MUTATIONS - Episode 1: Le Guin, Fragments of Utopias, Deleuzian Flows, Teilhard


Dear listeners, 

This was one of my first solo salon riffs. Topics are mentioned below, with extrapolations from livestream participants. 

The first few episodes are, of course, me getting my bearings for this format. If you've already listened to these - great! Hope you enjoy the audio format now, too. 

With the exception of these ongoing solo riffs, most of my interviews with guests will be audio podcasts for maximum syndication. Many of my guests will be involved with Mutations and my book writing. I hope you enjoy hearing some new voices in this nascent but energized community.

Editing is left as-is for these older episodes, but newer sessions are getting an intro/outro tune (suggestions welcome).

Highlight - On Jordan Peterson, "Cleaning Your Room" and planetary thinking:

As a project of civilization I don’t think we can retreat into cleaning our rooms, and working toward the Jungian state of wholeness alone. It goes part in parcel with helping society, and the individual is obviously constructed by their society. There’s a dynamic here that is inextricable. If you’re thinking about human societies as living cultural ecologies that are embedded in planetary systems, social ecosystems, etc. then the idea of the individual is only an instance, a kind of rhizomatic “nub” in this larger interbeing—that’s just as important! If you’ve emphasized one, the other gets neglected. I think we need a continuum here. A much more sophisticated understanding of what it means to work towards a kind of Jungian sense of individuation at the same time as having a part to play in making this world better. Empathizing with that, having enough wholeness and integrity to understand - saying, “okay, you’ve got that” - now help other people.

Cultural ecologies and the evolution of consciousness; Deleuze and DeLanda's geographical flows and Teilhardian super-organisms; political fragmentation in the Left and the Right and the push beyond cultural romanticism; Gebser as a post-war thinker.

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