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Episode 99 – Erik Davis on How to Navigate High Weirdness

This week’s guest is Erik Davis – one of my great inspirations, someone who has influenced me and this podcast in immeasurable ways since I first encountered his amazing criticism, histories, and “seen it all” visionary cool – I still recommend his… Continue Reading →

Episode 98 – Decentralization Panel at Arcosanti Convergence with Members of Holochain, NuMundo, Unify, & Reality Sandwich

It’s a deep and wide investigation of decentralized networks of many kinds this week, drawing on the insights and wisdoms of five very different panelists in a discussion held at the legendary experimental city-under-construction Arcosanti, Arizona. Like it’s a rainforest, I… Continue Reading →

Episode 97 – Zak Stein on Love in a Time Between Worlds: A Metamodern Metaphysics of Eros

This week’s guest is Dr. Zak Stein, an author and educator whom I met as fellow students of the work of philosopher Ken Wilber over ten years ago. Zak took the road of serious high academic scholarship while I was… Continue Reading →

Episode 96 – Malena Grosz on Community-Led Party Culture vs. Corporate “Nightlife”

This week’s guest is the intriguing, talented, and amazingly well-organized Malena Grosz, who is currently traveling across the United States to interview party culture professionals for her multimedia thesis on community-led party culture to gain and share their perspectives on… Continue Reading →

Episode 0095 – Mark Nelson on the Legacy of Biosphere 2 (Part 2)

This week’s episode is the conclusion of a special two-part conversation with Dr. Mark Nelson, one of the eight “biospherians” who lived for two years inside the closed ecological network Biosphere 2 – one of the most ambitious experiments ever… Continue Reading →

Episode 94 – Mark Nelson on Ecotechnics & Biosphere 2 (Part 1)

This week’s episode is the first of a special two-part conversation with Dr. Mark Nelson, one of the eight “biospherians” who lived for two years inside the closed ecological network Biosphere 2 – one of the most ambitious experiments ever… Continue Reading →

Episode 93 – Virtuoso Guitarist Andreas Kapsalis on Travel, Life, and Music

This week’s guest is one of my favorite living musicians, acoustic guitarist Andreas Kapsalis. We linked up at the magical experimental city of Arcosanti, Arizona last year during their Convergence event, at which we both performed, and talked about life… Continue Reading →

Episode 92 – EFF-Austin Panel on “The Pre- and Post-History of VR, Surveillance, & Swarm Intelligence”

This week’s a treat – not one, but FOUR amazing guests, in Future Fossils Podcast’s first live taping at EFF-Austin, 10 July 2017. Heather Barfield (Head of EFF-Austin Digital Arts Coalition and Director of Development, Vortex Theater); Maggie Duval (Chief Experience… Continue Reading →

91 – An Oral History of The End of “Reality”

This week’s episode is an experiment in science fiction storytelling – the author-read short story “An Oral History of The End of ‘Reality.’” Originally released to Patreon supporters (without the intro or musical soundtrack) last November, this story brings together… Continue Reading →

90 – Kate Greene on Humanizing Science & Cooking on Mars

This week we chat with science writer (and former laser physicist) Kate Greene, whose writing explores everything from Big Data to boredom to brain scans, and whose fascinating and eclectic life is brightly punctuated by the four months she spent… Continue Reading →

Episode 89 – Joanna Harcourt-Smith, José Soler, and Jacob Aman on Breakdowns & Breakthroughs

This week we have a roundtable discussion (which took place around an actual table in Santa Fe, New Mexico) with Joanna Harcourt-Smith, José Soler, and Jacob Aman, the hosts and producers of Future Primitive Podcast (600+ episodes and going strong!)…. Continue Reading →

Episode 88 – Dennis McKenna on Psychedelics as Scientific Instruments

This week we’re blessed to chat with living legend, ethnobotanist Dennis McKenna – one of the most rigorous scientific intellects working with psychedelics in the modern era, responsible with his late brother Terence for popularizing the techniques for cultivation of psilocybin… Continue Reading →

Episode 0087 – Onyx Ashanti (Part 2) on Open Source P2P Concrescence vs The Realm of Loud Dumb…

This week we continue the ecstatically futural mind-jazz duet with cyborg performance artist and body-machine interface master hacker Onyx Ashanti, exploring the frontiers of new meta-languages emerging at the intersection of the born and manufactured, and creative possibilities thereof. 0087_-_Onyx_Ashanti_Part_2_on_Open_Source_P2P_Concresence_vs._The_Realm_of_Loud_Dumb_Sh_t.mp3… Continue Reading →

Episode 0086 – Onyx Ashanti on Surfing Exponential Change (Part 1)

This week’s guest is the one-of-a-kind, ever-evolving Onyx Ashanti, a cyborg performance artist of world renown, who is as busy as anyone I know (in the words of Terence McKenna) “immanentizing the Eschaton” with his intensely futuristic machine interfaces as… Continue Reading →

Episode 85 – Charles Eisenstein on Living in the Space Between Stories

Hello my friends and other fellow naked apes!  Another uncut interview plus fully produced, HIGHLY edited show for the inner circle…this time with one of my favorite provocateur-lover-authors, Charles Eisenstein. Do you like having the video of the full interview?  I… Continue Reading →

Episode 0084 – Armin Ellis on Organizing Visionary Projects

Former NASA-JPL Mission Architect and founder of the Exploration Institute, Armin Ellis helps people think big and execute visionary projects for a living. He’s also now the Mission Architect for the Arch Mission Project, a group committed to getting long-lasting civilizational… Continue Reading →

Episode 83 – Michael Strong on The Future of Education

One third of American adolescents are on medication – half of that number, on psychoactive prescriptions. We have an educational system that not only can’t prepare young people for the rapidly evolving future world we’re creating for them to inhabit – it… Continue Reading →

Future Fossils – Lydia Violet on Community, Ecology, & Music As Medicine (Episode 82)

Lydia Violet Harutoonian is a badass Armenian-American violinist and folktronica artist who has played with some of today’s juiciest crossover acts, including Rising Appalachia and The Polish Ambassador, in addition to launching her own solo project this year. She also… Continue Reading →

The Future Acts Like You – How To Live in the Future Part 7

My friends and I were walking dogs the other day on city greenbelt trails, observing how polite and well-behaved the female dogs were when compared to male dogs, how much less likely they were to get riled up by meeting… Continue Reading →

Coevolution & The Technology of Desire

A few years ago, the first emotional robot pet hit the market.  Designed by the co-inventor of Furby, Pleo the Dinosaur is an adorable little beast, big eyes and feet, curious and playful and a little awkward… just like a baby… Continue Reading →

Godhood Is Boring

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and… Continue Reading →

Global Brains & Singularities: Cadell Last & Michael Garfield Debate The Technopocalypse

Cadell Last is an evolutionary anthropologist at the Global Brain Institute and producer of the PBS Digital Studios series The Advanced Apes.  In our recent email correspondence we discussed the possibility that our entire planet is waking up as a single super-intelligent organism,… Continue Reading →

Distributed Intelligence & Octopus Smarts

“To understand ourselves, we must embrace the alien.” –  PZ Meyers, octopus neuroscientist As discussed in Biomimicry and the Design Revolution, our species is learning to consult the natural world for evolved solutions to contemporary human problems.  This paradigm shift – commonly… Continue Reading →

Let A Hundred Futures Bloom

Mention the word “transhumanism” to most of my friends, and they will assume you mean uploading people into a computer. Transcendence typically connotes an escape from the trappings of this world — from the frailty of our bodies, the evolutionary… Continue Reading →

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