The Ascentialists

The Ascentialists

are creating a podcast about being human.

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My name is Matt Stevens and I'm extremely excited about what Patreon means for the future of digital media.  I am currently a sociocultural anthropology student at the University of California San Diego where I study human conflict and cooperation and look for opportunities to make what appears to be a "soft science" considerably more rigorous.  I started the podcast because I felt it was important to share world-changing ideas and inform people on subjects they would otherwise find uninteresting.  My podcast covers social issues involving politics, science, psychology, sociology, philosophy, leadership, and mental health.

Advertising and sponsorship have put creators in a difficult space where they have to keep monolithic groups happy.  With Patreon, the creator has considerably more freedom to pursue projects they believe in - provided their patrons are willing to continue to support them.  This leaves considerably more flexibility in decision-making and reduces the need to depend on what has become a predatory advertising culture.  Patreon and other subscription-based services offer creators the chance to be independent.  I hope to add something to the lives of my patrons in the form of independent inquiry and careful examination of bias and understanding.
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Wanderer
$2 or more per month
Are you curious about finding your boundaries?  Do you want to know what makes people tick?  Do you have a curiosity that cannot be quenched?  Thanks for committing to the journey with the rest of us, we will do our utmost to teach you how to find new trails.
Explorer
$10 or more per month
Eventually you start to figure out where you're going and develop a plan before you start wandering.  When this happens, you are no longer wandering but exploring - an active, informed participant in the pursuit of new ideas.
Pioneer
$100 or more per month
Pioneers represent those that most fully embrace the idea of staking out new territory and boldly going where others dare not tread.  You inspire us with your gift and your willingness to take risks on others' behalf.
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If we hit this goal, we start to approach a part-time income that not only allows for more travel and interviews with people that have something to say, but even live panel discussions with interested listeners and much more robust rewards for contributors.  Our donation levels will increase and we can choose whether and how to use our resources collectively. We can also send higher-quality sound equipment to our guests for each interview session to improve our overall presentation.
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My name is Matt Stevens and I'm extremely excited about what Patreon means for the future of digital media.  I am currently a sociocultural anthropology student at the University of California San Diego where I study human conflict and cooperation and look for opportunities to make what appears to be a "soft science" considerably more rigorous.  I started the podcast because I felt it was important to share world-changing ideas and inform people on subjects they would otherwise find uninteresting.  My podcast covers social issues involving politics, science, psychology, sociology, philosophy, leadership, and mental health.

Advertising and sponsorship have put creators in a difficult space where they have to keep monolithic groups happy.  With Patreon, the creator has considerably more freedom to pursue projects they believe in - provided their patrons are willing to continue to support them.  This leaves considerably more flexibility in decision-making and reduces the need to depend on what has become a predatory advertising culture.  Patreon and other subscription-based services offer creators the chance to be independent.  I hope to add something to the lives of my patrons in the form of independent inquiry and careful examination of bias and understanding.

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Tiers
Wanderer
$2 or more per month
Are you curious about finding your boundaries?  Do you want to know what makes people tick?  Do you have a curiosity that cannot be quenched?  Thanks for committing to the journey with the rest of us, we will do our utmost to teach you how to find new trails.
Explorer
$10 or more per month
Eventually you start to figure out where you're going and develop a plan before you start wandering.  When this happens, you are no longer wandering but exploring - an active, informed participant in the pursuit of new ideas.
Pioneer
$100 or more per month
Pioneers represent those that most fully embrace the idea of staking out new territory and boldly going where others dare not tread.  You inspire us with your gift and your willingness to take risks on others' behalf.