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Dig and Discuss: Gentleman Jack



It’s the 19th Century, not the easiest time for a young lesbian to follow her heart and try to marry her girlfriend. Jeff Salzman of Daily Evovler.com returns to WYT to discuss the Modern, Post-Modern, Traditional, and Integral nature of the HBO/BBC co-production, “Gentleman Jack.”

 


The Secret Teachings of All Ages w/ Mitch Horowitz



Today’s Guest: Mitch Horowitz

Well, that was a pretty damn awesome way for me to spend an hour. I am a huge fan of Manly P. Hall’s magnum opus, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages,” and to get to dig into it with Mitch Horowitz, author, lecturer, leading expert on esoterica, and Manly P. Hall aficionado… can’t be beat!

In this episode, we discuss some personal favorite chapters and stories from my beloved and much poured over copy of SToAA. Including…

What is the hidden meaning of the Philosopher’s Stone?

Is there a hidden, possibly immortal brotherhood of wise masters that has helped to shepherd human civilization over millennia?

Was the brilliant English statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon a member of this brotherhood, and was he the hidden hand behind famous works of literature that have shaped our development for the last 400 years? Was Francis Bacon the secret mind behind the works of Shakespeare?

If you are a fan of anything even remotely esoteric and you don’t know about this book… this episode of What’s Your Theory…? will be only a tiny but delicious taste of the massive feast of information and historical and existential rabbit-holes that is…

An Encyclopedic Outline of

Masonic, Hermetic,

Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian

Symbolical Philosophy

Being an Interpretation of the

Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories

and Mysteries of all Ages.

How’s that for a subtitle?

And for fans of Manly P. Hall and/or Mitch Horowitz: don’t miss this… Starting on June 21st, Mitch will be delivering a 12 episode video lecture series originating from the University of Philosophical Research specifically about this book, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages.” You can sign up for the course @ www.prs.org

Mitch Horowitz is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, a lecturer-in-residence at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult AmericaOne Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern LifeMind as Builder; and the The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality. Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the secret life of Ronald Reagan for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Salon, Time.com, and Politico.

The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.”


What is the Project for the Future?



What is the Project for the Future? And are the youngest generations up to the task? Let’s hope so because the future is their’s one way or the other.

Jeremy Johnson returns to discuss the Anthropocene era (now) when humans have become the first ever force of nature with the ability to shape the planet with a particular purpose in mind. So, you know… let’s make that purpose a good one, okay?

They’ve always said, “Young people don’t vote.” And for many generations, they’ve been right. But is that changing? Recent elections in the EU and in the US show that something may be happening… young people ARE voting. And guess what… there are MANY, MANY young people of voting age out there.

The time for creating a better future is now (or never).


Game of Thrones Decompression.



Or should that be “Decomposing?” Hmm…

Here is a fun talk I had with Jeremy Johnson on the last episode and last season of Game of Thrones.  Much like our talks on Westworld Season 2, this conversation took place immediately after the finale aired and represented our instant opinions. Jeremy and I dig pretty deep to talk about the philosophy, societal impact, and evolutionary qualities of the show.

And this is Part 1, too, because we did a follow up a few days later on Jeremy’s podcast, “Mutations” (which you can see here). For that show, we had a week’s worth of external critical reactions that we could react to. Also, in a fun continuation of something begun on this episode of WYT, we brainstorm alternative endings, both to the final episode and to the entire final season of Game of Thrones.

Long story short… I loved Game of Thrones and really wanted the ending to live up to what came before. Sadly, I don’t think it did. But there is still a lot to love here. And it did have its moments…

And this video, I think, will represent my last attempt to get the green screen right. I think I’ve just got to give up on that. Check out the last podcast video with Jeff Salzman and tell me if you agree that the big map on the wall of my office is better than the pixelated, almost-cool-but-not-really green screen.

 


What’s Your Theory… Now?



Well, I’m back!  Sorry about the long hiatus, but you know how it is with producing free media like this… sometimes you have to back burner it. But I never stopped thinking about the show and now, “What’s Your Theory?” is back. Let’s call this Season 2.

I’m lining up some great guests for more interviews that pertain, in one way or another, to the evolution of human consciousness and the perpetual struggle to ensure a future more like Star Trek and less like Planet of the Apes and it’s shaping up to be a great summer for WYT.

 

Besides regular interviews with new guests, I also have an idea to add shows with some of our regular guests that will be a little bit more formatted than in the past. The idea is to have conversations on current culture (politics, film &TV, internet culture… etc) as seen through the lens of our regulars’ various specialties.  Something like… “What happened in the world this week from an Integral Theory perspective with Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com,” or in Consciousness Evolution with Jean Gebser scholar Jeremy Johnson.  So, basically, the same kind of conversations you are used to hearing with me and the WYT regulars, but on up to the minute topics, some heavy, some light, all fascinating and designed to not let the Apes win.

First up, our friend Jeff Salzman returns with an injection of wisdom to help get the show going again. This is a good one.

This week: Post-Modernism, Modernism, and Traditionalism have a hard enough time getting along as it is… How are the three dominant tiers of consciousness handling a blast from the past as President Trump injects the pre-traditional Warrior mode, dominated by fight-or-flight reactions and zero-sum politics into the modern world? Answer: Sad.

And: You say the Game of Thrones final season has bummed you out? Well, Jeff has only binge-watched through season 3… you know, when it was still all the things you loved about it. So I thought it would be fun to turn back the clock to the good days and take a look at peak GoT through Integral lenses. And you know what? I was right.

I hope you’ll stick around for a full Summer of WYT!

Remember it helps a lot when you subscribe to whatever delivery system you are using to watch or listen to the show. And don’t hesitate to ask a question or tell me what’s on your mind.

And finally, there is only one way to financially support the show, and that’s to open your mind and soul to the rocket-powered roller coaster of suspense, romance and epic mult-lifetime-spanning adventure of the Kings X Saga. These are books, people. The stay-up-all-night-reading kind.

Black Sheep Souls is on the way, but why wait when you can blow your mind today!

 


Danielle Eubank – One Artist/Five Oceans



So, I’ve promised more interviews with interesting people who are working to raise our collective level of consciousness, to add some provocative beauty to the present and provide some spiritual fuel to help us all move toward the best future we can build together… this is going to be a good one.

Ancol IX
Mozambique IX
Voyage to the Arctic
The Borobudur Ship
The Phoenicia

Danielle Eubank is an artist, world traveler and more than a little bit of an adventurer. In her early career, her time spent painting scenes of the Atlantic ocean from a fishing village in Asturias, Spain led to an invitation to serve as the Expedition Artist on aboard the Borobudur Ship –  a replica ancient Indonesian cargo vessel that rounded the Cape of Good Hope on a 10,000 mile voyage from Indonesia to Ghana, in 2003-4.  That experience cemented a commitment to paint the waters of all five of the earth’s oceans. in 2008-2010, she sailed on a replica of a 2,500-year-old Phoenician ship that circumnavigated Africa, a 20,000 mile trip originally made 500 years before the birth of Christ. Most recently (2014) sailed aboard a barquentine tall ship on an expedition to the High Arctic that took her to the northernmost human settlement on Earth. And soon, on a voyage set for early 2019 to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, where Danielle will complete her nearly 20 year quest and her landmark series of ocean paintings, One Artist Five Oceans.

Danielle’s art is exhibited all over the world, most particularly in galleries in Los Angeles and London, the two cities she’s most often called home throughout her career. 

Full disclosure, my wife and I have called Danielle and her husband, Fletcher close friends for 20 years, some of her work graces the walls of our house, and Danielle even created an original oil painting for the cover of the deluxe paperback edition of my first novel. 

I’ll also add before we get to our talk, if you usually listen to an audio only podcast of What’s Your Theory, this is a good episode to seek out the What’s Your Theory Youtube Channel because Danielle’s art is sublime and words aren’t going to cut it.  And don’t forget to subscribe to whichever medium you are using to hear us. It’s free and it really helps us. 

Find lots more about Danielle Eubank, her art, and her One Artist/Five Oceans project @ www.DanielleEubank.com and www.oneartistfiveoceans.com

 

And now… here’s the What’s Your Theory Interview with Danielle Eubank.


Blade Runners



In this episode, Steve is blown away by “Blade Runner 2049″ and Jeremy D. Johnson offers his usual fascinating insights and observations – plus a short but flawless Harrison Ford impression (around the 55 minute mark), as we return for the last Deep Dive of the summer and to dig into both “Blade Runner” movies!

Here is a link to the film review Jeremy wrote in for Blade Runner 2049 in 2017. This was the piece I stumbled across in cyberspace that led me to reach out to Jeremy as an early guest for What’s Your Theory?. So, it was the impetus for everything else we’ve done together since – Deep Dives into “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and every episode of “Westworld Season 2.”

In many ways the 2 Blade Runners put the perfect cap on our long running discussions on the past, present and future of A.I., the nature of mind, soul, and consciousness… and what it all means for the evolution of consciousness for our planet and our species.

It’s also a personal favorite of mine, maybe because it took me 2 viewings to really “get” how great Blade Runner 2049 really is.

Meanwhile, since Star Trek Discovery has delayed the release of it’s second season, we’re having a change of plan for the fall.  Jeremy Johnson will be back again in few weeks for another Deep Dive, this time into season 3 of “The Man in the High Castle.”

The show starts streaming Oct. 5th on Amazon Prime, so we’ll be digging into it shortly after then. It’s based on a 1962 novel from Phillip K. DIck (there’s that man again), and I’m guessing it’s a little scarier and more on the nose for the problems of today than Amazon suspected when they started production before 2016.

What’s it all about, you ask. Well… it’s kind of like this…

So don’t forget to subscribe and come back for that!

 


2001: A Space Odyssey 5Oth Anniversary Deep Dive



As a podcast dedicated to Culture and Consciousness Evolution, it really makes sense to celebrate the 50th birthday of one the biggest cultural touchstones of consciousness evolution in the mass communication era by talking it all over with Jeremy D. Johnson.

Jeremy has an essay on 2001 up over @ Evolve and Ascend. com you can read right here… (and you should!). 

I’m going on a brief vacation, but we’ll have lots more conversations coming up on WYT in August and into the fall. Jeff Salzman will be back in a couple of weeks, Jeremy will return in August to do a deep dive into both Blade Runner movies, and we will very likely be doing another episode by episode Dive into the second season of Star Trek: Discovery in the fall.

Coming Soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And very likely in this Fall…

So please do subscribe to this site or on your favorite podcast service or the youtube channel so somebody tells you when we’ve got something new. Thanks!

See you when I get back – Steve

 

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Tribalism and My Tribe



There’s been a lot of talk lately about tribalism and how people across the United States and all over the world are breaking off into tribal groups, preparing for some kind of battle to come. Today we discuss what I think MY tribe is, and then “tribal” thinking with Integral Theorist Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com

Thanks as always to Jeff Salzman for joining me for the Integral Chat. You can find much more of Jeff www.DailyEvolver.com.

Thanks for listening, thanks for letting me know what you think, and thanks for subscribing, either on your favorite podcast engine or our youtube channel

My Tribe:

My Tribe, the tribe I belong to, want to belong to, the tribe I want to be proud of me, and will fight to keep alive… is not the Democrats, not the Republicans, not the libertarians or the Greens… I belong to the Tribe of “Let’s do better next time.” 

My tribe is capable of great and horrible things. My tribe is wrong sometimes, but my tribe is brave. My tribe is not afraid… not of outsiders, not of the future. My tribe knows that it doesn’t know all the answers. But my tribe is willing to experiment, to learn, to change, and try for the best future we can imagine. 

My tribe are the ones who started this country as a place where all people are equal in the eyes of God, despite the fact that at the time all people were certainly not equal under the law. My tribe are the people who set that goal down in writing as the foundational document of a new nation, to be protected, and to be watered like a seed until it could grow into a mighty tree. My tribe are people like Thomas Jefferson, imperfect but trying to improve, to evolve and to lead by example – a man who owned slaves in a world where all of his peers owned slaves… but who helped set the stage for a time… as it turned out  less than 50 years after his death, when slaves would be freed and the practice stamped out. I’m talking about a practice as old as civilization itself, embedded into the new world at it’s inception hundreds of years before Jefferson was even born. It was sown into the fabric of society itself. 

But it changed. We did that. My tribe, of men, women who couldn’t vote, black men and women who broke their chains… through failure and death and war and blood, through moments of weakness and of strength… the facts were horrible… the dreams were beautiful… and regardless of where the tribes stood… it changed. My tribe, the tribe I belong to, want to always belong to, and want to be proud of me… my tribe – filled with men, women, rich, poor, free and enslaved… made that happen.

My tribe… not perfect, often wrong, capable of great and horrible things, but always trying to be better. 

My father was a member of my tribe. He was a life long republican. He was a civil servant. He was a honest man. And he was a war hero. I mean that literally. At 19 he left college to pilot a B-24 in WW2.  He received medals, members of his crew came to his funeral decades later to tell his children how much they loved and admired him, and how he had saved their lives in combat when, in the process of being shot down over occupied Belgium, he skillfully crash-landing their plane – the notoriously difficult to maneuver B-24 Liberator, still fully loaded with it’s payload of bombs, without blowing them all up. 

My father made sacrifices. Not the least of which, perhaps the most of which… my father killed for us… his tribe. His tribe was Jefferson’s experiment. His tribe was a people who governed themselves… no king, no dictator, no pope… only themselves. Sometimes wrong, sometimes right, always brave and willing to try. And to fight. Even among each other. My father flew 44 missions over Nazi Germany  in the fall and winter of 1944. If you know World War 2 history, you might know what that means. This was the hammer… this was the rage of the Free West against the insurgency of fascism and racism that didn’t want to come along to the future we were trying to build. That was trying to stop us from ever reaching it. This was the “this must never happen again fury” that led, one year later and half the earth away to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But in Germany, it was conventional, overwhelming force. And my father at age 19.

Like a lot of veterans, my father never talked about his time in the war. But I’ve seen the flight logs from his missions. There were cities. Mainz, Hamburg… there were civilians. Most likely many, many of them. Members of a tribe. Complicit in horrific actions… but civilians. My tribe, the tribe of my father, put them under the hammer. And we struck, and struck, and struck… until the other tribe, the fascists, and the complicit fascists, couldn’t get up again. 

That’s what my tribe is capable of. Right or Wrong, my tribe doesn’t like bullies, and when pushed hard enough, we will fight them until they can’t get up.  

My tribe are the ones who built and struggle to maintain a system designed to let us all live together. The system that often doesn’t work the way we want it to. The system that lets everyone participate, including the ones who want to bend the system to their favor, or see the system destroyed altogether. 

My tribe is the one that allowed Trump to happen, yet still works tirelessly to resist authoritarianism, government by fiat and the whim of one man…

My tribe are civil servants and professionals who do their best to serve. Teachers, Soldiers, Government workers, Cops, bankers, builders, marketers, inventors, social workers, atheletes and artists… My tribe is the one with the state AG’s who successfully sued the federal government to stop the religious litmus test travel ban 4 times. And who lost the fifth fight but are preparing the next lawsuit even now, with intelligence, compassion, skill, and justice on their side. 

My tribe doesn’t care what you look like, who you love, or where you came from. We used to… sure… where we were all white, we cared that you were brown, where we were brown we cared that you were white,  but things change. And when people are not afraid of change, they can come together. Tribes can grow larger. Today, my tribe is actually most of us, all people who are willing to learn and willing to change to get better.  

My tribe are the people who leave the water in the desert. My tribe are the ones who film the man as he pours it out on the ground. So that his actions will be seen. So that every tribe can take note, to see where they stand, and what they defend. To think about which tribe they really want to belong to. 

My tribe welcomes all newcomers who have the courage to admit mistakes, to change, because those are people who are trying to be better. My tribe admits mistakes and moves on, because we know that the world is always moving on and it won’t wait for us. That’s all my tribe wants. It’s what we value most of all. The impulse to do better next time. 

 

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Deep Dive into Westworld Season 2, Ep:10 – The Passenger



What is “The Passenger?”

It is within her…

It is within all of them…

And it is within you. There in the back. Riding along in that rickety chariot you call a body.

This is our final Deep Dive for Westworld Season 2.

We had a blast! Thanks for listening and thanks for all the great comments here and on Youtube.

And don’t forget to subscribe to “What’s Your Theory?” youtube channel or wherever you hear the podcast because…

WE’LL BE BACK throughout the summer with much more. More interviews with smart people, Integral Chats with Jeff Salzman and more Deep Dives into movies and TV shows with Jeremy D. Johnson – including 2001:A Space Odyssey for the 50 the anniversary of the films release coming in July. 

We’ll see you again soon!

Deep Dives are not Recaps and they do contain Spoilers. We talk about the philosophy, mythology, and cultural impact of stories and events that strike a chord. Westworld is some of the smartest Sci-fi to come along in a while, and we’re doing Deep Dives for every episode of Season 2. New episodes every Tuesday! Don’t forget to subscribe (above!) and tell us what you think (below!)

“What’s Your Theory?” is a long form conversation podcast about Culture and the Evolution of Consciousness (it’s more fun than that probably sounds). All we want is a future more like Star Trek and less like Planet of the Apes (the 1969, melting the Statue of Liberty version). All we can do about that is talk through our evolution toward one or the other, in real time.

Find today’s Special Guest, Jeremy D. Johnson @ www.patreon.com/jeremyjohnson
And on Twitter @jdj_writes

More Stephen T. Harper @ www.kingsxsaga.com
And on Twitter @S_T_Harper

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