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Fusing counterculture ideas, Earth-conscious living, and traditional Eastern philosophy and spirituality; co-hosts Rushi Krishna and Chris Siracuse take a critical look at the progressive ideology shaping mainstream industrialized society and explore alternative paths for the development of the modern world.

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Fusing counterculture ideas, Earth-conscious living, and traditional Eastern philosophy and spirituality; co-hosts Rushi Krishna and Chris Siracuse take a critical look at the progressive ideology shaping mainstream industrialized society and explore alternative paths for the development of the modern world.

    Ep 18: Artificial Intelligence and Creative Expression

    Ep 18: Artificial Intelligence and Creative Expression

    For better or worse, the introduction of ChatGPT to the public was a monumental moment for the development of the human species. AI technologies will re-shape every aspect of society and they are ushering in a new era of creative expression - what will this new world look like and how will we maintain the spiritual essence of the human experience as machines take more and more control of our lives? In this episode of What's What, Rushi and Chris offer their take and explore ways to utilize these tools without losing our humanity.

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    Ep 17: What is Propaganda?

    Ep 17: What is Propaganda?

    On the surface, propaganda is relatively simple - it is the dissemination of information (facts, arguments, rumors, half-truths, or lies) to influence public opinion and it is often used to promote a specific political cause or point of view. But the discussion around propaganda becomes much more complex when we start to ask questions about intent. It is easy to look at opposing view points and say we know the intent behind them and label them as propaganda, disinformation, or misinformation - but it's much harder to look at ourselves and question our own intent and our own beliefs. In this episode of What's What, Rushi and Chris sift through their biases and beliefs about the world, and try to reach a shared understanding of truth.

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    • 56 min
    Ep 16: Taoism, Transgenderism, and Political Systems (Part 3 of the Eastern Philosophy Mini-Series)

    Ep 16: Taoism, Transgenderism, and Political Systems (Part 3 of the Eastern Philosophy Mini-Series)

    Taoism (or Daoism) emerged in China around 500 BCE when the philosopher Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching. The word Tao has many translations but one of the most common is "the flow of nature" or according to Alan Watts "the course of things". At the heart of Taoist philosophy is the belief that the best way to maintain order is to not try to maintain order. By relinquishing our desire for control, we create space for spontaneity and adaptability. Just as a river flows effortlessly, finding its own path around obstacles, Taoism invites us to navigate life's challenges with grace and flexibility. Rather than resisting the natural flow, we learn to flow with it.

    In part three of our mini-series on Eastern philosophy, Rushi and Chris discuss the Tao and how it relates to political and economic systems like communism and free market capitalism. The second half of the show gets deep into Taoism and transgenderism, and what the "flow of nature" truly means when it comes to the free will of human beings. Is it possible for humans to have "unnatural" thoughts and do "unnatural" things, or is everything we do natural because we are part of the natural world? Tune in to find out.

    "The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right.It loves and nourishes all things but does not lord it over them.And when good things are accomplished it lays no claim to them."

    - Lao Tzu from the Tao Te Ching

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    Ep 15: Buddhism - The Origins, Beliefs, and Relevance in the Modern World (Part 2 of the Eastern Philosophy Mini-Series)

    Ep 15: Buddhism - The Origins, Beliefs, and Relevance in the Modern World (Part 2 of the Eastern Philosophy Mini-Series)

    India the 6th-5th centuries BCE... according to legend, the Hindu prince Siddhartha Gautama renounced his position and wealth to seek enlightenment as a spiritual ascetic. It is said that he reached enlightenment while meditating under a bodhi tree, and thus became the Buddha. He began to preach his path to others and the religion of Buddhism was born.

    In part two of our mini-series on Eastern philosophy, Rushi and Chris delve into the core beliefs of Buddhism such as the Four Noble Truths, Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts's perspective on the teachings, and the modern importance of one of the world's most popular religions.

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    Ep 14: Hinduism - The Origins, Beliefs, and Relevance in the Modern World (Part 1 of the Eastern Philosophy Mini-Series)

    Ep 14: Hinduism - The Origins, Beliefs, and Relevance in the Modern World (Part 1 of the Eastern Philosophy Mini-Series)

    Hinduism is thought to be the world's oldest religion, and it includes many different systems of philosophy, belief, and ritual. But to some, Hinduism is not a religion at all, but rather a lifestyle or simply a way of being. In part one of our mini-series on Eastern philosophy, Rushi and Chris dig into the history, myths, and influence of Hinduism; and how these ancient beliefs are shaping the modern world. What lessons can we learn from Hindu texts like the Vedas, the Ramayana, and the Bhagavad Gita? Tune in to find out.

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    • 54 min
    Ep 13: Industrialized Agriculture and Reviving Traditional Food Wisdom

    Ep 13: Industrialized Agriculture and Reviving Traditional Food Wisdom

    Two questions are at the core of discussions about sustainable agriculture, food, and health (individual and ecosystem health): Where does our food come from and how is it grown or produced? In this episode of What's What, Rushi and Chris dig into industrial food systems and explore solutions to the challenges around producing enough food to feed the growing population of the planet, while also keeping ourselves healthy and our environment clean. They touch on regenerative and biodynamic farming, permaculture, food sovereignty, and local food production.

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