Sweeny Verses

Sweeny Verses

By Andrew Sweeny
Compressed scraps of angel melody, stories, essays, rants against reductionism, commands from the deep. Audio essays and conversations in the realm of ideas. Links: Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny Medium Blog: medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny 
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John Vervaeke and Zach Stein #4: Reinventing Education and Social Justice
Today we are living in a period of paradigm shift—one which may be as dramatic as the shift to the axial age according to John, or even as big as the leap from a single-celled organism to the homo sapien, according to Zak!  A wide ranging discussion about how to reinventio (invent and discover) social justice and education and to rescue human interactions from social media pathologies.  How to change out relationships from the transactional to the dialogic—how to reinventio education and justice for the life world and steal the culture from the bottom up.  What is the quantum spiritual leap required in this time of apocalypse and renewal? John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents. Zak Stein is philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. This writing was done as he worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, as well as teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements.  (Source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com) Parallax Other conversations with John Vervaeke and friends John Vervaek’s Awakening from the Meaning Crisis DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines by Andrew Sweeny
1:21:02
July 20, 2020
John Vervaeke and Christopher Mastropietro: Reinventing Beauty
Here we continue our conversation about ‘reinventio’—the latin word which means to both invent and discover.  The main theme was reinventing beauty, but we spoke about soul, virtue, and faith.  John also proposed reinventing argumentation, and came up with four propositions: Beauty is the sweet spot between suchness (intimacy) and moreness (transcendence) Beauty is the activity of philo-sophia Virtue is the beauty of wisdom Dialectic is the beautification of speech to conform to how we practice wisdom John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents. I was first  introduced to Christopher Mastropietro by Peter Limberg for his series on Letter.com. Christopher is John Vervaeke’s writing and research partner and co-author of ‘Zombies in Western Culture: A Twentieth Century Crisis’.  A great book which I have used for undergraduate classes in Paris. Chris is among other things an amazing wordsmith who writes and speaks like an 19th Century Henry James/Herman Melville! Links: Impossible conversations with Christopher Mastropeitro Other conversations with John Vervaeke and friends John Vervaek’s Awakening from the Meaning Crisis DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines by Andrew Sweeny
1:26:01
June 4, 2020
John Vervaeke and Christopher Mastropietro: Reinventing Soul
After what John Vervaeke has called The Meaning Crisis we need to reinvent soul, faith, virtue, dialogue—all the perennial notions.  An amazing three way conversation with John and Chris circling around the idea of the soul, where John suggests we creatively re-invent and rediscover soul.  John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents.     I was first  introduced to Christopher Mastropietro by Peter Limberg for his series on Letter.com, 'impossible conversations'. Our first 'impossible conversation can be found here’:  https://letter.wiki/conversation/232.    Christopher is John Vervaeke’s writing and research partner and co-author of ‘Zombies in Western Culture: A Twentieth Century Crisis’.  A great book which I have used for undergraduate classes in Paris. (https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/602) Chris is among other things an amazing wordsmith who writes and speaks like an 19th Century Henry James/Herman Melville!    Links: Other conversations with John Vervaeke and friends John Vervaek’s Awakening from the Meaning Crisis  DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines by Andrew Sweeny
1:57:49
May 16, 2020
Fabrice Midal: Meditation, Narcissism, and The French Art of not Giving a Fuck
Fabrice Midal is hugely popular in the Francophone world with a best selling book that has been translated as ‘The French Art of Not giving a fuck’—but relatively unknown elsewhere.  He is also the author of about twenty other books, which include a biography of Chogyam Trungpa, and various books about philosophy, art, poetry, chivalry and meditation. He is also the founder of a unique school of meditation called ‘L’École occidentale de méditation’—which teaches not just traditional buddhist meditation and texts, but also has a strong emphasis on western philosophy, poetry, and the arts in general. I’ve known Fabrice for many years and he has taught me many things, and I have always wished that something like his school were available in other countries. L’École occidentale de méditation is a good example of what is called in German ‘bildung’ where philosophy and mediation are linked in creating movements that have the potential to change society as a whole. Some of my listeners in the contemporary bildung movement could learn a great deal from Fabrice’s efforts and genius in my opinion. In this wide ranging discussion we talked mostly about meditation and how meditation can be the ground for genuine renaissance in all areas of society, rather than merely a ‘technique’ for inner calm—which, in Fabrice’s view is a gross distortion of its origin, meaning and purpose. Links https://www.ecole-occidentale-meditation.com/ https://www.fabricemidal.com/fabrice-midal/ https://www.amazon.com/Fabrice-Midal/e/B001JOVG86%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines by Andrew Sweeny
1:09:32
May 10, 2020
What the coronavirus is telling us? In conversation with Bonnitta Roy and Jonathan Rowson
A wide ranging conversation loosely based on Bonnita Roy's new article  ‘Corona: A tale of two systems’ on the Emerge website, which she calls a ‘holifesto’ or a holistic manifesto. Johathan Rowson queried the article, offered some possible criticism, and Bonnitta responded brilliantly. It was a wonderful conversation and a great pleasure to be in the presence of these great soulful intellects and systems thinkers.    Links:   Corona: A tale of Two Systems Part 1 Corona: A tale of Two Systems Part 2   6 steps towards creating a new prosperity according to Bonnita Roy Expand our political-economic imagination Design a global commons in service to life Experience the deeper sources of connection Expand circles of trust and concern Reinvent education for the future Pivot to digital naturalism DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines by Andrew Sweeny
1:29:50
May 4, 2020
The last days on Earth and The Need for Poetry: A conversation with Joe Ross
Joe Ross: A great conversation with Poet and Friend Joe Ross. The poems he read were entitled: In Line, Interpolation, and Exit wound. Joe Ross is the author of over fourteen books of poetry, most recently, Last Days on Earth, (Dusie Press, 2019); History and its Making – The Making of History, (Bi-lingual French/English, Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2017); 1000 Folds, (Chax Press, 2014).  He is the former Literary Editor of the arts bi-monthly The Washington Review from 1991-1997, and co-founder of both the In Your Ear reading series in Washington, D.C. and the Beyond the Page reading series in San Diego, CA. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award for his poetry in 1997 and is the three time winner of the Gertrude Stein Poetry Award in 2003, 2005, and 2006.   He presently resides in Paris. DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines by Andrew Sweeny
1:07:42
April 26, 2020
John Vervaeke and Zachary Stein: Kairos, Logos, and Post-Conventional Faith
In this wide ranging conversation we discussed:  Kairos and crisis, Civilisational adolescence, Piaget and stages of development, AI and caring Warm Data, The artist and the Prophet, The Bildung movement, Reintegration of the good the true and the beautiful, Post conventional morality,  Faith and emergence, Post formal faith, The unattainable ideal, Serious play   And so much more ...   John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents.     Zak Stein is philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. This writing was done as he worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, as well as teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements.  (Source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com) Links  John Vervaek’s Awakening from the Meaning Crisis  Zachary Stein: Covid 19: A war in heaven DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
1:21:30
April 19, 2020
In Conversation with Nora Bateson: Steve Bannon’s jacket, Walking on slippery rocks, and Covid 19
In our wide ranging conversation we discussed: Her Steve Bannon jacket Gender and complexity Pain and Possibility Gregory Bateson Vulnerable systems The real and the blurring The fly in the bottle Addiction The relationship between science and the arts Double binds and paradoxes Where are we right now Multisensorial universe Walking on slippery rocks Where we are right now in Covid 19 Links An Ecology Of Mind- A Daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson Directed by Nora Bateson Bio: https://batesoninstitute.org/nora-bateson/ DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
1:24:05
April 12, 2020
John Vervaeke and Zachary Stein: The war in heaven, the kitchen table, and thoughts of the heart
John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents. Zak Stein is philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. This writing was done as he worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, as well as teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements.  (Source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com) In our wide ranging conversation we discussed: The end of the world The thoughts of the heart The post tragic The untapped Fate and fatal - how reality goes beyond our egocentric concerns Absurdity and horror The great un patterning Sacred Kairos Fragmentation and wholeness Imaginal and imagination Neo perennialism Dialogue between traditions Ecology of practice The virtual campfire Kairos Ecstatic ordeal John Vervaek’s Awakening from the Meaning Crisis  Zachary Stein: Covid 19: A war in heaven DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny Sponsorships: off for this episode
1:28:11
April 1, 2020
John Vervaeke and Christopher Mastropietro: Dialogos and Extasis
This wide ranging conversation includes: insights on the meaning of the present Covid_19 crisis; a discussion of John and Christopher’s recent essay (Gnosis in the Second Person: Responding to the Meaning Crisis in the Socratic Quest of Authentic Dialogue.); a discussion on the meaning of socratic dialogue and ecstatic epiphanies - which we tried to exemplify in this conversation; and much more. John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents.     I was first  introduced to Christopher Mastropietro by Peter Limberg for his series on Letter.com, 'impossible conversations'. Our first 'impossible conversation can be found here’:  https://letter.wiki/conversation/232.    Christopher is John Vervaeke’s writing and research partner and co-author of ‘Zombies in Western Culture: A Twentieth Century Crisis’.  A great book which I have used for undergraduate classes in Paris. (https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/602) Chris is among other things an amazing wordsmith who writes and speaks like an 19th Century Henry James/Herman Melville!    Links: Enacting Platonic Dialogos -1 Chris Mastropietro & Guy Sengstock :   Includes a reading of John and Christopher’s recent essay ‘Gnosis in the Second Person ...    John Vervaek’s Awakening from the Meaning Crisis: DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny Sponsorships: off for this episode
1:40:00
March 25, 2020
Jonathan Rowson Part 2: Jordan Peterson, Chess, and Perspectiva
In this crazy times the forward and tactical thinking of a chess grandmaster and a great humanitarian might help us a little.    This is the first part of a two part conversation with Jonathan Rowson.   Topics included chess, ecology, technology, spirituality, religion and spirituality, the education meta crisis, post traumatic grown, the value of disequilibrium, the parables of Jesus, and the tiny elephant in the room: Coronavirus.    Bio: Dr. Jonathan Rowson is co-founder and Director of Perspectiva. He was until recently Director of the Social Brain Centre at the RSA where, over the course of six years, he authored a range of influential research reports on behaviour change, climate change and spirituality, and curated and chaired a range of related events.  Jonathan is an applied philosopher with degrees spanning a range of humanities and social sciences from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol Universities. In a former life he was a chess Grandmaster and British Champion (2004–6) and views the game as a continuing source of insight and inspiration. His most recent books include:   The Moves that Matter: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-moves-that-matter-9781526603838/ Spiritualise: https://www.thersa.org/globalassets/pdfs/reports/spiritualise-2nd-edition-report.pdf   Jonathan lives in Putney, London, with his wife Siva, an academic lawyer from South India and their two sons, Kailash and Vishnu. (source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com/people) DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
46:28
March 22, 2020
Jonathan Rowson Part 1: Coronavirus and The Moves that Matter
In this crazy times the forward and tactical thinking of a chess grandmaster and a great humanitarian might help us a little. This is the first part of a two part conversation. Topics included chess, ecology, technology, spirituality, religion and spirituality, the education meta crisis, post traumatic grown, the value of disequilibrium, the parables of Jesus, and the tiny elephant in the room: Coronavirus. Bio: Dr. Jonathan Rowson is co-founder and Director of Perspectiva. He was until recently Director of the Social Brain Centre at the RSA where, over the course of six years, he authored a range of influential research reports on behaviour change, climate change and spirituality, and curated and chaired a range of related events. Jonathan is an applied philosopher with degrees spanning a range of humanities and social sciences from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol Universities. In a former life he was a chess Grandmaster and British Champion (2004–6) and views the game as a continuing source of insight and inspiration. His most recent books include:    The Moves that Matter: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-moves-that-matter-9781526603838/ Spiritualise: https://www.thersa.org/globalassets/pdfs/reports/spiritualise-2nd-edition-report.pdf He lives in Putney, London, with his wife Siva, an academic lawyer from South India and their two sons, Kailash and Vishnu. (source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com/people) DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Twitter Facebook
56:39
March 18, 2020
Jamie Wheal: America and The Upsidedown
DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook I wanted to talk to Jamie Wheal about American culture, spirituality, and history. About the strange paradoxes of American, and about his search for the American soul, in the times of 'The Upsidedown'—as the TV show Stranger things calls it. American is in the upsidedown, we both agreed. But Jamie transmitted his enthusiasm and hopes for the American experiment.    In our wide ranging conversation we discussed:  The city on the hill; History of American counterculture movements; The infinite game of the enlightenment project; Hidden mystic lineages of American; The Grateful Dead; Unlocking post conventional experiences; Open sourcing extasis;  Psycho-spiritual version of blockchain; Metaphysics/Ethics/Sacraments/Mythology; Deities and archetypes; The second Adam; Soul Force; Jefferson vs Hamilton; The upsideown American Biography (source: https://www.flowgenomeproject.com/team/jamie-wheal) Jamie Wheal is the Executive Director of The Flow Genome Project and leading expert in the neurophysiology of human performance. His work combines a background in expeditionary education, wilderness medicine, and surf rescue, with over a decade of advising high-growth companies on strategy, execution, and leadership. Jamie's coaching ranges from Fortune 500 companies like Cisco, Google, and Nike, to the U.S. Naval War College, and Red Bull. You'll find him speaking on the intersection of science and human potential to diverse, high-performance communities like Young President's Organization, Summit Series, TED, and MaiTai Global. At the Flow Genome Project, he leads a team of the world’s top scientists, athletes, and artists dedicated to mapping the genome of the peak-performance state known as Flow. He lives on the Colorado River with his wife Julie, their two kids Lucas and Emma, and a righteous Golden Retriever named Cassie.   Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
1:01:44
March 17, 2020
John Vervaeke and Zachary Stein: Education and The Divine Double
DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents.     Zak Stein is philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. This writing was done as he worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, as well as teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements.  (Source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com)   In our wide ranging conversation we discussed:  Legitimacy Crisis;Wisdom; famine; Intergenerational; transmission; Religion/Religio New Perennialism; Cosmo erotic humanism; Serious Play; Bleeding boundaries; Scientism and Religion; Temples in Space and Time; Perennials vs constructivists and beyond; The disappearance of the classroom; Science and scientism; Heidegger and the standing reserve; Dividuals instead of individuals; The Divine Double; The imaginal ship of death; The Lord of Host or Elohim
1:20:19
March 11, 2020
Guy Sengstock: Wandering between Worlds
A lateral and very personal conversation with the founder of 'The circling institute' and close friend and associate to John Vervaeke. Keywords:  Listening/Hearkening; Disclosure ; Wandering between worlds; The birth of plenty; Circling and wonder; Intimacy; The sacred and the divine; Aletheia; Heidegger; John Vervaeke; Christopher Mastropietro; Alexander Bard  Guy's Bio:https://guysengstock.wordpress.com/aboutme/ DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
1:34:02
March 1, 2020
John Vervaeke 2: Wisdom and Rationality
DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents.    I’ve been writing about his series on Medium in an attempt to translate the heady stuff into plain English and converse and sometimes critique him, without dumbing him down—which is a difficult but rewarding task.    As well as being a remarkable thinker, John is a bodhisattva also a ‘real mensch’—or a person of great integrity and hospitality—and it was a huge pleasure to talk to him.      Some topics we covered:  4 kinds of knowing and rationality; Folk psychology; Language of training and explaining; Memory Love and Rationality; Marrying rationality to wisdom;Ian MaGilchrist; Lingering and wandering; Being in time/Heidegger; Meditation, contemplation, and Dialogos; “But where the danger is also grows the saving power”; Critique of Empiricism and Romanticism; The meaning of science Enlightenment and the Bodhisattva; Binding the enlightenment project to humanity  
1:19:16
February 25, 2020
Bonnitta Roy: How to change the world
A wonderful conversation with the process philosopher and transpersonal psychologist Bonnitta Roy.     Some of the topics covered:  New architectures of mind; Holistic complexity theory; Emergence and process philosophy; Deep Code Protocols; Self organisation; New educational models; The 4 selves; Due Diligence and Social Media; Polarised discourse; Coherent collectives and the three legged stool; Narrative vs Mental minds; Belonging vs Ranking types; Potentials and affordances; How to change the world   Bonnitta Roy is founder of Alderlore Inc. a non-profit education center offering insight practices for individuals who are entering post-formal modes of thinking. At her home/farm Bonnitta hosts insight retreats for people who want to break away from limiting patterns of thought  She teaches a masters course in consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology at the Graduate Institute. Her teaching highlights the embodied, affective and perceptual aspects of the core self, and the non-egoic potentials from which subtle sensing, intuition and insight emerge. Bonnitta is an associate editor of Integral Review where you can also find her articles on process approaches to consciousness, perception, and metaphysics. (Source: Perpectivia) DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Longstone:  https://soundcloud.com/longstone/works-in-progress-ep-01-menhir
1:32:54
February 23, 2020
Zak Stein Part 2: The Death and Beautification of the World
This is the second part of deep conversation with Dr. Zak Stein.     Zak Stein is philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. This writing was done as he worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, as well as teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements.  (Source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com...)   In this wide-ranging conversation we discuss:   Iatrogenesis; How ‘The schools make you stupid, the money makes you poor, the medicine makes you sick’; Religion and Education ADHD; Jordan Peterson’s illness; The unbearable intimacy of planetary catastrophe’ Infinite education and human potential; Cosmo erotic humanism; Loving the stranger; Holding the unbearable image; Greater is the darkness that comes from the light; Religions that deal in historicity; The apocalypse; Death and Beautification—And so much more… DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Longstone:  https://soundcloud.com/longstone/works-in-progress-ep-01-menhir
1:00:56
February 17, 2020
Zak Stein Part 1: Music and Tragedy Between Worlds
This is the first part of mindblowing conversation I had with Dr. Zak Stein.  Trigger warning.  We go really deep really fast.     Zak Stein is philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. This writing was done as he worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, as well as teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements.  (Source: https://www.systems-souls-society.com/people) In this wide-ranging conversation we discuss:   Ivan Illich De-schooling society Dyslexia and Music  Crisis of Teacherly Authority Tragic and post tragic world views The unbearable image Alchemy 30 years war - John Amos ComeniusConcrete Utopianism The messiah And so much more Rene Girard and Scapegoating DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Longstone:  https://soundcloud.com/longstone/works-in-progress-ep-01-menhir
46:41
February 16, 2020
John Vervaeke: The religion that is no religion
John Vervaeke is a professor at the University of Toronto and the creator of the popular online YouTube Series ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’, which is a rich feast of cognitive science, philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.  What makes Vervaeke special in my opinion is the breadth of his work, but his courage descend the ivory tower and talk to people ‘on the street’—and to exemplify his ideas.  His hero is Socrates, and he embodies the living dialogue and courage that Socrates represents.     I’ve been writing about his series on Medium in an attempt to translate the heady stuff into plain English and converse and sometimes critique him, without dumbing him down—which is a difficult but rewarding task.    John is a bodhisattva also a ‘real mensch’—or a person of great integrity and hospitality—and it was a huge pleasure to talk to him. Some topics we covered:Religion that is no a religion Rationality and Logic;, Meaning and purpose; New emerging culture of meaning; Alexander Bard’s critique; Collaboration as a remedy to the meaning Crisis; His work with Christopher Mastropietro; Buddhism emptiness as a remedy to nihilism; Jonathan Pageau; This corner of the internet DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
1:34:30
January 26, 2020
The Divine Double: Christopher Mastropietro
I was first  introduced to Christopher Mastropietro by Peter Limberg for his series on Letter.com, 'impossible conversations'. Our first 'impossible conversation can be found here’:  https://letter.wiki/conversation/232 Christopher is John Vervaeke’s writing and research partner and co-author of ‘Zombies in Western Culture: A Twentieth Century Crisis’.  A great book which I have used for undergraduate classes in Paris We never got around to talking about ‘The Zombie Apocalypse’ or ‘Joker’ and other monsters, but instead had a wide ranging conversation about living ‘in between worlds’.  I found Chris to be congenial but also a very deep person, with an incredible and poetic gift for language and thinking.

 The conversation begins with a query: ‘What is your divine double’?     DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: By Longstone
1:03:07
December 25, 2019
What does it mean to be a man? Discussions with Ole Bjerg
Ole Bjerg is an associate professor at the Copenhagen Business school.  He writes in his presentation:  “My research interests circle around a diagnosis of contemporary capitalism. I am currently interested in the simple question: What is money? The assumption is that money is not a given and constant phenomenon. Money changes as the structure of capitalism changes. In my current research I am exploring how the radical transformations of banking and financial markets over the last 30-40 years is related to transformations in the very ontology of money. In order to investigate this philosophically, we need to ask, with Heidegger: How is money? Furthermore, our capacity to find ways out of the current crisis hinges on our ability to imagine new kinds of money systems and new kinds of money.” Ole is also involved in Men’s work, and I met him at the EMG, European Men’s gathering in northern Denmark.  In this wide ranging conversation we discuss the question:  ‘What does it mean to be a man?’ Ole is passionate about reviving this as a philosophical question, and he is writing a book on the subject of being and becoming a man from a Heideggerian perspective.   We also talked about Jordan Peterson, Slavoj Zizek, and other diverse topics.  I found our discussion very illuminating and his thoughts both passionate, empathetic, and vital.  Links: European Men's Gathering: https://www.maniphesto.com/emg  Ole's Ted talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvH66fz9nyU Andrew Sweeny Podcasts:  Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny  Sweeny Verses: https://anchor.fm/podcast-c709ee4  Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Music and Poetry: http://travellingmusic.net/site/andrew-sweeny-free-the-prisoners-album-et-poesies Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny Music intro: Longstone:  https://soundcloud.com/longstone/works-in-progress-ep-01-menhir
1:15:21
November 17, 2019
Dr Arne Rubinstein: Rites of Passage and the Ladder of Life
Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development, with 30 years experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. The programs, seminars and programs he’s helped to develop have been attended by over 100,000 people globally and are designed to support boys and girls to successfully make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage. Dr Arne is the proud father of two wonderful young men and a mentor to many others.   I was very honored to talk to him and believe his message to be, not only life changing, but redeeming of civilization.  Real human development needs markers of transition from one stage to another, which is something sorely lacking in our society, and a principal cause of most of our social ills, from depression to suicide, to the opiate crisis, and because, as Arne points out many of of our leaders today, remain boys and girls, and because they have not properly gone through the kinds of rites of passage ceremonies which were once universal.     Links: Making of men's father and son camp in Denmark:www.maniphesto.com/mom Leadership Training:www.maniphesto.com/rop FB Leadership training here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/579399495864804/  Rites of Passage Institute:https://ritesofpassageinstitute.org Arne’s Ted Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC5GR3Q1ZWI Arne’s best selling book: The making of men  https://www.amazon.com/Making-Men-Raising-healthy-successful-ebook/dp/B00XZOZ5HG Andrew Sweeny Podcasts:  Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny  Sweeny Verses: https://anchor.fm/podcast-c709ee4  Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Music and Poetry: http://travellingmusic.net/site/andrew-sweeny-free-the-prisoners-album-et-poesies Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny
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August 14, 2019
Andrew Sweeny and Stephen Lewis on Rudolf Steiner: The spirit of the machine
This is the 5th in a series of talks with Stephen Lewis, in which we discuss Rudolf Steiner and his theories of Lucifer and Ahriman, among other things.  Podcast version can be heard on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/podcast-c709ee4 Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I know. Stephen's music can be heard here:  https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state   Other Podcasts:  Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny  Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Music and Poetry: http://travellingmusic.net/site/andrew-sweeny-free-the-prisoners-album-et-poesies Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny
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July 27, 2019
Andrew Sweeny and Stephen Lewis discuss René Girard: The defence of the innocent victim
This is the 4th in a series of talks with Stephen Lewis, in which we discuss Réne Girard and his theories of the Scapegoat and their broader implications.    Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.  Stephen's music can be heard here:  https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state   Support this channel and my writings by subscribing here or helping on Patreon: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Medium https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jamyanggyamtso Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom
1:23:25
July 4, 2019
Mountains and Rivers: Gender and Complementarity
My thoughts on the re-integration of polarity as the 'next step'. With reference to Ivan Illich's book in Gender:    https://books.google.fr/books/about/Gender.html?id=ZyVHAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y
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July 1, 2019
Ronan Harrington in Conversation: Vulnerability, truth, and the collective superego
Ronan is a leading voice in transformational change, supporting leaders to transform themselves and their organisations to become the success stories of our complex new world. Ronan is also a leading figure within the Burning Man community, giving the keynote on new politics at their Global Leadership Summit in 2017. He writes and speaks widely about the prospect of a more visionary politics, guest editing a series for Open Democracy. He is also an Associate at Perspectiva, a research institute building the intellectual foundations for a more conscious society. My article on Ronan Harrington and Jordan Peterson: https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny/jordan-peterson-vs-ronan-harrington-c7a1693e455e Ronan on the Emerge Podcast https://anchor.fm/emerge/episodes/Making-Sense-of-the-Ronan-Harrington-Episode-e1r211 Ronan's Bio and website:  https://www.ronanharrington.co/
1:13:11
July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 4: Sweeny vs Peterson and Zizek
A audio essay on the recent debate between Jordan Peterson and Slavov Zizek, based 3 medium essays I wrote about these two men 
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July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 3: Why the polarised reaction to JBP? A conversation with Rebel Wisdom.
Why does Jordan Peterson create such strong and polarised reactions? Andrew Sweeny has written many articles examining Peterson's impact on the culture. In this Skype chat with David Fuller, director of two documentaries about Jordan Peterson, he explains how the reaction to Peterson is largely due to the way that Peterson is reviving a perspective that many thought had been banished forever. It accompanies this Medium article - Jordan Peterson and the Dark Tide of Mysticism: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom/jordan-peterson-and-the-black-tide-of-mysticism-2c9b8d2abe6c For more great Rebel Wisdom content - visit: http://rebelwisdom.co.uk/
18:51
July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 2: Sex, and The Patriarchy
Source Article here:  https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny/jordan-peterson-sex-and-the-patriarchy-a39ad3902946 Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom
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July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 1: The Shadow and The Conscious Man
“Peterson is problematic to practically everybody, which is interesting.  He is problematic to traditionalists, because he doesn’t go to church.  He’s problematic to modernists because he is interested in religion.  He is problematic to post-modernism because he values hierarchy.  He’s problematic to the extreme right and the extreme left because he is so reasonable.“ “Trump to me represents the unconscious Man, the shadow of Western civilization.  When Trump was elected there was this void, and the conscious man needs to step in.  I’m not saying that Peterson is 'the' conscious man, but ... the conscious man has to step in' This is discussion of an article I wrote based on a conversation I had with David Fuller.   The original conversation and rebel wisdom film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIQPNIwoG40 For more great Rebel Wisdom content - visit: http://rebelwisdom.co.uk/The article on Medium:  The article: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom/jordan-peterson-and-the-black-tide-of-mysticism-2c9b8d2abe6c
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July 1, 2019
Stephen Lewis and Andrew Sweeny in conversation part 3
This is the 3rd in a series of talks with  Stephen Lewis.  In this conversation we dare critique certain aspects of feminism.  On a broader level, we discuss how men and women can be sovereign in the face of redundancy in the meaning crisis.    Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.   Stephen's music can be heard here.  He's also definitely one of the best songwriters I know:   https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state
1:16:33
July 1, 2019
Stephen Lewis and Andrew Sweeny in conversation part 2
This is the second in a series of talks with Stephen Lewis. I have included his song 'Nothing has been lost' in the intro (the entire can be heard here.    https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.     Support this channel and my writings by subscribing here or helping on Patreon:
57:02
July 1, 2019
Stephen Lewis and Andrew Sweeny in conversation part 1
Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher.  And by philosopher I mean someone who actually thinks in a deep and revelatory way—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.   He is also a stunning songwriter and his music can be heard here: https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/wrench
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July 1, 2019
Darin Stevenson: Aliens, insects, and an operating system that works like our minds
Darin Stevenson is my facebook friend, other than that I don’t know a lot about him.  He doesn’t share personal information online, but rather his writing and ideas. He is always fascinating, radically intelligent, and provocative - perhaps is one of the best social critics and comedians I know - and also a great guitarist.   He writes about nature and machines, representations and reality - language and rhetoric among other things.  He has some wild ideas about how to save our ecosystems, social networks, and what he calls here ‘the body of the real’.  Moreover, he has an affinity for small insects and the ability to converse with them.   One of my long term goals has been post conversations with people who are totally unknown, un-categorisable, or dangerous in the best possible way
1:24:36
July 1, 2019
Lateral Conversations with Tom Amarque
Tom Amarque invited me on his podcast Lateral Conversations to talk about the Intellectual Dark Web.    Here is the podcast site:  http://www.tom-amarque.de/tom/ Here are his show notes: I came to know Andrew Sweeny becuase of a series of articles about Jordan Peterson and the 'Intellectual Dark Web' he posted on Medium, which were not only excellently written, but also tried to to explore the cultureal shift in which that movement appeared. We both share the sentiment - as a lot of people obviously - that the IDW is a important new tribe, adressing important issues in our culture. So, I invited him to the podcast, and we had a chat about this phenomeon, about its importance, and some of its aspects. There is certainly a lot more to say about this movement than we could cover this time, and time will tell if this movement itself has the ability to actually bring some higher order into the cultural chaos we face today. There are a lot of promisses and also problems ... and we will see how they are doing. For know I think its important that there a re people who are actually trying to navigate between  the fallacies of left and right ideologies, offering new and sometimes old perspectives, and maybe integrated Grand Narratives, which we seems to have lost with postmodernity.
1:13:53
July 1, 2019
An interlude of poetry
Some poems from 2016
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July 1, 2019
My Landlord: Meditations on Leonard Cohen
After Cohen died last year, I spent about a month listening to and writing about his music.  This turned into a short book, which I have now made into a video podcast.  This is part 1 of a 3 part series.  For those who prefer to read you can find the text on my medium blog here: https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny/my-landlord-c16a096ee2e9
1:46:37
July 1, 2019