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  1. #803: Cultivating Architectural Design Intuition with VR & Hacking the Boundaries of Perception | Voices of VR Podcast

    Andreea Ion Cojocaru is one of the few architects who is designing both virtual experiences as well as real buildings with Numena VR. I first met her in Germany during VR Now in November where I talked to her about her award-winning experiments in immersive architecture, and I had a chance to catch up with her at the end of the day of the Symposium of the Architecture for the Immersive Internet.

    I talk with Cojocaru about her impressions of her experience of debating with the faculty of the Architectural Association about the merits of immersive technologies to explore spatial design, and some of the hesitations around what’s missing in virtual representations of architectural objects. She emphasizes the need for architects to produce more examples of immersive architecture in order to explore the deeper dynamics of the fundamental principles of spatial design, and the phenomenological primitives that are consistent between the virtual and the real. We also talk about some of the sociological biases of the practice of architecture, and how immersive technologies can elucidate and start to shift certain cultural practices around architectural representations.

    Finally, the last half of this epic conversation focuses on some of the perceptual hacks that Cojocaru has been experimenting with as a sort of adrenaline junkie form of stretching the boundaries of her sensory perception.

    She talks about what it’s like to put virtual cameras on her feet as well as adding additional virtual cameras that allows her to see an object from multiple perspectives at the same time as she moves her body through space. She’s looking for other people who are also interested exploring the boundaries of virtual world perception, and so you can reach out to her via social media for more information about her various explorations.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Voices-of-VR-803-Andreea-Cojocaru.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality

    https://voicesofvr.com/803-cultivating-architectural-design-intuition-with-vr-hacking-the-boundaries-of-perception/

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  2. #772: Psychedelic Renaissance: Experiential Journalist Rak Razam on Shamanic Culture | Voices of VR Podcast

    I recently attended Consciousness Hacking’s Awakened Futures Summit that explored the cross-section of psychedelics, technology, and meditation. I ended up conducting 10 interviews totaling over 6 hours of conversations with neuroscientists, technologists, musicians, meditation practitioners, and pioneering explorers from the psychedelic underground. I’m starting my coverage from the Awakened Futures Summit with experiential journalist Rak Razam who has been covering the psychedelic renaissance & shamanic revival in a series of books and movies since 2006. We talk about the intersection between psychedelics, technology, and contemplative practices, as well as his practice of “experiential journalism” that he coined in 2006.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Voices-of-VR-772-Rak-Razam.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality

    https://voicesofvr.com/772-psychedelic-renaissance-experiential-journalist-rak-razam-on-shamanic-culture/

    —Huffduffed by srconard

  3. #773: Psychedelics + Technology + Meditation: Consciousness Hacking’s Awakened Futures Summit | Voices of VR Podcast

    Consciousness Hacking produced the The Awakened Futures Summit in San Francisco on May 18th & 19th, looking at the intersection between psychedelics, technology, and meditation. Consciousness Hacking previously hosted a sold-out event on October 24th, 2018 that was titled “Psychedelics, Technology and the Future of Meditation,” and that gave them an indication that there was a lot of interest in the fusion of these topics.

    So Consciousness Hacking created the Awakened Futures Summit in order to bring together the psychedelic underground with the latest biofeedback and immersive technologies, as well as with the latest neuroscience research into meditation, contemplative practices, and transformational technologies that are focused on helping people reach a variety of different states of consciousness. I spoke with the executive director of Consciousness Hacking, Joshua Fields, about how the Awakened Futures Summit came about, his own personal journey into consciousness hacking, what each of these variety of different intersections have in common, some of the deep open questions around the narrative structures to contain these practices, and where he sees this current experiential renaissance heading in the future.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Voices-of-VR-773-Joshua-Fields.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality

    https://voicesofvr.com/773-psychedelics-technology-meditation-consciousness-hackings-awakened-futures-summit/

    —Huffduffed by srconard

  4. #776: Designing Music Rituals for Psychedelic Journeys with East Forest | Voices of VR Podcast

    East Forest has been crafting musical rituals for psilocybin journeys for the past decade, and he just released a five-hour album titled “Music For Mushrooms: A Soundtrack For The Psychedelic Practitioner” coincidentally just a few days after Denver decriminalized magic mushrooms. East Forest kicked off Consciousness Hacking’s Awakened Futures Summit, with an immersive concert in the round while others guided the group through a Cacao ceremony, which is a legal psychoactive substance that lasts about an hour or so. East Forest has also been collaborating with Consciousness Hacking’s founder Mikey Siegel’s Group Flow experiments that use biometric data from the audience to explore group synchrony and collective flow states, like for example using people’s heartbeats as a music instrument or eventually aggregating biometric information to dynamically respond to the audience.

    East Forest also collaborated with Ram Dass where he asked him questions and then edited his wisdom teaching answers into musical poems that are being released this year in four different chapters. He’s already released the first and second chapters, and just released the third chapter on the Summer solstice with the final chapter coming out in August.

    I had a chance to catch up with East Forest on the first day of the Awakened Future Summit where we talked about his past decade of musical exploration within the psychedelic underground. He’s tells the story of his journey of cultivating a musical tradition that’s specifically crafted for psilocybin journeys. We also talk about creating sonic architectures that are tailored for psychedelic journeys, and how he blends different genres in order to cultivate a tradition that’s designed to help people go in inner journeys of transformation. His uses quite a lot of looping, which allows him to perform live and dynamically respond to the energy that’s arising in the room. He also uses quite a bit of recorded sounds from nature to create polychronic rhythms and a connection to nature, which creates an immersive experience that takes you around the world bringing in sounds that are indigenous to specific regions.

    He also talks about how the future of 360 audio is going to take off once there are consumer-ready mixing platforms that can take what he’s doing in 2D, and then be able to spatialize it within a room. He’s already performing in-the-round on the same level as his audience, and so this type of musical ritual designed for inner journeys would be perfect for further exploration of spatial audio delievered through ambisonic speakers. He’s got a lot of ideas, and is looking for technology collaborators to help to push the bleeding edge of what’s possible with immersive and interactive music rituals and concerts designed for contemplative and transformative experiences.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Voices-of-VR-776-East-Forest.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality

    https://voicesofvr.com/776-designing-music-rituals-for-psychedelic-journeys-with-east-forest/

    —Huffduffed by srconard

  5. #777: Psychedelics & VR as Scaffolding to Reach Altered States of Consciousness + Experiential Medicine + Latent Human Potentials | Voices of VR Podcast

    Dr. Cassandra Vieten is the president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, who’s current tagline is “Informed by Science. Transformed by Experience.” Dr. Vieten gave an opening keynote at the Consciousness Hacking’s Awakened Futures Summit where she talked about psychedelics, immersive technologies, and meditation techniques as “scaffolding” into this altered states of consciousness. The more that we get access to these altered states through these variety of different technologies, then the more that we build our innate capacities to achieve these states of being without the assistance of these tools. She also talks about the frontiers of research around gene expression, and how our environments and experiential context is actually a key epigenetic input to how our genes express themselves. So what does it mean to use technologies to shift and alter our environment and context? What type of latent human potentials might we discover once we’re able to more tightly control our environments that are mediated through digital technologies?

    I talk with Dr. Veiten about the frontier science nature of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and where they started in 1973 and how much has shifted around the conversations around meditation, yoga, forgiveness, love, and other complementary and alternative medicines since then. UCSF’s Adam Gazzaley also presented at the Awakened Futures Summit about how he’s getting a video game approved by the FDA as a form of medicine, and so we’re in a phase where “experiential medicine” is starting to be officially recognized a scientifically-validated form of therapy. IONS is at the forefront at investigating the next way of experiential medicines that are based upon the modulation of consciousness, and they’re on the bleeding edge of pushing forward alternative paradigms for making sense of the nature of consciousness. The 18th IONS conference is taking place on July 18-21 in Santa Clara, CA, and I hope to attend again and cover it as I did two years ago.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Voices-of-VR-777-Cassandra-Vieten.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality

    https://voicesofvr.com/777-psychedelics-vr-as-scaffolding-to-reach-altered-states-of-consciousness-experiential-medicine/

    —Huffduffed by srconard

  6. #779: Using VR as a Psychedelic Primer or Integration Tool with Andromeda Entertainment | Voices of VR Podcast

    Andromeda Entertainment is creating and distributing immersive entertainment experiences for healing and self actualization. I previously talked with CEO Robin Arnott about his Sound Self experience, as well as a previous incarnation of Andromeda Entertainment when it was called Orpheus Technodelics. Arnott says that they’re interested in creating immersive experiences that could be used either as primers or assessment tools for psychedelic therapy or to cultivate mindfulness-based practices that could assist in integrating psychedelic experiences.

    Joining Arnott is visual artist & VR performance artist Topher Sipes as well as flow artist and creative marketing director Swan. We talk about the intersections between psychedelic culture, immersive technologies, and contemplative meditation practices, and the variety of different flow states that they’re able to achieve through these intersections.

    Another big topic of discussion was our wounded relationship to technology, and how technology usually puts us into a hyper mental state of consciousness. So what does it mean now that we have immersive technologies that are able to cultivate deeper embodied states of consciousness that increase our awareness of our bodies? There are many ancient “technologies” of plant medicines as well as breathing practices, and so they’re starting to explore some of these intersections by using breath as a gameplay mechanic in Sound Self, But they’re also thinking deeply about how technologies can be used to connect us to others and cultivate sanghas and communities of practice.

    Andromeda Entertainment is on the bleeding edge of fusing together psychedelic culture with immersive technologies that are aimed at the transformation of consciousness, and so it’ll be interesting to see the role that they may play in finding a niche therapeutic application for using immersive experiences as a form of psychedelic primer, assessment process, or post-psychedelic journey tool for integration.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Voices-of-VR-779-Topher-Sipes-Robin-Arnott-Swan.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality

    https://voicesofvr.com/779-using-vr-as-a-psychedelic-primer-or-integration-tool-with-andromeda-entertainment/

    —Huffduffed by srconard

  7. #780: Invoking Psychedelic Embodiment Experiences in VR with Radix Motion’s “MEU” Asynchronous Communication Platform | Voices of VR Podcast

    Radix Motion is creating a trippy, asynchronous communication platform called MEU that starts to play with our experience of embodiment. CEO Sarah Haskhes is a cognitive neuroscientist who previously studied psychedelics through the lens of a predictive coding model of the brain where there’s a fusion of our prior experiences that have a direct interaction in shaping our current perceptions of the world. There are error codes between our expectations and our sensory experiences which shape our experience, but also provide a sense of novelty within the experience. Haskhes is applying these types of cognitive neuroscience insights to your sense of embodiment within a virtual reality experience in order to give a slightly trippy and psychedelic experience of our embodied interactions.

    I was also joined by CTO Matthew Hoe, who talked about the desire for creating an asynchronous communication platform since both Hashkes’ and his family is overseas in a different time zone that doesn’t always make synchronous communication feasible. He talks about recording an embodied ritual that he used to do with his mother, and then her reaction in receiving it. But he also thinks that people are going to eventually move away from using emojis or reaction GIFS in order to record their own embodied dances and rituals that are communicate their feelings in the moment, very much in a similar way that people use selfies in order to communicate their current emotional state.

    We talk about embodiment, what they were doing to create this slightly psychedelic trippy feeling to their experience, the risks of invoking body dysphoria if people are aware of creating mismatches between the body schemas stored in the cerebellum, motor cortex, and sensory cortex, creating technological interactions and user experiences that are body-centric, and how they hope that embodied communication can help us to escape the social media void that we find ourselves within in today’s society. Definitely keep an eye out for where MEU goes next as they’re really onto something that’s super compelling.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Voices-of-VR-780-Sarah-Hashkes-Matthew-Hoe.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality

    https://voicesofvr.com/780-invoking-psychedelic-embodiment-experiences-vr-radix-motion-meu/

    —Huffduffed by srconard

  8. Microsolidarity conversation Dec 7th 2018

    A conversation in response to this blog post: https://medium.com/enspiral-tales/courage-before-hope-a-proposal-to-weave-emotional-and-economic-microsolidarity-87bc81372a09

    Loose transcript here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Ded5lXwlHjH1ILULHg5ZZek0iu9kOPhLXPKHefq-Ss/edit?usp=sharing

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    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ShH3x1hgY0&feature=youtu.be
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  9. Richard Bartlett - How will organizations work, post-Collapse?

    The Poetry of Predicament Podcast - YouTube channel…

    Thought leader, facilitator and organizational co-founder, Richard D. Bartlett joins Dean in a conversation of exploration deep conjuring as to - What is possible for human organizations as we design for post-collapse living? http://www.Richdecibels.com http://www.theHum.org

    The Poetry of Predicament Podcast - Subscribe while you’re here… http://www.LivingResilience.net Dean Walker safecircle at gmail dot com @safecircle

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    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4edrvlVPFA
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  10. How A Cult-Lite Structure Could Lead To Happiness, with Rich Bartlett – MAKE WORLD

    This episode is a loose exploration of Rich’s personal and political background, as inputs to the key themes of the Microsolidarity proposal. We discuss his early life in a fundamentalist Christian church in New Zealand, and how leaving this cultish environment actually proved an important lesson in how to move beyond limited or unproductive belief systems.

    One of the key factors in Rich being able to get out of that church was an early bout of what he terms ‘performative agnosticism’ — a deliberate engagement with ideas that may run contrary to one’s own. Imagining a world in which God did not exist put Rich on a whole new track, one which determines his path to this day. What could we be gained by taking a similarly open mind towards others’ ideas, whether to integrate or jettison them down the road? Could this be healthier than the left’s puritanical, so-called ‘cancel culture’, obsessed with negating anything it dislikes or disagrees with? And what is it that makes some people able to audition ‘dangerous’ ideas in relative security?

    Finally, we look at the organization and methods behind Enspiral, the prototype for the microsolidarity proposal. Rich sees producing social change as extremely urgent, given existential threats to our world in the form of ecological disorder, social atomisation, and pervasive loneliness. Could Enspiral, with its ‘cult-lite’ approach to nurturing and sustaining social connections amongst disparate humans, be a template for a happier, more satisfying existence — one that could form the basis for a counterculture capable of fighting existential risk?

    http://makeworld.io/episode/s01e04/

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