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TALK ON PATANJALI’S YOGA SUTRA AT CHORELY

TALK ON PATANJALI’S YOGA SUTRA AT CHORELY

May 29, 2017

A talk I gave at Chorley on the first few aphorisms of the Yoga Sutra. [Patrons only. 2 hours 11 minutes.]

LAO TZU: PART ONE

LAO TZU: PART ONE

April 10, 2017

In this podcast, we comment on the first chapter of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Though it is very short, this chapter covers an immense amount of ground, including the paradoxical nature of talk about the ineffable, the creativity of nothingness and the character of 'the sage'. We intend to comment on the entire text over time. [Free. 41 minutes.] 

UTOPIA - HOW & WHY DOES IT HAUNT THOUGHT?

UTOPIA - HOW & WHY DOES IT HAUNT THOUGHT?

September 22, 2016

In this podcast, we run with the the observation that 'thought is haunted by utopia'. In passing we discuss literary utopias and dystopias, revolutions, and the effect of intimations of vulnerability and mortality on human future thinking. [Free. 53 minutes.]

IMAGINATION, SKEPTICISM & WONDER

IMAGINATION, SKEPTICISM & WONDER

August 5, 2016

This is an account of the philosophical imagination and how it is both freed and rendered circumspect by skepticism. [Free. 42 minutes.]

NIETZSCHE, GURDJIEFF AND DISGUST AT MAN

NIETZSCHE, GURDJIEFF AND DISGUST AT MAN

January 1, 2016

In this podcast, we discuss Nietzsche's 'disgust at man' and Gurdjieff's 'horror of the situation'. Both of these, it seems, are due to a propensity on the part of humans to succumb to mass hypnosis, which can nevertheless be avoided. [Free. 32 minutes.]

METAPHORS, JAM ROLY-POLY, THE VERTICAL AXIS & FLATLAND

METAPHORS, JAM ROLY-POLY, THE VERTICAL AXIS & FLATLAND

September 27, 2015

Anna says that this is a bed-time story. I think it is philosophical comedy. I'm pretty certain sombody somewhere will hear this and get twice as enlightened as Buddy Guy. You can hear the wind and somebody with a megaphone in the distance. Nietzsche looms large as a trenchant critic of the various Platonisms. Meanwhile, this ordinary world is the Buddha heaven, if only we can see it. Hierarchical metaphysics mystify this at the same time as they turn earth into hell with their hierarchical cast systems and vicious patriarchy. Yet still, it's not all surface. The horizontal metaphor is shit too. Convolutions innit?! [18 minutes. Free.]

A RAMBLE - IS NIETZSCHE SOCRATES WITH A FLUTE?

A RAMBLE - IS NIETZSCHE SOCRATES WITH A FLUTE?

September 20, 2015

This conversation takes the form of a ramble around our house on a rainy Friday afternoon. We start off with a discussion of Nietzsche's 'eternal return of the same' which leads to the question of Nietzsche's attitude to Socrates. From there, the Socratic question emerges for consideration. We talk about both its existential and political dimensions, drawing out the questioning of desire and its relation to future thinking and utopianism.  There's lots more and even a concluding guitar improvisation entitled 'story'. [43 minutes. Free.]