‘What are they doing around the edges while they’re trying to get your attention over here?’ “

34:10 John Gilmore: “If you focus on the ability of individuals to do evil you forget about the ability of individuals to do good.”

36:40 John Gilmore: “The Bill of Rights, the Constitution, these are memes. They’re not alive. They’re not self-executing. They require human hosts to carry them and spread them around, and I’ve been infected by that meme, and I’m carrying it around.”

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Podcast 023 – Mind States IV (2003) Sound Bites


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Guest speakers: Susan Blackmore, V.S. Ramachandran, Richard Glen Boire, John Gilmore, Ralph Metzner, and Jaron Lanier

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Here are a few samples from the 2003 Mind States conference that was held in Berkeley, California in May of that year. Sound bites from the following talks are included here:

Susan Blackmore:“The Grand Illusion of Consciousness”
V.S. Ramachandran: “What Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature”
Richard Glen Boire: “Neurocops: Welcome to the REAL Drug War”
John Gilmore: “Our Constitutional Rights of Anonymous Travel”
Ralph Metzner: “Seven Phases of Social-Cultural Transformation Catalyzed by LSD”
Jaron Lanier: “Post-Symbolic Communication”

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