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Buddhas by the Roadside

Buddhas by the Roadside

By Buddhas by The Roadside
This podcast is a series of conversations between Dominic Venter, Helena Roth and Caspian Almerud. We have these conversations because we think they will provide value in the form of information, knowledge, wisdom and hopefully some new thoughts.
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43. Despicables vs the Appalling and the Poetry Revolution
A lot of talk about nicotine and Swedish snus, Conor  McGregor getting knocked down and the inauguration of  Joe Biden. What with TEAM The Despicables having been ousted by TEAM The Appalling, Amanda Gorman being the youth poet laureate, on poetry and  understanding the "black and white" narrative of the Western world, a  even more of talk of poetry and the importance of learning how to live in "the  unknown".  Might a poetry revolution be just what the doctor ordered? On the importance of rereading as  well as being given tools and questions that help open up new experiences/universes to us, which is what Dominic once helped Helena do, to start to understand Jeanette Winterson's book Written on  the body, and hence, we launch into a celebration to guides.  Dominic reads: Mary Oliver A visitor e e cummings next to of course god america i and quotes Tracy K Smith from an article in NYT Read/Listen more: Mary Oliver A visitor http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/mary_oliver/poems/15826 e e cummings next to of course god america i https://genius.com/E-e-cummings-next-to-of-course-god-america-i-annotated, Written on the body https://helenaroth.com/written-on-the-body/
01:40:31
April 26, 2021
42. The postmodern science of curiosity
Recorded a few hours before the inauguration of Joe Biden, postmodernism, alternative schooling, science and what IS science, propaganda and the importance - vital! - of curiosity, and a tad of meta-modernisim to top it all off. The episode was recorded on 20210120 Read/Listen to more: Rebecka Koritz https://www.patreon.com/rebeckakoritz/, Naval Ravikant https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Ravikant, Antifragile by Taleb https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassim_Nicholas_Taleb, Benjamin Zander on "Choosing your world" - the clip with the pianist and Moonlight Sonata: https://youtu.be/hZIC2f0fMKY?t=856, Glenn Gould https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Gould, Milt Jackson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milt_Jackson, Mark Crispin on Useful Idiots: https://youtu.be/X-FDHTptx08,  Larry Kudlow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Kudlow,
01:44:37
April 20, 2021
41. Inaugurating Biden and logging it.
New years resolutions, vaccine manufacturers getting filthy rich and Orphan Black on human cloning. The up/downside to logging just about everything that can be logged - and what for? A primer for forgetting by Lewis Hyde https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/41940448 and our respective take on what we log, why and how. What should be forgotten? What remembered? On education and M-GAP and LGGI:ing that, as well as what happens when families are actually at home together so much more of the time than apart.  Joseph Tainter https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/477.Collapse_of_Complex_Societies?
01:35:45
April 5, 2021
40. Flat earth environmental society
In this episode, we speak on, among other things: Covid, masks, statistics and a bit of climate debate at that Hans Rosling and Gapminder Greta Thunberg Johan Rockström and Stockholm resilience center Björn Lomberg Deeyah Khan on Simon Sinek https://simonsinek.com/discover/episode-11-extreme-listening-with-deeyah-khan/ Jordan B Paterson Flat Earth on Netflix Antivaxxers and holocaust deniers Seth Godin The episode was recorder on 20201219
01:57:10
March 29, 2021
39. But the Russians started it!
D going to Denmark in Coronatimes, Covid coming closer, personal freedom vs solidarity with others, Swedish restrictions getting stricter, Russia starting vaccinations ahead of everyone else, morbidity and vaccines and the "cohesive story" of most everyone singing the same song, swine flu, confusion being a good thing, added wheat gluten in store-bought bread and cat kibble main ingredient being grains (wtf?!), and then we throw in a few thoughts on education, entertainment and learning too. Further readings/Listens: Jared Diamond: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond Wim Hof on Impact Theory:  https://impacttheory.com/episode/wim-hof/ This episode was recorder on 20201206
01:44:56
March 2, 2021
38. Are we going to become fat blobs in space?
In this episode, we speak about: Online learning experiences, Urbanisation/De-urbanisation - and Covid, Virtual urbanisation and Embodiment. Meeting people - online vs in the flesh. Further readings/listens: https://akimbo.com/thestoryskillsworkshop https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Rogan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Vaynerchuk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WALL-E
02:01:57
February 22, 2021
37. Digging in to the vaccine without any answers.
In this episode we touch on: Corona vaccines, their efficacy and the way they are designed. On white collar workers who can easily "work from home" but what about all the blue-collar jobs out there? Is the pandemic causing more distances between people at work than there used to be? On PCR-testing and the reliance of the results. Corona - vaccine, restrictions and the legality of it. Huxley vs Orwell The episode was recorded on 20201114 We mention/Further reading/listening: Åsa Nilsonne https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%85sa_Nilsonne https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Win_Friends_and_Influence_People https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccol%C3%B2_Machiavelli https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/12/podcasts/the-daily/pfizer-vaccine-coronavirus-BioNTech.html What if - Radio lab, ambiguous election outcome US https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/what-if https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturing_Consent https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_(novel) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/podcasts/the-daily/divided-america-election-biden-trump.html
02:00:38
February 15, 2021
36. A highly sensitive messy conversation.
In this episode we speak roughly about: Environmental activism Derek Jensen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrick_Jensen Highly sensitive people - the "diagnosis"/label --> On labels in general and the need of IDENTIFICATION Where are you from? https://www.ted.com/talks/taiye_selasi_don_t_ask_where_i_m_from_ask_where_i_m_a_local?language=en Being interested in "the other" or not - wanting to find the connectors rather than the differences? Humanism https://onbeing.org/programs/derek-black-and-matthew-stevenson-befriending-radical-disagreement/ The FB-post on Peanuts: https://www.facebook.com/allegra.chelllewis.9/posts/164412915268490 Messy conversations - and ask to the listeners: go out and engage in messy conversations! The episode was recorded on 20201107.
01:52:37
February 8, 2021
35. The reality of violence.
In this episode we touch on: violence, gun-ownership, many first-time-gun-owners in the US right now. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/podcasts/the-daily/political-violence-washington-north-carolina.html On weaponization and binge-watching a lot of violent tv-series... --> "The reality of violence", psychological martial arts = emotional judo The difference between feelings and emotions Stanislav Grof: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Grof It was recorded on 20201031
01:45:36
February 1, 2021
34. I sing of Olaf
In this episode, we touch on the following topics: Dreamwork and embodiment, SARS and Corona, Hamid Zafar and Deeyah Khan on "A bit of optimism" with Simon Sinek, polarization, shadow side.  The episode was recorded on 20201018. 
02:02:47
January 25, 2021
33. How old do you need to be in order to binge Game of Thrones?
In this episode, we speak broadly on the topics of: generations (X, Y, Z etc), the "new" wordpress block editor, on normalization of Corona-restrictions, social media-platforms, the state of polarization, bingewatching GoT and Handmaid's Tale making Helena get all existential, the EU report on drug-related deaths, CIA black ops fundraising, the uncomfortable truth of "We don't need to fix anything.", antifragile food-intake and the harbor of Pain. The episode was recorded on 20201003
01:48:49
November 8, 2020
32. Life is chaos, be nice.
In this episode, we start off by talking about Antifragile by Nassim Taleb, volatility and stimuli to systems. We move on from there to talk about chaos and order in the world, Sweden and Denmark and the Swedish school system. In the end we circle back to chaos and order, and finish off by talking about the catholic church.  The episode was recorded on 20200912.
01:19:29
October 25, 2020
31. the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
In this episode, we talk about Helena fasting. We speak about neoliberalism, and the modern capitalism. We move on to talk about software development. We move on to talk about intentions, both our own and intentions as a concept. We have our first actual argument on the podcast! And then we speak a little bit about human rights at the end. This episode was recorded at the 20200830.
01:48:58
October 18, 2020
30. Culture clashes and breaking things that benefit from breaking
In this episode, we talk about being Swedish in different contexts and not being very Swedish in Swedish contexts. We talk about media, about antifragility, indian fuzzy logic and much much more.  The episode was recorded 20200808.
02:05:04
October 11, 2020
29. We try 11 questions from Tim Ferriss
In this episode, we pick up 11 questions from the book "Tribe of Mentors" by Tim Ferriss. It didn't really go the way I, Caspian, expected when I set this up. It became a monster of a conversation with a magnificent reading list, some deep insights and as per usual, a mighty rant from Dominic on the self-help industry.  We really hope you enjoy this episode, which was recorded on 20200804.
02:06:39
October 5, 2020
28. What traditions do we need to keep?
On this episode we talk, among other things, about: confirmation, how people "working from home" is affecting real estate and Push the film, lock-down and online-meetings. It was recorded on 20200802
01:08:12
September 27, 2020
27. How right is the far right?
On this episode we speak about, among other things, satire, immigration, Swedish politics, journalism and podcasts. We touch on the far right in Sweden, and discuss how much they are in the right.  The episode was recorded on 20200731
01:41:50
September 27, 2020
26. Culture isn't always easy to speak about.
In this episode, we speak about culture, and what's typically Swedish. Swedes are rarely able to point out the very distinct nature of our culture, yet we tend to know about it, the dos and don'ts. It causes havoc for people coming here, and Dom has some first hand experience with that.  The episode was recorded at the 28:th of July, 2020. 
01:46:19
September 21, 2020
25. Researching different views of news.
In this episode we talk broadly on the topic of research. Dom has made a tab-cleaning, opening more tabs as he went. We speak about research, about digging in to things and on the way we talk about the pandemic.  The episode was recorded on the 18:th of July, 2020, in Malmö. 
01:12:38
September 21, 2020
24. What walking does to us and about owning land.
This week, we speak broadly about walking as Caspian embarked on a walking quest, to then move on to culture, pilgrimage and ownership regarding land. The episode is packed with anecdotes and information, as per usual.  It was recorded 20200712. 
01:35:35
September 13, 2020
23. The law of the least generous interpretation and its opposite.
In this episode Dominic describes a phenomena that all of us have seen: people interpreting each other in a not so generous way. All three of us talk about how we've come to that point, we all tell stories about when we've seen it happen, and we discuss the opposite: the most generous adjacent possible.  We also want to take this time to apologise for not releasing episodes regularly. The coming weeks, there'll be 2 episodes á week, and then we'll have to see.  This episode was recorded 20200705.
01:32:07
September 13, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 28JUNE2020
On this episode, we talk about the following:  On Almedalsveckan (https://almedalsveckan.info/), dissent and purpose of education being gaining consent. Closed borders. On making decisions and sticking with them. WHY do we struggle with making decisions vs HOW do we struggle with making them? Playing cards. Slow and fast thinking.  "You cannot tell the quality of a decision from the outcome. [..] You can make the best decision you can, based on what you know, but the success of your decision will be heavily influenced by (a) relevant information you may lack and (b) luck or randomness." — Howard Marks, Oaktree Capital On winning as the basic premise which we make our decisions off of (winner/loser). Allowed to think, and provide your expertise. What decisions are worth your energy? Process-oriented model and patterned behaviours. Theory U. (https://www.presencing.org/aboutus/theory-u) Keeping yourself grounded. Boringness. Haruki Murakami, Paul Erdö, Kanye West. Curiosity and Tinder. Sommar i P1 - Anders Tegnell, Greta Thunberg. And touching on testing for COVID-19, again.
01:34:31
August 15, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 20JUNE2020
Episode on: morning rituals, dreaming and dreamwork, the cyclic nature of the world, the menstrual cycle, NoMind-festival at Ängsbacka, embodiment/disembodiment and proprioception
01:36:34
August 2, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 18JUNE2020
Episode on: language, Are you a nationalist?, what drives change, Carl Jung, Elon Musk, George Floyd, the origin of police forces, generalities, black lives vs all lives matter, not daring to speak out, people are not their behaviour.
01:25:43
August 2, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 30MAY2020
In this episode, we talk about death and everything that comes with someone dying. Caspian's Grandmother passed in Covid-19 a couple of days before the episode was recorded, which initiates this conversation. 
01:08:43
August 2, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 23MAY2020
In this episode, we touch on the following subjects:  - Testing  - "Getting control of Corona" - Taiwan and New Zealand - What's the cost of (social) physical distancing  - The irrationality of human behaviour  - Rules and regulations don't apply to me  - Social media platforms  - On making choices  - "What would Phoebe do?"  - The shifting states of introversion and extroversion
01:23:38
July 20, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 6MAY2020
In this episode, we touch on the following subjects: MOOCS https://www.mooc.org/ Litmus https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/litmus_test  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/litmus%20test Netocracy book https://www.amazon.com/NETOCRACY-power-elite-after-capitalism/dp/1903684293 Netocracy concept https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netocracy Marshall Mcluhan https://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/mcluhan.html  https://web.mit.edu/allanmc/www/mcluhan.mediummessage.pdf Godwin's Law https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/08/14/the-creator-of-godwins-law-explains-why-some-nazi-comparisons-dont-break-his-famous-internet-rule/ Zygmunt Baumann https://www.dohainstitute.org/en/ResearchAndStudies/Pages/Modernity-and-the-Holocaust,-Introduction-to-the-Arabic-Edition.aspx  http://routledgesoc.com/category/profile-tags/liquid-modernity  https://english.elpais.com/elpais/2016/01/19/inenglish/1453208692_424660.html Japanes social isolation https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/a-psychological-ailment-called-hikikomori-is-imprisoning-500-000-japanese-people-in-their-homes/
01:35:03
July 8, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 2MAY2020
In this episode, we touch on the following subjects: female mystics plague money poverty  sustainability - resilience - regeneration global procrastinator at work inner work
01:33:27
June 25, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 29APR2020
In this episode, we touch on the following subjects: On personality and routines, on what to do, how to be, in contexts "out of the ordinary". 
01:27:12
June 25, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 18APR2020
Sorry for taking so long to publish this episode! We'll get better from here on forward! In this episode, we touch on the following subjects: Major themes migration, refugees, legal guardianship. Being stewards of our personal energy. Education, information, knowledge and wisdom.
01:41:15
June 25, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 16APR2020
In this episode, we touch on the following subjects: Shifting energies in the news. Herd immunity. Dictatorial powers. Hitchikers guide offering Trumpian insights. Who to listen to in an age of confusion. What do we need to know? Wag the Dog. Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent. Compasses and GPS in a media storm and/or personal transformation. 
01:14:49
May 10, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 14APR2020
In this episode, we continue talking about money, and develop on Empathy and unaccompanied minors/refugees, and move on to talking about systems and the human touch.
01:05:17
May 10, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 12APR2020
In this episode, we talk about money and it's function in society.  Some of the things we reference:  LET'S:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_exchange_trading_system  — Aldous Huxley: Brave new world — Morphogenic field theory:  https://www.sheldrake.org/  —  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failure_mode_and_effects_analysis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazard_analysis_and_critical_control_points —  Being wrong,  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7811050-being-wrong —  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bame — 
01:27:49
May 10, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 9APR2020
In this episode, we talk about the long arc of patriarchy and quality.  Some of the things that we reference:  Charles Eisenstein (not Eisenberg) (blog) https://charleseisenstein.org/short-reflection-essays/activism-in-the-new-story/ - Det omätbaras renässans - Jonna Bornemark (book: The renaissance of the unmeasurable) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42088911-det-om-tbaras-ren-ssans - Hammurabis law (kilskrift = cuneiform) https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/hammurabi - Robert Ardrey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_of_Man_Series - Riane Eisler https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/470367.The_Chalice_and_the_Blade
01:07:14
May 1, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 7APR2020
In this episode we explore energy and feelings in the body, dealing with despair and hopelessness. We dive into the opposite direction, what are the alternative visions and mechanisms. What happens during change and what role do the early adopters have.  The enlightening power of Terry Pratchet, egyptian worldviews and psychological development in the modern age. What makes for a new way? Start with an egg . We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden.
01:24:16
April 19, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 04APR2020
In this specific episode, we speak about the corona virus, and how states are handling it in terms of both sprints and marathons.  We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden.
01:26:16
April 18, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 31MAR2020
In this specific episode, we speak about change and early adopters. We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden.
57:12
April 18, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 30MAR2020
In this specific episode we speak about the topics personal freedom vs calls for policy.  We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden.
01:18:45
April 18, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 28MAR2020
We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden. In this episode, we talk about: Zoonosis, Save the economy vs save human lives?, Natural vs unnatural, Georgism, a parallel universe and saying Hi to your neighbors, and trust.
01:20:58
April 4, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 23MAR2020
We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden.
41:32
April 4, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 21MAR2020 EP2
We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden.
15:16
April 4, 2020
Buddhas on Corona, 21MAR2020 EP1
We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can.  Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode.  Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden. 
46:12
April 4, 2020
Buddhas on Corona 14MAR2020
We've been working on this podcast for about 8 months without releasing anything. We have had troubles finding our format, some technical issues and so on. Now, we want to talk about the elephant in the room. All of these episodes are fairly unedited and we try to shine some light on the Covid-19 pandemic from as many angles as we can. Please note that the name of the episode is also when we recorded the episode. Buddhas by the Roadside is a podcast by Helena Roth, Dominic Venter and Caspian Almerud. All three of us live in Sweden.
01:31:53
April 4, 2020