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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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    164 - Violet Luxton on Scientific Reductionism vs. Traditional Ecological Knowledge

    164 - Violet Luxton on Scientific Reductionism vs. Traditional Ecological Knowledge

    This week we talk to artist, musician, and community organizer Violet Luxton, who works and lives at the intersection of Indigenous wisdom traditions and Indigenous rights movements, #LandBack and #BlackLivesMatter, afro-futurism, yoga, and visionary biotechnological speculation. In a conversation far shorter than the subject matter deserves, we explore some of the themes in and related to her profound academic paper, "Transtemporality and The Technology of Indigenous Kinship: The Science of Remembering Ourselves."
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    Music by Future Fossils co-host Evan “Skytree” Snyder.
    Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
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    Also Discussed In This Episode:
    Violet Luxton at LinkedIn
    Saki Mafundikwa — Ingenuity and Elegance in Ancient African Alphabets [video]
    Ron Eglash — The Fractals at The Heart of African Designs [video]
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    Buy the books we mention on Future Fossils at Bookshop.org/shop/FutureFossils, which supports local bookstores instead of Amazon and pays me 10% at no additional cost to you.
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    • 57 min
    163 - Bitcoin & Fungal Economies with Toby Kiers & Brandon Quittem

    163 - Bitcoin & Fungal Economies with Toby Kiers & Brandon Quittem

    This week we’re joined by evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers and Bitcoin entrepreneur Brandon Quittem for an interdisciplinary trialogue on the analogy between digital currencies and the so-called Wood Wide Web. Toby studies fungal economies in the lab, and her research challenges the commonly-held assumption that mycorrhizal networks are socialist utopia hippie love-fests. Brandon evangelizes “The Internet of Money” as an exemplary instance of biomimicry and argues that Bitcoin is doing for human finance what mycelial networks have done for terrestrial biology. And I wade in with more than my usual helping of paradoxically-critical enthusiasm to ask if “natural” really equals “healthy” or “desirable” in our rush to serve the evolutionary algorithm of technological development.  
    This one should appeal to anybody on the “Transhumanist Bitcoin Bro to Luddite Biodynamic Farmer” spectrum…share your thoughts about the episode in ourFuture Fossils Discord server or Facebook group, where it’s easy to link up with amazing fellow weirdos.
    Brandon’s Website & Twitter
    Brandon’s article, “Bitcoin is The Mycelium of Money”
    Toby’s Website & Twitter
    Toby’s TED talk, “Lessons from fungi on markets and economics”
    If you believe in the value of this show and want to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon and/or please rate and review Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts! Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our monthly book club, and many other wondrous things.
    Music by Future Fossils co-host Evan “Skytree” Snyder.
    I transcribe this show with help from Podscribe.ai — which I highly recommend to other podcasters. If you’d like to help me edit transcripts for my upcoming Future Fossils book project, please let me know! I’m @michaelgarfield on Twitter & Instagram.
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    And for my fellow guitarists in the audience, let me recommend you get yourself a Jamstik Studio, the coolest MIDI guitar I’ve ever played. I just grabbed one this year and LOVE it. Videos soon!
    Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
    Additional Resources:
    Future Fossils 161 - Michael Phillip on Play & Creativity
    Future Fossils 81 - Art Brock on Holochain and the Future of Currency
    Future Fossils 56 - Sophia Rohklin on Anarchy, Ecology, Economy, and Shamanism
    Complexity 35 - Geoffrey West on Physical Scaling Laws
    Complexity 13 - Brian Arthur on the History of Complexity Economics
    Complexity 8 - Olivia Judson on Life’s Major Energy Transitions
    Deep Facebook thread on the un/sustainability of blockchains & cryptocurrencies
    Regen Network
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    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.
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    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:
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    • 55 min
    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. 
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    We’d also love to have you in The Future Fossils Discord server, where you can find the others…
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    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
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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.
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    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)
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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.
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    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

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