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166 – Anna Riedl on Bounded Rationality & Effective Altruism

This week we’re joined by Anna Riedl, a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and organizer at Effective Altruism Austria, currently studying Cognitive Science at Universität Wien. We discuss behavioral economics, bounded rationality, computational rationality, and other formal ways… Continue Reading →

165 – Kevin Kelly on Time, Memory, Change, and Vanishing Asia

“The most expensive part of making this book was time. I spent my time, which is my scarcest resource. For every one of the nearly 9,000 images in this book, I was standing directly behind the camera. I had to… Continue Reading →

165 – Kevin Kelly on Time, Memory, Change, and Vanishing Asia

“The most expensive part of making this book was time. I spent my time, which is my scarcest resource. For every one of the nearly 9,000 images in this book, I was standing directly behind the camera. I had to… Continue Reading →

164 – Violet Luxton on Scientific Reductionism vs. Traditional Ecological Knowledge

This week we talk to artist, musician, and community organizer Violet Luxton, who works and lives at the intersection of Indigenous wisdom traditions and Indigenous rights movements, #LandBack​ and #BlackLivesMatter​, afro-futurism, yoga, and visionary biotechnological speculation. In a conversation far… Continue Reading →

163 – Bitcoin & Fungal Economies with Toby Kiers & Brandon Quittem

This week we’re joined by evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers and Bitcoin entrepreneur Brandon Quittem for an interdisciplinary trialogue on the analogy between digital currencies and the so-called Wood Wide Web. Toby studies fungal economies in the lab, and her research… Continue Reading →

162 – “AHA” (Ask Him Anything) #1: Aliens, Death, Creativity

This week, I embark on a new experiment and respond to three “advice column” questions from the Future Fossils listening audience: How do I know if aliens would like my music? How do I talk to my five-year-old about death?… Continue Reading →

161 – On Play & Innovation with Michael Phillip: Hermes, EvoBio, Bitcoin, and Good Noise

This week I talk play, innovation, noise, disruption, cryptocurrency, and trickster creativity with Michael Phillip, host of sister podcast Third Eye Drops, which I’m on A LOT – episodes 102, 88, 58, 44 with Doug Rushkoff, 38 with Niles Heckman,… Continue Reading →

160 – His Dark Materials: Narnia, Fillory, and Coming of Age in the Multiverse, with Stephen Hershey & Kynthia Brunette

t’s time for humankind to grow up — but it might also be more important than ever that we reconnect with our inner children and play like our lives depend on it (because they do). And so, given the in-progress BBC/HBO… Continue Reading →

Michael Dowd on Post Doom: Life After Accepting Climate Catastrophe

2021 comes in hot with Michael Dowd, ecumenical Christian preacher turned climate grief advocate, whose Post Doom Conversations are a well of wisdom for anyone prepared to stop fighting the inevitable* and start celebrating what actually can be done in… Continue Reading →

Ramin Nazer & The TeaFaerie: Mid-Singularity Trialogues, Part 1 (158)

This week I’m delighted to bring The Teafaerie (ep. 100) and Ramin Nazer (ep. 120) back to Future Fossils Podcast! These are two of the funniest, weirdest amateur futurists I know, and I hope you agree this discussion was worth… Continue Reading →

Phil Ford on Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica

This week I’m honored to speak with musicologist Phil Ford, co-host of Weird Studies, on a voyage that takes us from elevator muzak to aquarian cults to Disneyland to the future of magical warfare. We discuss what it means to… Continue Reading →

Future Fossils Live: Complexity Weekend 2020 Panel Discussion on Systems Design & Extended Cognition

On 18 October 2020 as part of the latest Complexity Weekend hackathon, I hosted a live panel discussion with four unique and fascinating minds. discussed archaeoacoustic design as a form of extended cognition, the continuity between the ancient and postmodern… Continue Reading →

Stuart Davis on Zen, Aliens, and Psychedelics

“There’s a Mormon Tabernacle Choir inside of everyone. It’s just better to include and embrace all these facets of identity.” I’m not going to waste your time trying to explain Stuart Davis. He’s been a guiding star for me and… Continue Reading →

Michael Morgenstern on Fictions as Weapons and 21st Century Media Literacy (155)

This week I chat with film-maker Michael Morgenstern about his latest transmedia project, I Dared My Best Friend To Ruin My Life, which takes young adults down a mind-bending and immersive narrative vortex of weaponized synthetic media to teach vital… Continue Reading →

Löwenmensch: A Cyberacoustic Ode to The Dawn of Imagination

Löwenmensch: The Lion Man, performed by Michael Garfield for inclusion in an archaeological research project by Liane Gabora and Mike Steel. Listen on all major streaming platforms: https://smarturl.it/lionman Learn more about Michael’s music performance methodology: https://michaelgarfield.blogspot.com/… About the Lion Man… Continue Reading →

Stephanie Lepp on Pro-Social Deepfakes, Post-Normal Science, and The Future of “Reality” (154)

This week I chat with artist Stephanie Lepp, producer of Infinite Lunchbox, the Reckonings podcast, and — most excitingly, for me — Deep Reckonings, a stunning new project exploring the “pro-social” uses of AI-generated “deepfakes” and other synthetic media for… Continue Reading →

Chronos (Time as Geometry) (1)

The very first “zero” episode of Future Fossils, in which co-hosts Michael Garfield and Evan Snyder set the tone for our new podcast by attempting foolishly to map time’s hyperspatial landscape. We wind up absorbed by black holes, puns, and… Continue Reading →

Artist Jon Marro on Living a Life of Creative Service (151)

For episode 151 we welcome Jon Marro, one of the purest creative souls I’ve ever had the luck to encounter. Jon hit me up a couple months ago to participate in a documentary film he’s producing, interviewing artists about their creative… Continue Reading →

A Unifying Meta-Theory of UFOs & The Weird with Sean Esbjörn-Hargens (150)

For Episode 150 we welcome back Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, one of the most formidable and daring intellects I know, and the author of a new paper integrating over 650 books on UFOs and the paranormal, from over 150 disciplines, to trace… Continue Reading →

Future Fossils Book Club #7: Dawn by Octavia Butler

…in which we discuss the alien Oankali as a possible analogy for teledildonics (specifically) and electronic communications technology (generally); the difference between being someone’s child and being someone’s pet; the banal evil of trying to help someone you don’t understand;… Continue Reading →

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

“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 →

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 →

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