This is part 1 of 3 in our discussion about Tantra (the 8th in the series), with Alexander Bard, the cyber philosopher, futurist, rock star, songwriter, record producer, TV personality, religious and political activist, and one of two founders of Syntheism (alongside with Jan Söderqvist), and one of the smartest people I’ve ever talked to. At 58 Bard tells me ‘I’m a philosopher who parties. Why would you trust anybody who doesn’t?’
This episode covers tantra which is a very elastic term from the east meaning—more or less— certain kinds spiritual practices that originated in India. We also discuss neo-tantra which was Osho’s term for sexual/somatic exercises to liberate the sexually repressed, and we talk about why the Osho cult got so corrupt. Bard says that real Tantra is more about the ‘adultification’ of the world than instant gratification.
Books by Alexander Bard The Futurica Trilogy, with Jan Söderqvist (2012) Syntheism – Creating God in the Internet Age, with Jan Söderqvist (2014) Digital Libido - Sex, power and violence in the network society, with Jan Söderqvist (2018)
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