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Michael Ashcroft is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, an awareness based educational process that helps people live with greater ease and freedom and is the co-founder of the Carbon Removal Centre. We discuss Alexander Technique, expansion of awareness and ways of being, human advancement and pluralistic utopianism (thanks Tyler Alter…
 
Benjamins McCarthy is a skydiver, musician and a teacher of yoga and Te Reo Māori. We discuss the past and future of European and Māori culture in Aotearoa New Zealand, the past synthesis of the two cultures and the new synthesis of the cultures heading into the future. Follow us for future episodes. Shownotes available at thegoodtimeline.com/podca…
 
Frank Yang is a bodybuilder, virtuoso musician, filmmaker, vlogger and arhat (one that has achieved Buddhist awakening/enlightenment). We discuss Frank's journey from physical aesthetics to spiritual/mind aesthetics; psychedelics and how to transcend the dead materialist worldview; metamodernism; the efficiency of meditation retreats; how awakening…
 
Tyson Yunkaporta is the author of Sand Talk - a book which examines the modern would through an indigenous lens, weaving together traditional knowledge systems, complex systems theory, dreaming narratives, art and philosophy. We discuss humans as a custodial species; subduing and the role of narcissism; rites of passage; knowledge creation; distrib…
 
David Pearce is a British Transhumanist philosopher and co-founder of Humanity Plus. We discuss the Abolitionist Project and the importance of suffering in negative utilitarianism; MDMA and gradients of bliss; GTP-3 & AI-generated art; CRISPR gene editing in humans; cultured meat and the end of factory farming; the relationship between happiness, s…
 
Shasa Bolton is an artist, mechanical engineer, musician and adventurer. Some years ago he completed a 2500km solo circuit of India on nothing but a hand-powered tricyle, raising money to purchase trikes for forgotten people with disabilities he found along the way. We discuss Shasa's adventures, the commonalities of humanity and how they can super…
 
The episode features The Wizard of New Zealand and his apprentice, Ari Freeman. The Wizard was decreed a living work of art by the NZ Art Gallery Directors’ Council, named the official Wizard of New Zealand by Prime Minister Michael Moore in in 1990, and was awarded the Queens Service Medal in 2009. Ari Freeman is a wizard and musician and is curre…
 
Daniel M Ingram is a high level meditation practitioner and emergency medicine physician. We discuss a bunch of higher level Buddhist practice, experience and theory including jhanas; stream entry; trauma processing and metta / cultivation of joy. Daniel places a rational / pragmatic lens on chakras & anatomy; death & reincarnation; entity experien…
 
Noah Gundersen is an American indie folk singer-songwriter from Seattle. We discuss: truth and meaning within art; the value of intuition in songwriting; America and Modernity; self determination and free will; balancing peace and achievement; what freedom means to Noah; the age of physical and digital identity; spirituality and finding meaning out…
 
Part 3 of 3 of our chat with Andres Gomez Emilsson (part one here & part two here) We discuss: DMT Entities, so called "possessions" and how we might determine experimentally whether the entities are real (in the sense of other) or not (in the sense of self rendered); memetic hazard of weird discoveries; epistemological optimism; carriers of identi…
 
Part 2 of 3 of our chat with Andres Gomez Emilsson of the Qualia Research Institute (part one here) We discuss: game theory of mainstream open individualism; the politics of paradise engineering; selection pressures on ancient societal modes of being; stroboscopic brain entrainment tech + leads on actual tech-facilitated mind melding (based on lead…
 
Andres Gomez Emilsson is a consciousness researcher and data science engineer with a Master's in computational psychology from Stanford University. He is a core member of the Qualia Research Institute and curates the blog Qualia Computing. James and I chat to Andres and catch up on developments at the QRI in the past 18 months. In part one we discu…
 
Jeremy Sherman is the author of “Neither Ghost Nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves”. We discuss: superorganisms; why we shouldn't trust woke movements; humanities quest for immortality; which universal truths might actually exist; definition of + potential origins of life; the origin of purpose from pure chemistry and it’s link to love;…
 
Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova are the hosts of the Future Thinkers Podcast. We chat life in Bulgaria; sovereignty of mind; Jungian archetypes; identity and embodiment of older limbic system modes; modern vs archaic rites of passage; learning how to learn; what spirituality is, why it's important; nihilism; psychedelics; democracy and transhumani…
 
A deep dive into Marijuana - a drug as complex as it is misunderstood. Part 1 of this shortcast examines the definition, use, composition, effects and main arguments for and against legalisation + a chat with “Green Fairy” and co-leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, Maki Herbert. Read the full blog post in the new writings section here. …
 
Alex and Caolan are indie-folk musicians based in Prague. After an afternoon of drinking Czech pilsner in the sun we chat about the boy’s experience of living in China and and being arrested on-stage; the difference between Curling and Hurling; the modern meaning crisis for young people; songwriting and music in general and a few tunes are performe…
 
Don Caldwell is the managing editor of Know your Meme. We chat the power of memes; signalling theory; key components of virality; advertising and perverse media incentives; 4chan culture, Pepe the frog and the alt right and some of the weird and wonderful internet subcultures that exist in 2019. Connect with Don: Don’s profile on KnowYourMeme Twitt…
 
Cosmic Tortoise is rebranding. The name was fun and memorable but as the podcast has evolved I feel it doesn’t properly represent the content of the podcast. So here I present: The Good Timeline We are increasingly in charge of our own evolution as a species. This is essentially what transhumanism is - the transition from homo-sapien humans to some…
 
This is a shortcast on overcoming fear in the face of extreme violent attacks. I grew up in Canterbury so this one truly shocked me. I don’t want the fear to spread, so I wrote these words which I have read aloud in this episode. The attack on March 15 was explicitly designed to spread fear and to divide us. Fear spreads like a disease. I won’t let…
 
Richie Ogulnick has worked with Ibogaine for decades and is a pioneer of the Ibogaine Movement. We discuss: Richie’s story of ibogaine and how he brought it from Africa to the US; the allure of heroin and other drugs; the importance of surrender; ibogaine itself: experience, risks + post-session effects; common threads of addiction and relapse + wh…
 
Paul Gilster curates space-blog Centauri Dreams and is an expert in interstellar space research. We chat: the current state of interstellar space tech; whether Elon Musk’s dream of colonising mars is possible; human speciation in colonies on other planets; space law and jurisdiction of new planets; Terraforming; the Kontiki expedition + the human i…
 
Zoltan Istvan was the 2016 US presidential candidate for the Transhumanist party; author of The Transhumanist Wager; former journalist for NatGeo; pioneer of volcano-boarding; and is often cited as the global leader of the radical science movement. We chat what Zoltan is doing to overcome death personally; nootropics he is experimenting with; the b…
 
David Seymour is a Member of Parliament and the leader of ACT, the New Zealand Libertarian Party. We converse on David’s formative years; his thoughts on what might insulate New Zealand from the more extreme politics that are emerging globally; views on China’s influence on the world and NZ; Drug Legalisation and why it might not be as clear cut as…
 
This episode is the first of a shortcast format. A shortcast is a shorter episode exploring topics that I have been pondering. Since the world is in an uproar about the gene editing / CRISPR baby thing I thought I would zoom out a bit and look at the experiment from a larger, more transhumanist lens. For those unfamiliar with the story here is an a…
 
Sara Gael is the MAPS director of harm reduction. She coordinates psychedelic harm reduction services at festivals and events worldwide with the Zendo Project. We cover safe use and best practices of psychedelic use; the difference between transformational festivals and mainstream events; MDMA and it’s therapeutic potential and the human yearning f…
 
Jed Parsons is a New Zealand musician. Over some delicious German beer we chat about music, songwriting and Jed performs some songs from his debut album Midnight Feast. Connect with Jed: Facebook Instagram Songs: ”Reading Me Wrong” @ 05:42 ”How Could You” @ 36:45 ”Move On” @ 1:01:26 Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand and Berlin, Germany…
 
Libby Emmons is a writer and playwright that recently wrote a piece on Transhumanism for Quillette. We discuss whether transhumanism is synonymous with oppression; free speech; robot sex; utilitarianism and the ethics of a superintelligent AI govt; what a post human world might look like; free-range parenting; convenience vs human autonomy and the …
 
Robin Hanson is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He runs the blog Overcoming Bias and is the co-author of recently released psychology book Elephant in the Brain. We chat about The Elephant in the Brain; why Robin retweets negative criti…
 
I'm joined by Michael and James for our now more regular chat about anything and everything. With all three of us running on 5 hours sleep and a few drams of whisky we chat: nurtigenomics; ecofacism; mercantilism; The Expanse; Peter Thiel and Seastading; Trump's Space Force; Noopept amongst other themes. ...and we extend a very generous offer to an…
 
This is the first of an experimental bi-weekly conversational podcast in which James, Michael and I have contemporaneous yarns about what's happening in the world, new things we've read/learned and just have a general hang. Nothing in this conversation should be taken too seriously. Except Potassium. This episode is called the Summit Summit as it w…
 
Andres Gomez Emilsson is a consciousness researcher and data science engineer with a Master's in computational psychology from Stanford University. He is a member of the Qualia Research Institute and runs the blog Qualia Computing. My friend James Ormrod joined me to chat with Andres about many different aspects of his work and passion: What qualia…
 
Emily C Browning is a New Zealand musician. We talk about all that's happened in the year since we last chatted on the podcast and Emily performs two new songs. This podcast was recorded around a month ago (26 of March 2018). Connect with Emily: Facebook Instagram EmilyCB.com Songs: "Outgoing" @ 22:28 "Chasing You" @ 40:54 Recorded in Christchurch,…
 
Dylan Curran is a tech expert and privacy consultant based in Ireland who recently blew up the Twitterspere with a series of tweets detailing the staggering scope and breadth of data collection by companies such as Facebook and Google. We talk about big data collection; whether our phones are listening to our conversations; the reality of incognito…
 
Aella is an analyst at blockchain-based dating company Luna. Her blog details the escape from a homeschooled fundamentalist Christian community; time as a prankster camgirl; her experience taking LSD every week for 10 months and the art that it produced as well as surveys, philosophy, cartography, modelling and fiction. We chat about most of the ab…
 
This episode features Carmel Johnston. Carmel was the commander and soil scientist for HI SEAS IV, a year long mars simulation sponsored by NASA's Human Research Program. Six subjects participated in the study which located on the mars-like slopes of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. The crew spent an entire year in a simulated mars dome - growing their …
 
Daniel M Ingram is a high level meditation practitioner and emergency medicine physician. He is the author of Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book and is the founder of popular meditation resource dharmaoverground.org Daniel and I chatted about the fundamentals of buddhism and meditation practise; the nature…
 
Patrick Fuller is associate Professor of Neurology at both Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is involved with numerous organisations including the Society for Neuroscience and the Sleep Research Society. Patrick enlightened me on present and potential future technological hacks for different brain wave states a…
 
Stanley Krippner is a Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University. I caught up with Stanley in Vienna in October. We sat down to talk about free will, the definition of different entities and their influence on humanity, the nature of life in the universe and how to find meaning in an increasingly unpredictable world. Show notes and links here R…
 
Waldemar Ingdahl is the founder of a Swedish transhumanist think-tank; a science writer with work published in the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Financial Times, Tech Central Station; has appeared on Swedish television and on TedX Stockholm and is the author of several books including Cities On The Edge. I find transhumanism to be an ethos full o…
 
Mimi, Ammie and Maureen are chimpanzee experts and have all spent time in Africa studying wild chimpanzee populations. I was fortunate enough to discover that one of the main centres in the world for Primatology was right here in Leipzig, and so one hot summer's day Michael and I sat down with the girls over beer and coffee and talked deep into the…
 
Pubudu Senannayake holds a PhD in physics, works as a statistical analyst at Stats New Zealand and volunteers for Generation Zero,a youth based climate change initiative. Michael and I chat with Pubudu chat about the applications of quantum mechanics in technology and the present and future issues of climate change. Show notes and links here Record…
 
Jonathan Balcombe is a scientist, author and speaker specialising in animal sentience and emotions. Balcombe holds 3 degrees including a PhD in ethology. He has published over 50 scientific papers on animal behaviour and animal protection and is currently the Director of Animal Sentience with the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, in …
 
Alan Watts was a brilliant philosopher; a fantastic speaker full of lucidity and cheekiness. He wrote a wonderful small book called "The Joyous Cosmology". It is the best description of the psychedelic experience I have come across, and when I couldn't find a decent audio version of his book I decided to make one myself. I feel this book would be o…
 
I feel very lucky to have befriended such interesting fellows as James and Michael. It's with these two that I have spent many an evening talking about anything and everything into the early hours. Michael and James are both highly knowledegable and curious people; they always carry a wide range of topical discussion plucked from a bunch of discipl…
 
Emily C Browning is a New Zealand musician. We talk about music (mostly) and Emily performs some of her songs. Connect with Emily: Facebook Instagram Songs: "Lover" @ 01:00 (original video here) "Daydreaming" @ 23:46 "All that I want" @ 30:10 "Cruel" @ 45:54 Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand Theme song by Cosmic Tortoise…
 
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