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Thomas Lombardo – Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

March 30, 2019

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Thomas Lombardo discusses his book Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future.

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Science fiction is the most visible and influential contemporary form of futurist thinking and imagination in the modern world. Similar in many ways to the great myths of the past, science fiction is so popular because, in dramatic narrative form, it speaks to the whole person – intellect, imagination, emotion, human values, and the senses – providing fantastical and visionary stories that engage and enlighten us, expanding our consciousness and inspiring our ongoing future evolution.

Beginning with this first volume in a four-volume series, Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future describes the historical development of science fiction from its ancient mythological origins up through contemporary times, explaining how science fiction has emerged as our modern mythology, and how science fiction has both reflected and guided the evolution of human consciousness, society, and scientific-technological imagination and creation.

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Kingsley Dennis – Fragmented Reality and Fear of the Future

February 28, 2019

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Kingsley Dennis discusses his book ‘Bardo Times’. As with so many civilizations of the past, we live in a time of crisis. Contemporary culture is caught in a cul-de-sac, a battle zone of competing ideologies and dogmas. Although the human race has a long history of generating millenarian hype and apocalyptic panics, for many people the state we’re in right now really does have an air of gathering gloom and a palpable sense of ‘something’s got to give’ unlike any in the past.

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Jasun Horsley – Sex, Occultism and Social Engineering: Part Three

February 19, 2019

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Jasun Horsley discusses his book ‘The Vice of Kings: How Socialism, Occultism, and the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse’. In today’s post-truth world, we are becoming inundated with fantasy fiction, alternate truth, fake news, and grossly-oversimplified, wildly-exaggerated conspiracy theories in which cryptocratic power structures and shadowy elites rule our fates. But suppose the truth is both stranger than any fiction and more nuanced and disturbing than any theory? Suppose it is not conspiracy but complicity that creates our world?

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Jasun Horsley – Sex, Occultism and Social Engineering: Part One

January 17, 2019

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Jasun Horsley discusses his book ‘The Vice of Kings: How Socialism, Occultism, and the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse’. In today’s post-truth world, we are becoming inundated with fantasy fiction, alternate truth, fake news, and grossly-oversimplified, wildly-exaggerated conspiracy theories in which cryptocratic power structures and shadowy elites rule our fates. But suppose the truth is both stranger than any fiction and more nuanced and disturbing than any theory? Suppose it is not conspiracy but complicity that creates our world?

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David J. Moore – UFOs, Reality and Human Evolution Part Two

December 18, 2018

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David J. Moore discusses his book ‘Evolutionary Metaphors: UFOs, New Existentialism and the Future Paradigm’. People have been witnessing strange lights and objects in the sky for all of recorded history. Their modern guise as UFOs began in earnest during the 20th century, particularly in the wake of the Roswell incident in 1947. Despite thousands of reported UFO sightings, close encounters, abductions, and even crash landings, physical evidence for the existence of alien spacecraft and their inhabitants is practically non-existent. Shadow government cover-ups are claimed but official disclosure seems as far off as ever.

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Martin Demant Frederiksen – Why Do We Exist?

September 22, 2018

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Martin Demant Frederiksen discusses nothing. Why is there something rather than nothing? Wouldn’t nothing have been a lot less trouble than something? But can nothing actually exist? Has there, in fact, always been something? Although answers to the vast, unfathomable mysteries of existence seem as distant as ever, we remain as compelled to seek them as countless generations before us. Indeed, as a species, we seem unable to truly thrive without some overarching sense of direction or purpose.

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Mark Corske – Engines of Domination: Political Power and the Human Emergency

September 8, 2018

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Mark Corske discusses his film ‘Engines of Domination – Political Power and the Human Emergency’. Is political power – armed central authority with states and war – really necessary for human society? Or is it a tool that ruling elites use to live at the expense of everyone else? Engines of Domination offers a theory of political power as a tool; an engine that converts human energy into power and privilege for the rulers. Invented in the Bronze Age and ruthlessly refined for six thousand years, today this engine threatens to destroy our world in a human emergency of converging political and economic crises, resource depletion, and environmental destruction.

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Rob Larson – Capitalism Vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom

August 4, 2018

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Rob Larson discusses his book ‘Capitalism Vs. Freedom – The Toll Road to Serfdom’. That global economic, political, social, and environmental systems are disintegrating is scarcely in doubt. Inequality is on the rise as resources are concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. Even in the West, children now born can expect to be poorer than their parents. The era of ever-increasing prosperity is coming to an end. Conventional energy sources are running out while renewables fail to plug the gap. Climate change is making vast swathes of the Earth – such as the Middle East – increasingly uninhabitable for millions who have two choices – move somewhere else or die. Mass migration continues to drive social conflict. Fundamentalism is resurgent. Donald Trump and Brexit are just two of the most obvious signs of cascading collapse. The kaleidoscope has been shaken, the pieces are in flux, a new world is coming. The question simply remains – what, if anything, can we do about it?

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James Howard Kunstler – The Geography of Nowhere

March 15, 2018

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James Howard Kunstler discusses his book ‘The Geography of Nowhere – The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape’. First published in 1994 but sadly more relevant than ever, ‘The Geography of Nowhere’ traces America’s evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones, and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots. In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts America’s evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern car-centric suburb in all its ghastliness, adding up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that the U.S. is paying for its gas-guzzling lifestyle.

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John Michael Greer – The Retro Future: Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future

February 18, 2018

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John Michael Greer discusses his book ‘The Retro Future – Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future’. To most people paying attention to the collision between industrial society and the hard limits of a finite planet, it’s clear that things are going very, very wrong. We no longer have unlimited time and resources to deal with the economic and environmental crises that define our future, and the options are limited to the tools we have on hand right now. ‘The Retro Future’ is about one very powerful idea: deliberate technological regression. Technological regression isn’t about ‘going back’ – it’s about using the past as a resource to meet the needs of the present, and maybe the future too. It starts from the recognition that older technologies generally use fewer resources and cost less than modern equivalents, and it embraces the heresy of technological choice – our ability to choose or refuse the technologies pushed by corporate interests. People are already ditching smartphones and going back to so-called ‘dumb phones’ and land lines, and e-book sales are declining while printed books rebound. Clear signs among many that blind faith in progress is faltering and opening up the possibility that the best way forward may well involve looking back.

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