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The Psychospiritual Legacy of The Beatles, Erik Davis & Anderson Todd

Rebel Wisdom

Why are we still obsessed with The Beatles, and is it healthy? Fifty years after they broke up, it seems that the mark they made on our culture has not faded. Does this demonstrate the timeless genius of the band, or is it a sign of a culture that is stuck? A few days ago saw the release of an eight hour fly-on-the-wall documentary 'Get Back', made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. It shows some of their last sessions as they put together the album 'Let it Be', and culminated in their famous rooftop concert. Erik Davis is the foremost historian of the counterculture, and Anderson Todd works in the Wisdom and Consciousness Lab at Toronto University. In this epic conversational riff they examine what was captured in The Beatles' music and why it resonates today. This conversation was recorded in the Rebel Wisdom Digital Campfire. To join conversations like this check out our upcoming events: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/campfire-events Check out Erik's newsletter, The Burning Shore: https://techgnosis.com/discover-burning-shore/

1hr 28mins

30 Nov 2021

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Erik Davis in conversation with Julia Pond

DanceOutsideDance

Erik Davis and Julia Pond talk about psychedelic dance and the way altered states of mind and movement interact. Topics range from bone-dancing at Grateful Dead shows ("The bands were incidental to the dance"), the way movement resonates through time and generations, and the salvage rhythms of late capitalism (with thanks to Anna Tsing for the phrase). People: Erik Davis, PhD, is an author, award-winning journalist, sometimes podcaster, and popular speaker based in San Francisco. He is the author of five books: High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the 70s (MIT Press/Strange Attractor Press); Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica (Yeti, 2010); The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape (Chronicle, 2006), with photographs by Michael Rauner; and the 33 1/3 volume Led Zeppelin IV (Continuum, 2005). His first and best-known book remains TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information (Crown, 1998), a cult classic of visionary media studies that has been translated into five languages and most recently republished by North Atlantic Press. He has contributed chapters on art, music, technoculture, and contemporary spirituality to over a dozen books, including Suzanne Treister’s HFT: The Gardener(Black Dog), Future Matters: the Persistence of Philip K. Dick (Palgrave), Sound Unbound: Writings on Contemporary Multimedia and Music Culture (MIT, 2008), AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning Man (University of New Mexico, 2005), Rave Ascension (Routledge, 2003), and Zig Zag Zen (Chronicle, 2002). In addition to his many forewords and introductions, Davis has contributed articles and essays to a variety of periodicals, including Bookforum, Arthur, Artforum, Slate, Salon, Gnosis, Rolling Stone, the LA Weekly, Spin, Wired and the Village Voice.A vital speaker, Davis has given talks at universities, media art conferences, and festivals around the world. He has taught seminars at the UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Rice University, as well as workshops at the New York Open Center and Esalen. He has been interviewed by CNN, NPR, the New York Times, and the BBC, and appeared in numerous documentaries, as well as in Craig Baldwin’s underground film Specters of the Spectrum. He wrote the libretto for and performed in “How to Survive the Apocalypse,” a Burning Man-inspired rock opera. He hosted the podcast Expanding Mind on the Progressive Radio Network for a decade, and earned his PhD in Religious Studies from Rice University in 2015. He currently writes the Substack publication Burning Shore.Julia Pond is a dance artist, teacher and researcher interested in how embodied practices and dance interact with social and political themes. Julia has worked primarily in the UK, US and Italy, and is currently completing an MFA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional at Trinity Laban / Independent Dance, as well as podcasting, parenting, and teaching. Read More: Erik Davis: https://techgnosis.com/Burning Shore Substack Newsletter: https://www.burningshore.com/Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. (2017) The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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31 Aug 2021

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#4 - Erik Davis: Psychedelics, Coronavirus, & Post-Religion Spirituality

Society In Question

(Originally recorded in the Spring of 2020) On this episode I'm joined by the ever-articulate scholar, Erik Davis, who wrote one of my favorite non-fiction books of all time: Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information (seriously, it's remarkable). Erik also recently released a new book, High Weirdness, that explores the psychedelic spirituality of Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K Dick, and Terrance Mckenna. In addition to discussing these brilliant works, Erik and I dig deep into the chaos the Coronavirus is unleashing upon humanity, and how the lessons learned by psychonauts have never been more useful than they are now for this surreal moment in human history. * Want to ask a question, provide feedback, or share your thoughts on the show or a topic? Then feel free to leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/society-in-question/message or send an email to steven.parton@societyinquestion.com. You can also find more information at SocietyInQuestion.com Hosted & Produced by: Steven Parton--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/society-in-question/message

1hr 26mins

23 Jul 2021

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Film’s Endless Summer with Erik Davis

Many Screens, Big Picture with Paul Dergarabedian

This week host Paul Dergarabedian is joined by Erik Davis, the Managing Editor for Fandango and one of the nation's leading movie commentators. Listen as Erik shares how social media has changed online movie commentary and how those changes affect writers and commentators like himself. Then stick around as Erik and Paul discuss the film industry’s “endless summer” including the top 5 most anticipated movies of the summer! This episode covers: How social media has changed and shaped the movie commentary space What makes this Memorial Day Weekend the most pivotal in a long time Why people are saying the film industry is entering an “endless summer” The most underappreciated aspect of seeing movies in theaters The top 5 most anticipated movies of the summer ABOUT THIS EPISODE'S GUESTS: Erik Davis, Managing Editor for Fandango, is one of the nation's leading movie commentators, with over a decade of experience writing about movies for Fandango, Movies.com, Moviefone, Cinematical and others, as well as talking about movies on TV, YouTube and radio. Erik has appeared on The TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, New York Live, Good Day NY, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, CNBC, PBS and more, and he has sat on the "Masters of the Web" panel at San Diego Comic-Con three times, as well as hosted panels at SXSW and inside Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Erik is also a proud voting member of the Critics Choice Association. Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

2 Jun 2021

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Film’s Endless Summer with Erik Davis

Many Screens, Big Picture with Paul Dergarabedian

This week host Paul Dergarabedian is joined by Erik Davis, the Managing Editor for Fandango and one of the nation's leading movie commentators. Listen as Erik shares how social media has changed online movie commentary and how those changes affect writers and commentators like himself. Then stick around as Erik and Paul discuss the film industry’s “endless summer” including the top 5 most anticipated movies of the summer! This episode covers: How social media has changed and shaped the movie commentary space What makes this Memorial Day Weekend the most pivotal in a long time Why people are saying the film industry is entering an “endless summer” The most underappreciated aspect of seeing movies in theaters The top 5 most anticipated movies of the summer ABOUT THIS EPISODE'S GUESTS: Erik Davis, Managing Editor for Fandango, is one of the nation's leading movie commentators, with over a decade of experience writing about movies for Fandango, Movies.com, Moviefone, Cinematical and others, as well as talking about movies on TV, YouTube and radio. Erik has appeared on The TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, New York Live, Good Day NY, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, CNBC, PBS and more, and he has sat on the "Masters of the Web" panel at San Diego Comic-Con three times, as well as hosted panels at SXSW and inside Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Erik is also a proud voting member of the Critics Choice Association. Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

2 Jun 2021

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HomeGrown Humans - Erik Davis - Gnosticism - Hosted by Jamie Wheal

Collective Insights

Erik Davis is an author, award-winning journalist, and scholar with a wide-ranging focus including the intersection of alternative religion, media, and the popular imagination. Today he talks about the mystic gnostic nature of American spirituality and how essential to Gnosticism is the direct experiential awakening, more than simply knowledge of spiritual mysteries. Erik’s scholarly and popular essays on music, technoculture, drugs, and spirituality have appeared in scores of books, magazines, and journals, and his writing has been translated into a dozen languages. For the full show notes visit: https://neurohacker.com/how-to-define-gnosticism-an-interview-with-erik-davis

1hr 12mins

19 May 2021

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AMP #303 Finding Meaning In The Weirdness with Erik Davis

Aubrey Marcus Podcast

Erik Davis, author of High Weirdness, has spent his life studying the weird; Fringe phenomena from psychedelica to sex cults. In this wildly interesting podcast we talk about the risk and promise of psychedelics, the importance of community, and how religion got it wrong, and got it right. Check out Erik Davis' Book High Weirdness | https://bit.ly/3wvXuWK Connect with Erik Website |  https://techgnosis.com/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/erik_davis This episode is sponsored by: Plunge get $111 off your Cold Plunge Tub by visiting https://thecoldplunge.com/pages/amp and use the promo code "AMP" at checkout LUCY.CO Get %20 off Lucy Nicotine Gum | LUCY.CO and use the promo code AMP at checkout Onnit Get 10% off Onnit products |  https://www.onnit.com/Aubrey/ Connect with Aubrey: Website | https://www.aubreymarcus.com/ Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/aubreymarcus/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/aubreymarcus Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/AubreyMarcus/ YouTube | https://bit.ly/2DLctpk Check out  Own The Day Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus| https://bit.ly/2t6x4hu Subscribe to the Aubrey Marcus Newsletter:  https://www.aubreymarcus.com/pages/email Subscribe to the Aubrey Marcus Podcast: iTunes | https://apple.co/2lMZRCn Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2EaELZO Stitcher | https://bit.ly/2G8ccJt IHeartRadio | https://ihr.fm/397Msh0 Google Podcasts | https://bit.ly/3nzCJEh Android | https://bit.ly/2OQeBQg

1hr 57mins

7 Apr 2021

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Erik Davis - GhostWriting at the Crossroads

Self Portraits As Other People

(((Headphones MANDATORY for optimal enjoyment))) After ep. 6 w/ Stuart Davis & his mantic antics, you probably thought you’d never encounter another esoteric Davis on this show. But you were wrong because the esoteric Erik Davis is in the (haunted) house! Erik is a prolific writer, speaker, cultural critic & social analyst, best known for his books TechGnosis, High Weirdness, Nomad Codes, and Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV. He conducted Terence Mckenna’s final interview, and was featured in the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule as well the recent A Glitch In The Matrix. Equipped with an esemplastic scholastic mind, and a creative, psychedelic soul, he walks a tightrope between the academic and the daemonic. This episode will be especially interesting for our fellow word-workers, but even if you don’t identify as a writer, we all, inevitably, work with words, whether we want to or not. It’s too late in the game to turn back, go mute, or become illiterate (especially YOU, who are at this very moment reviving my phantom voice by scanning these marks with your eyes). This episode is a portrait of a writer at the crossroads, adapting to a changing media landscape, and the shifting mindfield that comes with it. Erik's Aya Monologue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1eZIcG6tzwMy Aya Monologue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDQ3eUBDRKc&t=2s Expanding Mind Find/follow Erik: www.burningshore.com / www.techgnosis.com Full video/extended shownotes: Patreon.com/voiddenizen Support SPAOP: -Subscribe -Share -Rate (*****) -Review -patreonize us (http://www.patreon.com/voiddenizen) -donate: Venmo (@voiddenizen) or paypal (snailconvention@gmail.com) http://www.theungoogleable.com IG: void_denizen YT, Twitter, TikTok, etc: https://Linktr.ee/void_denizen "Spirit Machine" and "Eclipse (Halfway) by Void Denizen (available on bandcamp & spotify)

1hr 35mins

27 Mar 2021

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Technology, Psychedelics, and the Future(s) of Religion | Erik Davis

Re-Enchantment

This episode is an exclusive sneak-peak at the Open Div Summit I'm co-hosting at the end of this month, Feb 25-28th. Register for the summit by going to Summit.OpenDiv.org — it's free and welcoming to those of any faith and no-faith.

42mins

17 Feb 2021

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#92 - A Vaccine for Conspirituality | Erik Davis

Life is a Festival

The image of the QAnon Shaman in the United States Senate is the perfect symbol of how unfortunate members of the psychedelic community have fallen down QAnon trapdoor during this pandemic. Today on the show Erik Davis, renowned psychedelic author and wizard of the weird, returns to Life is a Festival to address the worrying trend of “conspirituality” and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against it. On the show we discuss the metaphysical mud that can flow in psychedelic experiences. Erik acknowledges his ethical responsibility to help foster discernment and shares tools we can use to protect ourselves and each other. We explore our own vulnerabilities to conspiracy thinking and discuss the practice of “withering self-observation.” Finally we rap about the evolution of the Life is a Festival philosophy for these difficult times. Erik is journalist, author, and public speaker. His is best known for his works Techgnosis and High Weirdness, as well as his essays on Burning Man and the human potential movement. He is also the author of Burning Shore, a sub stack that I high recommend subscribing to. This is his second time on the show after his appearance extolling the virtues of psychedelic weirdness on episode 23, Keep Psychedelics Weird. LinksBurning Shore Substack: https://www.burningshore.com/High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BT6DBKTTechgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information: https://techgnosis.com/Keep Psychedelics Weird: https://www.eamonarmstrong.com/lifeisafestival/erik-davisThe Emergence of Conspirituality: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13537903.2011.539846?journalCode=cjcr20“Conspirituality” by Jules Evans: https://julesevans.medium.com/conspirituality-the-overlap-between-the-new-age-and-conspiracy-beliefs-c0305eb92185Timestamps:11 - Metaphysical mud and extremist rabbit holes:20 - Ethical responsibility to strengthen discernment:31 - How to inoculate yourself with an inner superhero team:48 - Recognizing your own vulnerabilities and having compassion for others’:59 - The practice of “withering self-observation”1:10 - How life is like a festival in difficult times

1hr 28mins

23 Jan 2021

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