47 episodes

Do Explain is a conversational podcast centered around questions of individual and collective human progress. Originally inspired by the visionary worldview of David Deutsch, the podcast has expanded into a lighthearted exploration of growth and progress in all its forms. Common discussion topics include the nature of mind, meaning, and knowledge; technologies of personal transformation; and the future of human flourishing. Hosted by the irrevocably curious d******d, Christofer Lövgren.

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Do Explain is a conversational podcast centered around questions of individual and collective human progress. Originally inspired by the visionary worldview of David Deutsch, the podcast has expanded into a lighthearted exploration of growth and progress in all its forms. Common discussion topics include the nature of mind, meaning, and knowledge; technologies of personal transformation; and the future of human flourishing. Hosted by the irrevocably curious d******d, Christofer Lövgren.

    #42 - Knowing Less, with Aella

    #42 - Knowing Less, with Aella

    Christofer and micro-celebrity Aella speak about exploring one's mind in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Aella's ten months of doing acid, deconstructing identity, inner vastness, exploring pain, embodiment, four categories of enlightenment, fallibilism, spiritual authority, belief construction, holding on to ideas, twitter-questions, and other related topics.

    Aella is a sex worker, blogger, and controversial twitter-celebrity who loves collecting data from her audience. She was homeschooled from birth to the end of “high school” by professionally evangelical fundamentalist Christians in Idaho. After leaving home she turned to a series of s****y jobs involving windowless factories and waking up at 4am. She eventually escaped from that into the warm, wet embrace of porn, which she used to fund dives into far away realms, both physical and psychedelic. She did a documentary or two, spent a year somehow getting addicted to LSD, did some analytical escorting, and became one of the top Onlyfans earners until her attention span ran out. Now she's comfortably settled in Austin, working on her research institute for sexual fetishes. 
    Website: https://knowingless.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aella_girl

    Support the podcast at:
    https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)
    https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)

    Find Christofer on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #41 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.3] Deconstructing Dzogchen

    #41 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.3] Deconstructing Dzogchen

    This is part 3 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).

    In the third episode they focus on the different ways Chapman and Sam Harris speak about the central insight of Dzogchen. They talk about the self as an illusion, rigpa, the four naljors within Dzogchen, emptiness, sutric renunciation and dangers of 'no-self', intermittently continuing, embodiment, Nietzsche’s true world theories, spiritual bypassing, comparing non-duality and emotional fluidity, and why Chris thinks Sam Harris might be mistaken about the value of engaging with one's repressed emotional material.

    Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeOrthwein
    Website: https://frameproblems.com/

    Support the podcast at:
    patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)
    ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)

    Find Christofer on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer

    • 2 hr 10 min
    #40 - Turbulent Tripping, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck

    #40 - Turbulent Tripping, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck

    Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about practical tips for having a useful psychedelic experience in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss if using drugs is cheating, dealing with bad/challenging trips, ceremonial containers for a trip, nested arcs, fractal insights, tripping in a group, psilocybin retreats in Holland, DMT, QRI and neural annealing, meeting extra dimensional beings, and other related topics.

    Aaron Nesmith-Beck is a writer and entrepreneur most interested in psychedelics as a way to effectively do good. He founded Atman, one of the first legal psilocybin retreats. Atman Retreat allows people to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics safely, legally, and in a setting designed to maximize their benefits. Before that, he travelled for several years while blogging at Freedom & Fulfilment, which has now reached almost a million people worldwide. He's currently based in Toronto, Canada and was previously a board member of Mapping the Mind, one of Canada’s largest psychedelic science conferences, and a volunteer organizer for Effective Altruism Toronto. Other interests of his include meditation, applied ethics, personality and transpersonal psychology, and nonduality.
    Website: https://anesmithbeck.com/
    Atman Retreat: https://atmanretreat.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/anesmithbeck

    Support the podcast at:
    https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)
    https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)

    Find Christofer on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #39 - The Magic of Mushrooms, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck

    #39 - The Magic of Mushrooms, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck

    Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about the transformative powers of psychedelics in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss how nice Canadians really are, common objections to using psychedelics, Aaron's most memorable psychedelic experiences, Atman Retreat, tripping solo or with a sitter, crying as a therapeutic tool, bodymind tension, highly sensitive people (HSP), the experience of Oneness, the metaphysics of mystical insight, and other related topics.

    Aaron Nesmith-Beck is a writer and entrepreneur most interested in psychedelics as a way to effectively do good. He founded Atman, one of the first legal psilocybin retreats. Atman Retreat allows people to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics safely, legally, and in a setting designed to maximize their benefits. Before that, he travelled for several years while blogging at Freedom & Fulfilment, which has now reached almost a million people worldwide. He's currently based in Toronto, Canada and was previously a board member of Mapping the Mind, one of Canada’s largest psychedelic science conferences, and a volunteer organizer for Effective Altruism Toronto. Other interests of his include meditation, applied ethics, personality and transpersonal psychology, and nonduality.
    Website: https://anesmithbeck.com/
    Atman Retreat: https://atmanretreat.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/anesmithbeck

    Support the podcast at:
    https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)
    https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)

    Find Christofer on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer

    • 1 hr 44 min
    #38 - Laughing Out Loud, with Joe Hudson

    #38 - Laughing Out Loud, with Joe Hudson

    Christofer and executive coach Joe Hudson speak about resisting positive emotions in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss crying at bus stops, laughing, dealing with anger, the shadow, inherent goodness, original sin, love what you do vs. do what you love, parts work, and other related topics.

    Joe Hudson is a sought after executive coach and creator of The Art of Accomplishment, an online learning platform for personal development.  As a venture capitalist Joe found that the most rewarding aspect, and the part he was most successful at, was the mentorship and coaching of the leadership of his portfolio companies. This insight moved him to his present role as a coach, business consultant and teacher. He now coaches 12 CEOs and leaders in prominent companies and runs transformative programs for both individuals and businesses. He is practicing a craft that makes big, lasting, and overwhelmingly positive impacts on the lives of people in his programs and in the companies he works with.

    Website: https://artofaccomplishment.com/
    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-art-of-accomplishment/id1540650504

    Support the podcast at:
    https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)
    https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)

    Find Christofer on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #37 - [The Chapman Series, Pt. 2] Nebulosity of Knowing

    #37 - [The Chapman Series, Pt. 2] Nebulosity of Knowing

    This is part 2 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).

    In the second episode they focus on why the search for a universal theory of epistemology is problematic. They talk about mathematical and semantic information, the difference between nebulosity and fallibilism, and Chapman's division of reasonableness, rationality and meta-rationality. 

    Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeOrthwein
    Website: https://frameproblems.com/

    Article by David Deutsch mentioned in the intro:
    https://www.warpnews.org/premium-content/david-deutsch-optimism-pessimism-and-cynicism/

    Support the podcast at:
    patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)
    ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)

    Find Christofer on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

tchrav ,

Delightful, Constructive and Optimistic

Refreshingly optimistic ... Chris and his colorful array of guests undertake stimulating explorations of complex and important topics with a sense of humor, sincerity, fallibility and optimism ... my favorite podcast !

@reason_wit_me ,

Fascinating and Funny: Five Stars

Do Explain is a great podcast that presents insightful and interesting conversations centered on themes of knowledge and progress. Despite the headiness of some of the philosophical topics that Christofer and his guests discuss, the podcast manages to stay light with lots of jokes and charming personalities.

cgbessellieu ,

Optimistic, Hilarious & Inspiring!

Awesome podcast on epistemology and rational optimism, with a good sense of humor to boot! 😆

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