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A podcast for the bold and curious to help you navigate our world's accelerating weirdness — about science and the philosophy of it, prehistory and post-humanity and deep time, non-human agency and non-duality, science fiction and the stories we regard as real, complex systems and sustainability (or lack thereof), psychedelics as a form of training for a weirding present and proliferating futures, art and creativity as service and as inquiry. Join paleontologist-futurist Michael Garfield every other week for deep but irreverent discussions on the biggest questions we can think to ask — and even deeper mysteries beyond what’s thinkable.
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A podcast for the bold and curious to help you navigate our world's accelerating weirdness — about science and the philosophy of it, prehistory and post-humanity and deep time, non-human agency and non-duality, science fiction and the stories we regard as real, complex systems and sustainability (or lack thereof), psychedelics as a form of training for a weirding present and proliferating futures, art and creativity as service and as inquiry. Join paleontologist-futurist Michael Garfield every other week for deep but irreverent discussions on the biggest questions we can think to ask — and even deeper mysteries beyond what’s thinkable.
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    162 - "AHA" (Ask Him Anything) #1: Aliens, Death, Creativity

    162 - "AHA" (Ask Him Anything) #1: Aliens, Death, Creativity

    This week, I embark on a new experiment and respond to three "advice column" questions from the Future Fossils listening audience:
    • How do I know if aliens would like my music?
    • How do I talk to my five-year-old about death?
    • How do I be creative without training or experience?
    This was a lot of fun and I'll definitely do this again. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
    Please rate and review Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts! And if you believe in the value of this show and want to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon. Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our book club, and many other great things as they spill out of my overactive imagination.
    We’d also love to have you in our thriving little Discord server, if you’re interested in meeting other members of our awesome scene. (And if you’d like to edit Future Fossils Podcast transcripts, please drop me a line at futurefossilspodcast[at]gmail.com.)
    Show theme music is by original Future Fossils co-host Evan “Skytree” Snyder.
    Further Resources:
    Intro
    Episode 70 with Steve Brusatte on the Golden Age of Dinosaurs
    Episode 100 with The Teafaerie
    Episode 158 with The Teafaerie & Ramin Nazer
    Episode 117 with Eric Wargo on Time Loops
    How do I know if aliens would like my music?
    Eight Two Music
    Complexity Podcast 1 with David Krakauer
    Hook (film) 1991
    Episode 161 with Michael Phillip on Creativity, Play, and Cryptocurrency
    Weird Studies 75 on 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Southpark Season 23 Episode 2 ("Band In China")
    Complexity 41 with Natalie Grefenstette on Agnostic Biosignature Detection
    The Physical Limits of Communication (1999)
    Edward Snowden talks with Neil DeGrasse Tyson about aliens
    Episode 42 with William Irwin Thompson
    SFI Musicology & Complex Systems Working Group (YouTube Playlist)
    Episode 125 with Stuart Kauffman on Evolution & The Adjacent Possible
    King Kong (film) 1933
    How do I talk to my five-year-old about death?
    The New York Times: 10 Annoying Kids' Toys
    Complexity 52 with Mark Moffett on Canopy Biology & The Human Swarm
    Episode 116 with Kevin Wohlmut reading Ugo Bardi & John Michael Greer
    The Lion King (film) 1994
    Complexity 37 with Laurence Gonzales on Surviving Survival
    The Future Acts Like You
    The Addams Family (film) 1991
    How do I be creative without training?
    Alicia Eggert's Stewart Brand artwork at The Smithsonian
    The Exaptation of the Guitar
    The Future is Exapted/Remixed
    "You're only as original as the obscurity of your sources"
    And when you’re ready to switch it up, here are my music and listening recommendations on Spotify.
    If you're in a tipping mood:
    • Venmo: @futurefossils
    • PayPal.me/michaelgarfield
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    161 - On Play & Innovation with Michael Phillip: Hermes, EvoBio, Bitcoin, and Good Noise

    161 - On Play & Innovation with Michael Phillip: Hermes, EvoBio, Bitcoin, and Good Noise

    This week I talk play, innovation, noise, disruption, cryptocurrency, and trickster creativity with Michael Phillip, host of sister podcast Third Eye Drops, which I’m on A LOT – episodes 102, 88, 58, 44 with Doug Rushkoff, 38 with Niles Heckman, 28 with Bruce Damer, 21 with Erik Davis, 9 with Shane Mauss, 4 with Erik Davis, and this special mashup episode.  
    This one was originally recorded as Third Eye Drops Episode 239, but I went ahead and painstakingly edited out over ten minutes of filler language and head-scratching to give you the sharpest and most-polished conversation possible. If you appreciate these conversations and the extra work I put in to make them shine, please support Future Fossils on Patreon! Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our book club, and many other great things as they spill out of my overactive imagination. 
    And if you’re broke as a joke, consider rating and reviewing Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts. It helps more than you know.
    We’d also love to have you in The Future Fossils Discord server, where you can find the others…
    Lastly, if you’re a podcaster, I recommend you get your show transcribed affordably at Podscribe.AI.
    Intro and outro music by Skytree.
    Michael Phillip has appeared on Future Fossils before:
    Episode 14 on Westworld
    Episode 52 on Blockchain with Jennifer Sodini
    Episode 67 on Magic & Media with Douglas Rushkoff
    Episode 135 on The Cosmic Yes
    Related External Sources:
    Buy all the books we talk about on this show from my Amazon Storefront.
    Lewis Hyde - Trickster Makes This World
    Andreas Wagner - Life Finds A Way
    Andreas Wagner - Arrival of the Fittest
    Richard Dawkins - Climbing Mount Improbable
    Richard Doyle - Darwin’s Pharmacy
    William Irwin Thompson - The Time Falling Bodies Take To Light
    Andreas Wagner at Nautilus - Why It Pays To Play Around
    (*I mistakenly said the article was published at Quanta)
    William Irwin Thompson et al. - The Lindisfarne Tapes
    Adi Livnat - Simplification, Innateness, and the Absorption of Meaning from Context
    Phil Ford’s Musicology Lectures on the Weird Studies Patreon
    WJT Mitchell - The Work of Art in the Age of Biocybernetic Reproduction
    (*I mistakenly said this was “Biomechanical Reproduction”)
    Chris Ryan - Tangentially Speaking 69 with Daniel Vitalis
    James Nestor - The Future of Breathing at The Long Now Foundation
    Evolutionary fitness landscapes visualized by @_baku89 on Twitter
    Related Future Fossils/Michael Sources:
    MG - Cosmic Perspectives From A Fractal Planet (Burning Man 2013)
    MG - Advertisement is Psychedelic Art is Advertisement (2011)
    MG - We Will Fight Diseases of Our Networks by Realizing We Are Networks (2020)
    MG - “Ride It” music video (2005)
    Future Fossils 125 - Stuart Kauffman on Life, Physics, and the Adjacent Possible
    Future Fossils 160 - His Dark Materials: Narnia, Fillory, and Coming of Age in the Multiverse, with Stephen Hershey & Kynthia Brunette
    Future Fossils 159 - Michael Dowd on Post Doom: Life After Accepting Climate Catastrophe
    Complexity Podcast 51 - Cris Moore on Algorithmic Justice & The Physics of Inference
    And when you’re ready to switch it up, here are my music and listening recommendations on Spotify.
    If you're in a tipping mood:
    • Venmo: @futurefossils
    • PayPal.me/michaelgarfield
    • Patreon: patreon.com//michaelgarfield
    • BTC: 1At2LQbkQmgDugkchkP6QkDJCvJ5rv3Jm
    • ETH: 0x058aCaf2dd4DB222d89D65fdDF3f0500c5622448i
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    160 - His Dark Materials: Narnia, Fillory, and Coming of Age in the Multiverse, with Stephen Hershey & Kynthia Brunette

    160 - His Dark Materials: Narnia, Fillory, and Coming of Age in the Multiverse, with Stephen Hershey & Kynthia Brunette

    It’s time for humankind to grow up — but it might also be more important than ever that we reconnect with our inner children and play like our lives depend on it (because they do). And so, given the in-progress BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s masterful fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, it feels like a great time to talk about this coming-of-age story and its cosmological questions. This week on Future Fossils, we link up with my friends Stephen Hershey and Kynthia Brunette, whose perspectives from acting and the study of human-computer interaction, as well as their deep fanship of Pullman’s writing, add up to a refreshingly fun and casual discussion of some of the biggest questions human beings ever thought to ask themselves.
    We talk about how translations from one medium to another affect the way we tell our stories; the media theory and logic of reinterpretation; C.S. Lewis and the important critiques of The Chronicles of Narnia; how Lyra Silvertongue is like and unlike Anakin Skywalker and other complex heroes whose success is the fall of an established social order; evolution in a cosmos where tension and opposition are required, and unity rhetoric deeply suspicious; the collapse of networks and how His Dark Materials anchors in the same archetypes as Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos; 21st Century religion and faith in the absence of objects of faith; and much more.
    You can follow Stephen Hershey on Twitter (twitter.com/stephenhershey) for hot takes and on Twitch (twitch.tv/stephenhershey) for games and philosophy/astrology talks.
    You can link up with Kynthia Brunette on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kynthia) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kynthia/) to learn more about her and her work with MAPS.
    Please rate and review Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts! And if you believe in the value of this show and want to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon. Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our book club, and many other great things as they spill out of my overactive imagination.
    We’d also love to have you in our thriving little Discord server, if you’re interested in meeting other members of our awesome scene. (And if you’d like to help edit transcripts, please drop me a line at futurefossilspodcast@gmail.com.)
    Intro and outro music by Skytree.
    Related Reading:
    NBC News — HBO’s His Dark Materials Does Philip Pullman Justice
    The Ringer — Jack Thorne interviewed on the HBO Adaptation
    Esquire — HBO Show vs. Books Differences
    Radio Times - HBO Show vs. Books Differences
    BBC - Philip Pullman Webchat
    Related Future Fossils Episodes:
    111 - Android Jones on Analog + Digital, Painting the Sutras, & Being an Artist Dad
    71 - JF Martel (On Sequels & Simulacra, Blade Runner 2049 & Stranger Things 2)
    61 - Jamaica Stevens (On Crisis, Rebirth, Transformation)
    55 - "Creativity & Catastrophe" (Talk at Palenque Norte, Burning Man 2017)
    53 - A Very Xeno Christmas! with Evan "Skytree" Snyder
    14 - WESTWORLD Problems (feat. Michael Phillip of Third Eye Drops)
    And when you’re ready to switch it up with some psychoactive music, here's my music and my listening recommendations on Spotify.
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    159 - Michael Dowd on Post Doom: Life After Accepting Climate Catastrophe

    159 - Michael Dowd on Post Doom: Life After Accepting Climate Catastrophe

    2021 comes in hot with Michael Dowd, ecumenical Christian preacher turned climate grief advocate, whose Post Doom Conversations are a well of wisdom for anyone prepared to stop fighting the inevitable* and start celebrating what actually can be done in these weird, scary, precious years to come. We discuss his time as an evolutionary biology evangelist and his friction with techno-optimists, what it means to live sustainably within a mature religion of place, urban scaling and collective action problems, a general theory for the collapse of market-based civilizations, and how to reorient one’s faith to planetary and secular values that allow us to accept reality as it is and avoid doing further evil to the Biosphere and each other. (*We spend a lot of time in this encounter digging underneath the surety to ask not “Is there hope,” but “Where am I still doomed by my conditioning?”)
    Please rate and review Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts! And if you believe in the value of this show and want to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon. Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our book club, and many other great things as they spill out of my overactive imagination.
    We’d also love to have you in our thriving little Discord server, if you’re interested in meeting other members of our awesome scene. (And if you’d like to help edit transcripts, please drop me a line at futurefossilspodcast@gmail.com.)
    Intro and outro music by Skytree.
    Further Reading:
    My appearance on Post Doom Conversations
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d2VX3cx-zM
    “Irreversible Collapse: Accepting Reality, Avoiding Evil”
    https://youtu.be/iQeK04WOGaA
    Rafe Brown at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum
    https://biodiversity.ku.edu/herpetology
    “What if preventing collapse isn’t profitable?”
    https://www.postcarbon.org/what-if-preventing-collapse-isnt-profitable
    “Six ways to think long-term” by Roman Krznaric
    https://medium.com/the-long-now-foundation/six-ways-to-think-long-term-da373b3377a4
    Gordon White and James Ellis on Accelerationism, Meaning, and Exit
    https://runesoup.com/2020/08/accelerationism-meaning-and-exit-rune-soup-hermitix-swapcast/
    John Michael Greer’s The Long Descent
    https://www.amazon.com/Long-Descent-Users-Guide-Industrial/dp/0865716099
    Neil Postman’s Technopoly
    https://www.amazon.com/Technopoly-Surrender-Technology-Neil-Postman/dp/0679745408
    Zach St. George’s The Journey of Trees
    https://www.amazon.com/Journeys-Trees-Forests-People-Future/dp/1324001607
    Further Listening:
    MG on cultural mutation rates, network latency, and the collapse of civilizations:
    https://shows.acast.com/futurefossils/episodes/139
    MG with Geoffrey West on Complexity Podcast re: cities and scaling
    http://complexity.simplecast.com/episodes/35
    MG with Scott Ortman on Complexity Podcast re: even ancient rural human settlements obey “urban” scaling laws
    http://complexity.simplecast.com/episodes/48
    MG with Tim Kohler and Marten Scheffer on The Future of The Human Climate Niche
    http://complexity.simplecast.com/episodes/33
    MG with Mark Nelson on Biosphere 2 and the yoga of optimism
    https://shows.acast.com/futurefossils/episodes/95
    MG with Lydia Violet on deep ecology and community as medicine
    https://shows.acast.com/futurefossils/episodes/82
    MG with Jamaica Stevens on crisis, rebirth, and wisdom
    https://shows.acast.com/futurefossils/episodes/61
    Kevin Wohlmut reads The Next 10 Billion Years according to Ugo Bardi and John Michael Greer
    https://shows.acast.com/futurefossils/episodes/116
    And if you just need a breather, here's my music and my recommendations on Spotify.
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    158 - Ramin Nazer & The TeaFaerie: Mid-Singularity Trialogues, Part 1

    158 - Ramin Nazer & The TeaFaerie: Mid-Singularity Trialogues, Part 1

    This week I’m delighted to bring The Teafaerie (ep. 100) and Ramin Nazer (ep. 120) back to Future Fossils Podcast! These are two of the funniest, weirdest amateur futurists I know, and I hope you agree this discussion was worth the wait while I spent hours making it sound like we didn’t just talk over each other like overexcited dorks for two-plus-hours.
    In this episode, we discuss the virtualization of live events as relates to the science fiction of Charles Stross and Hannu Rajaniemi, the stratification of class according to who can afford to be somewhere in person, and my writing on AR and telepresence for H+ Magazine (“Best Seat In The House”) and the Body Hacking Conference Blog (“Being Every Drone”). We talk about the perverse incentives of social media as an outrage generator and surveillance capitalism pit trap, and how we might be able to redesign the social Web so it doesn’t drive us all (even more) insane. Plus:
    • The world being transformed into an unending series of limnoid events
    • Having “an affinity for the rapids”
    • Should we just side with our new AI overlords?
    • Beyond the Black Mirror
    • A very curious fan theory about the Flintstones & Jetsons
    • The Bell Riots in Star Trek DS9
    • Eternal upload simulation matrix reawakenings
    And more, until we all get shut down by a robot in mid-sentence.
    If you aren’t sated after listening to their episodes (and who could be?), subscribe to Ramin’s Rainbow Brainskull Hour and The Teafaerie’s YouTube Channel.
    Please rate and review Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts! And if you believe in the value of this show and want to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon. Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our book club, and many other treats.
    And Happy Holidays: I just made all of the Future Fossils Book Club recordings free. You’re now welcome to enjoy at your leisure our small-group discussions on some of my favorite works of science fiction and psychedelic non-fiction: books by Peter Watts, Diana Reed Slattery, Cixin Liu, Octavia Butler, and Jeff VanderMeer…
    AND here’s a Spotify Playlist for psychedelic experiences created by Future Fossils listener Rian Bevans (host of The Riancarnation Podcast) that, along with legends like Brian Eno and Four Tet, heavily features instrumental music by yours truly (some of which also made it on the official clinical playlist for FDA’s MDMA for PTSD trials).
    We’d also love to have you in our thriving little Discord server, if you’re interested in meeting other members of our awesome scene. (And if you’re up for helping edit Future Fossils Podcast transcripts, please drop me a line at futurefossilspodcast@gmail.com.)
    Intro and outro music is from Skytree’s new LP of spacey downtempo electronica, Infraplanetary, which I highly encourage you to purchase. Official podcast theme is “God Detector” by Skytree (featuring Michael Garfield).
    Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    157 - Phil Ford on Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica

    157 - Phil Ford on Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica

    This week I’m honored to speak with musicologist Phil Ford, co-host of Weird Studies, on a voyage that takes us from elevator muzak to aquarian cults to Disneyland to the future of magical warfare. We discuss what it means to be (or want to be) “primitives of an unknown culture,” the staging of nature, what happens when your aesthetic commitments become your reality commitments, ontological anarchy, and The Super Mario Bros Movie’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. Keep your ears peeled for deep cuts on Fight Club, the Alt-Right, Les Baxter, William Irwin Thompson, Jurassic Park, and Burning Man…
    Read Phil’s essay, “Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica.” And while you’re at it, read my comments on his essay about Time Binding & Music History on The Long Now Blog.
    Please rate and review Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts! And if you believe in the value of this show and want to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon. Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our book club, and many other great things as they spill out of my overactive imagination.
    We’d also love to have you in our thriving little Discord server, if you’re interested in meeting other members of our awesome scene. (And if you’re up for helping edit Future Fossils Podcast transcripts, please drop me a line at futurefossilspodcast@gmail.com.)
    Even though we didn’t watch them until later, there must be time loops flowing back into this conversation from both the documentary Feels Good Man and the satire Sassy Justice. Go watch them both immediately and you’ll know what I mean.
    For more, check out my appearance on Weird Studies 26 and Phil’s appearance on Future Fossils 126. And then read more about why things keep turning into crabs at Boing Boing and in the Future Fossils Facebook Group (1, 2).
    Intro and outro music is from Skytree’s new LP of spacey downtempo electronica, Infraplanetary.
    Cover art sourced from the uncannily appropriate less-real.com/images/21162.
    Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
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    • 1 hr 30 min

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