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

Andrew Feenberg is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Applied Communication and Technology Lab. He was a student of Herbert Marcuse. Today we talk about Marxism. Find more at: Find more at:
https://www.sfu.ca/~andrewf/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Feenberg

Alexis Karl is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and perfumer, founder and perfumer of Scent By Alexis and co-founder and perfumer of House of Cherry Bomb. She teaches at Pratt Institute. Find more at:

"Technological Optimism." We have just finished the most prosperous decade in human history in which one billion people exited abject poverty. Today the poorest people carry $3 million Cray super computers and live to their 80s. So why the pessimism? Tune in as we explore.
 
 
 

The economist, Clayton Christensen who introduced the idea of "disruptive innovation,” just died, so we look at some of his ideas, and then wander off into thinking about who are some of the most important "idea" people of our time, and why they are seldom (or never) mentioned in the New York Times. Look up Matt Ridley, Steven Kotler, Craig Venter, Sebastian Thrun, Jimmy Wales, and Peter Diamandis, and see what you get.

Today our guest is composer and music producer MJDorian. On his blog he looks in depth at creative figures such as Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, and Clinton King. Today we discuss the Red Book by Carl Jung. Once a colleague of Freud, Jung broke away to explore the unconscious in much greater depth. Once dismissed as a mystic, Jung is now central to any meaningful discussion of the arts and of culture. Find more at http://www.mjdorian.com. His blog is Creative Codex.
 
 

Our guest today is Rachel Fulton Brown. Rachel is an associate professor of Medieval History at the University of Chicago. She writes: I am the professor your other professors warned you about. I love Christianity, America, and the Western tradition of theology, art, philosophy, music, letters, and education. I believe in the reality of truth, beauty, goodness, and love. I teach history as an exercise in empathy, rethinking the thoughts of the past so as to shed light on our common humanity. I judge people by what they say and do, not by what others say about them. I worship Jesus Christ as Lord. Find Rachel's blog at: https://fencingbearatprayer.blogspot.com

More on what we might all be reading (or in my case, audio books I'm listening to).
With thoughts on the "canon wars" promoted by the death of Harold Bloom. We discuss his idea of "swerving" (deliberately misreading an influence) and his terrific book, "The American Religion" in which he looks not at what denominations people belong to, but what they actually believe. Plus we discuss the fabulous Eve Babitz, who I somehow missed in the 1970s, but all of her books now have great audio versions.

 
 
What is our culture? For me in the late 1950s it was books - Gide, Freud, culminating in Mailer's Advertisements for Myself. Then in the early 60s it was foreign films - Bergman's Wild Strawberries, Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Antonioni's L'Avventura, and most of all Godard's Breathless. Then in the later 60s, rock music - The Beatles and the Stones, culminating in Dylan. For my students today, they say it is social media - wasup with that? Then we discuss Daniel Markovits's The Meritocracy Trap - more on that to come.
 
 
 
 
Today we look at some of the books on my phone. "The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America" by Margaret O'Mara reviews a history of computers familiar to those who have followed the industry for the past 50 years. "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World" by David Epstein presents powerful insights into creativity and performance, debunking the 10,000 hours thing. We will get to "The Meritocracy Trap" by Daniel Markovits in an upcoming show.
 
 
 
 
Today we discuss the creativity of Salvador Dalí with MJDorian (Milosz Jeziorski), an award winning composer who writes music for film and television and blogs about creativity. 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. Look for his blog, Creative Codex on your blog app, where you will find, besides Salvador Dalí, discussions of Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, Clinton King, and others. Find more at www.mjdorian.com