A talk with scholar and musician Jason Bivins about improvising religion, sound as transformation, and his new book Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion.
A talk with scholar Marques Redd about Sun Ra, cosmic Egypt, and stepping out of academia to explore esoteric initiation.
A talk with journalist Scott Carney about renegade gurus, spiritual ambiguity, and his book Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment.
A talk with culture critic Steven Shaviro about panpsychism, science fiction, the liveliness of matter, and his book The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism. http://www.shaviro.com/Blog/
A lively talk with religious philosopher Alexander Bard about network metaphysics, psychedelic spirituality, digital narcissism, and his book (with Jan Söderqvist) Syntheism: Creating God in the Internet Age. http://syntheism.org/
A talk with game designer Jeff Howard about spellcraft in digital games, the grammar of the occult, and his book Game Magic: A Designer's Guide to Magic Systems in Theory and Practice. http://designingquests.com/
A talk with professor R.S. Deese about Aldous and Julian Huxley, transhumanism, ecology, and the future of our species. http://www.ucpress.edu/blog/tag/we-are-amphibians/