We uncover the most rebellious ideas in philosophy, human potential and transcendence to find direction through the chaos of the times.
What is a Live Player? Samo Burja
What is a Live Player? How does this concept help us make sense of the cultural landscape? Is becoming one important, maybe essential?
Samo Burja is a deep thinker with a talent for creating concepts that help make sense of the cultural landscape, such as 'Live Player', meaning a person or organisation capable of novelty, versus one only able to run existing scripts.
The pandemic, and the inept response to it has shown up how many institutions and organisations are now effectively 'dead players', and how hollow and dysfunctional many of our systems have become.
In this wide-ranging and inspiring conversation, Samo explains what turns live players into dead ones, the underlying psychology and dynamics at play, and how we might go about changing that process.
Rebel Wisdom is shortly to begin a new online journey, called Becoming a Live Player, led by David Fuller and Peter Limberg of The Stoa. We will explore the landscape together, and learn some of the most effective skills, practices and psychotechnologies from as many different sources (memetic tribes) as possible: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/courses/liv...
This conversation was recorded in the Rebel Wisdom Digital Campfire. To see what sessions and discussions are coming up, check here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/campfire-ev...
Samo Burja, 'About Me': "There has never been an immortal society. No matter how technologically advanced our own society is, it is unlikely to be an exception. To achieve a positive future that defies these odds, we must understand the hidden forces that shape society.
In 2017, I founded Bismarck Analysis, a consulting firm that investigates the political and institutional landscape of society. I’m a Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation where I study how institutions can endure for centuries and millennia. I’m also Senior Research Fellow in Political Science at the Foresight Institute where I advise how institutions can shape the future of technology."
Reactionary Feminism? Mary Harrington
Mary recently took part in Rebel Wisdom's first 'Sex and Culture' event, where there was a great deal of interest in her concept of 'reactionary feminism'.
She returns to Rebel Wisdom for a showcase event in our Digital Campfire, in dialogue with Raven Connolly. She says: "The central contention of reactionary feminism is that the ideas of 'freedom' and 'progress' themselves are now delivering diminishing returns for all but a shrinking elite. And this is impacting especially severely on women, meaning that in order to remain true to the central task of feminism - advocating for women's political interests - feminists must turn against the theology of progress."
To join live and take part in conversations like this one, in Rebel Wisdom's Digital Campfire, check out the upcoming sessions here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/campfire-ev...
Mary is a writer and journalist. After graduating from Oxford University in 2002 with a first-class degree in English Literature, she was an early adopter of millennial precarity, via a twenties spent experimenting with gig economy work, intentional communities, gender nonconformity and unconventional relationship forms.
Along the way she discovered digital culture and web 2.0, co-founding the digital learning marketplace ‘School of Everything’; working as a researcher with the New York-based digital culture think tank ‘The Institute for the Future of the Book’; and curating cult art events.
After the crash of 2008 she worked in marketing while training as a psychotherapist, before discovering marriage, motherhood and small town life - along with an audience as a writer via her political blog. Her writing has been published by the New Statesman, The Spectator and Mail on Sunday, and she is a contributing editor at the influential online magazine UnHerd.
Recapture the Rapture, Jamie Wheal
In the face of multiple existential threats, and a pervasive crisis of meaning, how can we reconnect to our deepest purpose and what techniques and practices can help us reboot.
Jamie Wheal is launching his new book, Recapture the Rapture, based on three principles: Choose Your Own Apocalypse, The Alchemist's Cookbook and Ethical Cult Building.
Rebel Wisdom is co-hosting the launch party for the book with Jamie on Wednesday 28th April with guests including Gabor Mate, Dennis McKenna, Douglas Rushkoff, Diane Musho Hamilton, Tyson Yunkaporta, Daniel Schmachtenberger and many more.
You can get an invite through Flow Genome Project by buying the book:
Brian Rose's London Mayor Scam, with Coffeezilla
Brian Rose is the grift that keeps on giving. After his successful attempts to part people from their money through his scam 'Digital Freedom Platform' last year, he's now running for London Mayor.
After becoming a laughing stock on YouTube, Brian is now determined to bring his failing personality cult to the capital's voters. He claims to be running in second place, and the main challenger to Mayor Sadiq Khan, but as can be expected by now with Brian, that's a lie. And it's not the only one.
This is a conversation between Coffeezilla, the expert in dodgy online gurus who has been tracking Brian for over a year, and Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller.
David has just published an article for Unherd on this topic: https://unherd.com/2021/04/could-bria...
Catch up on previous films covering the shameless Mr Rose here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/films/34-fi...
And check out Coffeezilla's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFQM...
Rebel Wisdom has just relaunched our Digital Campfire, where you can join many of our interviews and conversations: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/campfire-ev...
Also, check out the Reddit thread 'That Bus Wanker' for more: https://www.reddit.com/r/gammasecretk...
The State of Integral, Layman Pascal & Bruce Alderman
Integral Theory has been a hugely influential school of thought in alternative communities for decades, likely peaking in the early 2000s.
Created largely by the philosopher Ken Wilber, it still maintains a strong influence, and has featured several times on Rebel Wisdom.
What light can it shed on current cultural dynamics? This was a discussion on Rebel Wisdom's Digital Campfire with the hosts of the Integral Stage podcast, Layman Pascal and Bruce Alderman.
We have just relaunched our Digital Campfire member platform, with a host of upcoming films.
To take part in these conversations check out the member options: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans
The Integral Stage is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA4...
Rebooting the Psychedelic Renaissance with Jamie Wheal
Recently, we released 'Endgame for the Psychedelic Renaissance?' in which Alexander Beiner caught up with Jamie Wheal to make sense of recent tensions in the psychedelic space around patenting, IP disputes and lobbying.
In this follow up, we move the conversation forward to explore possible ways to reboot the psychedelic renaissance. Jamie lays out 3 different approaches people are using to ensure psychedelic culture keeps its transformative potential: working within the existing game to change it, finding creative ways to jam it up, or playing an entirely new game.
You can watch the first part of this conversation 'Endgame for the Psychedelic Renaissance?' here: https://youtu.be/EOXJOZK1ZNQ
Jamie Wheal's new book, 'Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That's Lost Its Mind' comes out on April 27th: https://www.amazon.com/Recapture-Rapt...
Become a Rebel Wisdom member to participate in live Q&A calls with guests like Jamie Wheal. More info on https://www.rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans