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What is a Live Player? Samo Burja

What is a Live Player? How does this concept help us make sense of the cultural landscape? Is becoming one important, maybe essential?

Samo Burja is a deep thinker with a talent for creating concepts that help make sense of the cultural landscape, such as 'Live Player', meaning a person or organisation capable of novelty, versus one only able to run existing scripts.

The pandemic, and the inept response to it has shown up how many institutions and organisations are now effectively 'dead players', and how hollow and dysfunctional many of our systems have become.

In this wide-ranging and inspiring conversation, Samo explains what turns live players into dead ones, the underlying psychology and dynamics at play, and how we might go about changing that process.

Rebel Wisdom is shortly to begin a new online journey, called Becoming a Live Player, led by David Fuller and Peter Limberg of The Stoa. We will explore the landscape together, and learn some of the most effective skills, practices and psychotechnologies from as many different sources (memetic tribes) as possible: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/courses/liv...

This conversation was recorded in the Rebel Wisdom Digital Campfire. To see what sessions and discussions are coming up, check here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/campfire-ev...

Samo Burja, 'About Me': "There has never been an immortal society. No matter how technologically advanced our own society is, it is unlikely to be an exception. To achieve a positive future that defies these odds, we must understand the hidden forces that shape society.

In 2017, I founded Bismarck Analysis, a consulting firm that investigates the political and institutional landscape of society. I’m a Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation where I study how institutions can endure for centuries and millennia. I’m also Senior Research Fellow in Political Science at the Foresight Institute where I advise how institutions can shape the future of technology."

Reactionary Feminism? Mary Harrington

Mary recently took part in Rebel Wisdom's first 'Sex and Culture' event, where there was a great deal of interest in her concept of 'reactionary feminism'.
 
She returns to Rebel Wisdom for a showcase event in our Digital Campfire, in dialogue with Raven Connolly. She says: "The central contention of reactionary feminism is that the ideas of 'freedom' and 'progress' themselves are now delivering diminishing returns for all but a shrinking elite. And this is impacting especially severely on women, meaning that in order to remain true to the central task of feminism - advocating for women's political interests - feminists must turn against the theology of progress."
 
To join live and take part in conversations like this one, in Rebel Wisdom's Digital Campfire, check out the upcoming sessions here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/campfire-ev...
 
Mary is a writer and journalist. After graduating from Oxford University in 2002 with a first-class degree in English Literature, she was an early adopter of millennial precarity, via a twenties spent experimenting with gig economy work, intentional communities, gender nonconformity and unconventional relationship forms.
 
Along the way she discovered digital culture and web 2.0, co-founding the digital learning marketplace ‘School of Everything’; working as a researcher with the New York-based digital culture think tank ‘The Institute for the Future of the Book’; and curating cult art events.
 
After the crash of 2008 she worked in marketing while training as a psychotherapist, before discovering marriage, motherhood and small town life - along with an audience as a writer via her political blog. Her writing has been published by the New Statesman, The Spectator and Mail on Sunday, and she is a contributing editor at the influential online magazine UnHerd.

Recapture the Rapture, Jamie Wheal

In the face of multiple existential threats, and a pervasive crisis of meaning, how can we reconnect to our deepest purpose and what techniques and practices can help us reboot.

Jamie Wheal is launching his new book, Recapture the Rapture, based on three principles: Choose Your Own Apocalypse, The Alchemist's Cookbook and Ethical Cult Building.

Rebel Wisdom is co-hosting the launch party for the book with Jamie on Wednesday 28th April with guests including Gabor Mate, Dennis McKenna, Douglas Rushkoff, Diane Musho Hamilton, Tyson Yunkaporta, Daniel Schmachtenberger and many more.

You can get an invite through Flow Genome Project by buying the book:

https://www.recapturetherapture.com/launch

Brian Rose’s London Mayor Scam, with Coffeezilla

Brian Rose is the grift that keeps on giving. After his successful attempts to part people from their money through his scam 'Digital Freedom Platform' last year, he's now running for London Mayor.

After becoming a laughing stock on YouTube, Brian is now determined to bring his failing personality cult to the capital's voters. He claims to be running in second place, and the main challenger to Mayor Sadiq Khan, but as can be expected by now with Brian, that's a lie. And it's not the only one.

This is a conversation between Coffeezilla, the expert in dodgy online gurus who has been tracking Brian for over a year, and Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller.

David has just published an article for Unherd on this topic: https://unherd.com/2021/04/could-bria...

Catch up on previous films covering the shameless Mr Rose here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/films/34-fi...

And check out Coffeezilla's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFQM...

Rebel Wisdom has just relaunched our Digital Campfire, where you can join many of our interviews and conversations: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/campfire-ev...

Also, check out the Reddit thread 'That Bus Wanker' for more: https://www.reddit.com/r/gammasecretk...

The State of Integral, Layman Pascal & Bruce Alderman

Integral Theory has been a hugely influential school of thought in alternative communities for decades, likely peaking in the early 2000s.

Created largely by the philosopher Ken Wilber, it still maintains a strong influence, and has featured several times on Rebel Wisdom.

What light can it shed on current cultural dynamics? This was a discussion on Rebel Wisdom's Digital Campfire with the hosts of the Integral Stage podcast, Layman Pascal and Bruce Alderman.

We have just relaunched our Digital Campfire member platform, with a host of upcoming films.

To take part in these conversations check out the member options: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans

The Integral Stage is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA4...

Rebooting the Psychedelic Renaissance with Jamie Wheal

Recently, we released 'Endgame for the Psychedelic Renaissance?' in which Alexander Beiner caught up with Jamie Wheal to make sense of recent tensions in the psychedelic space around patenting, IP disputes and lobbying.

In this follow up, we move the conversation forward to explore possible ways to reboot the psychedelic renaissance. Jamie lays out 3 different approaches people are using to ensure psychedelic culture keeps its transformative potential: working within the existing game to change it, finding creative ways to jam it up, or playing an entirely new game.

You can watch the first part of this conversation 'Endgame for the Psychedelic Renaissance?' here: https://youtu.be/EOXJOZK1ZNQ

Jamie Wheal's new book, 'Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That's Lost Its Mind' comes out on April 27th: https://www.amazon.com/Recapture-Rapt...

Become a Rebel Wisdom member to participate in live Q&A calls with guests like Jamie Wheal. More info on https://www.rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans

Endgame for the Psychedelic Renaissance? Jamie Wheal

Tensions are running high in the fast-growing field of psychedelic medicine. As companies use aggressive tactics to corner the market, researchers and activists are being pushed toward check-mate.

 

Alexander Beiner speaks with Jamie Wheal to make sense of what's been happening - including patent grabs, Tim Ferriss raising the alarm around psychedelic ethics, and striking new accusations of corporate lobbying to prevent Oregon from democratising psilocybin therapy. 

Clubhouse, the New Media Battleground. Rebel Wisdom

Clubhouse is the new audio-only social media network that's been described as a continual podcast that you can drop in and take part in.

It's been valued at over $1bn, making it a rare 'unicorn' company, and is now growing exponentially as competitors like Facebook scramble to produce competing versions.

Is the hype justified, and what are the dynamics of this new network? What can we make of Bret Weinstein's recent 'struggle session', and what might be possible in this new medium?

Rebel Wisdom is doing an increasing number of events on Clubhouse, search for our newly created club to join in.

To join our digital campfire, check out our plans here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans

This was a Rebel Wisdom talk at The Stoa: https://www.thestoa.ca/

Walking the Talk on Free Speech? With Triggernometry

What does free speech mean in practice, and just as importantly, what are the rights and responsibilities of creators and journalists?

Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller and Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster of Triggernometry explore the complexities of free speech in an enjoyable and sometimes heated conversation.

Triggernometry Channel

To discuss the ideas in our films and take part, check out Rebel Wisdom's Digital Campfire: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans

 

The Cancelling of Slate Star Codex, with Tom Chivers

At the weekend, the New York Times published a long awaited article about one of the world's most celebrated blogs, Slate Star Codex, a central node of the influential rationalist community.

Called 'Silicon Valley's Safe Space', it was widely criticised as an inaccurate hit piece: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/13/te...

This is an interview with Tom Chivers, the writer of 'The Rationalist's Guide to the Galaxy', on the backstory to the controversy. What does this say about the ongoing crisis of journalism, and tensions with the tech sector.

The New Yorker wrote a more well-received piece on SSC here: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/ann...

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