Here's me talking about space and time, and how our actual experiences - not just our ideas - of them are changing, and how that's affecting the rest of our cultural world.
In Episode 5, I Talk About
- Leaving dumb brain mapping and reductive evolutionary biology perspectives behind when discussing consciousness and culture
- The European philosopher Jean Gebser and how his concept of "mutations" of consciousness show a shift in the 15th and 16th Centuries like the one we're experiencing today
- The Moon landing as the beginning of contracting space with our hands
- How we all have astronaut thumbs
- Changes in the field of labor (Like I mention in AEWCH Ep 3)
- The compensation of making more space virtually available by trading in bodily movement
- Pokémon Go as the conflict between old and new space
- Why do we take so many pictures?
- How the motion of our hands has outrun time
- The internet as an attempt to summon the Akashic Record
- The nightmarish Buddhism of facebook
- How new time & space give rise to anxiety and depression
- Why all this bad news is good news
Jean Gebser's excellent book, The Ever-present Origin is still in print. It's worth reading. There's a great summary in Gary Lachman's A Secret History of Consciousness, which is recommended reading for just about everyone. You can also learn more about Gebser by visiting the Gebser Society's site. (and okay, okay, one more thing - you can also get a great understanding of many of the same themes of consciousness by reading Owen Barfield's easier-to-read and shorter book, Saving the Appearances)
Here's the The Pokémon Go Death Tracker
You can now watch the first publicly shown motion picture, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat on your computer, where it will probably feel like less of a threat. The story of people running out screaming may or may not be true.
Here's a quote on the Akashic Record by Rudolf Steiner:
"Everything that happens in the physical sense-world has its counterpart in the spiritual world. When a hand is moved, there is more before you than the moving hand seen by your eye, there is my thought and my volition: ‘My hand must move.’ A spiritual background is there. Whereas the ocular, sensible impression of the hand passes away, its spiritual counterpart remains engraved in the spiritual world and unfailingly leaves a trace there. So that, when our spiritual eyes are opened, we can follow the traces and find the spiritual counterpart of everything that has happened in the world. Nothing can happen in the world without leaving such traces. Let us suppose the spiritual investigator lets his gaze wander back to the days of Charlemagne, or to Roman times, or to ancient Greece. Everything that happened in those times is preserved in the trace left by its spiritual prototype, and can be observed in the spiritual world. This kind of vision is called ‘reading the Akashic records’."
If you want to understand the concept of depression I'm talking about, watch Lars von Trier's excellent film, Melancholia. I'll talk more about depression, and this film, in a future episode for patrons at the $5 and above levels.