April 3, 2013
Dean Puckett discusses his latest film Grasp the Nettle, a documentary which follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police – and themselves – in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the framework of consumer society.
When an eco-village pops up on a piece of disused land in West London, Dean gives up everything – his flat, job and normal life – to live among its eclectic inhabitants in an effort to understand what makes them tick. Before he knows it, he is pulled into an epic, inspiring and at times harrowing journey of discovery, as he follows the villagers from the suburbs to the heart of London outside the Palace of Westminster, where they occupy Parliament Square. Their ranks swelled by the homeless, the visionaries and eccentrics of the new-found Democracy Village clash with authority, and each other, as they grapple with how to balance their ideals of freedom with the increasing chaos around them.
Shot over three years in the aftermath of the 2008 banking collapse, Grasp the Nettle is an intimate exploration of the rise and fall of two radical social experiments, pioneered by the loved and the lost of a city reeling from the impact of economic and ecological crisis. In the process, it asks hard questions about the nature of freedom and the meaning of activism in these ‘interesting times’.
Alternative Media, Anarcho-Capitalism, big brother, collapse of society, consumerism, corporate control, corporate state, energy crisis, globalization, Individual Freedom, mainstream media manipulation, peak oil, police state, Socialism, surveillance, sustainability, transition movement
March 22, 2013
Jim Holt discusses his book Why Does the World Exist? ‘Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?’ remains the most curious and enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Moving beyond the narrower paths of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking, celebrated essayist Holt enters this fascinating debate with a broad, lively and deeply informed narrative that traces all our efforts to grasp the origins of the universe.
Charles Darwin, consciousness, creationism, evolution, extraterrestrial life, intelligent design, Jim Holt, life after death, materialism, metaphysics, mysticism, philosophy, psychology, quantum physics, reincarnation, The Matrix
March 14, 2013
Author James Swagger on his book The Newgrange Sirius Mystery: Linking Passage Grave Cosmology with Dogon Symbology. Topics discussed include archaeology, astronomy, alternative history, rock art, Atlantis, Hyperborea and lost civilizations, The Deluge and sunken land masses, polar shifts, solar flares, entheogens and altered states of consciousness, and the design and purpose of megalithic sites throughout Europe.
apocalypse, archaeology, astronomy, Atlantis, Carnac, Dogon, Egypt, Forbidden Archaeology, Hyperborea, Indigenous societies, Ireland, James Swagger, Megaliths, Newgrange, precession, Robert Schoch, solar outbursts, Stonehenge
March 6, 2013
Tammy Strobel on her book You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too. While the new field of happiness research makes headlines, and the 99% face austerity at every turn, blogs like The Art of Nonconformity, Zen Habits, and Miss Minimalist attract millions looking to find more happiness, community, and fulfilment in less stuff, less debt, and less wage-chasing. Tammy Strobel and her husband are living the voluntary downsizing or smart-sizing dream and in You Can Buy Happiness, she combines research on well-being with numerous real world examples to offer practical inspiration. Her fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spell out micro-actions that anyone can take to step off the getting-and-spending treadmill and into a life that s more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy.
February 26, 2013
Dr. Amit Goswami discusses some of the ideas and concepts in his book God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live. Dr. Goswami’s hypothesis is that quantum physics holds the key to all the unsolved mysteries of biology – the nature and origin of life, fossil gaps of evolution, why evolution proceeds from simple to complex, and why biological beings have feeling and consciousness. In God Is Not Dead, Goswami moves beyond theory and shows how a God-based science puts ethics and values where they belong: at the centre of our lives and societies. He provides a scientific model that steers between scientific materialism and religious fundamentalism; a model that has implications for how we live both individually and collectively.
alternative therapies, Amit Goswami, Charles Darwin, consciousness, creationism, epigenetics, evolution, intelligent design, life after death, meditation, metaphysics, mysticism, quantum physics, reincarnation
February 18, 2013
Author Thomas Sheridan on his latest book The Anvil of the Psyche in which he seeks to show us how controlled we really are, the often detrimental effects this has upon us, and what we can do to build a firewall for our minds. Topics discussed include politics, sport, advertising, mainstream media, personal identity and perception, magic and symbolism, conceptual and modern art, Hollywood and popular music including The Beatles, Lady Gaga and U2.
1984, 9/11, big brother, collapse of society, consciousness, corporate control, corporate state, Individual Freedom, John Lennon, mainstream media manipulation, music, popular culture, psychology, psychopaths, symbolism, The Matrix, Thomas Sheridan
February 11, 2013
Author Thomas Sheridan on his latest book The Anvil of the Psyche in which he seeks to show us how controlled we really are, the often detrimental effects this has upon us, and what we can do to build a firewall for our minds. Topics discussed include politics, sport, advertising, mainstream media, personal identity and perception, reality TV, subliminal messages and popular music including Elvis and Michael Jackson.
1984, 9/11, big brother, collapse of society, consciousness, corporate control, corporate state, Individual Freedom, mainstream media manipulation, music, popular culture, psychology, symbolism, Thomas Sheridan
February 4, 2013
Director Dave Gardner discusses his film GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. This ground-breaking documentary challenges our beliefs linking growth with prosperity and fulfilment. The film explores how our attitudes toward economics, consumption and population growth prevent rational responses to evidence that we’ve outgrown the planet. In this David vs. Goliath story, Dave shares his own personal story of daring to challenge our growth-worshipping system. He is rebuked by elected officials who are deacons of the church of growth everlasting, takes on millionaire real-estate developers enriched by public subsidies, and tackles economists who spin pro-growth propaganda.
January 28, 2013
Author and international security analyst Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on The Crisis of Civilization. Dr Ahmed is author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, and co-producer of The Crisis of Civilization. It often seems that different crises are competing to devastate civilization. The Crisis of Civilization argues that financial meltdown, environmental degradation, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages need to be considered as part of the same ailing system.
9/11, carbon footprint, climate change, collapse of society, currency collapse, depopulation, energy crisis, global warming, nuclear power, peak oil, renewable energy, surveillance, sustainability, terrorism
January 21, 2013
Sociologist Harvey Molotch on his book Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger. Remember when an unattended package was just that, an unattended package? Remember when the airport was a place that evoked magical possibilities, not the anxiety of a full-body scan? In the post-9/11 world, we have become focused on heightened security measures, but do you feel safer? Are you safer?