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Martin Demant Frederiksen – Why Do We Exist?

September 22, 2018

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Martin Demant Frederiksen discusses nothing.

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Why is there something rather than nothing? Wouldn’t nothing have been much simpler 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 purpose.

However, in a challenge to this eternal existential quest, Frederiksen pauses to ask ‘What goes missing when we look for meaning?’ In seeking some ultimate purpose to life, the Universe, and everything, do we devalue or even deny the present moment, the instant immediacy of where we are right now? Furthermore, given the strife and conflict caused by competing world-views – religious, secular, spiritual, scientific, and more – is there something to be said for an acceptance of futility, an embrace of meaninglessness, or even the active negation of any and all notions of cosmic teleology? After all, denial of meaning needn’t necessarily mean nihilism.

Like so many civilizations of the past, we live in a time of crisis. Contemporary culture is caught in a corpse-strewn cul de sac, a war zone of competing cosmologies, ideologies, and dogma. There are two ways out of this destructive dead end – turn back or break through – but no guarantee of either. One thing however is certain; what we affirm or deny in thought or in deed – individually and collectively – has an affect. Even if we choose not to decide, we still have made a choice.

Martin’s latest book is An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular.

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Carl Abrahamsson – Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward

July 18, 2018

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Carl Abrahamsson discusses his book ‘Occulture – The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward’. Art, magic, and the occult have been intimately linked since our prehistoric ancestors created the first cave paintings some 50,000 years ago. As civilizations developed, these esoteric forces continued to drive culture forward, both visibly and behind the scenes, from the Hermetic ideas of the Renaissance, to the ethereal worlds of 19th century Symbolism, and the occult interests of the Surrealists. In this deep exploration of ‘occulture’ – the liminal space where art and magic meet – Carl Abrahamsson reveals the integral role played by magic and occultism in the development of culture throughout history as well as their relevance to the continuing survival of art and creativity.

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Anthony Peake – Mystery and Meaning in Time, Space, and Matter – Part Two

June 22, 2018

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Anthony Peake discusses his book ‘Time and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley’. Active from the early 1900s almost until his death in 1984, English playwright and novelist John Boynton Priestly – when considered at all – is generally regarded as an old fashioned, outmoded relic of a bygone literary age. However, as Anthony Peake shows, Priestly was often far ahead of his time as a thinker, and was an avid explorer of the great existential mysteries which have occupied some of the greatest minds for millennia. Peake draws out common themes in Priestley’s work which strongly suggest that time, space, and matter are not what they seem. In this strange, surreal and, for most people, largely unfamiliar view of reality, mind and matter are intimately intertwined, opening up a panorama of bewildering possibilities. Do past, present and future exist simultaneously in an eternal now? If so, is the past still accessible under certain circumstances, and under similar circumstances, can we foresee the events of the future?

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Anthony Peake – Mystery and Meaning in Time, Space, and Matter – Part One

June 18, 2018

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Anthony Peake discusses his book ‘Time and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley’. Active from the early 1900s almost until his death in 1984, English playwright and novelist John Boynton Priestly – when considered at all – is generally regarded as an old fashioned, outmoded relic of a bygone literary age. However, as Anthony Peake shows, Priestly was often far ahead of his time as a thinker, and was an avid explorer of the great existential mysteries which have occupied some of the greatest minds for millennia. Peake draws out common themes in Priestley’s work which strongly suggest that time, space, and matter are not what they seem. In this strange, surreal and, for most people, largely unfamiliar view of reality, mind and matter are intimately intertwined, opening up a panorama of bewildering possibilities. Do past, present and future exist simultaneously in an eternal now? If so, is the past still accessible under certain circumstances, and under similar circumstances, can we foresee the events of the future?

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Rupert Sheldrake – Science and Spiritual Practices

March 1, 2018

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Biologist, parapsychological researcher, and author of ‘The Science Delusion’ Rupert Sheldrake discusses his latest book ‘Science and Spiritual Practices’. In this pioneering work Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which all religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage: meditation, gratitude, connecting with nature, relating to plants, rituals, singing and chanting, and pilgrimage and holy places. The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier.

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Jim Elvidge – The Universe… Solved!

February 26, 2018

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Jim Elvidge discusses his book ‘The Universe – Solved! A New Provocative View of the True Nature of Reality’. Have you ever felt that there was something odd about the world we live in? Something about reality that isn’t quite random, as it should be? Something a little too organized, a little too planned, a little too programmed? What if reality isn’t really what you think it is? What if our world is just like one big video game? According to Elvidge, it’s actually not as far-fetched as it seems. Within 30 years, he maintains that we will be able to create virtual environments indistinguishable from our current reality. Within a few more decades, even physical realities will be manufactured. He also believes that we are marching toward an inevitable merge with machines and artificial intelligence. What’s more, we may even have already reached that point and it’s simply impossible to tell.

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Brendan Howlin – Modern Druidry

September 19, 2017

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“Have you ever thought that there must be a better way to live your life?” In his 2014 book ‘The Handbook Of Urban Druidry – Modern Drudiry For All’ and its 2016 follow-up ‘The Urban Ovate – The Handbook Of Psychological Druidry’, Brendan Howlin holds up a lens through which you and I, if we so choose, may reconsider the path that we are on. Distracted by rampant consumerism, browbeaten by scientific materialism, and fearful of a hostile world apparently plunging into chaos, a corrosive malaise is upon us in this still-new millennium, our lives stripped of meaning and purpose by superficial societies which deny the significance of either.

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Amit Goswami – Quantum Physics and the Meaning of Life

August 16, 2017

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Amit Goswami discusses ‘The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Physics Explains Love, Death and the Meaning of Life’. Goswami s basic premise is that quantum physics is not only the future of science, but also the key to understanding consciousness, life, death, God, and the meaning of life. Quantum physics offers an antidote to the moral sterility of scientific reductionism and mechanistic materialism, and holds the key to the clearest, most coherent understanding of our universe. In short, quantum physics is indeed the theory of everything. In The Everything Answer Book Goswami and his colleagues discuss, among other things, how quantum physics affects our understanding of thoughts, feelings and intuitions, karma, death and reincarnation, dreams, evolution and the purpose of existence. Crucially, it points the way towards the spiritualization of politics, economics, business, education, and wider society itself, all of which are vital steps if our species is to survive and thrive through the challenging times ahead.

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Bernardo Kastrup – Religion, Reality and The Meaning of Life: Part Two

June 30, 2016

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Bernardo Kastrup discusses his book More Than Allegory – On Religious Myth, Truth, and Belief. In a Universe seemingly devoid of meaning and purpose where matter is all that matters, our souls are at war with our intellects, and the consequences for life on Earth may yet prove disastrous. Maybe it is time for us to remember who we really are – both magician and audience, dreamer and dream, from a realm beyond language where time and space are illusions, and the very nature of truth itself may not be what it seems. We are the universe becoming aware of itself. We know what God cannot know.

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Grafton Tanner – Culture, Capitalism, and Digital Disease: Part Two

June 24, 2016

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Grafton Tanner discusses his book Babbling Corpse – Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts. The age of global capitalism promised all things to everyone; a world of techno-utopian fantasies embellished by endless entertainment, copious consumerism, and instant communication. As the 20th Century finally gave way to the 21st, corporate central control offered a vision of a future free from war, fear, and limitation. In societies increasingly devoid of meaning and purpose, we bought into the promise of this digital dreamland with religious zeal. The future, however, is turning out to be far from that envisioned in the ivory towers of industry imagineers. The events of 9/11 and subsequent years of the so-called ‘war on terror’, and the seismic shock of the 2008 financial crash and it’s fatal fallout have left America, the West in general, and many other regions of the world reeling with no end in sight and with the milk and honey promises of the past in tatters.

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