The Story: Is the universe becoming more complex or chaotic?
In our short lifetimes, it’s difficult to see what the long-term trends of the universe are. Physicists guess that the universe is slowly dying, as energy gets used up or is transmuted into more and more stable forms. If that’s the case, where do we fit into the mix? Are our lives just a part of this move towards an equilibrium state, or is the growing complexity of the human race and its machines just a freak occurrence, an anomaly?
Kurt’s conversation with Andrew Levine (a.k.a. Andrarchy) continues as we discuss the concepts of his crowdsourced book, the general trends of the universe, artificial intelligence and whether the Big Bang theory is a reality, a fairy story cooked up by bored scientists, or just an awful TV show.
Join us on the next complexity-driven episode of … The Paradise Paradox!
The Story: How to prepare for an uncertain work future
Futurism is a field which is fascinating to those who study it – presenting a puzzle in the form of the question: how are all the current trends going to interact in ways which are going to affect the entire world? However, most people don’t care so much to think about the future, and that’s a problem, because we are quickly entering an age in which the people who can’t see a few years into the future, will quickly be left struggling to deal with the present.
Many people believe that being an employee, as opposed to operating a business, is a secure proposition, as having a fixed income with a dependable employer enables some certainty. That can be true in the short term, but it’s not necessarily true in the long term. Large economic crises typically happen every 7 years – just long enough for many to be over-comfortable, and subsequently desperate. True survivors and hustlers have multiple sources of income, doing short-term contracts, gig-based work like on Fiverr or Freelancer, and investments.
Automation is also something that people are worried about. If you work in the manufacturing sector or transport, machines will probably come for your job sooner rather than later. Burger-making and selling machines will soon be common, displacing a lot of fast-food workers. How soon will the robots come for your job? And how quickly can you prepare?
With robots watering plants, tilling fields, running factories, delivering goods, there will be a much lower cost for mass production, which means cheaper goods and a lot more wealth for many. Perhaps they will choose to spend some of that wealth on things which they really like, which machines can’t make, or can’t make yet – things which are unique – handmade items, art, music, and fine food. In the past, a writer had to have millions of fans to make a decent living. With modern technology, Patreon and Amazon self-publishing, a writer might make a good living with just a few thousand dedicated supporters.
Join Kurt as he gazes into the future in this mini-episode of… The Paradise Paradox!
The Story: Andrew Levine explains his collaborative book project
According to modern scientific understanding, the universe came into existence billions of years ago, with matter forming and slowly moving outwards from its centre. Matter stabilised, causing stars, then planets, giving birth to amino acids, simple life forms, and eventually, human consciousness. If we trace through this story, see where things came from and we’re they’re going, would we be able to predict what comes next – what comes after human consciousness?
In this episode, Kurt continues his conversation with Andrew Levine (a.k.a. Andrarchy) about his his plan to write a book collaboratively using social media, using the mental resources of the world to support or counter his arguments, about how the universe is a process of evolving information, and where that evolution might possibly be heading. We also talk about how many people have an anthropocentric view of artificial intelligence, and the value of ideas which seem to be crazy.
Join us on another big-banging, model-developing, consciousness-expanding episode of… The Paradise Paradox!
The Story: Aaron goes to Thailand and doesn’t recognise himself
When you start a new job after a period of inactivity, maybe it will seem nothing more than a daily grind. If you’re lucky, you might get a few months of honeymoon period in which you’re still learning things and the job is exciting. If you’re really lucky, you might stay in a 5 star hotel in Thailand, and find yourself full of energy, amazed at the great work for which you’re preparing. That’s the position Mr. Battle found himself in.
In this episode, Aaron explains his journey to Thailand with a new company, telling us the vague details of their plan to create a new internet with security, privacy and community. Aaron also tells us about how he was so vitalised by the experience that, for the first week, he only needed three hours of sleep a night, and about an unusual dissociative episode, being unable to recognise himself in the mirror for a moment, thanking his body for being a vessel for his soul. Then Kurt recounts a recent occurrence in which he almost had an out-of-body experience, and recalls a story from Robert Monroe’s “Journeys Out of the Body”.
Join us in a new soul-travelling, identity-shattering, curry-eating episode of … The Paradise Paradox!
The Story: Two men’s views on how to attract women
For many straight men, the subject of how to meet interesting women is a difficult one, and different people face it in different ways. Some choose to avoid their own sexuality, hiding their desires from the world and even pretending they don’t exist. Others shy away in fear, knowing that they want to take action, but not able to build the courage to do it. Still others confront the problem with determination, puzzlement and wonder, not sure exactly how to match their desires with the desires of a woman, but unwilling to surrender to their shy nature.
In this episode, Kurt talks to his long-time friend Luke Petersen about the topic of meeting, attracting and even seducing women. They talk about how spending time improving your social skills may actually save you time in the long run, about dating models, chasing women and having women chase you, about the hard work that it takes many guys to develop their confidence, whether money matters, Mystery Method, card tricks, and other strange things that men will use in their quest for natural confidence.
Join Kurt and Luke on another heart-thumping, testicle-tingling, beast-moding episode of… The Paradise Paradox!
The Story: Three simple exercises to make the world magical again
In our dreams, we might often be surprised by events, as the things that happen might seem so unusual it might even appear that something is happening which has never happened before, that something purely spontaneous, divine and magical is happening in that moment. Yet, when we awake, we forget those important messages of our dreams – firstly that new and amazing things are always possible, and secondly, that wonder and surprise are always possible. “The ongoing ‘wow!’ is happening right now.”
Thinking about this upon waking, I scribbled down three exercises which might help us allow the wonder to enter and engulf us:
1. Easy mode – look around you with new eyes. See things as if you’re looking at them for the first time. If you had never known the building where you live, the park near your office, the ferris wheel that stoops over the city – could you have imagined them? The moment you’re experiencing is just for you, right now. What you’re seeing, what you’re experiencing has never happened before, and it will never happen again. This is just for you. This is a special gift.
To get into this state of being, you can try a classic technique from Keith Johnstone’s “Impro”. Walk around the room and point at random objects. Whenever you point at one, say a word for it – but not the usual word for that thing. Call that thing what it isn’t. If you see your sweater, call it a “neverlump”; if you see a table, name it a “noose”; if you see a shopping bag, call it “Cambridge bridge society”, and so on. After a minute or two, you will start to see things with new eyes.
2. Medium mode – thank someone. While you’re looking at those around you in that way, find something magical about what they’re doing, and thank them for it. Magical moments are meant to be shared. Gratitude is magic.
3. Hard mode – do something magical. Create a spontaneous moment for yourself and others. Walk down the street with your guitar singing, gather the family around the piano like you did when you were kids. When someone asks how you are, respond in a way that you’ve never responded before. Tell them that, by pure chance, the universe has come together to give life on Earth and you’re here living it. Do something that makes people think for a moment that they might be in a dream, and anything is possible. Because they are, and it is.
The Story: Luis Fernando Mises of Emancipated Human talks about his experience with ETs
Everyone at some stage in their life has looked up at the stars and wondered if there’s someone there, looking back. Certain organisations have spent millions of dollars on satellite dishes and radio telescopes, trying to find proof of life on another world. Yet, what if there was a technology that humans had used for thousands of years, which enabled us to contact extraterrestrial beings? What if, by putting our minds into a certain state, we could access the wisdom of the universe, and over the course of a few hours, receive knowledge that we couldn’t expect to receive from years of regular study?
In this episode, Luis Fernando Mises of Emancipated Human tells us about his experiences talking to extraterrestrial or interdimensional beings, through the use of entheogens – powerful shamanic medicines such as ayahuasca and huachuma, which have allowed him to have fascinating visions, bringing his subconscious mind to the surface. We also talk about his spiritual dance battle with a malicious spirit that has affected the life of a loved one, stretching back generations. We talk about his experience at a conference for CEOs, how they want to change the world by reducing the power of the state, and how capitalism is aligned with spirituality – because it involves service to others.
Join us in the next star-faring episode of … The Paradise Paradox!
I used to be this straight-edge atheist character, and now, having experimented with psychedelics, witnessed synchronicities – I’m still sort of agnostic, but I highly and strongly believe that there is something greater going on than what we currently understand.
I feel like I had become a different person in a way – completely diametrically opposed to where I was before.
The Ouroboros – the snake eating its own tail – it represents rebirth, and cycles. To me, that kind of represented the fact that I had come around intellectually, to start to devour my old ideas – the old picture of reality I had. It’s like, that’s bullshit, that’s almost as much of a religion as the religions I was so opposed to. So I made the decision to go get these tattoos, the Ouroboros tattoos. That day, I wanted to get Carl Jung’s book “Synchronicity”, because he’s the one who coined the term and I just thought it would be a cool thing to read. I went to Barnes & Noble and I picked up the book, and I noticed that he has his book “Man and his Symbols” right next to it. I picked that up and go to flip it to a random page, completely random page in the middle of the book, and it’s the fucking Ouroboros. I have the synchronicity book in my left hand, and that day I’m going to get these tattoos, and I flip open this book randomly and it’s the Ouroboros. It was just a mindfuck that I couldn’t deny.
It was just one of those things. I know my personal experiences and synchronicities – they aren’t really a testament to the larger reality, they’re not “proof” of anything, but it was like a sense of internal validation that, there’s something more going on, that I want to dive into and try to figure out and understand as much as I can.
Anyway, later that day, I go and get the tattoo, still have the books in my car. The tattoo artist is just starting, doing the head. He randomly mentions to me “Hey, you know what, I’d rather be just running through the forest and tripping on mushrooms.” And at the time I had a pretty large supply of mushrooms, so I’m like, “You’re talking to the right person – we can make this happen.” I ended up paying for my tattoos with the mushrooms on the day I grabbed the synchronicity book and opened up the page with the Ouroboros… It was just a mindfuck.
The Story: The evolution of everything: The philosophy of crowdism
If you’re a writer and you sit down to write a story, essay or book, as the pieces start to come together you might draw on years of experience and knowledge. The experience of depression you had when you were in college, the periods of low functionality caused by it, and the steps you took to eventually drag yourself out of it. Then, the years of reflecting on those times, and everything you read about it, and your thoughts as you attempted to process the ideas of others as they relate to what you went through.
In this episode, Kurt interviews Andrew Levine (a.k.a. andrarchy) about how the process of his life resulted in the process of writing a book, tentatively titled “The Evolution of Everything: The Philosophy of Crowdism”. Andrew explains how his epihany that “Enlightenment means freedom from genes and memes” lead him down a rabbithole, making new discoveries, until he eventually discarded the idea, and how it relates to the idea that everything is information.
Join us in the next culture-defying episode of … The Paradise Paradox!