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

"WHO IS JOHN DAVID EBERT? Part 1.” Ebert is a major intellectual figure, 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. This is the first of four interviews that will survey the archetypal intellectual landscape.
 
 
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"Things I Can't Talk About." I was going to talk about archetypes and Spiritual Feminism, and then the cover item in the New York Times Book Review was about psychedelics, and I thought I would talk about that also, and then I realized that both were dangerous topics. Psychedelics are illegal, and I have been warned off of talking about essentialism and archetypes where I teach. So here are my thoughts with some tricky navigation.
 
 
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“Archetypes and Movies, Part 5.” Lobell explores what "Lucy," Mummy movies, "Wolf" with Jack Nicholson, and Andre Gide's "The Immoralist" have in common.

 
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Archetypes and Movies, Part 4." More of our usual digressions, and then we pick up on movies.

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"Archetypes and Movies, Part 3." More of our usual digressions, and then we pick up on movies, looking at "Puzzle" and "The Wife," and then at female revenge movies. More on those, plus "Lucy" next time.

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"Archetypes and Movies, Part 2." After our usual digressions, we pick up on archetypes in movies, including "Babette's Feast."
 
 
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"Archetypes and Movies, Part 1." Movies are perhaps our most archetypal medium--maybe it has something to do with the big screen. Our most prominent example is Star Wars, straight from Jospeh Campbell's "Hero With a Thousand Faces." Here we look at several, including "Phantom of the Opera."

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Visionaries - 10.30.18

"Essentialism and Archetypes." The pioneering Modern American Architect, Louis Sullivan, wrote, "The germ is the real thing; the seat of identity. Within its delicate mechanism lies the will to power: the function which is to seek and eventually find its full expression in form." Frank Lloyd Wright wrote, "What is honor? Not the rules of a code—but the nature of honor. What would be the honor of a brick? That in the brick which makes the brick a brick." What did these architects mean? How does it affect our understandings of our world today? Tune in and find out.
 
 
 
 
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Visionaries - 09.25.18

"The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure." Our guest is Greg Lukianoff who is coauthor of "Coddling" along with Jonathan Haidt. Greg is president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Jonathan is Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business. His is the author of "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom" and "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion." "Coddling" looks at how college students have suddenly become fragile, unable to confront challenging ideas, and what should be done about it.
 
 
 
 
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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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