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Part 2 of 3 of our chat with Andres Gomez Emilsson of the Qualia Research Institute (part one here)

We discuss: memetics of mainstream open individualism; the politics of paradise engineering; selection pressures on ancient societal modes of being; stroboscopic brain entrainment tech + leads on actual tech-facilitated mind melding (based on leads from the Hogan twins); non-invasive brain stimulation; Neuralink; dark futures; AIs as gods + more.


Andre's Work and Collaborations:

Qualia Computing
Qualia Research Institute

Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand

Andres Gomez Emilsson is a consciousness researcher and data science engineer with a Master's in computational psychology from Stanford University.

He is a core member of the Qualia Research Institute and curates the blog Qualia Computing.

James and I chat to Andres and catch up on developments at the QRI in the past 18 months. In part one we discuss: 5 MEO DMT and why it might be the most important tool for consciousness research; Valence Realism vs Nihilism; the man who wants to paint the whole world yellow; Andres' thoughts on Techno-Buddhism; Alpha Wave Coherence in meditation; the Schmidt Pain Scale, Effective Altruism and long-tails of pleasure and pain.

In Parts 2 and 3 we will discuss: the politics of paradise engineering; leads on actual tech-facilitated mind melding (based on leads from the Hogan Twins); non-invasive brain stimulation tech; Neuralink; Dark Tech Futures; AIs as Gods; psychedelic entities; the science of NDE’s; Freewheeling Hallucinations + more.


Andre's Work and Collaborations:

Qualia Computing
Qualia Research Institute

Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand

Jeremy Sherman is the author of “Neither Ghost Nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves”.

We discuss: superorganisms; why we shouldn't trust woke movements; humanities quest for immortality; which universal truths might actually exist; definition of + potential origins of life; the origin of purpose from pure chemistry and it’s link to love; humanity as a symbolic species and the utility of escapism.



Neither Ghost nor Machine (Goodreads Entry)
Jeremy on Psychology Today
Neither Ghost nor Machine Youtube

Recorded in Cologne, Germany and Christchurch, New Zealand


Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova are the hosts of the Future Thinkers Podcast.

We chat life in Bulgaria; sovereignty of mind; Jungian archetypes; identity and embodiment of older limbic system modes; modern vs archaic rites of passage; learning how to learn; what spirituality is, why it's important; nihilism; psychedelics; democracy and transhumanism.



Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand and Cologne, Germany.

Part 2 of the deep dive into Marijuana covers the issues and societal impacts of legalisation + we hear from Jack Reed of Colorado state, author of the impact report. Read the full blog post in the new writings section here.


Recorded in Cologne, Germany and Christchurch, New Zealand

A deep dive into Marijuana - a drug as complex as it is misunderstood. Part 1 of this shortcast examines the definition, use, composition, effects and main arguments for and against legalisation + a chat with “Green Fairy” and co-leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, Maki Herbert.

Read the full blog post in the new writings section here.


Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand and Cologne, Germany

Alex and Caolan are indie-folk musicians based in Prague.

After an afternoon of drinking Czech pilsner in the sun we chat about the boy’s experience of living in China and and being arrested on-stage; the difference between Curling and Hurling; the modern meaning crisis for young people; songwriting and music in general and a few tunes are performed.                       

Bookie Baker
Mala Ruckus

Autumn Wind” @ 01:04:12
I Shall Be Released (originally by The Band)” @ 01:32:45
Ponder ‘round The Sun” @ 02:13:42

In the podcast:
Laura Brennan
English Breakfast

Recorded in Prague, Czech Republic and Cologne, Germany

Don Caldwell is the managing editor of Know your Meme.

We chat the power of memes; signalling theory; key components of virality; advertising and perverse media incentives; 4chan culture, Pepe the frog and the alt right and some of the weird and wonderful internet subcultures that exist in 2019.


Connect with Don:   
Don’s profile on KnowYourMeme   
Twitter (@doncald)   
Don’s trippy Tumblr   
Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand and Cologne, Germany 

Cosmic Tortoise is rebranding. The name was fun and memorable but as the podcast has evolved I feel it doesn’t properly represent the content of the podcast.

So here I present: The Good Timeline

We are increasingly in charge of our own evolution as a species. This is essentially what transhumanism is - the transition from homo-sapien humans to something different: post-humans. How might we safely move into such a world?

What makes us human? And what role as individuals do we play within this incredibly complex and interdependent system that we call Earth?

What are the best qualities of human nature, society and technology that we want to retain, and what might we want to eliminate or improve?  And how do we find meaning and peace within all of this?

These are the questions I will be exploring in The Good Timeline. 

This is a shortcast on overcoming fear in the face of extreme violent attacks. I grew up in Canterbury so this one truly shocked me. I don’t want the fear to spread, so I wrote these words which I have read aloud in this episode.


The attack on March 15 was explicitly designed to spread fear and to divide us. Fear spreads like a disease. I won’t let it take me.

Many of us were afraid during the earthquakes. Not knowing when another might hit. Whether our loved ones were okay. But we learned in Christchurch, that constant fear is no way to live. We learned to rebuild and continue with our lives despite the danger. It hasn’t been easy and it’s still an ongoing process but many of us have again found joy and peace in our lives. And many others do the same, in troubled areas around the world.

Terrorism is nothing new. Incidents have occurred globally for over a century. It has undoubtedly increased in the past decade. But let’s put things into perspective.

~ 55 million people die each year worldwide. In recent years ~ 35 000 have died yearly due to terrorism. This puts death by terrorism at roughly 0.06% of all deaths yearly. Not even 0.1 percent.

For comparison, the top 10 causes of death according to the WHO are (mostly preventable) diseases such as heart disease and stroke (15.2 million deaths in 2016) . The other main cause of death is road injury, with 1.4 million dying on the road in 2016. Combined, this is 54% of deaths.

Let that sink in for a moment.

If you are really concerned about dying early, eat real food, exercise properly and pay serious attention when driving. Especially in regards to the phone. The life of an 8 year old biking home from school is not worth the 5 minutes of time saved texting a friend whilst driving.

And do not be afraid of terror attacks. I know this is easier said than done. But it can be done. It does us no use to be anxious about earthquakes, terror attacks or anything else. Obviously this is not a call to ignore risky situations. Lot’s of risk can minimised. But not all of it can. And if something happens, we will respond to it the moment it happens. No amount of worrying will change this. We learnt this with the earthquakes. We can do it again.

I will continue with my life and will not change my behaviour. I will go to the city as usual and make use of the airport. I will not allow the actions of a deranged extremist to cause me to be afraid.

This post is not intended to invalidate feelings. Especially in regards to sadness. I feel immense sadness for the Muslim members of our community who have endured something I cannot begin to imagine. I feel immense sadness and love for Christchurch and New Zealand as a whole. This is devastating for us. As others have mentioned, these acts are not a part of our culture and we condemn them.

Support each other. Grieve with our Muslim brothers and sisters and show them kindness. Do not be pulled to the extremes of either side which speak in hate and fear.

Express love. Do not let this divide us. Do not be afraid.

Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand

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