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283 - Tim Scully (Notorious LSD Chemist)

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Tim Scully was involved in the production of millions of hits of very pure LSD known as "Orange Sunshine" in the late 1960s, hoping to save the world. He was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison for his troubles. He's featured in the excellent Netflix documentary, The Sunshine Makers (see below).  Download. Music: "Kid Charlemagne," by Steely Dan.

282 - Asa Akira (Porn Star)

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Asa Akira could be the girl next door -- if you lived next to a super smart, sexy, funny, open-minded, porn star. Download this episode. Music: "Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak," by Macey Gray. The paper called, "It's Only a Penis": Rape, Feminism, and Difference is here.

Episode 282:  Asa Akira (Porn Star)

Introduction (00:00 – 34:27)

(00:00) Canyonlands, Pre-Order “Tangentially Reading”, Intro to Asa

(03:26) Discussion Board – Tspeaking.boardhost.com

(04:28) Poem: “Everything is Waiting for You”, by David Whyte

(06:02) Sex abuse accusations in the media, witnessing the dick

(09:18) Chris’s view, criminality and coercion, Louis CK, a world configured for men

(16:18) Power position, dick-induced trauma, is Louis CK a criminal

(20:12) Paper: “It’s Only a Penis”, by Christine Helliwell, cultural views of rape, penis power, gender

(29:19) Power tripping scumbags, body shame in the West, the spell of genitalia

(33:07) Song 1: “Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak”, by Macy Gray

 

Interview: (34:28 – 1:38:28)

(34:28) porn and free thinkers, low expectations, Asa likes dick pics, maturity and consent

(39:29) unequal sexualization, shame and culture, Asa’s background, Ami vs. Japanese porn

(42:29) Japanese sexuality, odd sex laws, Chris’s hypothesis on Japanese porn, “Nisa” and the Kung

(47:43) Big Italian balls, talkin’ dicks with Girth Brooks, camera angles, fascinated by ‘big’

(53:49) Bush is back, Asa’s porn beginnings, ’Love at first anal’, sex then dinner

(1:02:16) Sexual partners, sex is like travel, first experiences, sexual readiness, trauma

(1:11:48) Cats & Dogs, female orgasm, modernity and disconnectedness, arousal and the sexes

(1:19:34) Asa’s Podcast – “Super Curious”, turn-ons, semen swallowing warriors, oral sex, repression

(1:25:17) Toe-curling orgasms, wet dreams, ovulation – contemporary vs tribal

(1:30:50) Embracing sexuality, porn trends, kids & porn, Sex Ed, mood & gender, communal living

(1:38:29) Outro

(1:41:47) Song 2: “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

 

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280 - Michael Aranda ("C-List Internet Celebrity")

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One of Michael's recent videos. Super cool!

This is the scene from Six Feet Under mentioned in this episode.

Michael is a musician, vlogger, and strikingly deep thinker. Download this episode.

Music: "Alberton," by Michael Aranda; "Strawberry Letter 23," by Shuggie Otis and The Brother's Johnson; "Waiting for the End," by Linkin Park.

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Episode 280:  Michael Aranda (C-list Internet Celebrity)

Michael is a musician, vlogger, and strikingly deep thinker.

 

Introduction (00:00 – 17:51)

(00:00) intro music from Michael Aranda, eclipse advert, the honor system, advertising

(09:04) Pre-Order “Tangentially Reading”

(10:42) Moab, “Desert Solitaire”, music

(15:38) Song 1: “Strawberry Letter 23”, by Shuggie Otis

 

Interview: (17:52 – 1:39:04)

(17:52) Meeting Michael, defining millennials, growing up with porn, travel troubles, connections

(29:48) The musician, influence, stripped-down tunes, magical music

(36:00) Song 2: “Strawberry Letter 29”, performed by the Brothers Johnson

(40:32) Music is mathematical, suicide and retroactive legitimacy, finding your creation

(49:50) Writing like a dog shits, family life, religion, truth, agnostic atheism, R. Dawkins

(1:01:51) Raised religious, trying drugs, resistance, J. Campbell and reality, everything’s Zen

(1:12:33) Vlogging, Geology for kids, C. Darwin, understanding the Earth

(1:16:27) Becoming a C-list internet celebrity, respect for differing views, God’s advice

(1:20:04) film school, health problems, YouTube, stuck in France, job landed, studio life

(1:26:03) Passion projects, life w/o the internet, Michael’s daily Vlog, attracting subscribers

(1:37:12) Quality vs. quantity, lacking empathy

(1:39:04) Song 3: “In the End”, by Lincoln Park

(1:42:56) Outro

(1:46:14) Song 4: “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

 

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“What I’m Doing Right Now” – Michael’s YT show

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Music: Basin and Range

Music: Carsie Blanton

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279 - Cacilda (Going to Peru)

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This is a special, very personal episode. Cacilda is going to the Amazon, in search of new ways to be a "soul doctor" (psychiatrist). Download this episode.

Episode 279:  Cacilda Jetha

Introduction (00:00 – 23:06)

(00:00) “Chubby Lou is a Sexy Little Bitch”

(01:02) Introduction to and update on Cacilda, sharing too much, the comedy community, transparency

(08:00) Privacy of others, toeing the line, “research informs our relationship”

(12:41) Being available, weight to carry, does Cacilda exist, crossroads, helping people

(17:42) Pre-Order “Tangentially Reading”

(19:04) Housekeeping: Episode Notes

(20:03) Song 1: “Comfortably Numb”, performed by David Bowie and David Gilmore

 

Interview: Cacilda Jetha (23:07 – 1:29:17)

(23:07) Dispatches from a transitional moment, job history and the last year in Barcelona

(28:07) Insecure return to medicine, frustration with conventional medicine, reputation

(30:50) Butterflies during change, prisoners as patients, killers, psychopaths and malingerers

(35:37) Describing a psychopath, empathy, Trump and Obama, the system

(40:00) More Barcelona, seduction to aggression to psychopathy, therapy, being multilingual

(44:09) Grandma Cacilda, respect, conversations, dominance implied, societal integration

(49:00) Rules of life, “psychopathology makes the world go round”, mental illness

(51:44) Neurosis vs. psychosis, psychotic schisms, laughter, street people, shared reality

(59:26) Shamanism and community, connecting to reality, being different

(1:01:50) Neurosis broken down, fitting in, everyone’s neurotic, a sick society, the happy poor

(1:06:02) Community via disaster, temporary happiness, fixing society’s neurosis, the struggle

(1:11:23) Creating trust, small-scale change, frustrations, an eclectic approach

(1:18:11) Nerve, the future and uncertainty, jumping into the void, comfortably numb

(1:22:29) Cacilda and Peru, the unknown, fear and letting go

(1:27:13) Future episode from Peru, contacts in Peru

(1:29:18) Outro

(1:32:05 ) Song 2: “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

 

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278 - Sol Sebastian (What is a man?)

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Sol Sebastian leads small groups of men on journeys into the African bush in search of a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. Sol's site. Download this episode. Music: "Kalicom," by Julien Jacob.

Show Notes:

Introduction (00:00 – 15:38)

(00:00) Meeting Sol, father figures, Sol’s website; newalpha.men

(06:32) Cacilda update, conventional medicine, travels to Peru

(09:00)  Pre-Order “Tangentially Reading”

(11:32) Song 1: “Kalicom”, by Julien Jacob

Sol Sebastian – What is Masculinity? (15:39 – 2:07:46)

(15:39) Men’s Genius Catalyst, native genius, presenting reality, expansive nature

(25:43) Choosing your identity, life orientation, existential accountability, removal from the native state

(34:49) Framework of 3 entities; Religion, State, and Brand, chaos of the unknown

(39:41) The original mindjob, acceptance of our caveman past, discontinuity

(43:47) Mothers and Fathers, mountains and valleys, intimacy and sovereignty, validation

(49:33) ROMA emails, critical thinking, conscience, stuck in the valley, initiation rituals, belonging

(58:06) The modern world, “Tribe”, love, aggression, sperm wars, testosterone

(1:08:48) How Sol got started, Melbourne youth, Anarchism, deconstructing life

(1:17:10) Mentors, Thailand, Chiang Mai, spiritual convergence

(1:28:38) Qigong, charlatans, Western vs. Eastern medicine, Shamanism

(1:38:16) Daoist sexuality, Western mentality, the game

(1:44:15) Multiple male orgasms, omni-orgasmic connections, being dick-centric

(1:50:31) Revisionism, redefining the orgasm, transcendental experiences, maturity

(1:58:37) Unthinking, knowledge and wisdom, being part of “It”

(2:07:47) Outro

(2:11:04) Song 2: “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

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277 - Geoff Dyer (genre-defying author)

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Show Notes:

Introduction (00:00 – 19:00)

(00:00) Travel Update, Stanley Krippner’s 85th, traveling the backbone of the Sierras, Bristlecone Pines

(05:00) Intro to Geoff Dyer, Pre-Order “Tangentially Reading”, Update on Stanley K., Travel Plans

(10:13) A listener shares a story with Chris

(15:24) Song 1: “The Animal I Am” by Carsie Blanton

Geoff Dyer – Genre-Defying Author (19:01 – 1:25:23)

(19:01) Brief intro to Geoff’s work, two author’s obsession; DH Lawrence (DHL)

(26:49) Literary Life vs. reality, a disagreement arises, DHL’s early years

(31:48) DHL’s sexuality, Chris shares an acid-tinged tale, DHL and sexual frustration

(37:41) Culture and sexuality, manliness, DHL and DIY

(43:19) DHL’s poetry, Tequila and “Snake”, the impact of a great teacher, the magic of language

(54:24) The educational escalator, Oxford, Andrew Harvey

(1:01:50) British vs. American literature, Tobias Wolff, “This Boy’s Life”

(1:11:01) Geoff on writing, Storylines, Travel to India, having a sense of humor

(1:24:11) The great conundrum of being human

(1:28:41) Song 2: “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

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Geoff is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and many genre-defying books: But Beautiful, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, The Ongoing Moment, Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, and Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush. (shamelessly copied from Geoff's site.) Download this episode. Music: "The Animal I Am," by Carsie Blanton.

276 - Floating Away with Duncan Trussell

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Duncan is a stand-up comic, writer, actor, podcast host, and occasional summoner of Satan. Few people make me think or laugh as hard as he does. We recorded this shortly after giving the keynote presentation together at the annual float tank conference in Portland, OR. Download.

Music: "Bul Ma Min," by Orchestra Baobab; "Simple Gifts," performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss."

18 Oct 2017 Tangentially Speaking, Episode 276:  Floating with Duncan Trussell

 

Duncan is a stand-up comic, writer, actor, podcast host, and occasional summoner of Satan.  He’s also one of my best friends.  We recorded this shortly after giving the keynote presentation together at the annual float tank conference in Portland, OR.

 

Introduction (00:00 – 15:19)

(00:00) Chris in NYC to promote “Monogamish”, by Tao Ruspoli

(02:10) Pre-Order “Tangentially Reading”

(05:08) A new “Shrimp Parade” on the near horizon?

(08:13) Song 1: “Bul Ma Miin” by Orchestra of Baobob

 

Floating with Duncan Trussell (15:20 – 1:46:45)

(15:20) Keynote Speaking @ the Portland Float Conference

(17:00) Materialism and the sequential accretion of ‘things’

(21:26) Cleaning your life of possessions, loving what you have

(31:17) Yoga, giving vs. other ways of trading matter, alternate views on possessions

(35:11) Debt and Capitalist Voodoo, unrecognized magic, Siddy

(42:09) Downer Chris, Pollyanna Joe, and Techno Duncan, and how nukes get launched

(49:06) A future with AI, rising sea levels, and genetically programmed humans

(54:45) Wealth and access to new technologies

(57:00) The Frog Story and “Going for it”, racism via minimalization, modern sorcery

(1:05:44) A look at the life path of Duncan Trussell, is a van in Duncan’s future?

(1:12:37) Sainthood, modern blasphemy, American work ethic, selling debt, augmented reality

(1:22:00) Patreon supporters video stops here – camera battery issues

(1:22:29) American culture is a scam, Duncan and the Comedy Store, the generosity of Joe

(1:38:25) Success and when to stop squeezing the frog

(1:43:54) Duncan introduces the “Quaker Hymn”

(1:46:45) Song 2: “Quaker Hymn”

(1:50:57) Song 3: ”Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

 

Episode Links:

Tangentially Reading – PRE-Order HERE

Music: Basin and Range

Music: Carsie Blanton

Book: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo

Book: “Sacred Economics” by Charles Eisenstein

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275 - Dr. Jim Fadiman (Psychedelic Researcher)

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Dr. Jim Fadiman is a psychologist and author best known for his pioneering psychedelic research -- most recently concerning micro-dosing of LSD and psilocybin as described in The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide. Download this episode.

Music: "Tribalistas," by Tribalistas.

 

Show Notes, Episode 275: Dr. Jim Fadiman (Psychedelic Researcher)

Dr. Jim Fadima is a psychologist and author best known for his pioneering psychedelic research – most recently concerning microdosingof LSD and psilocybin.

Introduction (00:00 – 25:39)

(00:00) Complaints of ‘dick shaming’ and Chris’s rebuttal

(07:57) Barcelona Update, Debra Berger from episode 254 (DebraBerger.net), intro to Jim Fadiman

(14:16) “Tangentially Reading”, now available for pre-order, AJ Leone of Misfit Press, episode 222

(18:43) Intro to Song 1: “Tribalistas” by Tribalistas, Chris talks about his appreciation of the listening community

(22:28) Song 1: “Tribalistas”, by Tribalistas

Interview with Jim Fadiman (25:40 – 1:37:44)

(25:40) Dr. Fadiman’s book, “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide”

(29:18) Microdosing with psychedelics, serotonin research and LSD

(36:17) ‘Hallucinogen’ vs. ‘Psychedelic’, transformative experiences, lasting change

(42:55) Mentor Richard Alpert, modern history of psychedelics in U.S.

(51:37) Spirituality, cultural views, the danger of psychedelics to the establishment

(56:48) Psychedelics and cultural stability

(57:02) Psychedelics around the world, Buddhism 

(1:03:18) Teaching Psychedelics, “Hike-edelic”

(1:09:46) Tim Leary, the dark web, more on microdosing

(1:20:04) Downsides, upsides

(1:29:10) Chris’s first ‘trip’, beneficial bad trips, handling dissent

(1:37:44) Song 2: “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

 

Episode Links:

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide” by Dr. Jim Fadiman

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Tangentially Reading – PRE-Order HERE

Music: Carsie Blanton

 

Chris Ryan, Phd Website

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274 -- TOMA 17 (Alaska/Barcelona/Snake)

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A long-awaited TOMA episode in which lots of worlds interconnect: an apartment in Barcelona, German and Italian friends met in Laos and India, a drunken night in Alaska, and a snake sipping at a water trough in Sicily. Download.

Music: "Alaska," by Maggie Rogers; "Our Last Days as Children," by Explosions in the Sky.

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Cassie brilliantly incorporated the names of the four of us who worked on our apartment into this amazing painting, which was inspired by Altamira: Matt, Viram, Sr. Reyes, and Chris.

Cassie brilliantly incorporated the names of the four of us who worked on our apartment into this amazing painting, which was inspired by Altamira: Matt, Viram, Sr. Reyes, and Chris.