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Bernardo Kastrup – Brief Peeks Beyond: Part Two

May 29, 2015

Bernardo Kastrup discusses his latest book Brief Peeks Beyond – Critical Essays on Metaphysics, Neuroscience, Free Will, Skepticism and CultureThis is a two part interview. Part one is here

A multi-faceted exploration of the human condition as it is presently manifested, Brief Peeks Beyond addresses science and philosophy, the nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics. Each of these short, self-contained essays contributes to an emerging picture that challenges present mainstream views and behaviors and offers a sane alternative.

The core theme which emerges is a critique of both scientific and philosophical materialism. Together, they offer an explanation of life, the Universe and everything which most secular individuals and institutions take for granted. Materialism is seen as the very embodiment of rationalism and reason, the pride of a progressive scientific age, and a vital bulwark against the rising tide of religious fundamentalism. However, taken to extremes, is it possible that materialism – both scientific and philosophical – with its profound influence on how we view ourselves, each other, and the world around us, could be driving humanity to a place every bit as dark as any other brand of fanaticism?

www.bernardokastrup.com

Previous interview with Bernardo Kastrup:
Why Materialism is Baloney

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Bernardo Kastrup – Brief Peeks Beyond: Part One

May 24, 2015

Bernardo Kastrup discusses his latest book Brief Peeks Beyond – Critical Essays on Metaphysics, Neuroscience, Free Will, Skepticism and Culture. A multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested, Brief Peeks Beyond addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics. Each of these short, self-contained essays contributes to an emerging picture that challenges present mainstream views and behaviors and offers a sane alternative.

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Richard Heinberg – Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

May 2, 2015

Richard Heinberg discusses his latest book Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels. Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas, dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels. But just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy makers assume that renewable energy sources will provide a relatively painless solution, Heinberg suggests instead that we are in for a wild ride; a civilization reboot on a scale similar to the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

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John Michael Greer – After Progress

April 17, 2015

John Michael Greer discusses his latest book After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age. Progress is not just a goal in the West – it’s a religion. Most people believe in its inherent value as enthusiastically and uncritically as medieval peasants believed in heaven and hell. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak oil and climate change don’t actually matter. After all, our lab-coated high priests will surely bring forth yet another miracle to save us all. Unfortunately, progress as we’ve known it has been entirely dependent on the breakneck exploitation of half a billion years of stored sunlight in the form of fossil fuels.

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Randall S. Powers & Steven Konkoly – Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required

March 2, 2015

Randall S. Powers and Steven Konkoly discuss their book Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. Prepping – or preparedness – is simply about taking steps in your own life which could potentially be of great benefit in the event of a crisis or disaster situation. It has, however, become embroiled with the popular clichés of survivalism and images of groups or individuals holed up in armed redoubts with a million cans of beans and enough weapons to start a war. Back in the real world, beyond popular post-apocalyptic fantasies, there are many often more mundane events which have the potential to seriously disrupt our daily lives. Terrorism, economic meltdown, natural disasters and pandemics such as Ebola and avian flu regularly hit the headlines. But even something as simple as a prolonged power outage or severe winter freeze can – and has – left thousands of citizens on the back foot with inadequate supplies of food, water and other essentials with which to ride out such an emergency.

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David Fideler – Restoring the Soul of the World

February 8, 2015

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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David Fridley – Green Dreams: Future or Fantasy?

November 21, 2014

David Fridley of the Post Carbon Institute discusses renewable energy technology and the future of industrial civilization. In the face of depleting fossil fuel reserves, renewable energy sources are held up as the best hope for clean, green and truly sustainable future societies. Upon closer investigation, however, solar, wind and hydro-power are much more limited in scope than we like to believe, making business-as-usual in the coming decades impossible using renewables alone.

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Giles Slade – The Big Disconnect: Technology and Loneliness

November 15, 2014

Giles Slade discusses some of the issues raised in his book The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness. Why do millions upon millions of people in the modern world feel that isolation and loneliness are major sources of unhappiness? Tablets, smart phones, and social networks all promise better opportunities to connect and stay connected. Yet what they really do is replace face-to-face interactions and disguise our growing inability to trust others. Have we arrived at a new kind of consciousness in which electronic interfaces receive most of our attention to the detriment of real interpersonal communication and empathy? The Big Disconnect offers a bracing look at a world where intimacy with machines is increasingly replacing intimacy with other human beings.

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Kingsley Dennis – The Phoenix Generation

October 3, 2014

Kingsley Dennis discusses his book The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousness. Humanity is entering a momentous phase in its history. Being born today is a generation of children that will radically reinvent human society, moving our culture from competition, control, and censorship toward connection, communication, and compassion. The Phoenix Generation’s impact will begin to be felt in 2030, but there much to do to prepare for their arrival.

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Lewis Dartnell – How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

September 13, 2014

Lewis Dartnell discusses his book The Knowledge – How to Rebuild our World from Scratch. Maybe it was a viral pandemic, or an asteroid strike, or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? Once you’ve scavenged what you can, how do you begin producing the essentials? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another dark age or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment?

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