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Exercising Your Inner Daemons
Continuing the theme of the month and last week's talk about parasitism, this week we're talking exorcism in media and history. While often considered through the monocle lens of priests, holy water, demonic possession and the cloistered atmosphere of Catholicism, our conversation leads us beyond the reductionist understanding and places demonic possession and exorcism along a continuum of attempted therapeutic and medical treatments that have versions and variations across all traditions and time. We're also quick to point out that most of it is b******t.
Interlude: Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Pt. I
Outro: Rhythm & Noise - Schismatic
Loving the Alien
Picking up from where we left off on last week's episode on Gnosticism, we explore the 'ancient astronauts' theory a bit further from a psychological and mythological perspective. Using the Alien series as our point of departure we explore a wide range of topics and themes including panspermia, biowarfare, biblical allegory, serpent energy, ancient deities, magic, parasitism, corporatism and the hubristic search for immortality.
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Interlude: Vangelis - Freefall
Outro: David Bowie - Loving the Alien
Gnosticism... Does it Exist?
This week we're discussing the confounding subject of Gnosticism, adding our own confusions and insights to the mix, as we touch on archons, archangels, apocrypha, orthodoxy, Sophia, the discovery of the Nag Hammadi and a PLEROMA of other related tangents...
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Interlude: Trio Bulgarka (youtube video)
Outro: Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim
Bart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer
Collin (@flavorstraw) fills in for a solo episode to discuss depictions of the soul in popular media, specifically, as seen in The Simpsons episode Bart Sells His Soul. While teasing out the theological and metaphysical implications--highlighting Lisa's profound insights as they relate to the the value of one's own soul--Collin compares this storyline with the one found in Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer, showing that here again, we have a story in which the value and status of one's soul is examined and is recognized as something not to be taken for granted.
Interlude: The Residents - Phantom
Outro: Johnny Moggi Quintet - Night's Perfume
Losing Our Shit Round Deux: The Loosening
Despite making our way into autumn, things continue to heat up both figuratively and literally. The death of Ruth Bader-Ginsburg has ignited a new wave of fiery ardor among Democrats. The Jefferson County grand jury ruling in the murder of Breonna Taylor shows yet again how broken our legal system is. Power continues to insulate itself with human shields. Bots and humans compete for authenticity in mimetic rivalry. So-called ‘personalities’ and gatekeepers steer attention and allegiances to the all-absorbing kayfabe of our aestheticized political system. It would seem we are still collectively losing our shit but in the meantime we might as well dispel illusions and smash false idols.
The Sugar Hill Gang - Rapper's Delight (Granny remix)
Frank Zappa - Son of Orange County (Live)
Black Sabbath - Into the Void
I, Asimov: The Foundation for a Brave New World
Resident Asimov expert @AtlastDrugged comes on to talk about the influence of Isaac Asimov on the fields of robotics, economics, sociology and history. With not only his science-heavy sci-fi series 'Foundation', but also central concepts like 'psychohistory', Asimov has influenced people from Elon Musk to Newt Gingrich and many other self-appointed 'Gold-Souled' individuals, who, whether hedging their bets on Roko's basilisk, cheating investors out of their money or simply true-believers themselves in the tech utopia of being 'watched over by machines of loving grace', take it upon themselves to steer humanity toward self-fulfilling prophecy.
We also talk a little about Silicon Valley burning, Russian spy allegations, spies moonlighting as authors, CSICOP, how Epstein 'fucking loved science', Apple TV's upcoming version of 'Foundation', and the dangers of unexamined influences.
Interlude: Hitomi Tohyama - 'Sexy Robot'
Outro: Baby Buddha - 'Robot Police'
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