Third Eye Drops #28 - The Heart in the Network with Dr. Bruce Damer and Michael Garfield

Featured art - Alex GreyDr. Bruce Damer is a multidisciplinary researcher at UC Santa Cruz focused on origin of life theory, a speaker, performer and host of the Levity Zone podcast.Michael Garfield is an artist, musician, speaker and co-host of the Future Fossils podcast.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.As you probably know by now I’m an idea explorer, not an idea swallower. I’ve never been one to fully commit to a well-established reality tunnel. That said, last year I did an experiment with the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination tool. Entering into it, I admittedly kept the “this is all just for fun" excuse at the ready.

bruce-damer-mpnI posed this question to the oracle: "Are we anything more than fancy apes? Is there a higher consciousness or purpose that we are connected to?"

The answer it gave was hexagram 53 changing into 13. Which, in a nutshell, means that we are when we come together in the spirit of something larger than ourselves. Shockingly profound.

As ontologically powerful as that moment was for me, I admit it’s all subjective. One could easily chalk up the spot-on nature of that answer to coincidence and confirmation bias.

Nonetheless, the more I consider it, it really does seem that networks, are the most potent expression of life. A network of beings with a purpose can accomplish practically anything, whether it’s a colony of ants architecting a massive system of tunnels, a group of creative friends endeavoring to elevate their respective talents, the building of the Large Hadron Collider or the horrors of war, we owe it all to networks.

This podcast you’re about to hear,  just like that I Ching moment, has really intensified my fascination with the concept of the network. We spend quite a bit of time rapping about networks at all levels of existence, from the microbial mats that gave birth to life on this planet to the modern, technology-soaked process of manifesting a technosphere that's evolving us as a species, a society and as a vessel for consciousness in general. 

Musings in this mind meld

  • The blessing and curse of the creative 
  • How VR will bring us together 
  • Massive leaps forward in understanding where life came from 
  • The basic unit of life is a network  
  • How the younger generation seems to reflect more of a group mind than an individual one
  • How the internet was born
  • Is the best model for society an open-source collective network?
  • The future of innovation isn’t in monolithic huge organizations, it’s in creative groups with singleminded missions
  • What’s the future of space travel? Why would we ever need to physically go anywhere if we can experience it through technology?
  • Bruce’s thought experiment on how consciousness began 
  • The unlikelihood of the universe existing at all 
  • Theoretical ideas versus practical ones
  • Hear the full recording of the I Ching reading 

Third Eye Drops #18 - Switzon S. Wigfall III and the Smiling Sisyphus

SWITZON S. WIGFALL III is a Multi-media Visual Artist, Animator and VJ. His work is a a diverse collection of rude art slaps upon a variety of mediums. His love of music, esotericism, sci-fi, robots, machines and fractal geometry shine through his work. Switzon is also on his third round of every-day art pieces, which you can keep up with via his Instagram.LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHER

In the mind of every creative on the planet, there’s a fantasy- the thought that some day they'll summit the hill they've been ritualistically pushing their chosen Sisyphian creative boulder up. When they arrive, they'll find the success, notoriety and admiration they've been toiling after.

wigfallAlong the way though, comes the realization that you have to realign your priorities. You have to cease the scratching and clawing for creative relevance and approval and really just focus in on your craft. In doing so, you begin to transmute your toil into ecstasy. If you can exist within that paradigm, you've won the game.  As Albert Camus says, "The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man' heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." 

That’s really the natural order of things, the phenomena of seeking success, fearing failure and comparing ourselves to others is uniquely human. A flower isn't constantly checking with the rest of the garden to ask  if it’s bloomed yet. A deer isn’t worried about whether or not his antlers are more or less impressive than another's. Neuroses like these are just distractions that retard our personal evolution and extend the time period in which you've accomplished nothing. 

 

Third Eye Drops #8 - Matt Xian of TIMEWHEEL - Creation, Fear and the Spirit Molecule

Matt Xian is the Creative Director and founder of TIMEWHEEL, a record label, website and artistic platform. He also creates music in the vibey sea of digital deliciousness known as Something Fiction.

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If we spent as much time nurturing passions as we do our fear, the world would be a much shiner place. As Seneca, the great Stoic once said, "there are more things likely to frighten us than crush us. We suffer more often in imagination than in reality." 

timewheelIt's really that simple, you either let your self-constructed fears and anxieties run the show or you don't. You either go for what you want in life with full vigor and determination, consequences be damned, or you settle. I don't often make such authoritative proclamations about life, but this is an exception. It's so glaringly obvious. Fear of failure is everywhere, it's hugely present in my own mind and in the minds of everyone I've ever met. The only difference is some people face it. They get familiar with it. They actually taste the dirt of defeat, adjust and rise to try again.

Matt Xian (also known as Matt Humble) is one of these fear-facers. He left the well-worn path and forged into the weedy psychic minefield of self-doubt you must pass through to pursue any creative endeavor seriously. The product of his journey is TIMEWHEEL. If you’re not familiar, TIMEWHEEL is a platform for musicians and artists to spread their respective crafts. It's also a vessel for all sorts of other mind-expanding content.

In addition to his work with TIMEWHEEL, Matt is also a musician who plays in the vibey sea of digital deliciousness known as Something Fiction

 So, go plug your consciousness into TIMEWHEEL. Get lost in their fear demon-exorcising talisman of excellent art, music and ideas.