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STRANGE ATTRACTOR ROUNDTABLE EP 1
WITH ZAK STEIN, JEREMY JOHNSON, DANIEL GÖRTZ, RAOUL ESHELMAN & ALEXANDER BARD In the last couple of years, we have witnessed the emergence of different meta-models, theories, and future visions which try to go beyond the worldview of postmodernism: a strange attractor that seems to run on new and exciting algorithms. But what—if anything—do all of these models and movements have in common? Is there a shared deep-structure that is expressing itself, not only in new and more complex ways of thinking and cognition, but also in geopolitics, science, industry, religion, ecology, sexuality, parenting, culture, technology, architecture, the arts—and in every other area of contemporary life. Is there a strange attractor that emerges after postmodernity? What are its shape and characteristics? What new and exciting vistas and opportunities do these new vistas open up for us? Can they contribute to solving the existential problems of the current meta-crisis? What are the moral and ethical injunctions that we could infer from the present emergence of these meta-tribes. In this Roundtable-series - hosted by PARALLAX - we invite a multitude of ‘post-postmodern’ pioneer—thinkers, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, educators, economists, and artists—to have an interdisciplinary discussion about the essence of Post-Postmodernity – given there is such a thing. More precisely, this podcast-series is an experiment which seeks to find out whether these movements and models after Postmodernity have something in common. Can these movements leave their respective bubbles and contribute something essential to the development of the world we live in? That is our primary question.
01:56:34
May 8, 2021
Greg Kaminsky: Gnosis and the Tantric Preliminaries
Greg Kaminski is a man of gravity, learning, and dedication. In our wonderful two hour conversation, the creator of the podcast ‘Occult of Personality’ and author of the new book ‘Pronaos: Reflections on the Preliminary Practices of Buddhist Tantra from a Western Perspective’, shared something fantastic:  that a particular series of preliminary practices in Buddhist Tantra known as ngondro is now openly available to people in the west, in glorious and poetic english—in full and unabashed form.  These practices, which are usually associated with traditional Tibetan Buddhism and thought to be too arcane, too difficult, and too ‘eastern’, can now be done by westerners.  Just ping brother Greg and he will set you up here: https://www.ngondro.org/ https://www.tanagana.com/welcome Ok, let me slow down here.  These practices are hard and they might fuck you up, Greg tells me.  They are not for everybody.  On the other hand, they are extraordinarily beautiful and transformative. Greg’s book - Pronaos: Reflections on the Preliminary Practices of Buddhist Tantra from a Western Perspective: https://www.tanagana.com/books   Bio:  Greg Kaminski is a close student of Traktung Rinpoche and a practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is also a long term podcaster, a scholar of medieval studies, an explorer of Mysteries and intimately familiar with Western esotericism.  His prior works include an essay in The Art and Science of Initiation (2019) and the forthcoming Celestia Intelligences—angelology, Cabala, and Gnosis: Pico della Mirandola’s Quest for the Perennial Philosophy (2021).   His email address is brothergre@protonmail.com. For additional information see the links above. DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Parallax Facebook Medium Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
01:51:22
May 2, 2021
Buddhist and Christian miracles: Part 2 in A Conversation with JP Marceau
J.P. is a philosopher and editor at Johnathan Pageau's 'The symbolic world':  He is also part of John Vervaeke's 'Voices with Vervaeke’ series and has contributed to articles Maniphesto Men’s movement. https://thesymbolicworld.com/contributors/ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND1JCRq8Vuh8TPRarb1FpwP7FSaUILC9 Part 2 in an expansive and deep conversation about Christian and Buddhist symbolism, miracles, magic, and alchemy. DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Parallax Facebook Medium Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
01:24:41
April 4, 2021
Tammy Peterson: Making a Deal with God
Tammy Peterson grew up in the Canadian prairies (Fairview, Alberta) on a plateau she called ‘the top of the world’; she now lives in Toronto, Canada.  She is a mother of two, a massage therapist, an artist, and the wife of the famous author and controversial professor Jordan Peterson.  She is also a great storyteller with a subtle sense of humor, and is a profoundly wise person, I discovered in this interview. I spoke to her about her near-death experience and various trials and tribulations she endured over the past couple years and her subsequent spiritual ‘rebirth’ and decision to serve God as a result.  She expressed gratitude for her husband’s work and serving him during his whirlwind world tour, but also trying to find meaning beyond her maternal role. Her big question during the tour was: 'what am I doing here'? Today she seems to have answered this question pretty definitively.  Not only has she found new meaning and spiritual direction in her life, but she has also rediscovered her love for painting. Tammy Peterson is now a pretty cool grandmother and is speaking out fearlessly on zoom thanks to the deal she made with God! I hope she will be an important voice alongside her husband in the future. We need more matriarchs like her! DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Parallax Facebook Medium Intro music: Beautiful Machines, by Andrew Sweeny
01:16:23
March 13, 2021
John Vervaeke and Zach Stein #3: Education and conviviality
Catching up with Zak Stein and exploring how his recent work—especially on education—resonates with John’s.  A too short but very sweet conversation between these two amazing and life generating thinkers.  Essential spiritual and intellectual guides for our tragic and confused times. 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) Link: 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
01:04:48
February 16, 2021
John Vervaeke and Christopher Mastropietro: Reinventio #7 Eros and Agape
Here is the 7th of our ‘reinventio’ series—the latin word which means to both invent and discover.  An amazing conversation where we go very deep on the agony of eros and the potential of agape. 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. 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
01:28:53
February 16, 2021
Sunday´s 30 minute brawl
In which I ramble about the fallacies of the transgender movement, Hilaria Baldwin and my own hornyness which makes me blind to certain realities.
24:32
February 14, 2021
30 minutes brawl with Tom Amarque, 7.2.2021
In which I ramble about corona policies, the fear of scientists, the nature of media-coverage and psycho-pathologies of ze Germanz.
30:27
February 7, 2021
Parallax Roundtable with Tomas Björkman, John Bunzl and Tom Amarque
Co-Creating Global Governance: A roundtable with Tomas Björkman and John Bunzl How do we think and act globally AND locally? What are the alternatives to destructive catpitalism? What does the evolution of consciousness have to do with it? Are we on a ‘crtitical and better path’ towards the future? Tomas Björkman (b. 1958) is Swedish; he has a master’s degree in physics and studied macroeconomics on the side. He has made a career as an entrepreneur in a variety of businesses within financial services, media, property development, and banking and has worked all over Europe. Today, he works as a social entrepreneur through his Ekskäret Foundation. He has published The Nordic Secret (Deutsch: Das skandinavische Geheimnis) and The world we create. John Bunzl is a global political activist and businessman. In 2000, he founded the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign, a way for citizens to use their votes to drive politicians towards global cooperation. It has supporters in over 100 countries and enjoys the support of a growing number of Members of Parliament around the world. He has authored or co-authored a number of books including The Simpol solution (deutsch: Nationales Denken - Globale Krise), Monetary Reform – Making it Happen!, People-centred Global Governance – Making it Happen!, and Global Domestic Politics. He has published numerous articles on global governance in the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice. He has lectured widely, including to The Schumacher Society, The World Trade Organisation, The Lucis Trust, and various universities.
01:20:60
December 16, 2020
PARALLAX-LECTURE 014: Cadell Last - Part 2: Masculinity
This is the second in a three part series of conversations based on The book Sex, Masculinity and God co-written by Cadell Last. Cadell Last is an anthropologist, philosopher and therapist focused on biocultural evolution, mind-matter relation and future speculations. He earned his PhD in interdisciplinary and complexity studies at the Evolution, Cognition and Complexity group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also the author of over a dozen academic publications and two books: Global Brain Singularity and Sex, Masculinity, God. You can find more about his work at cadelllast.com." Links: Parallax Lecture series Parallax YouTube
02:02:45
December 3, 2020
PARALLAX-LECTURE 013: Sophie Adler - Altered States with Psilocybin and Therapy
Sophie-Charlotte Alice Adler, MSc, is a psychologist, hypnotherapist, researcher and author. She has specialized in working with altered states of consciousness since 2017. Recently her book on psilocybin and its potential for modern psychotherapy in research and practice was published by Carl-Auer. https://www.carl-auer.de/veranderte-bewusstseinszustande... Ketamine (off-label use) is currently the only legally available and approved psychedelic substance. In the Instituto Dr. Scheib on Mallorca she has accompanied more than 300 ketamine infusions as a psychologist and hypnotherapist since 2018 and developed an innovative therapy method - the "Ketamine-Hypnosis-Package" (KHP) https://www.acsmindworks.com/ketaminhypnosepaket In this field she also works as a lecturer for medical hypnosis and ketamine therapy (MPH program). The MPH program aims to link the fields of medicine, psychology and hypnosis (MPH) more closely together in common therapeutic concepts. She is also the founder of ACSMINDWORKS - a location-independent group of specialists who are involved in healing in a variety of ways and work together as a "Healing Crew" with a focus on closeness to nature, integration of extraordinary experiences, creativity and community (www.acsmindworks.com). She is a member of the MIND Foundation and the KRIYA-Consultation Group with Dr. Raquel Bennett and Dr. Jessica Katzman. Links: Parallax Lecture series Parallax YouTube
01:59:25
December 3, 2020
From the archives: Tom Amarque & Stephen Hicks
Stephen Hicks is a Professor for Philosophy and author of the very good book 'Explaining Postmodernism'. Logically, we talk a lot about the history, aspects, traits and problems of postmodernism.
56:25
November 27, 2020
From the archives: Tom Amarque & Ken Wilber
We did try to make sense of the cultural polarisation of 2018: What are the chances, stressors and problems of our time? What does integration of left and right values mean? Beyond an integral observer stance: What could an integral political party look like? Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Haidt and the Intellectual Dark Web: What is their evolutionary function?
01:09:60
November 27, 2020
From the archives: Tom Amarque & Jordan Peterson
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and author of Maps of Meaning: The Achitecture of Belief. He entered the public sphere when he decided to take a stand against PC-Culture, Identity Politics and the pathologies of postmodernism. In this podcast we are talking about a wide array of topics, all pertaining to the end of postmodernism.
01:15:09
November 27, 2020
From the archives: Tom Amarque & Don Beck
In this episode I had the distinct pleasure to talk to the godfather und founder of Spiral Dynamics, Dr. Don Beck. We talked a bit about his upcoming new book 'Spiral Dynamics in Action' about the current state of affairs of our culture, Trump, the Ken Wilber controversy, and more.
57:37
November 27, 2020
From the archives: Tom Amarque & David Korten
David C. Korten is a luminary in the field of economics, a member of the Club of Rome, an author of the order and essentially meets all the criteria for being considered 'wise'. I am quite happy that he took the time to talk to me about his new book, about cosmologies and stories, and about our possible futures.
01:23:23
November 27, 2020
PARALLAX-LECTURE 012: John Bunzl: The Simpol Campaign
The SIMPOL Solution, spearheaded by the Simultaneous Policy (SIMPOL) Organization, gives voters around the world a new way to pressure their leaders to address global problems ranging from climate change to mass immigration and gross income disparities.   John Bunzl is a global political activist and businessman. In 2000, he founded the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign, a way for citizens to use their votes to drive politicians towards global cooperation. It has supporters in over 100 countries and enjoys the support of a growing number of Members of Parliament around the world. He has authored or co-authored a number of books including Monetary Reform – Making it Happen!, People-centred Global Governance – Making it Happen!, and Global Domestic Politics. He has published numerous articles on global governance in the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice. He has lectured widely, including to The Schumacher Society, The World Trade Organisation, The Lucis Trust, and various universities.   Links:  Parallax Lecture series:  https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures
01:53:32
November 26, 2020
PARALLAX-LECTURE 011: JEREMY JOHNSON
The talk will unpack the title itself: what is the structure of feeling in our time and how does it relate to a shifting *consciousness of time*, itself? What does a new relationship with time do for enabling us to actualize new futures? How does this moment make sense in the context of the whole (process) of cultural evolution in which we are situated?   Jeremy Johnson has worked in the online learning field for five years with companies such as Evolver and the Open Center in New York City. He is an editor for Revelore Press and contributing editor at Reality Sandwich magazine. He has published on OMNI, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, Kosmos Journal, Evolve Magazine, and Evolve and Ascend. Jeremy is the current president of the International Jean Gebser Society. He is forthcoming author of Passages From Tomorrow. Links:    Parallax Magazine Support Parallax on Patreon
01:57:37
November 23, 2020
John Vervaeke and Christopher Mastropietro: Reinventio #6 Love, Eros, and Virtue
Here is the 6th of our ‘reinventio’ series—the latin word which means to both invent and discover.  We discuss why love is a virtue and why eros pervades all aspects of our lives. 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
01:20:42
November 22, 2020
PARALLAX-LECTURE 010: MICHAEL BUTLER
An extensive history of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the men's movement with a lively Q&A at the end.  And a co-production of Maniphesto and Parallax.  Michael Butler is a native Texan and an Orthodox Priest with degrees in psychology, theology and church history. He has taught at university and trained men for ordained ministry. He has been active in interdisciplinary academic conferences, working in environmentalism, natural law, church-state relations, economics and art. He has been a participant in men’s work for over 15 years and has work with men’s groups off and on for the past decade. His men’s work is strongly influenced by neo-Jungian thought. He wants to help men to become the best that they can be. Formerly he practiced Okinawan karate and kobudo, but in the last several years his attention turned from the dojo to the gym and he is now an amateur bodybuilder. He has been married 35 years and has two sons. Links:    The European Men's movement: Maniphesto Parallax Magazine Support Parallax on Patreon
02:00:13
November 19, 2020
On Pagans and Priests with Fr. Michael Butler
A heartfelt conversation about Men's work and religion with Fr. Michael Butler Michael Butler is a native Texan and an Orthodox Priest with degrees in psychology, theology and church history. He has taught at university and trained men for ordained ministry. He has been active in interdisciplinary academic conferences, working in environmentalism, natural law, church-state relations, economics and art. He has been a participant in men’s work for over 15 years and has work with men’s groups off and on for the past decade. His men’s work is strongly influenced by neo-Jungian thought. He wants to help men to become the best that they can be. Formerly he practiced Okinawan karate and kobudo, but in the last several years his attention turned from the dojo to the gym and he is now an amateur bodybuilder. He has been married 35 years and has two sons. Links:    Parallax Magazine Support Parallax on Patreon
52:38
November 18, 2020
Sexual Apocalypse - Stealing Queer Back From Woke: With Alexander Bard, Cadell Last and Raven Connolly
Our first live Sweeny vs Bard on Parallax and the most fun we have had yet! Links:    Parallax Magazine Support Parallax on Patreon Cadell Last’s YouTube Channel:   Cadell Last’s books Sex, God, and Masculinity: Global Brain Singularity:  Books by Alexander Bard The Futurica Trilogy, with Jan Söderqvist (2012) Syntheism – Creating God in the Internet Age with Jan Söderqvist (2014) Digital Libido - Sex, power and violence in the network society, with Jan Söderqvist (2018)
02:01:03
November 12, 2020
Parallax Lecture 009: SEX, MASCULINITY AND GOD with Cadell Last
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures/cadell-last
01:59:36
November 8, 2020
Parallax Lecture 008: WHAT IS PSYCHE with Alexander Bard & Gregg Henriques
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures
02:02:47
November 8, 2020
Parallax Lecture 007: The Meaning of being a man, with OLE BJERG
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures
01:57:15
November 8, 2020
Parallax Lecture 006: THE PHILOSOPHER QUEENS with Rachel Haywire & Raven Connolly
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures
01:58:17
November 8, 2020
Parallax Lecture 005: WHAT IS PERFORMATISM with Raoul Eshelman
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures
01:39:41
November 8, 2020
Parallax Lecture 004: WHAT IS METAMODERNISM: with Daniel Görtz
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures
02:03:20
November 8, 2020
Parallax Lecture 003: THE NORDIC SECRET with Lene Rachel Andersen & Tomas Björkman
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures/r2x4y2d6y0y9p7twqe0d1cllc34bfd-jrtez-wn5zr
01:58:38
November 8, 2020
Parallax lecture 002: DIGITAL SHAMANISM with Andrew Sweeny
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures/002
01:41:43
November 8, 2020
Parallax lectures 001: DIGITAL LIBIDO with Alexander Bard
For more information: https://www.parallax-magazin.de/lectures/r2x4y2d6y0y9p7twqe0d1cllc34bfd-jrtez
02:00:29
November 8, 2020
Gregg Henriques in Conversation: A Tour Of The Cathedral
A magical tour of Dr. Gregg's cathedral of thought and a good primer for his ideas. Links:    Parallax Magazine Support Parallax on Patreon Gregg Henriques's Website Dr. Gregg Henriques is Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University in the Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology. Dr. Henriques received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and did his post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Henriques’ primary area of scholarly interest is in developing a “unified framework” for both the science and practice of psychology. He has authored the book, A New Unified Theory of Psychology and developed a popular blog on Psychology Today, Theory of Knowledge, where he has authored over 350 essays on psychology, philosophy, politics, and mental health. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, has won numerous awards for teaching, scholarship, and service, and launched and leads the Theory of Knowledge academic society. He has expertise in theoretical psychology, unified approaches to psychotherapy, psychological well-being, personality functioning, depression, and suicidal behavior.
01:53:27
November 7, 2020
John Vervaeke and Christopher Mastropietro: Reinventio #5 Philia
Here is the fifth of our ‘reinventio’ series—the latin word which means to both invent and discover.  We discuss the purpose and function of philia or sacred friendship, how a real friend differs from ordinary ‘buddies’ or ‘colleagues’.  One of the most touching and deep conversations I’ve had with these amazing scholars, human beings, and friends. 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
01:14:19
October 16, 2020
Parallax vs Technosocial - Alchemy and Exodus
Owen Cox and Daniel Fraga are the visionaries behind Techosocial, where they interview leading thinkers from the fringes of the internet, exploring how new technologies will reshape human societies and allow humans to redesign themselves.  Me and Tom Amarque are working to make Parallax a new platform for great young thinkers such as these guys.  We had a wonderful introductory conversation about the new paradigm, the current psycho-spiritual landscape, and how to escape the dying structures of a fallen world.     Support this channel on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny   Links:   Technosocial Parallax DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Twitter Facebook
01:29:12
September 27, 2020
A conversation with J.P. Marceau: Catholic and Buddhist symbolism
J.P. Marceau is a philosopher and editor at Johnathan Pageau's 'The symbolic world':  He is also part of John Vervaeke's 'Voices with Vervaeke' series. An expansive and deep conversation about Christian and Buddhist symbolism, Réne Girard and other things. DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: Beautiful Machines by Andrew Sweeny
01:28:22
August 11, 2020
In conversation with John Vervaeke and Christopher Mastropietro #4: Reinventing Art
Is art moral?  Why was Plato censorious of art?   Does art have a political function? How is art educational? Should art and philosophy be combined?  What is the difference between art and entertainment?  Is art about individual or communal expression?  How is art related to what John calls ‘dialogos’? Here we continue to ‘reinventio’—the latin word which means to both invent and discover— perennial and popular subjects.  We discuss the purpose and function of art from various perspectives: John from the point of view of cognitive science and philosophy, Christopher from the point of view theater and narrative, and Andrew as a songwriter. We concluded that art is about process rather than product, and that the good art leans towards religious experience. 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
01:28:18
August 9, 2020
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
01:21:02
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
01:26:02
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
01:57:50
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
01:09:33
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
01:29:50
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
01:07:43
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
01:21:30
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
01:24:05
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
01:28:12
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
01:40:00
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
56:40
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
01:01:45
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
01:20:20
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
01:34:03
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  
01:19:16
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
01:32:55
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
01:00:57
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
01:34:30
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
01:03:08
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
01:15:21
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
58:58
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
01:00:17
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
01:23:26
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
17:14
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/
01:13:11
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 
34:52
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/
18:52
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
34:11
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
20:09
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
01:16:33
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
59:34
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
01:24:37
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.
01:13:53
July 1, 2019
An interlude of poetry
Some poems from 2016
14:30
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
01:46:37
July 1, 2019