Third Eye Drops #27 - One Truth, Many Stories with Shane Mauss

Featured art - Topher SipesComedian, knowledge-seeker, and psychonaut, Shane Mauss returns!LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERThese mind melds are brought to you by YOU! Find out how to support us and receive rewards in the process at our Patreon page.

maussI don’t even know how or why I came upon this fact, but if you google "philosophy is,” the two first suggestions are “dead” and “bullshit.” Unfortunately I couldn’t resist the carrot, so I followed through with the "philosophy is dead" search.

The primary culprit for Google's suggestion seems to be a speech Stephen Hawking gave to Google’s Zeitgeist conference in 2011, in which he claimed that philosophy is dead” and that "scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”

To hear my riff on Hawking's proclamation that philosophy is dead, click play.

Musings in this mind meld include -

  • Stephen Hawking says "philosophy is dead." is it?
  • Why too much data and not enough philosophy can be deceptive and dangerous
  • Thoughts from Sam Harris on why we can't talk about consciousness in only measurable, observable terms
  • Finding your creative niche 
  • Why Shane is transitioning to a psychedelics-based comedy set
  • Dealing with criticism and the administrative aspects of being creative 
  • Communicating with critics, trolls and homeless people 
  • The memetic spread of information and ideas 
  • Is television a tremendous waste of time, or a valuable learning tool?
  • Consciousness is a story we tell ourselves 
  • Shane’s ongoing wrestling match with his metaphysical views 
  • Are psychedelic substances fooling your brain into thinking you’re dying, causing it to run simulations that comfort you?
  • How cultural conditioning and beliefs seem to shape people’s experiences in altered states of consciousness.

Third Eye Drops #9 - Evolving New Senses With Shane Mauss and Michael Garfield

Comedian, Shane Mauss has appeared on Conan, hosts the Here We Are Podcast and tours the country doing stand up. Silver-tongued polymath, Michael Garfield is an artist, musician and speaker based out of Austin.LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHER

Welcome friends and thank you for once again entangling your consciousness with ours!

This week’s trialogue between Michael Garfield Shane Mauss and myself was a blast and it definitely got my wonder gland frothing, I also think there were more smiles per minute in this cast than any other episode of this show I’ve done.

cropped-thirdeyedropslogo-1-1The concept I’ve really been pondering ever since this conversation is the mind’s constant need for novelty.  We chase down anything that shines and engage with it for however long it holds our attention. Then, we inevitably get sick of it and move on. You have to admit, it's useful. It’s that restless desire that pushes things collectively forward and keeps us on our ever-evolving recursive quest toward infinite improvement.

But, It’s incredibly important to balance that yang with its respective yin. That is, the place you go when your mind is still. The place you get to via meditation. The place of slower brainwaves and deep integration with yourself and your own nature. If you spend all of your time running away from that primordial place, you’re going to become an incredibly ego-driven, lopsided being who's only concerned with novelty and avoiding boredom. Not only is that unhealthy, it's not even possible. 

The thing is, the two are not mutually exclusive. It’s all about how you use your novelty. Unfortunately, most of us, myself included, tend to dive down rabbit holes of dissociative binge gaming or Netflix-ing. We use novelty as a means of disengaging from ourselves and our obligations when we should be using it as a way to continually appreciate, augment and contemplate our own position in the universe.

For more on this rant, dive into this week's mind meld and join the discussion.