Movies on the Nature of Existence and Reality

SPOILER ALERT: The podcast below contains spoilers, as do some of the textual descriptions that follow below.

The mainstream success of movies such as The Matrix, Groundhog Day and Inception have spread the word that was previously only heard by philosophers, hippies and adherents of eastern mysticism.

So, what does it mean to live in the age of the ontological movie?

In this podcast, I discuss with the consciousness theorist Anthony Peake this trend, which began in the nineties with such titles as Jacob’s Ladder, Groundhog Day, The Truman Show and The Matrix. More recent titles discussed include, Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. …


An Interview with Consciousness Theorist Anthony Peake

Aldous Huxley stated in The Doors of Perception that the mind is “a reducing valve”, filtering a greater reality — what he called Mind-at-Large — to the human organism. In his latest book, the consciousness theorist Anthony Peake employs cutting-edge science to more thoroughly investigate those doors of perception and makes a profound conclusion regarding the greater reality beyond.

Peake recently spoke to The Eternities podcast about the book, Opening the Doors of Perception: The Key to Cosmic Awareness. The discussion touched upon the ideas of Huxley, the famous near death experience of the top neurosurgeon Eben Alexander which changed Alexander’s perspective on the brain, the bicameral theory of consciousness of Julian Jaynes, and the strident material-reductionist orthodoxy that sees consciousness as solely created by, and contained within, the brain. …


An Interview with the Author of The Myth of September 11: The Satanic Verses of Western Democracy

It’s a question often asked of the conspiratorially minded, born from an irritation with the modern tendency to question every event and its mainstream media account. Of course, it’s really a statement — “Everything isn’t a conspiracy!” — with perhaps the added subtext, “You paranoid, irrational, basement-dwelling loon.”

However, in an attempt to get a rational response to this rhetorical question, The Eternities podcast recently asked it to Roberto Quaglia, a science-fiction author who ventured into conspiracy territory when he published his The Myth of September 11: The Satanic Verses of Western Democracy.

In the podcast, Quaglia explained his entry into the arena and his reasons for writing the 600-page tome: “I discovered that the official narrative didn’t make any sense. I needed people to discuss it with but … everyone was stuck in the mainstream narrative. So I started to write down what I understood so that I [could not] forget it. It was not a plan to write a book. …


An Interview with OBE Expert and Experiencer Graham Nicholls

Graham Nicholls returned to The Eternities podcast to talk about his recent contribution to Consciousness Beyond the Body (edited by Alexander De Foe), a free e-book aiming to be the definitive work on the scientific research and theory around the out-of-body experience (OBE), with contributions from Anthony Peake, Robert Waggoner, Jurgen Ziewe and other experts in the field.

The discussion ranged across the differences between lucid dreaming and the out-of-body experience, ruminations on the deeper meanings of the experience, similarities to psychedelic experiences, the difficulties involved in scientific research of the phenomenon and Nicholls’ experiences collaborating in a study of psychokinesis with famed psi researcher Dean Radin. …


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An Interview with the Transhumanist CEO of Thrivous Nootropics

Lincoln Cannon is religious about human enhancement.

‘We’re on the cusp of a biotech revolution that will make the information technology revolution of the late 90s / early 2000s look like a small thing in retrospect.’

Cannon, a philosopher and technologist, is a founder, board member and former president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, the world’s largest advocacy network for the ethical use of technology and religion to extend human abilities. He is also CEO of Thrivous, a company on a mission to connect customers to technologies to improve brain and body, starting with a range of cognitive enhancing nootropics.


An Interview with Shakespeare Buff and Author Nick Buchanan

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Last week would have been Shakespeare’s 451st birthday, had he been as immortal as his work. Some would have it that you might need to have lived that long to have garnered the experience, the wisdom, and even to have had the time (or sufficient typing monkeys) to have been both so prolific and profound.

In the latest podcast from The Eternities, Nick Buchanan, author of What Happens in Shakespeare’s King Lear, explains why he believes it entirely possible that this one remarkable man could indeed have been the sole author.

“The folks who argue that [it couldn’t possibly have been] Shakespeare really dislike the idea that he didn’t go to university and he was a country boy. …


An Inteview with Sex Coach Sarah Rose Bright

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Sarah Rose Bright is a sex coach far beyond the vanilla kind.

“Conventional sex therapy just deals with talking,” she explained in a recent interview with The Eternities podcast. “A lot of people carry a lot of fear, a lot of shame and tension, and all sorts of things that are difficult to address with talking only. For many people, a more practical approach can take them a lot further.”

Sarah’s own life was transformed via an intensive course of sexual self-development that began with her attendance on a Tantra workshop for her thirtieth birthday. …


An Interview with Alternative Education Expert Jerry Mintz

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“If you want to influence [the student] at all, you must do more than merely talk to him; you must fashion him, and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than what you wish him to will.”

So argued the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, said to be a key influence on the Prussian education system, which in turn became the educative model in many countries, including the US and UK.

According to Jerry Mintz, a prominent figure in the alternative school movement and the founder and director of the New York based Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO), little has changed. …


An Interview with Journalist and Author Tom Shroder

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The tide seems to be turning with regard to attitudes to the healing powers of psychedelics, says Tom Shroder, the author of a new book on the subject. And, according to some researchers, their incredible efficacy is down to their ability to unleash the mind’s own “innate healing intelligence”.

The award winning journalist and ex-editor of The Washington Post Magazine spoke to The Eternities podcast about his latest work, Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal, which looks at the history of psychedelic therapy from the fifties to the present day.

He said, “Our system, as biased as it might have been against psychedelics, certainly was based on [a] belief that science could prove something, and science [has been] proving the efficacy of these drugs … in clinical conditions. They’re plenty safe enough. In fact, they’re much safer than most other drugs used in psychiatry. So, you can’t argue with the science.” …


An Interview with Andrew Clover

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The main character in Andrew Clover’s latest novel has an accident, her consciousness splitting to revisit significant scenes in her past and to review her life. And this, he claims, happened also to him.

He discusses his near death experience during which he seemed to leave his body in the latest podcast from The Eternities.

Clover fell and knocked himself out while running to collect his young daughter from a local bus stop. But instead of finding himself unconscious, he claims to have remained aware.

“I could actually see my body in this puddle, and then I was just thinking, ‘The girls!’, and I was remembering my eldest daughter.” Suddenly, he found himself viewing her safely making her way home. …

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Martin Higgins

Crypto journalist and copywriter. Team member of fund accelerator Block Alchemy. Novelist and occasional podcaster.

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