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Joanna Demers – The Sound of the Apocalypse

November 2, 2017

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Joanna Demers discusses her books Drone and Apocalypse and Anatomy of Thought Fiction.

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The idea of apocalypse is truly ancient. Although the word essentially translates as a revelation of knowledge, today the term is commonly used in reference to end-time scenarios or to the end of the world in general. Almost every culture and civilization has or has had its own apocalyptic tradition, often believing the end-time already begun and the end itself imminent. Whether self-inflicted or supernatural, cosmic or divine, apocalyptic thinking infuses all corners of culture. From the mysteries and meanings of religion and art, to our beliefs about the past, present and future, and the values which guide how we see ourselves, others, and the world at large, the dread of impending doom never seems far away.

During the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, this once unspoken unease grew into a pervasive terror. Nuclear annihilation, dehumanizing technology, ecological disaster, and rampant totalitarianism now apparently conspire to deliver, at best, the dystopian nightmares of Brave New World or Nineteen Eighty-Four or, at worst, the complete destruction of all life on Earth. Roaming through this forbidden zone Joanna Demers takes a sideways look at apocalyptic culture. Our discussion today centres mainly on music and the fear of the future which has given us both an unhealthy obsession with the sound of the past, and bleak but often beautiful new sounds reflecting the contradictory dread and longing which characterise our species at this moment time.

Featuring music by: Cliff Martinez, Cwtch, Glass Candy, William Basinski, Robert Rich and Oneohtrix Point Never.

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Frank Joseph – Our Dolphin Ancestors

April 19, 2016

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Frank Joseph discusses his book Our Dolphin Ancestors – Keepers of Lost Knowledge and Healing Wisdom. Wild animals avoid contact with humans, but wild dolphins seek us out to play and socialize, even going so far as to voluntarily rescue people from drowning. What explains this remarkable natural affinity? Revealing the evolutionary basis for our special relationship with dolphins, Frank Joseph explains how we are both descendants of the same ancient branch of humanity. Building upon the aquatic ape theory, he details how we both began on land but devastating floods forced our distant ancestors into the seas, where humanity developed many of the traits that set us apart from other primates, such as our instinctive diving reflex and our newborns’ ability to swim. But while some of the aquatic apes returned to land, later evolving into modern humans, some remained in the cradle of the ocean and became our dolphin cousins.

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Rory Mac Sweeney – Awaken in the Dream

January 1, 2016

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Dr. Rory Mac Sweeney discusses some of the ideas in his book The Paradox of Lucid Dreaming – A Metaphysical Theory of Mind. During today’s show we delve deep into the dream space, discussing how the barriers between dreams and reality, and between mind and matter are dissolving as we awaken once again to the true nature of the world and the wider cosmos – one of paradox, illusion and constant change.

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Philip Comella – The Collapse of Materialism

June 27, 2015

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Philip Comella discusses his book The Collapse of Materialism – Visions of Science, Dreams of God. Can human consciousness be explained by Darwin and materialist science? Does matter exist outside of the mind, with no rationale or direction, the universe created completely by chance? Since ancient Greece, materialists have held that there is no room for purpose or design. We exist in a random and unconscious universe that has evolved through natural selection. However, a very different view of the universe and its creation has co-existed with the materialist point of view. In this version, the universe is the creation of a powerful and purposeful mind, one that exists outside of matter and is, in fact, the creator of matter. For millennia, these two opposing viewpoints have clashed, often with catastrophic results.

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Susan Martinez – Delusions in Science and Spirituality

May 16, 2015

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Susan Martinez discusses her latest book Delusions in Science and Spirituality – The Fall of the Standard Model and the Rise of Knowledge from Unseen Worlds. What if science and society’s most cherished theories, taught as fact, were actually wrong? What if the anomalies that disprove these theories were covered up and distorted, and any serious challenges brushed off as lunacy, hysteria, pseudo-science or conspiracy? In this primer in deprogramming, Martinez reveals the disinformation at the root of mainstream consensus thinking. She punches gaping holes in the established theories of the Big Bang, Darwinian evolution, ice ages, and global warming. Drawing on the ancient science of the unseen and some of the most advanced thinkers in astrophysics, she explains a new ‘Theory of Everything’ to replace the standard model.

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Christopher Knight – God’s Blueprint

May 11, 2015

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Christopher Knight discusses his latest book God’s Blueprint: Scientific Evidence that Earth was Created for Humans. God’s Blueprint puts the idea of God on trial. Whilst the issue has been hotly disputed over recent generations with scientists on one side and theologians on the other, evidence either way has been thin on the ground. Faith – belief without evidence – has been the basis for the world’s major religions. Most scientists reject the notion of God because they require factual, empirical evidence in order to accept any proposition as being real. However, new information is emerging which appears to suggest that there is underlying intelligence and purpose within the universe.

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Reece Girven – The Universe and The Psyche

March 21, 2015

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Reece Girven discusses some of the ideas in his book The Universe and The Psyche. What is the origin of the Universe? Was it created in a Big Bang, or might it always have existed? We are told that matter creates consciousness, but could it be that consciousness creates matter? What can we learn from the patterns in physical reality? From DNA to galaxies, spirals appear everywhere in nature – do they hold a key to understanding? In choosing to disregard the non-material, modern science has lost 95 per cent of the Universe to dark matter, dark energy and other convoluted theories. By shifting our perspective on reality, what can we learn about the nature of the 95 per cent? Is it possible that the fundamental nature of reality is information?

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David Fideler – Restoring the Soul of the World

February 8, 2015

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David Fideler discusses his book Restoring the Soul of the World. For millennia the world was seen as a creative, interconnected web of life in which we participated deeply. But when the world came to be described as a lifeless, clock-like mechanism during the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, life and intelligence came to be seen as existing only in human beings, and nature came to be increasingly viewed as an object of exploitation that primarily exists to meet human needs. This also led to a profound sense of alienation, since human beings no longer had any real bond with the world. In Restoring the Soul of the World, Fideler throws light on the unexamined connections between science, religion, and culture, and how our deepest worldviews have influenced the ways we relate to the world, other people, and our innermost selves.

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Aaron Franz – History of a Time to Come: Transhumanism and Popular Culture – Part Two

January 30, 2015

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In a follow-up to our previous interview Transhumanism: Man’s Scientific Rise to Godhood, Aaron Franz returns to discuss transhumanism and popular culture. Whether prophecy, predictive programming or outright propaganda, cinema, television and literature both past and present are rife with visions of a future in which humanity is transformed, enslaved or even annihilated by technology run amok. Science fiction, fantasy and other speculative forms foresee a time when robots, cyborgs and genetically engineered supermen manipulate the masses, artificial intelligence arises to rival and even surpass human intelligence, and humanity finally merges with machines to achieve Godlike immortality. It’s a dream to some, a nightmare to others. From Brave New World to Blade Runner, from The Machine to Metropolis, and from Star Trek to The Six Million Dollar Man, we explore the hopes, fears, threats and promises of a future in which being human may no longer be enough.

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Simon G. Powell – Darwin’s Unfinished Business

August 7, 2014

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Simon G. Powell discusses his book Darwin’s Unfinished Business – The Self-Organizing Intelligence of Nature. Darwin’s theory of evolution is undoubtedly one of the most important scientific ideas of the modern age, explaining the existence of both life and consciousness without recourse to divine intervention. Yet how do we interpret evolution? How do we evaluate the ability of Nature to engineer something as exquisite as the genetic code or the human brain? Could it be that evolution is an intelligent process? Is Nature smart? According to most scientists, the answer is no. While humanity may be intelligent and purposeful, the natural processes that crafted us are deemed to be devoid of such attributes.

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