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Cultural Somatics & Ritual as Justice with Tada Hozumi, Dare Sohei, and Naomi Most (149)

“A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having. If there won’t be dancing at the revolution, I’m not coming.” – Emma Goldman Strap in for what might be the best Future Fossils episode yet: a four-way with guests Tada Hozumi and Dare Sohei of the Ritual as Justice School and… Continue Reading →

148 – Sahana Chattopadhyay on Community, Leadership, and Befriending Uncertainty

148 – Sahana Chattopadhyay on Community, Leadership, and Befriending Uncertainty.mp3 This week we sit for a soulful chat with speaker, writer, and organizational development expert Sahana Chattopadhyay of Mumbai to discuss her essays “The Power of Communities in Uncertain Times”… Continue Reading →

147 – How to Live in The Future (Parts 1 – 4)

This week is something different: author-read audio of the first four essays from my ongoing book-in-progress, How to Live in The Future. These essays are the first in my feature-length interrogation of the insufficient ways we think about the future…a… Continue Reading →

Raising Earth Consciousness with Ralph Metzner, Dennis McKenna, Gay Dillingham, Valerie Plame Wilson, Allan Badiner, and Michael Garfield at Synergia Ranch, April 2016

Where do I even start explaining this week’s episode? Probably with a vignette: someone came up to me after I was on this all-star panel discussion featuring five living legends — psychedelic researchers Ralph Metzner and Dennis McKenna, author Allan… Continue Reading →

Renée Cummings on AI Ethics and Racism: Do what is right!

Renée Cummings is a criminologist, criminal psychologist, and an AI ethicist who, among other things, specializes in best-practice criminal justice interventions and implicit bias. Given the global Black Lives Matter movement and the fact that there have been numerous examples… Continue Reading →

Weaving A New Prehistory to Rewild The Future – Michael Garfield at Earth Frequency Festival 2017

“We are living through a health crisis, an economic crisis, a racial crisis, and a democratic crisis. Each would be historic on their own. All of them are connected. That they have struck together in this way just might be… Continue Reading →

144 – On Dinosaurs & Holy Wars: Creationist Amusement Parks & America’s Strange Relationship with Science, with Monica Long Ross & Clayton Brown

144 – On Dinosaurs & Holy Wars: Creationist Amusement Parks & America’s Strange Relationship with Science, with Monica Long Ross & Clayton Brown This week I talk with film-makers Monica Long Ross and Clayton Brown about their bizarre and wonderful… Continue Reading →

143 – Sanjay Rawal on Endurance Running as an Integral Yoga

This week I talk to documentary film-maker Sanjay Rawal about his profound and inspiring movie, 3100: Run and Become — which explores the spiritual practice of long-distance running around the world, from the American Southwest, to the Kalahari Desert, to… Continue Reading →

133 – Brian Swimme on Telling A New Story of Our Universe

This week’s guest is mathematician and cosmologist Brian Swimme, faculty at CIIS’ Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program and author of several books, including The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story (which we discuss in this episode). Brian… Continue Reading →

132 – Erik Davis on Perturbations in the Reality Field

This week’s guest is author, culture critic, and philosopher of the weird Erik Davis, whose work has been one of my main inspirations for almost ten years. His latest work of epic scholarship, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience… Continue Reading →

131 – Jessica Nielson & Link Swanson on Psychedelic Science & Too Much Novelty

What’s the line between being inspired and getting broken by transcendental experience? This week’s episode was recorded live at the Hook & Ladder at Minneapolis as part of a special multimedia event I did with the Psychedelic Society of Minneapolis,… Continue Reading →

130 – Lydia Laurenson on Identity, Community, and The New Modality

This week’s guest is writer Lydia Laurenson, editor of The New Modality, whose beat explores how people find and make meaningful lives in our era of change, anxiety, and new opportunity. For years Lydia also wrote a popular BDSM blog… Continue Reading →

129 – How to Live in the Future (Michael Garfield at Boom Festival 2016)

…in which I talk about Jurassic Park, Terminator, Pokémon, cat videos, Radiolab, Google, DARPA, Charles Stross, the Singularity, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Martine Rothblatt, Genesis P Orridge, neo-advaita nondual philosophy, and angels. (“Do you guys believe in angels?”) DISCUSSED: Bringing… Continue Reading →

128 – Kevin Kelly on Evolving with Technology

We live in an age of increasingly lively, intelligent, and responsive technologies, and have a lot of adjusting to do. This week’s guest is one of the major inspirations animating Future Fossils Podcast: Kevin Kelly, co-founder of the WELL, Senior… Continue Reading →

127 – Cory Allen on Meditation, Music, and the Wow of Now

This week’s guest is Cory Allen – mindfulness instructor, audio engineer, host of The Astral Hustle Podcast, binaural beats factory, and now the author of Now is the Way: An Unconventional Approach to Modern Mindfulness. We talk about cutting through… Continue Reading →

126 – Phil Ford & JF Martel on Weird Studies & Plural Realities

This week Future Fossils gets even weirder with guests Phil Ford and JF Martel, cohosts of the Weird Studies podcast. Weird Studies is one of my favorite shows, hands down. Phil and JF’s marvelous threading together of the joyful and… Continue Reading →

125 – Stuart Kauffman on Physics, Life, and The Adjacent Possible

This week’s guest is living legend, transdisciplinary scientist-philosopher Stuart Kauffman, whose pioneering work on self-organization and the emergence of order helped launch the field of complex systems science and has brought us to the very edge of understanding the origins… Continue Reading →

124 – Norman “Dr. Blue” Katz on Hypnosis & The Mind

This week’s guest is Norman Katz, aka Dr. Blue – a lifelong practitioner of hypnotherapy and the impresario of 3SidedWhole, nine acres of magical weirdness in the desert outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ve known Dr. Blue for nearly a decade… Continue Reading →

Episode 123 – David Weinberger on Everyday Chaos & Thriving Amidst the Complexity

This week we’re joined by David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Technology exploring the effects of technology on how we think. David’s led a fascinating and nonlinear life, studying Heiddeger as a young… Continue Reading →

Episode 122 – Magenta Ceiba on Regenerative Everything

This week’s guest is Magenta Ceiba, Executive Creative Officer (ECO) for the Bloom Network, a worldwide constellation of regenerative design hackers working in ecology, economics, civil engineering, software design, restorative justice, organizational development, and more. Bloom is hosting Pollination, an… Continue Reading →

121 – Divya M. Persaud on The Ethics of Space Exploration

This week we dive into the troublesome, urgent, and under-discussed issue of space ethics with planetary scientist and artist Divya M. Persaud. Can we transcend the traumatic conflict and exploitation that characterize human history, come together in compassionate mutual understanding and… Continue Reading →

120 – Ramin Nazer on Cave Paintings for Future People

This week we surf the fun-gularity with the brilliant artist, standup comic, and podcaster Ramin Nazer! This episode is significantly less a heady philosophy-of-science discussion than usual and significantly more a wank-fest of two people who love each other’s shows… Continue Reading →

119 – Jeremy Johnson on The Integral Time of Jean Gebser

“The human being is actually this kaleidoscope of different ways to relate to time and space. And to be present with it all, to be awake with it all, is what we’re doing.” Jean Gebser mapped the mutating structures of human… Continue Reading →

118 – Nathan Waters on the Future of Housing, Mobility, and Work

“I want to break the idea that housing is an investment vehicle. I mean housing is a f-cking HUMAN NEED.” This week’s guest is Australian futurist Nathan Waters, whose vision for a mobile, modular mashup of apartment living and driverless cars… Continue Reading →

117 – Eric Wargo on Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious

This week’s guest is Eric Wargo, author of Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious.  Contrary to your most likely first impression based on the title of the book alone, this is a supremely carefully constructed argument that anticipates its… Continue Reading →

Episode 116 – The Next Ten Billion Years: Ugo Bardi & John Michael Greer as read by Kevin Arthur Wohlmut

This week is a watershed moment for Future Fossils Podcast: the show’s first guest host! My friend Kevin Arthur Wohlmut is an engineer who creates occasional one-shot podcasts of fiction and nonfiction, and (according to him) worries about the future… Continue Reading →

115 – Eliot Peper on The History of Technology and The Future of Society

Eliot Peper (Episode 47) is back on the show this week to talk about the themes around and within his Analog trilogy of very adjacent and believable sci fi novels (Bandwidth, Borderless, and the new “conclusion” Breach): that is, about… Continue Reading →

Episode 114 – Bernie Taylor on The Prehistoric Art of El Castillo & An Ancient Hero’s Journey

This week’s guest is Bernie Taylor, whose novel interpretation of ancient cave paintings suggests an overlooked and deeply significant alternative take on the subjective experience and world-space of prehistoric human culture. Finding animals hidden in the interplay of paint and… Continue Reading →

113 – Sean Esbjörn-Hargens on Exostudies: Philosophical Explorations…

My graduate advisor Sean Esbjörn-Hargens is one of the most consistently inspiring and refreshingly different thinkers I’ve ever met. In our first Future Fossils conversation, we discussed his work to apply a profoundly “meta” and pluralistic philosophy to the everyday work… Continue Reading →

Episode 112 – Mitsuaki Chi on Serving the Mushroom

This week’s guest is professional psilocybin retreat host, long-time practicing Buddhist, and general good guy Mitsuaki Chi of Amsterdam. In this episode we get into the practices and benefits of psychedelic community, his unusual path from hardcore meditator to mushroom… Continue Reading →

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