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

Visionaries - 08.31.20

Movies Myths and Archetypes
This week Lobell talks about his new book, "Movies Myths and Archetypes," which is available on Amazon. Lobell describes an archetypal approach to movies, beginning with "Phantom of the Opera," which is the archetype of how a woman negotiates between key male figures, the father, the demon lover, and the husband lover. He then goes on to look at The Hero Journey in movies like "Apocalypse Now," Mean Streets in movies like "Chronicles of Riddick," Promethean Visions in movies like "Lucy," Time in movies like "Midnight in Paris, and Our Better Selves in movies like "Groundhog Day."
Architecture as Philosophy
John Lobell talks about his new book, Louis Kahn: Architecture as Philosophy.
There is only one philosophical question: "Who are we and what are we doing here?" Philosophy seeks to address this, but we do philosophy sitting in chair. However, we experience architecture. We are born in, live in, work in, die in buildings. Architecture is the architect's presenting to us of what those experiences might be.
Today we talk with Tegy Thomas who tells us about his work with the Obama campaign, MIT startup competitions and the 2010 TEDx Brooklyn event he organized. We look at how Richard Saul Wurman created TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) and the roll of TEDx.
M.J.Dorian is once again our guest. We discuss his recent podcast, "14. Why Humans Need Art." Find M.J.'s podcast, Creative Codex, on your favorite podcast source. M.J.Dorian is an award winning composer who writes music for film and television. Catch our previous interviews on past shows, and find out more at:

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:

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 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:

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