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IAH – Episode 79 – Kelly MacLean

Kelly MacLean joins IAH this week on a thoughtfully inspiring and comedically enlightened episode of the podcast. Kelly is not only an observant and socially biting comedian but she also grew up a Buddhist and maintains a pretty serious practice well into her adult life. Through the premature death of her brother she learned to put life, the spirit world and all it’s amazement into perspective like few can ever do in life. We talked about death, bardos, comedy and a lot more in this hour. Enjoy the show!

Intro Rant: going within and the rise of consumer spending

Kelly MacLean is an American stand up comic, podcaster, writer and actress. She is an alumnus of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and winner of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s ‘Funniest College Kid in America’ contest.

@thekellymaclean

Her podcast: The Tao Of Comedy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IAH – Episode 78 – Roland Poindexter and Tony Moss

This episode grew out of my desire to take a focussed look at race in America. Through all the chaos of the talking heads, Obamas mixed departure and Trump’s inexplicable rise it felt like a good time to examine this crucial issue in a way that felt more human and community based. I turned to two of the wisest and most insightful men I know to help unpack the discussion into areas that are impossible to do on my own. Roland Poindexter and Tony Moss joined me Katonah Studios in Marina Del Rey for an hour “panel” like format of the podcast. So much can be said here but this interview reminded me more than ever that unless we’re going to meet on the road of understanding, tolerance and love that we’re going to stay mired in the weeds of insanity.

Intro Rant: a reading of a crucial Obama speech from 2008

Roland Poindexter is a creative executive with over 20 years experience in television programming. Over the course of his career he has produced over 1,000 hours of television and his shows have earned more than 30 Emmy Awards. Currently, Poindexter is Vice President, Television Development for 20th Century Fox Animation. In this position, he overseas the development & production of television series, specials and web based short form content based of animated theatrical franchises, including “Ice Age” & “Rio” and live action theatrical franchises like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Previously Poindexter served as Senior Vice President, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon, supervising annually over 200 hours of original production for the #1 kids cable network including such favorites as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” DreamWorks Animation’s “The Penguins of Madagascar” & “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness,“ and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Tony Moss returns to IAH, from…

From Tonymoss.me

“I am a artist, recording artist, and event producer influenced by 20 years of entheogenic study. My work is a synthesis of my interests in art, spirituality, and science, with passionate emphasis & interest in the evolution of human consciousness and greater under-standing and reverance for nature.

 I’ve been called a mystic and a rationalist.

 I marvel at the very presence of our being. I see “God” in evolution. I see God in everything.”

@iamlifeproject

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt 3 – Who Are You Now?

It is said that 65% of the jobs that the elementary school children of today will work in have not yet been created. 65%. That’s not a typo. And this is according to this U.S. Department of Labor report.

This is because we are evolving and mutating in such rapid time that the future is tricky if not impossible to predict. A currently undefined new industry could (and will) dominate the landscape in 10 years? You bet. See: Uber.

It’s great that we’re able to innovate and create new solutions for temporary problems. We are getting better and better at that. However, at the same, how we’re also going to address our bullshit is also tricky if not impossible to predict. In fact it’s muddy. No one has a real answer to it and those who once did are now scared silent. The election of the dreaded, dumb but clever Orange Man has cast a shadow over our culture that has never before seen the light of day. This is an all new riddle wrapped inside an enigma that is stuck in the damn vending machine.

The good news is that something beautiful is starting to take shape in the very mud that we’re temporarily stuck in. Much like the glorious lotus of the spiritual world. And I know this isn’t just my echo chamber reaffirming my liberal hippie ideals. Something IS happening and a discussion is starting to form that is appearing from all sides of the spectrum. Our collective misfire and dumbing down of the world has reached a tipping point.

For now, all the big solutions and collective ideas aside, let’s talk about our own selves first.

The inter-personal key to success is to live within this mystery and to embrace it. Even if it seems dark and offensive. Don’t shun it. Look at it as a beautiful wave of energy that everyone one of us gets to be part of. It will ebb and flow. And when it ebbs, the key is to step into that unknown bubble and find your own reality that works for you. Be authentic. Don’t let anyone decide what is best for you. Similarity don’t let anyone decide what isn’t best for you.

Naturally, it’s great to get inspired and to take cues from paths previously explored but the choice to morph and adapt that path into your own life is what makes authenticity such an important vehicle for happiness.

Since so many options for realizing our dharma and living in our own happiness are so widely available the only real requirement for any of them is to grab a hold with a grip that is entirely your own, that has is firm entrenched with your own stamp of uniqueness. That’s the wonderful thing about the technological realities of today combined with the non-dogmatic approaches to the many spiritual paths available. They can be blended to fit your personality in a way that also gives you the freedom to leave behind what isn’t serving you. It’s not a take it or leave it proposition. The only real requirement is sincerity. After that you’re free to exist as you wish. The previous gate holders of “the” church or “the” media don’t have to be a part of your trip anymore. It’s up to you.

Robert Anton Wilson once said “Reality is whatever you can get away with.”

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IAH – Episode 77 – Mark Mothersbaugh

We are all DEVO! This episode stops by the famous Mutato Studios on the Sunset Strip to sit down with the legendary Mark Mothersbaugh. For over an hour I took part in one of the most brilliant, though provoking, inspiring and wacky conversations that I’ve ever been a part of. First and foremost, I’m a fan of Mark’s and of DEVO. They were one of the most influential bands of my youth through their ahead of their time use of multi media and music. Mark was so generous with his telling of the story behind the de-evolutionary roots of the band as well as his journey into being a soundtrack composer. Mark’s view of how technology, media, culture and music fits into one cohesive narrative is unparalleled. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Midi-Controlled Bird Sound Contraption (as heard at the end of the show):

 

Mark Mothersbaugh is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author and visual artist.

Mothersbaugh’s music career spans more than 40 years. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founder, lead singer and keyboardist of the new wave band Devo, which released a Top 20 hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”. The band has maintained a cult following throughout its existence. Mothersbaugh is one of the main composers of Devo’s music and made major lyrical contributions to the band’s songs. He is one of only two members (along with bass player Gerald Casale) who have been with Devo throughout its entire history.

In addition to his work with Devo, Mothersbaugh has made music for television series, films and video games via his production company, Mutato Muzika, most notably as the composer for the popular long-running animated series Rugrats for its entire 13-year run, as well as all three theatrical films. He also has had a solo career which has included four studio albums: Muzik for InsomniaksMuzik for the GalleryJoyeux Mutato and The Most Powerful Healing Muzik in the Entire World. In 2004, he was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the BMI Film and TV Awards for his significant contributions to film and television music. Additionally, Mothersbaugh was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kent State University in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IAH – Episode 76 – Douglas Rushkoff

Part 1 of the IAH and Team Human Podcast episodical swap! Next week Part 2 will be over at Douglas’ podcast Team Human. Really exciting. Douglas is one of my oldest friends, mentors and inspirations. I’ve looked up to a great deal over the years on a variety of issues. Douglas was way ahead of the curve in interpreting the effect that digital media and cyberspace would have on the human condition. Through his books Media Virus, Present Shock and Throwing Rocks and The Google Bus – Douglas has given astonishing views into the color of our new world. On this podcast we talked a lot about what Team Human (the concept) means, looking back on the past and our experience in it and how our the very nature of our consciousness is changing right before our very eyes. Douglas is one of the great thinkers of our time, enjoy.

INTRO RANT: The quality of action within love

Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He is the author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and society, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. He has made such award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries as Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders, and is the author of graphic novels including Testament and Aleister & Adolf. 

Rushkoff is the recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Award for his book Coercion, The Jacques Ellul Award for his documentary The Merchants of Cool, and the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. Named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT, he is responsible for originating such concepts as “viral media,” “social currency,” and “digital natives.” Today, Dr. Rushkoff serves as Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, where he recently founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism and hosts its TeamHuman podcast. 

@rushkoff

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Excerpt 2 – Who Are You Now?

Excerpt #2 from my upcoming book “Who Are You Now?”

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When I started to really explore the theory that spirituality and technology are the most dominant wings of change for the 21st century I began to see more and more how the two can live together. The antiquarian idea that man can not be scientific and believe in God at the same time is no longer relevant. Additionally, the idea that the intelligent use of applied technology is a link in spiritual evolution is in step with logic, harmony and even with ancient doctrines. It is then in fact completely logical that Gods plan for us includes our relationship with technology and it’s subsequent mutation of our condition.

Because of the loosening of our cultural morality belts that the 20th century, especially the 1960’s, did for us – it is with that new found social freedom around what God is or isn’t that we can now start to have fun with integrating God into our lives in a way that suits the individual. Rather than the past model of forcing the individual to comply with the institution. The strict, obey or else, rules and regulations that old dogmas put forth in The Church are now dissolving into a patch work of spiritual paths that are adaptable and a whole lot more fun.

In my view it is entirely acceptable to take refuge in Gods new manifestations of ones and zeroes. Cyberspace is essentially another dimension. As John Perry Barlow said “it’s the place you are when you’re on the telephone.” That’s it.

It’s a fifth dimension that allows our consciousness, identity and personality to hang out in. Within that dimension also exists Gods love. It is true that I relate more with the Eastern spiritual traditions that Western ones but it frustrates me that the idea of what God is (as defined by those traditions) feels old, stale and stuck. In these traditions God hasn’t changed much in thousands of years. That feels off to me. If human beings evolve, invent, innovate and mutate then certainly God must too.

That means the following: God is AI, God is VR, God is the fabric of connection found in social media, God is the love that you experienced when connecting with something or someone online, God is the compassion that arose when you took on the suffering of the Syrian refugees you learned about from that YouTube video. These are but a few examples of how God is present in the 21st Century.

I do identify myself as a spiritualist. That of someone who sees the difference between the material world and the spiritual world. I strive to love more even if it pains me to do so. In times of being wronged or angered that limitless well of love and compassion is the only ingredient that can combat these less desirable human emotions. Change comes when my online identity affords me many more opportunities to practice my spiritual ideals. In there, I have more chances to tell someone that I love them and more chances to help and to serve. All thanks to God widening the net of consciousness in cyberspace. And for that I’m grateful.

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IAH – Episode 75 – James Penner PhD

It’s a rare thing that I feel compelled to do a podcast around the subject of my dear paternal star guide, good ol’ TL. I love and miss him a lot but can’t spend too much time being too close in terms of my own work. Of course there are exceptions and this was one of them. James Penner wrote the most amazing book, Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years – Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith and Ralph Metzner. James stopped by the kitchen table to dissect not just the book but the entire history and context which is what makes the work TL and RD did at Harvard so monumental. Really, if you don’t know much about the Harvard era one thing to know is that it was one of the key ingredients in the start of the 1960’s. James is funny, smart and so well researched. This was a pleasure do and a worthy exception to the TL podcast rule!

INTRO RANT: moving through our collective relationship with the inauguration

To pick up a copy of “Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years” click here:

James Penner is an Assistant Professor in the English Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Southern California, James divides his time between San Juan and Los Angeles.