#157 Genius In Man & Nature. Where Does It Come From? (with Carlo Rovelli)
27 min

This week’s podcast is with theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli. Carlo works mainly in the field of quantum gravity and is a founder of loop quantum gravity theory. Carlo’s books ‘Seven Brief Lessons on Physics’, ‘Reality Is Not What It Seems’, and ‘The Order of Time’ are international bestsellers which have been translated into 43 languages. His new book, “There are Places in the World Where Rules are Less Important than Kindness” is published next month and features his reflections on everything, from Newton’s alchemy to Einstein’s mistakes, to the consciousness of an octopus, hallucinogens and the meaning of atheism.

In this podcast we discuss the history of science and religion, how our knowledge of quantum theory and mechanics can effect our sense of morality and reality and we explore the nature of consciousness from Carlo’s perspective of theoretical physicist. Enjoy!

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Desert Island Discs: Full Archive
Desert Island Discs: Full Archive
Helen Oxenbury
Helen Oxenbury is an illustrator of children’s books whose work has featured in many very popular titles for younger readers including the award-winning We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen. Helen has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Book Trust in 2018. She attended the Ipswich School of Art and later the Central School of Art in London where she met fellow illustrator and her future husband, John Burningham. After the birth of her children she began illustrating children’s books, working at the kitchen table long after they’d gone to bed. Her work for Ivor Cutler’s Meal One, published in 1971, was praised by Spare Rib magazine for its portrayal of a single mother and her relationship with her young son. Helen came up with the idea of her baby board books in the late 1970s after the birth of her third child who suffered with eczema. Discovering that her daughter could be distracted from scratching by looking at baby catalogues, Helen created a series of board books placing babies and toddlers at their heart. Such a concept was unheard of at the time. From the late 1980s, Helen ensured that the babies and children featured in her books came from different ethnic backgrounds and her work in So Much by Trish Cooke has become a children’s classic. In We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, published in 1989, Helen’s pictures celebrated the joy of adventure and the bond between siblings. Presenter: Lauren Laverne Producer: Paula McGinley
37 min
The ChickPeeps Vegan Podcast
The ChickPeeps Vegan Podcast
Evanna Lynch
S3, Ep6: Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity in Veganism with Aryenish Birdie
This season of The ChickPeeps is brought to you by our friends at Vivo Life! Use our code 'chickpeeps10' to get 10% off your order at vivolife.com. In this episode Evy and Tylor talk to Aryenish Birdie, founder of Encompass, about her work to make the animal protection movement more racially diverse, equitable, and inclusive, and what each of us can do to reach and help more people with our activism. While you’re listening, please take a moment to check out the link to our sponsor. Not only are Vivo Life a great, vegan company, but their support also allows us to continue to produce The ChickPeeps for you! We love them and their products and we think you will too. In this episode… * Aryenish describes how she inherited her respect for animals from her parents, who bonded as teenagers while protecting stray dogs on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan. * She remembers her first experience as an activist, campaigning with the help of her mother, against a draconian frog dissection project that was mandated by her school. * Aryenish shares what she learned from her years at The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and what prompted her to found Encompass. * Aryenish tells us about the issues caused by the lack of representation within veganism and the challenges present when promoting diversity within our movement. * We talk about how animal rights is an ally-led movement and the need for diversity as our movement is only as strong as the voices of which it is composed. * Aryenish shares tips on how each of us can promote inclusivity in our activism and create a better world for human and non-human animals. Links: Visit their website at Encompass Movement Follow their latest work on the Encompass Movement Instagram Facebook and Twitter The Sentient Media #EncompassEssays can be read here People of the global majority can join our Caucus here Follow Aryenish on Instagram or her self-care ‘puttering’ Instagram account Resources Aryenish mentioned: No One’s Paying Me To Cry: Burnout And Animal Advocacy Food Empowerment Project on Instagram Black Vegans Rock on Instagram Chistopher Sebastian on Instagram Get In Touch: Bonus Content: ChickPeeps Patreon Instagram: @ChickPeepsPod Facebook: @ChickPeepsPodcast
51 min
For The Life Of Me
For The Life Of Me
Julie Piatt
142 Protecting The Tongass w/Tyler Yarrow
In this special holiday episode @SriMati and activist @tyler_yarrow_  give thanks for the Tongass region of Southeast Alaska, one of the last untouched forest wildernesses on the planet. In this heart felt connection Tyler and Julie share their personal experience of the awe-inspiring beauty and near-incomprehensible vastness of this sacred region at a time when its environmental protections are being dismantled by the Trump administration via the disbanding of The Roadless Rule. They discuss the life-giving communion of trees and the fright-giving tendencies of bears as Julie recollects her childhood in Anchorage and Tyler expands into her divine life blueprint of protector and guardian of these robust and vibrant ecosystems. Episode Links… Check Tyler’s linkinbio on Instagram @tyler_yarrow_ or her website _https://www.tyleryarrow.com/_ or her YouTube _https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP1f9OhvKvM&ab_channel=TylerYarrow_ Learn more about the region via the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council _https://www.seacc.org/_ Understand the impact of the Roadless Rule policy here… _https://earthjustice.org/features/timeline-of-the-roadless-rule_ It’s here for the Damanhur spiritual community in Italy... _http://www.damanhur.org/_ And to connect directly with Julie for personal sessions, go here… _https://www.juliepiatt.com/_ Finally, for delicious, artisanal not-cheese, just in time for the Christmas holidays, you need SriMu… _https://srimu.com/_ (SriMu wheels are perfect for freezing, so an altar box can last for weeks!) Need help to bring your podcast idea to life? Email jo@sparewomen.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/forthelifeofmepod/message
53 min
The Drug Science Podcast
The Drug Science Podcast
Fascinate Productions
32. Drug Consumption Rooms with Peter Krykant
Peter Krykant previously used intravenous drugs whilst living homeless in Birmingham. His lived experience has shown him the benefits of drug consumption rooms; to prevent the spread of bloodborne diseases and protect people who use drugs from accidental overdose. Seven weeks ago, Peter set up the first UK drug consumption room which attracted the attention of the BBC and the local police force. Scotland's Lord Advocate and the Chief Constable of Police Scotland has made it clear that such activities violate national law. However, the local police force has not intervened with Peter’s operation. Peter is advocating to expand these services to multiple localities with the inclusion of trained medical professionals at each site. This intervention offers a unique insight to gather observational data on UK intravenous drug use. It could be the stepping stone needed to tackle the increasing number of UK drug-related deaths. Peter Krykant twitter (https://twitter.com/PeterKrykant) Birmingham rough sleepers’ team (https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20006/housing/1499/rough_sleeping) Methadone (https://drugscience.org.uk/drug-information/methadone/) Diazepam (https://drugscience.org.uk/drug-information/benzodiazepines/) Feb Scotland 2020 (https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/1160888/analysis-after-two-days-of-drugs-death-conferences-in-glasgow-are-we-any-closer-to-finding-solutions/) Copenhagen Drug Consumption Room (https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2018/nov/21/fixing-rooms-saving-lives-drug-addicts) Naloxone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naloxone) CrowdFunder page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/overdose-prevention-glasgow) Site 2 – Gazebo (https://twitter.com/PaulJSweeney/status/1314526053310889984?s=20) Scotland's Lord Advocate and the Chief Constable of Police Scotland (https://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/police-scotland/executive-team/chief-constable/) Heroin assisted-treatment (http://www.sdf.org.uk/heroin-assisted-treatment-provided-glasgow/) Methadone programmes (https://www.recovery.org.uk/methadone-addiction/methadone-addiction-treatment/) Ronnie Cowan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Cowan_(politician)) Alison Thewliss (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Thewliss) ChangeGrowLive (https://www.changegrowlive.org/) Safe Consumption Glasgow (https://www.safeconsumptionglasgow.com/) Become a Drug Science Community Member: https://www.donate.drugscience.org.uk/ (https://www.donate.drugscience.org.uk/) Twitter: @Drug_Science (https://twitter.com/Drug_Science) A Fascinate Productions (https://fascinateproductions.co.uk/) podcast for Drug Science
42 min
The Mushroom Hour Podcast
The Mushroom Hour Podcast
Mushroom Hour
Ep. 55: EcoAgric Uganda - Mushroom Farming, Empowering Women, Protecting the Vulnerable (feat. Josephine Nakakande)
Today on Mushroom Hour we are excited to travel to Uganda to speak with Josephine Nakakande. Josephine was a founding member of The Environmental Conservation & Agricultural Enhancement Uganda or “Eco-Agric Uganda” and has been the Executive Director of the organization since 2018. Eco-Agric Uganda is a Ugandan Community-based NGO. major focus was improving food security, nutrition, and income among critically vulnerable women through sustainable farming practices. However, over time, they have included interventions like HIV prevention and control, sanitation and environmental strategies that affect agriculture. They have explored a unique, holistic approach to supporting households with interventions like; training adolescent girls with vocational skills so they can support their children. The organization now has over 65,000 beneficiaries with well-established offices in Hoima Kibaale and Wakiso districts. It also started an international volunteers program and since 2017, Eco-Agric Uganda has hosted over 162 volunteers from all over the world. One of Eco-Agric’s biggest projects is their mushroom farming project in partnership with the Marr-Munning Trust. Farmers are trained on how to grow and manage mushrooms in their gardens and the materials needed in mushroom production. *Please help empower women and protect the critically vulnerable in Uganda! You can help by donating your time, your mushroom knowledge, your expertise and/or money to EcoAgric Uganda. * https://www.givingway.com/organization/ecoagric-uganda *Topics Covered:* * The Story of Josephine * Women and Agriculture in Uganda * Challenges Women Face in Uganda * Founding EcoAgric Uganda * Agricultural Programs in Wakiso and Hoima Districts * Grassroots Community Organizations * Impact of UC Davis Trellis Fund * Developing Systems to Help Critically Vulnerable Populations * Economic Development & Vocational Training * Mushroom Cultivation in Uganda * Importance of Mushrooms as a Source of Food & Income * Plans to Scale Mushroom Farming Program * Importance of Volunteer Organizations * EcoAgric Future Plans - A Call to Action! *Episode Resources:* * EcoAgric Uganda Website: https://ecoagricuganda.org/ * EcoAgric Uganda IG: https://www.instagram.com/josephine.ecoagric/ * EcoAgric Uganda FB: https://www.facebook.com/ecoagricuganda.org * Givingway Donation Page: https://www.givingway.com/organization/ecoagric-uganda * Angels for Angels Website: https://www.angelsforangels.net/projects/ * UC Davis Trellis Fund: https://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/trellis * Marr-Munning Trust: http://www.marrmunningtrust.org.uk/ * Vibrant Village: https://www.vibrantvillage.org/ * Obutiko obubaala (Mushroom): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termitomyces_microcarpus
1 hr 30 min
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Mo Gawdat
Donald Robertson (Part 2) - Life is an Opportunity to Search for the Truth
Today's guest is Donald Robertson, renowned expert on stoicism. I was looking forward to this chat for a long time, and it does not disappoint. Stoics are mainly concerned with their wisdom and their character, and therefore process events that happen to them according to the effect of the event on their wisdom and character, first and foremost. This is an extremely powerful tool for dealing with life's hardships, including the pandemic. Donald is a writer, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and trainer.  He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern psychotherapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. His therapy practice specialized for many years in helping clients with social anxiety and self-confidence issues. He is also the author of six books and many articles on philosophy, psychotherapy, and psychological skills training. His latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius was #1 best seller in philosophy, and he's also edited and written the introduction to Capstone Classics' new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. In Part 2, we discuss: * What happens if you imagine the presence of things that are lacking? Pain * What happens if you imagine the lack of things that are present? Gratitude * Rather than thinking you have things, consider they're on loan from nature * Exhibit empathy without agreeing, as therapists do * The fourth thought of wisdom: don't stress, think clearly and solve the problem * Anger is not a feeling, it's a way of perceiving life * "The universe is change, and life is opinion." * Is stoicism a religion? * Moral virtue, and the ancient thought that it was inherited rather than learnable * Which is better, death or living? * The Apology of Socrates * How all experiences are opportunities to contemplate * Life is good if we use it well, and bad if we exploit it * Socrates's sacrifice for truth, virtue and wisdom Instagram: @mo_gawdat Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official Twitter: @mgawdat LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat Connect with Donald Robertson on Instagram @howtothinklikearomanemperor, Facebook @robertsontraining, on Twitter @DonJRobertson, and on his website, donaldrobertson.name
43 min
Psychedelics Today
Psychedelics Today
Psychedelics Today
PTSF 35 (with Brian Muraresku)
In today’s Solidarity Fridays episode, the typical Solidarity Fridays format is switched up yet again, this time with Joe interviewing author of best-selling book, The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name, and recent Joe Rogan Experience guest, Brian Muraresku. Because where do you go after Joe Rogan? Psychedelics Today, of course. Muraresku discusses how his fascination with Latin and Greek and the 1978 book, The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries (by R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, and Carl A. P. Ruck) and its proposal of a psychedelic sacrament of sorts being imbibed at the Rites of Eleusis led him to spend about 12 years searching for evidence to prove it. From the idea of "graveyard beer," to Alcibiades and the profanation of mysteries, to wine parties to interact with the dead called refrigeriums, Muraresku dives deep into his findings: that the wine they drank was, at the least, spiked with herbs and spices to create something very different and likely hallucinogenic, that participants were seeking immortality, a euphoric ecstasy, and communion with both God and the dead, that both the Dionysian Gospel and Christianity are heavily related to the Rites of Eleusis, and that these ceremonies don't appear to have been isolated to Eleusis- that people took what they learned and practiced elsewhere, in what Denise Demetriou refers to as "open-access sanctuaries." Notable Quotes “Some of the legacies of this civilization, from democracy and the arts and sciences to literature and philosophy and the very concept of a university- all these inheritances are the things that we associate with the very literate Greeks. And there stands Euelisis at the center of it all. ...And they [the Rites] were seen as so important, so central, so integral to life at the time, that even Cicero, a Roman in the first century B.C.- he referred to Euelisis as ‘the most exceptional and divine thing that Athens ever produced.’ So it wasn’t democracy, the arts, sciences, etc. It was Eleusis.” “They saw something. The thinking for a long time was that maybe it was a theatrical performance- maybe there was something happening in this temple that has been lost to time. And then that book I mentioned in 1978, The Road to Eleusis, was saying as long as we’re talking about a vision, why can’t it be something that was produced internally? Why couldn’t it be one of these great epiphanic psychedelic visions? And so, as a hypothesis, it makes sense just based on the way people talked about this experience. It was a once in a lifetime experience that essentially erased the fear of death and made these initiates immortals. And weirdly, which is why I picked this up in the first place, it’s very, very similar to the testimony that comes from the volunteers in the Johns Hopkins experiments with psilocybin. It’s again, a once in a lifetime single dose of psilocybin [that] seems to result in these profound, mystical transformations in people; including atheists, who will describe it as among the most meaningful experiences of their lives.” “I think that there was a historical Jesus, and I think that we have these relatively conflicting accounts of what he was and what the message was in the canonical gospels that have come down to us. But we have these other gospels and this Gnostic literature that didn’t make it in The Bible, and the gospel of Mary Magdalene. And what comes across to me, time and again, are people trying to find ecstasy, people looking for communion with Jesus. And again, you don’t have to look off into all this esoteric stuff just to focus on the very simple proposition that the Eucharist is an immortality potion, plain and simple.” Links TheImmortalityKey.com The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries, by R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, and Carl A. P. Ruck Wikipedia.org: Diagoras of Melos (additional Alcibiades/“profanation the mysteries” info R. Gordon Wasson’s 1957 Life magazine article The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides, by Dennis R. MacDonald Youtube: Joe Rogan Experience #1543 - Brian Muraresku & Graham Hancock Youtube: His recent appearance on CNN The Immortality Key on Audible About Brian Muraresku Support the show * Patreon * Leave us a review on Facebook or iTunes * Share us with your friends * Join our Facebook group - Psychedelics Today group – Find the others and create community. Navigating Psychedelics
1 hr 32 min
The Kyle Thiermann Show
The Kyle Thiermann Show
Kyle Thiermann
#253 Our Breath Collective - Luke Wientzen & Reis Paluso
If you dig this podcast, would you be please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts? It’s takes less than 60 seconds and makes a difference when I drop to my knees and beg hard-to-get guests to come on the show.  Check out my writing at thiermann.substack.com Join our book club at kyle.surf Luke Wientzen and Reis Paluso are directors at Our Breath Collective, a global, online community that provides powerful guided breath instruction as a means of beginning each weekday. Learn more about Our Breath Collective Listen to Light The Band Brought to you by the Nell Newman Foundation, Santa Cruz Medicinals, and RPM Training. The Nell Newman Foundation is dedicated to humanitarian, scientific and environmental action that foster a resilient and restorative planetary ecology. They support the small, visionary, and perhaps untested organizations. They fund the underdogs and unpopular ideas Paul Newman championed. RPM Training is a Norcal based active lifestyle brand founded on the idea that legit, purposeful functional training is the foundation of a truly full, adventurous life. I love their workout equipment and use it daily. Use the code KYLE10 at checkout and get 10% off any order.  Santa Cruz Medicinals CBD has supported this podcast from day one. Their founder actually convinced me to start the podcast! They make a range of potent CBD products and my personal favorite is the Peppermint Tincture, which I use most nights before before I go to bed. Use the code KYLE10 at checkout, and get 10% off any order. Sore muscles, be gone! Please consider supporting my work on Patreon. If you are financially strapped, just keep listening and give lots of high-fives. That’s all the payment I need.  Connect with Kyle on Instagram | Twitter | YouTube Contact: info@kyle.surf The Motherfucker Awards Intro music by Nashe Howe “Life moves pretty fast ... if you don't look around once and a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Buller
1 hr 16 min
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
Stuart Goldsmith
355 - James Acaster Returns, Again! (Part 1)
The whole of this two hour conversation is available to everyone over parts one and two, but members of the Insiders Club were also treated to a special Q&A over Zoom, asking James their questions in person.  That audio is now available on the Insiders private podcast, and it was so much fun we’re going to do more of them with other comics!  For your future invitations to those, as well as all the extra content from every episode that has it, join now at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders And now… To celebrate the forthcoming self-release via Dice.fm of his new special “Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999”, James returns to the podcast for two hours of insight across two episodes!  We explore the rawness of this new special, talk about his new “cool guy” costume, and discuss the pros and cons of having a right royal go at the audience.  We learn about his rejection of social media, the distance between his persona and his real self, and how in the past he’s forfeited his sanity in order not to rock the boat… “Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999” streams once at 8pm on 17th Dec wherever you are in the world (fancy!) and you can get access here: https://dice.fm/artist/james-acaster-bbx6o You cannot follow James Acaster on social media.   Everything Stu's up to: The Infinite Sofa chat show is now available as a solution to remote-working office parties over the festive period and beyond! For more info on how this unique concept can bring your staff together while working apart, go to www.virtualofficeparty.co.uk Stu also offers remote talks to business on what the distilled wisdom of over 350 comics can teach you about resilience, especially in times of pandemic. “The most inspiring talk I’ve had in years!” (LEGO staff member) Find out more at www.comedyinsights.com This podcast is @ComComPod on twitter and instagram www.comedianscomedian.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 3 min
The One You Feed
The One You Feed
Eric Zimmer|Wondery
363: Cory Allen on Cultivating Mindfulness
Cory Allen is a writer, musician, meditation teacher, and creator of the podcast, The Astral Hustle, which focuses on how to live better with leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience, and philosophy. Cory believes that the more we understand ourselves, the less we suffer. In this episode, Cory and Eric discuss his book, Now Is The Way: An Unconventional Approach To Modern Mindfulness. But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you! In This Interview, Cory Allen and I Discuss Cultivating Mindfulness and… * His book, Now Is The Way: An Unconventional Approach To Modern Mindfulness * The role of our actions in determining who we are * How to differentiate between helpful and unhelpful negative thoughts and emotions * The most effective way to widen the gap between stimulus and response * The watching mind and the doing mind * Why the notions of emptiness and non-self needn’t be scary * The answer to the question, “Does my life even matter?” * How we assign meaning rather than find meaning in life * What it means to dilute strong emotions or ruminating thoughts when they arise Cory Allen Links: www.cory-allen.org Twitter Instagram BLUBlox offers high-quality lenses that filter blue light, reduce glare, and combat the unhealthy effects of our digital life. Visit BLUblox.com and get free shipping worldwide and also 15% off with Promo Code: WOLF15 SimpliSafe: Get comprehensive protection for your entire home with security cameras, alarms, sensors as well as fire, water, and carbon monoxide alerts. SimpliSafe is having a huge holiday sale! Visit simplisafe.com/wolf for a free home security camera and 40% off any security system.  Pachamama: Produces extraordinary high quality, organic CBD products. They are one of three companies in over 200 top selling CBD brands to actually test negative for leads, metals, and pesticides and test positive for having the right amount of CBD. Visit www.enjoypachamama.com and use code WOLF for 25% off. If you enjoyed this conversation with Cory Allen on Cultivating Mindfulness, you might also enjoy these other episodes: Effortless Mindfulness with Loch Kelly Transformative Mindfulness with Shauna Shapiro
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