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

“Archetypes and Movies, Part 5.” Lobell explores what "Lucy," Mummy movies, "Wolf" with Jack Nicholson, and Andre Gide's "The Immoralist" have in common.


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

"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.

"Archetypes and Movies, Part 2." After our usual digressions, we pick up on archetypes in movies, including "Babette's Feast."

"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."

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.

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.

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."


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, 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.

“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 and Singularity.FM.