A talk with author and communications consultant Scott Malcomson about online anonymity, countercultural computing, the military-industrial origins of the Internet, and his new book Spinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web. http://www.orbooks.com/scott-malcomson/
A conversation with Hearts of Space radio producer Stephen Hill about the rise of contemplative and ambient music, the trouble with the “New Age” tag, the psychology of sonic space, and the business of niche music distribution. www.hos.com
A chat with journalist Kara Platoni about growing virtual limbs, questioning the cyborgs, and hacking our experience of the world. Kara’s new book is We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists are Transforming Human Perception.
An inspiring chat with Jeremy Crawford, one of the lead designers of the new edition of the classic role playing game. We discuss identity, the multicultural multiverse, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the sacred absurdity of terrible dice rolls.
A conversation with dream researcher Kelly Bulkeley about big data, the dreaming brain, and keeping the door open for the weird and wonderful. www.kellybukeley.org
A conversation with author and journalist Andrew Hultkrans about Puritans, predictive profiling, and the problems with social media in the era of Big Data. For a recent article from Hultkrans, read http://artforum.com/diary/id=58416.
A conversation with conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats about Buckminster Fuller, biomimicry, and making pornography for God. Jonathon’s new book is You Belong to the Universe.
A conversation with the historian of esotericism Egil Asprim about re-enchantment, cognitive science and occult experience, and the magic of role-playing games. http://heterodoxology.com/
A conversation with anthropologist and historian of science Nicolas Langlitz about mystic materialism, the revival of psychedelic research, and the return of perennialism in the age of the brain. http://www.nicolaslanglitz.de
A conversation with human rights activist, artist, and psychedelic culture crafter Annie Harrison, aka Annie Oak, about her work with the Women’s Visionary Congress, the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, and the Full Circle Tea House. visionarycongress.org