Today my interview is with Mark Gober, author of An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth that the Brain Produces Consciousness and the Implications for Everyday Life. Mark explores many different areas of life that we don’t often talk about even though we have some personal experience with them. Things like psychedelics, remote viewing, telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, communications with the deceased, and children who remember previous lives. It’s not, in my opinion, woo woo or out there. Instead, Mark takes a very level look at this, looking at the science and the research. Decades, 70 years or more in some cases, things that have been taking place in respectable laboratories, places like Princeton or Stanford by well respected scientists and researchers. Things that show there’s something strange going on in the universe more than we often realize.
SUMMARY 00:02:19 What’s life about? 00:06:11 Marks’ background. 00:11:22 Consciousness. 00:16:16 Spiritual traditions. 00:24:02 The most surprising thing learned from writing the book. 00:50:44 Dreams 00:59:15 Lightening round. 01:06:21 Titling the book. 01:22:37 Favorite part of the creative process.
Today, my guest is Kenji Williams, a composer and director for multimedia live theater, mixed reality, and interactive data visualization. What does that mean? Well, I met Kenji at an event in San Francisco where he showed me through VR a view of the planet earth that just blew my mind. It helped me to experience not only the beauty but the interconnectivity, the fragility of planet earth, and I was absolutely blown away. Since that time I have learned more from Kenji and this conversation was awesome. He talks about his journey as a multidisciplinary artist beginning at age six as a classically trained violinist, the son of a Buddhist and a Quaker. As he was raised, he pursued film. He also became a DJ, was in the rave culture, made a documentary about indigenous rituals, lived for a while in the psychedelic culture, did an artistic production with artist Alex Gray. You will find this conversation useful, interesting, inspiring. So with that, please enjoy this conversation with Kenji Williams.
SUMMARY 00:02:16 – The San Francisco Forbes Magazine event. 00:04:59 – How does Kenji explain who he is? 00:13:44 – Film school and beyond. 00:21:12 – Moment Utopia 00:30:35 – Why is this your life’s work? 00:38:31 – Connecting with NASA. 00:48:51 – Lightening round. 00:55:53 – Next big project? 01:19:29 – How to remain an optimistic
Today my guest is Paul Hawken. Paul is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, and activist. Paul is the author of at least eight books, many articles, blog posts. President Bill Clinton called his book, Natural Capitalism, one of the five most important books today. Paul’s latest book is called Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming. Although Paul didn’t write this book Drawdown to give hope, he calls hope the pretty mask of fear. Saying instead that we must be fearless, not hopeful. I think you’ll find something in Paul’s interview here, something in Paul’s writing, that will help you to live more fully, more fearlessly.
SUMMARY 00:02:01 – What is life about? 00:16:50 – People feeling powerless. 00:26:37 – Drawdown introduction. 00:33:19 – With what’s going on in the environment, is retirement planning necessary? 00:49:47 – What will the planet look like 50 years from now? 01:07:54 – Lightning round. 01:12:48 – Paul recommends libraries and used bookstores. 01:18:52 – Time structure as a writer. 01:27:46 – As a writer, how do you know you have something? 01:36:41 – The writing process. 01:48:35 – Read the books that save you from reading all the derivative books.