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106 - My Own Private Derangement

106 - My Own Private Derangement

June 22, 2022

Or, The Puppeteer Adjudicators

Kris and I talk de-normalization, adding color to the wardrobe, and mitigating OCD. We then address our two “derangement syndromes,” ie the cultural debates that trigger us: COVID-19 and wokeness in academia. How do we inoculate ourselves against this allergic reaction to beliefs that we find distasteful? How do we just get on with the process of living?

Should values follow from skills? 

Notes:

Jonas Salk

Heather Mac Donald

John McWhorter

Wilfred Reilly

Indonesian shadow puppets

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

105 - Living in the Past

105 - Living in the Past

June 15, 2022

On this episode, Kris and I recap the strange incident of the "lost" episode. Last week, we had a real banger recorded...but something had other plans.

We go on to discuss this essay by The Convivial Society, "We are Not Living in a Simulation, We are Living in the Past." Is it accurate to say that the transparent, false nature of the internet is a function of it being a large archive? Can you be in the present while constantly reinterpreting the past? What does that even look like?

I am tasked with inventing a new holiday, and Kris recounts a dream about lies.

104 - The Chair of Oblivion

104 - The Chair of Oblivion

June 1, 2022

Alternate title: Turn Your Mirrors to the Wall in the House of the New Dead

How do we reconcile our beliefs with stark reality? Why does this keep happening? On this episode, Kris and I discuss the sacredness of hobbies, young men gone wrong, incel gamers, car culture, private grieving, the pornography of the feed, and how art can act as a cure for the mind-melting wide-eyed Clockwork Orange-style hypnosis.

Finite and Infinite Games

Tristram Shandy

The Idiot

103 - The Jury of the Dead Within Us

103 - The Jury of the Dead Within Us

May 29, 2022

We talk about the concept of wantok, the ability to hold two thoughts at once, engaging with ideas that you don't agree with, Christopher Hitchens, Jordan Peterson Derangement Syndrome, drug trips as ways to grapple with reality, cinema's unique ability to communicate psychedelic experience, and the necessity of love and hate in creating a public figure.

The Trip

Head

The Northman

Wolfman Jack

102 - You Can’t Normalize Complexity

102 - You Can’t Normalize Complexity

May 25, 2022

On this episode, Kris and I talk about the recent Roe v. Wade controversy. It leads to a reinvigorating idea about the ability to hold two thoughts at the same time. What ways can we look to indigenous thought styles to maintain (in)coherence?

101 - Slogans

101 - Slogans

May 25, 2022

On this episode, Kris and I ponder the various types of clothing people wear, constant messaging, and developing a Sherlock Holmes-style observational ability.

100 - Integration vs. Imposition

100 - Integration vs. Imposition

May 25, 2022

On this episode, Kris and I discuss new directions for the show, the difference between integration and imposition, and Kris relates a dream where an action figure is stuck in his chest.

99 - The Rewind Button

99 - The Rewind Button

May 25, 2022

On this episode, Kris and I talk about the ability to pause and rewind, filling in your own blanks, and psychosomatic illness. Kris tasks me with developing three intro questions for a psychological examination.

98 - Heroes

98 - Heroes

May 25, 2022

Kris recounts a disturbing conversation, and we discuss the value of having heroes. What does a hero look like? He also gives me the task of elaborating on a high-concept idea about tattoos. It's Gus's birthday today! The young man is one. Hope you are all doing well.

97 - The Harmony of Opposites

97 - The Harmony of Opposites

May 25, 2022

On this episode, Kris and I talk about performative enjoyment, drag shows, Heraclitus' concept of 'Panta Rhei,' the sacred as a game of hot potato, games of mental elasticity, and the language of Gene Wolfe. Kris also tasks David with coming up with a jargon-filled mission statement, and recounts a very "Book of the New Sun" style dream.

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