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A podcast based inquiry into the next phase of the human experiment.

Emerge: Making Sense of What's Next Daniel Thorson

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

A podcast based inquiry into the next phase of the human experiment.

    Tasshin - Fullstack Harmony for Maximum Deep Benefit

    Tasshin - Fullstack Harmony for Maximum Deep Benefit

    Tasshin – which means “to reach or achieve truth” – describes himself as an “online pilgrim wandering this precious world for the benefit of all beings.”

    In this episode, Daniel talks with Tasshin about some of the lessons he has learned and his unique insights into what it means to “live your vow,” from clarifying one’s sense of unique purpose to effectively coordinating with individuals and groups. While breaking down a statement on “bottlenecks” from Tasshin’s recent article, they outline a powerful framework that connects inner and outer work and service.

    Topics covered include productivity, psychology, ethics, effective coordination, the technological and poetic attunements (as described by Heidegger), the pathology of trying to “solve the world’s problems,” and the duo’s friendship, which dates back to their two-plus years together at the Monastic Academy.

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    02:15 Daniel and Tasshin’s Personal Connection and Mutual Inspiration
    10:29 Overview of Tasshin’s Recent Article and Reading of His “Bottleneck” Statement
    16:33 “Finding Your Vow Is The Bottleneck On Productivity”
    24:02 Living One’s Vow/Purpose As An Iterative Process
    28:23 Addressing Doubts Regarding The Concept of “Vow”or “Unique Purpose”
    31:53 “Productivity Is The Bottleneck On Strategy”
    44:37 “Strategy Is The Bottleneck On Effective Coordination”
    47:57 Different Levels of Harmonization
    54:17 Trusting Yourself, Trusting Experience, Trusting Life
    58:52 From Solving The World’s Problems to Focusing On Goodness, Truth, Beauty, and Playing One’s Part
    1:07:52 Closing

    • 1 hr 12 min
    John Churchill - The Three Strands of Awakening [From the Coach's Rising Podcast]

    John Churchill - The Three Strands of Awakening [From the Coach's Rising Podcast]

    This episode is a 're-Cast' from the Coach's Rising podcast, hosted by Joel Monk. I was so moved and inspired by the conversation I thought I'd share it with you all on my stream. I've been following John Churchill's work for some time, and this was exactly the conversation I wanted to have with him. It's a beautiful episode, and I hope you enjoy.

    Dr. John Churchill is a Doctor of Psychology and teacher of Buddha Dharma as well as a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and author. John’s interest in psycho-spiritual development, Integral theory, Contemplative studies, Western Esotericism, and Mahayana Buddhism began in his adolescence, leading him to spend several years as a Buddhist monk at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. During this time, John received the esoteric Planetary Dharma transmissions that would in time unfold as his contribution to a planetary fourth turning teaching. He is also a founding member of the Integral Institute.



    • 1 hr 32 min
    Vince Horn - Meditate with AI

    Vince Horn - Meditate with AI

    Vince Horn and Daniel discuss the evolution, benefits, and potential of social meditation. They explore the new meditatewith.ai app created by Vince and Interbeing Inc. co-founder Chris Ewald. The app allows users to practice social meditation with an AI partner, with the ultimate goal of deepening the realization of human interconnectedness in everyday life. Vince and Daniel discuss how social meditation can affect relationships and networks, and how the practice might help address core issues of alienation from self, other, and world at the heart of the meta-crisis.

    Vince Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, Vincent spent his 20s co- founding the Buddhist Geeks project while doing a full year of silent meditation practice on retreat.


    3:54 Intro

    5:36 Intro to Social Meditation

    11:23 Evolution of Social Meditation

    16:33 The Role of Language in Meditation

    21:50 Significance of Meditation Moving into the Inter-Relational Context

    24:53 Social Meditation’s Effects on Relationships

    26:04 The Meditatewith.ai App & The Issues It Addresses

    30:11 Intra-Connection, Interconnection & How Social Meditation Can Impact Groups

    34:19 Vince’s Inspiration For This Work

    38:43 How AI Is Used in the App

    49:09 Social Meditation and the Unfolding of the Spiritual Path

    53:36 Creating and Refining a Protocol for Social Meditation

    57:30 Value of Social Meditation for the Meta-Crisis

    1:01:12 Next Steps for the App

    1:03:09 Wrap-up

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Bonnitta Roy, John Vervaeke, Thomas Steininger - Wisdom & Complexity [RSPND Network]

    Bonnitta Roy, John Vervaeke, Thomas Steininger - Wisdom & Complexity [RSPND Network]

    In this conversation, John, Bonnie, and Thomas discuss various frameworks on what wisdom is, how it functions, and the different types and scales of complexity in which wisdom may arise. The conversation explores themes of wisdom and complexity with both depth and breadth, navigating the topic philosophically and pragmatically, and ultimately arriving at wisdom's relationship with the "It" beyond all relationship.

    This conversation is brought to us by the Respond Network. The Respond Network is a distributed research network focused on addressing the meta-crisis by researching and cultivating wisdom.

    Respond Network Practitioners taking place August 7th – 12th, 2023 in Bergerac, France

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    0:00 - Intro

    5:59 - Virtue Reactivation

    8:19 - Wisdom vs. Development & Complexity vs. Rootedness

    12:47 - Wisdom as a function of Domains of Complexity

    17:48 - Wisdom as a function of Relationship

    20:30 - Wisdom as the Interplay between Sophia & Phronesis

    25:35 - Moving between Scales of Sophia & Phronesis

    30:37 - Vertical and Horizontal Axes of Wisdom & Complexity

    35:41 - Letting Go of Complexity into New Emergence

    38:35 - Receptivity to Spontaneity

    40:20 - Reorientation Towards Rootedness

    42:50 - Accessing What is Fundamental Through Rootedness

    49:59 - John Explicating Bonita's Demonstration of the Topic

    51:22 - Mindfulness Mirroring

    56:27 - Recognizing the Exemplification of the Sacred as a Function of Wisdom

    1:02:34 - The World as a grounding agent for Wisdom

    1:05:24 - When and How did 'It' show up?

    1:12:10 - The 'It' is Beyond Relationship

    1:24:14 - In Story'ing

    1:26:14 - Mindfulness Mirroring II

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Jill Nephew - Using ChatGPT is Like Eating Plastic for Your Cognition

    Jill Nephew - Using ChatGPT is Like Eating Plastic for Your Cognition

    In this conversation I speak with Jill Nephew. Jill, a former AI black box algorithm engineer with extensive experience in developing software architectures, holds a highly heterodox perspective on the risks associated with LLM AIs. In this conversation we explore Jill's argument that using LLMs like ChatGPT or Bard are like eating plastic for your cognitive agency and natural intelligence, how it is that AIs could cause the rise of new 'supercults', and how another world is possible, if only we learn to ask the right questions.

    If you enjoy this podcast and want to support it please consider becoming a Patreon supporter.

    [3:52] The critical difference between cognition and thinking
    [9:49] Why is using LLMs like eating plastic for our cognition?
    [16:04] What LLMs represent in the context of the meta-crisis
    [24:51] How LLMs signal trustworthiness and use randomness to confuse us and unground our cognition
    [36:00] What we can expect to see as LLMs introduce more plastic into our cognition
    [38:29] What ways of interacting with LLMs might be safe?
    [47:52] What are cults and how do they function in relationship to our cognition?
    [53:29] The possibility of an AI 'supercult'
    [55:27] The most dangerous thing we do to each other
    [59:48] The deep meaningfulness and richness of grounded cognition, going beyond trauma healing, beyond the monkey mind
    [1:07:17] Technology to reclaim natural intelligence, the practice of inquiry, the difference between 'good' inquiry and 'bad' inquiry
    [1:12:31] The rigorous engineering behind good inquiry forms
    [1:13:29] The power of inquiry, the feeling of insight, how to achieve a quiet mind
    [1:18:29] Jill's advice for how to respond to the acceleration of planetary destruction

    Jill's Conversation with Layman Pascal on the Integral Stage⁠

    Inqwire, the software Jill has developed to help people reclaim their natural intelligence.

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    John Vervaeke, Zak Stein, Nora Bateson - What is Transformation? [RSPND Network]

    John Vervaeke, Zak Stein, Nora Bateson - What is Transformation? [RSPND Network]

    John Vervaeke, Zak Stein, and Nora Bateson discuss transformation and its complex, cross-domain dimensionality. This episode addresses topics such as how does transformation take place and in what contexts? How does western culture misunderstand transformation? How is transformation naturally interwoven within the larger narrative of our lives?

    This conversation is brought to us by the Respond Network (https://rspnd.network). The Respond network is an initiative to address the meta-crisis by researching and cultivating wisdom. Respond is a network of researchers and practitioners who develop and deploy ecologies of practices (EoP) for personal and systemic transformation.

    0:00:00 - Introduction, the Respond Network, Patreon

    0:03:41 - Transformation Dimensionality

    0:09:05 - Consequences of Transformation

    0:13:13 - Transformation is not Chosen

    0:19:11 - Virtue in Response to Fate

    0:24:28 - Transformation is Ecological

    0:29:41 - Re-Humanization of Transformational Spaces

    0:32:05 - Necessary Tension within the Mythology of Hero

    0:41:41 - Shifts in Intergenerational Transmission

    0:44:08 - Ecology of Communication

    0:50:58 - Necessity of Cultural Cognitive Grammar

    0:53:20 - The Contextuality & Transferability of Transformation

    1:08:23 - How Skills are Interwoven & Transferable

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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Stoic81 ,

Helped change how I see the world

This podcast brings together various threads relating to consciousness, development, sense-making, in a way that has helped me to examine how I engage with the world.
There are many great podcasts in the integral/metamodern/sense-making world but this one has something very special.

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You have to listen to this...

This podcast will help you to live a more meaningful life, without numbing yourself to the challenges that lie ahead. I can’t recommend it enough.

Stewc82 ,

Blown away by this podcast

This podcast is an amazing find for anyone interested in bridging the worlds of spirituality, politics and social change. I only discovered it a few weeks ago and am steadily working my way through the back catalogue. So many of the discussions are resonating with me really deeply and I feel like I've found a place where conversations are happening that I've been yearning to have. Thanks Daniel for doing such a great job.

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