Archive for Creativity

Podcast 397 – “Art and Other Disruptive Technologies”


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Guest speakers: Joh Isaac Mitchell & Michael Goldstein

A 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture (purposely blurred :-)

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we feature two interesting talks: Art as Technology and Crypto-anarchy. The first talk is from the 2013 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the Burning Man Festival. And that story is followed by a concise explanation of how bitcoin technology evolved and that cryptocurrency is only the tip of its iceberg. And should you harbor fears that bitcoin is a government operation, there is this quote by Michael Goldsetin:
“Satoshi could have been an NSA backed totalitarian, but his protocol is strictly anarchist. He could have easily been paid by the government to create it, but he created something that the government itself cannot shut down. And the protocol itself is strictly anti-government in the sense that it does not allow for government.”

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Satoshi Nakamoto Institute


Cypherpunk in Wikipedia

A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto

Crypto Anarchy and Virtual Communities

John Gilmore on the Psychedelic Salon

Cryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson

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Podcast 395 – #WaveOfAction


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Guest speakers: Various

#WaveOfAction . . . Occupy Consciousness

PROGRAM NOTES:

The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4, 2014 and runs through July 4, 2014. During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display. As our part in this WAVE, the salon will feature periodic reports from this global ripple in our species-consciousness. This is the first of those podcasts.

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Actify ~ Wave of Action ~ 4.4.14

Video sources of audio segments

Dwayne Hoover’s Podcast

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“Mushroom Man” (download)

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Podcast 387 – “February 1994 Workshop Introduction”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The pool at the Chan Kha Hotel near the ruins at Palenque, Mexico. The far end of the pool is where Terence Mckenna often lectured.

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“Psychedelics, by metling assumptions, by destroying the expectations of rigid educations creates a fluidity of possibility that may allow answers to emerge. And it’s the only thing that I’ve seen that operates on a time scale sufficiently short to have an impact.”

“Language is a strategy for binding time.”

“The other thing is that biology works. It’s very successful. It’s been around more than a billion years. Civilization doesn’t work. It’s been around 10,000 years, and it’s on the brink of meltdown.”

“We fabricate ideas out of matter. No other creature does that.”

“One of the unique things that is happening on the planet is that the fate of all life is becoming hinged to the decisions made by a single species.”

“If there’s not free will, then thinking is meaningless.”

“But all we have to do is hit one speed bump, and democratic values are down the drain.”

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Podcast 385 – “Current Psychedelic Research”


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Guest speaker: Roland Griffiths

Dr. Roland Griffiths delivering a Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features a talk given by Roland Griffiths, who is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition to describing the current psychedelic studies being undertaken there, he also goes into detail about exactly what characteristics researchers consider when evaluating whether a person has actually had a spiritual experience. Among the research participant’s comments that he read, one of the most common themes was the interconnectedness of all things and beings. Also, he spoke about their research into the character of one’s personality in regards to how a psychedelic experience affected their openness to the experiences of life. Another interesting thing that his research group is investigating is the intersection of psilocybin and meditation, a discussion of which takes up a significant part of this talk.

“Psilocybin is a pharmacological tool that helps people recognize how it feels to embody the present moment. And that’s exactly the same of meditation. It’s about bringing yourself into the present moment.”
-Roland Griffiths

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Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin & Spirituality

Current Psilocybin Research Projects

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Podcast 382 – “The Psychedelic Option”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna ... photo credit: Steve Marshank

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“And now the task changes. It’s a completely different kind of spiritual universe that you live in after you found the answer, because the task becomes facing the answer. Facing it!”

“What we call history is the fall out of a dynamic hear-and-now, feeling-toned relationship with our environment.”

“Gradual change was a luxury of the past.”

“The politically most potent thing you can do for somebody is to educate them. To give them the facts.”

“The spiritual realm in practical terms means the imagination.”

“The frontier of our species is the imagination.”

“The spiritual realm, in practical terms, means the imagination. The frontier of our species is the imagination.”

“And, in fact, the evidence is building that our style of society is the historical equivalent of a temper tantrum.”

“A shaman is someone who has seen the end. A shaman is somebody who has seen it all.”

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Podcast 378 – “A Psychedelic Point of View”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“A psychedelic point of view means a point of view which honors consciousness.”

“You do not measure the depth of a universal mystery with the neural network of a primate.”

“Our role is not to understand but to appreciate.”

“It’s ridiculous to attempt to seize the tiller of reality, because we don’t even know where we want to go.”J

“We extract the poetry from being by the assumption of the mundane.”

“Once nature is taken as the ground of being then permission to inflate the image of the ego is denied.”

“Intuition must be given prominence in the rearrangement of our relationship with the world.”

“Science is really the, it’s the plumbing level of reality. It doesn’t catch the integrated nature of language, the evolution of fairy tales, the dynamics of love affairs, the quintessence of genius, these are the things, that as human beings, structure and constellate and guide and inform our world. And science has nothing to say about these things.”

“Intuition is the unifying of experience into a gestalt image of the world.”

“We are much more suited for dancing than for whatever it is that we have been doing.”

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Podcast 375 – “Story Time with Ken Adams”


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Guest speaker: Ken Adams

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we get to hear another of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This talk features the artist, experimental film maker, micro-publisher, and media developer, Ken Adams, who for many years was a close friend and neighbor of the late Terence McKenna. You will be delighted with some of the true stories Ken tells as we get to wander with him through the mind of a uniquely creative artist. Also, I tell a couple of my ‘grandfather stories’, and we finish with Ron Shock telling the greatest dope story ever.

“We have shared experiences that the entire world knows about, like 9-11 and all the catastrophes in Japan and Haiti and all over the world, the Gulf. We’re being introduced to a level of experience that’s post tribal, post national, where we’re all sharing the same emotional experiences and beginning to develop the persona of a new human being, a human being that’s never been here before. It’s something that’s completely unique in human history.”
-Ken Adams

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The Terence McKenna Experience

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Podcast 374 – “Bootstrapping Ourselves”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Ego is the absolute impediment to Tao.”

“We live in a domain of triviality that we have created.”

“Do we embody the radiant correctness of what we say we are pursuing.”

“I see the psychedelic experience as a birthright, and we can’t have a free society until people are free to explore their own mind.”

“I’m as against restricting access to drugs as I am to burning books. It offends me in the same way.”

“If you’re interested in drugs, the first stop is the library. And it’s a long stop. And you educate yourself.”

“In order to be free I must not believe anything. Then all things can be freely commanded in the mind.”

“It takes months to assimilate a large psychedelic trip.”

“I think the worst thing you can do is diddle with low doses. The nibblers of this world are no friends of mine. It should be overwhelming, and it should be an act of courage”

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Book mentioned in this podcast

Amazing Dope Tales
by Stephen Gaskin


Russell Brand Sounds Off!

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Podcast 371 – “Civil Rights In Cyberspace”


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Guest speaker: John Gilmore

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.]
“Marijuana, it turns out, is three-quarters of the illegal drug problem, because it’s three times as popular as all the other drugs put together. So if you can move marijuana out of the black market and into a legal and regulated market you’ve gotten rid of three-quarters of the crime, three-quarters of the violence, and three-quarters of the black market money. It changes the dynamics for the other drugs. It makes it much more of a small potatoes thing.”

“If you move away from [Google’s] free services you can move away from the part of the Net that’s the most heavily surveilled.”

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)Defending Your Rights in the Digital World

John Gilmore’s Home Page

Google has been secretly harvesting the passwords of all Wi-Fi devices everywhere

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Podcast 368 – “Psychedelics and the Feminine”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The Gaian process is more than a process. It is s self-reflecting entelechy of some sort.”

“It is curious that what these psychedelics do, on a scale of a community, is they release new ideas. . . . And that this is how culture moves forward. That culture is a phenomenon dependent on the generation of ideas, plans, notions, connections. So this is precisely what these compounds are doing.”

“What is always left out of descriptions of the psychedelic state, the deep psychedelic state, is how weird it is.”

“I finally realized that this ‘place’ that I kept bursting into [on a psychedelic experience] was somebody’s idea of a playpen.”

“We [psychonauts] are all going to go into the books as pioneers, because it’s too early for us to be anything else. There’s no map, no finished database, just anecdotes of the crazy, crazy stuff that goes on. That’s why it’s so important to try and share [our stories].”

“The world isn’t this unbelievably strange thing which is ‘out there’. The world is this stranger-than-we-can-suppose thing which begins from the core of us out. That means nothing can be taken for granted. It can be taken apart. It can be put together many, many ways.”

“[DMT] is pure, one hundred per-cent magic. MAGIC. It’s not a drug. It’s an event. It’s not something you do. It’s something that happens to you.”

McKenna also describes a DMT experience as, “A collision with another modality.”

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Books Mentioned in this podcast

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
Riane Eisler


The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion (Cornell paperbacks)

The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens (American Lecture Series)
Richard Evans Schultes

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Christian Rätsch

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