Hosted by John Lobell, we talk with visionaries – people in the arts, technology, science, culture, and spirituality

Visionaries - 08.13.18

“Our Culture Today: Ressentiment and the Attack on the Enlightenment.” Our culture today, as reflected in the media, politics, and particularly in our university is dominated by "Post Modern Marxists" who have mounted a broad and sustained attack on the Enlightenment and on anyone who defends it. Given the benefits brought by the Enlightenment one wonders why the attack, and perhaps it is the "ressentiment" that was identified by Herman Kahn in his 1976 book, "The Next 200 Years."

 
 
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Visionaries - 07.24.18

“David Deutsch and Quantum Constructor Theory.” Wikipedia says: “David Deutsch, born 1953 is an Israeli-born British physicist at the University of Oxford. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics at the Centre for Quantum Computation in the Clarendon Laboratory of the University of Oxford. He pioneered the field of quantum computation by formulating a description for a quantum Turing machine, as well as specifying an algorithm designed to run on a quantum computer. He is a proponent of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.” On Edge.org, Deutsch describes his quantum constructor theory: “Some considerable time ago we were discussing my idea, new at the time, for constructor theory, which was and is an idea I had for generalizing the quantum theory of computation to cover not just computation but all physical processes. I guessed and still guess that this is going to provide a new mode of description of physical systems and laws of physics.” His latest book, “The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World” is on unlimited human possibilities.
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“Nikola Danaylov, aka Socrates and the Singularity.” Nik’s Singularity Weblog started as a personal journal of thoughts on trends, news, issues, films and people related to the technological singularity. However it has evolved into a growing community of people interested in exploring and shaping our future. Nik has interviewed numerous leading thinkers. Catch his podcasts at SingularityWeblog.com and Singularity.FM.

 
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Visionaries - 06.28.18

John David Ebert and Hypermodernity.” Ebert is the author of over 20 books which you can find on Amazon. You can find his essays on Cultural-Discourse.com and CinemaDiscourse.com, and his lectures on YouTube and Google+. Ebert puts together Spengler’s approach to culture, McLuhan’s approach to media, and Campbell’s approach to mythology to give us insight to our world today. Here we focus on Hypermodernity.

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Visionaries - 06.11.18

“The Intellectual Dark Web.” The dark web is areas of the web that are not found by search engines and that typically deal in illicit goods. Recently a group of intellectuals that have been shunned by the mainstream, who post podcasts and YouTubes, and who sometimes interview each other has been labeled “The Intellectual Dark Web.” Wassup with that?

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Visionaries - 04.30.18

“MJDorian.” Our guest is Milosz Jeziorski, an award winning composer who writes music for film and television. In 2016, he took on the identity of MJDorian: a faceless music producer who wears a poltergeist mask which obscures any indication of age, race, or gender. MJDorian is currently producing a dark pop and hip hop album, drip releasing with art and music videos monthly. The project is called CATHARSIS. It features collaborations with the best unsigned singers and rappers of NYC, and focuses on a music journey into the Jungian shadow. Find out more here: www.mjdorian.com

Find his recent song he wrote and produced which called “Blood Lust” (feat L'FREAQ) at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=321&v=0jTUa2VwuF0

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Visionaries - 04.16.18

“More meanderings on books.” Why the vicious attacks on Steven Pinker for his book, “Enlightenment Now,” which shows how some aspects of life have been radically improving. And thoughts about David Deutsch’s “The Beginning of Infinity.” (And we can’t talk about Deutsch without mentioning quantum computing and how quantum computers get their power by harnessing their siblings in parallel universes.)

 
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Visionaries - 04.09.18

“2001: Creation from Within or Without?” This is the 50th anniversary of the movie,”2001: A Space Odyssey.” The movie is about the search for the extraterrestrial origin of a series of monoliths, one of which sparked the origin of human intelligence. So, where does our humanness come from? There are two traditions: From without, as we see in Genesis 2.7. when God breaths the spark of life into dead dust to create Adam, “2001,” and the tradition of space aliens bringing civilization to us. And From within, as we see in Eastern traditions, especially Taoism, in which spirit is in all things, and in the architecture and spiritual thought of Louis Kahn. To see these two tradition in tension, look at the most famous panel of the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo. It shows God sending the spark of life to Adam. But looking more closely, we see that God himself is within a section of the human brain — thus a creation of the human imagination.

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Visionaries - 03.26.18

“A Reading List: Part 5.” Lobell continues looking at kool books for our time. Lacking the attention span to read books, Lobell listens to audiobooks, so all the books we talk about are available in audio version. Right now we are interested in the question, “What happened?” For thousands of years human civilization bumped along with great sophistication occasionally popping up, such as Rome and periods of ancient China. But there was never much wealth and people were always short on food. Then 250 years ago, things took off. Why? A key book we will discuss is Stephen Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.”

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Visionaries - 03.12.17

Bob Walter, Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Campbell is one of the seminal sources of the contemporary psyche, but few have read his books. Who was Joseph Campbell? How did he become the source for much of today’s cinema? What are his key works, and how might one begin to delve into his ideas? Bob Walter, Campbell’s last editor and publisher, and now director of the foundation that maintains Campbell’s literary material, guides us into these depths.

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