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Never forget just how possible it is to take a 90 degree turn off of the the well-worn. You have the capacity to sharpen the stick on your freak flag, stab it deep into the soil and craft something that is uniquely yours around it. If you nurture it, tend to it and care for it enough, it just might bear enough fruit to free you from the nine-to-five path for good.  

Greg Carlwood has done just what I've described in a huge way. His show, The Higherside Chats has become one of the most popular conspiracy-based podcasts out there- and the thing just keeps growing. It's chalk full of all of the sexy, shadowy, esoteric, entertaining goodness you could ever hope for in a podcast, so check it out and give the Carlwood some love!

thehighersidechats.com

For a full write-up and more links, head to MIDWESTREAL.NET

 

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Category:society and culture -- posted at: 3:05 AM

Nicolas Gregoriades is a man who lives life to the fullest. He's a competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, a world-traveling psychonaut with a number of Ayahuasca ceremonies under his belt and he hosts The Journey Podcast. 

Head to midwestreal.net for links and a full write-up

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Dr. Carl Hart is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University and the author of High Price. He has spent two decades studying pharmacology, drugs and their effects. He's well-known for his blunt, unflinching, truth-based approach to drug education.    

 

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Dr. Aubrey de Grey is Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at the SENS Research Foundation, a not for profit dedicated to defeating age-related disease. 

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Category:society and culture -- posted at: 9:00 PM

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him?

Daniele Bolelli is a professor, writer, martial artist podcaster and truly excellent human being. 

 

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Category:society and culture -- posted at: 7:21 AM

Guest and pal Liam Wilson is a musician, psychonaut, yogi, meditator, traveler and writer (by no means does he live an unexamined, "typical" nine-to-five lifestyle). Yet, none of that has prepaired him one bit for the trajectory altering uppercut to the nethers that is fatherhood.

As if that weren’t nuclear enough, he also just participated in a two-day Ayahuasca ceremony run by a mysterious, otherworldly, head-sucking nomadic shaman. An experience that has left him rethinking even the most basic anchors most of us ground our very realities in.

For a full write up and links, head to midwestreal.net  

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Category:society and culture -- posted at: 2:16 AM

We have absolutely no idea what the future will hold, but we’re definitely on the cusp of something huge.

Are we headed for an unprecedented utopian neo renaissance? Will technological and medical breakthroughs enable us to live practically forever so we’re free to pursue our passions all day long? Or are we on the verge of something darker? Some sort of Huxlian, Orwellian dystopia steeped in thought control, murderous AI and oligarch overlords who'll invade our minds in an effort to milk us for money and energy as we jump willingly into ultra-plush matrix pods of their design? 

Who knows?

Our guest this week, Zoltan Istvan is the author of the Transhumanist Wager. He writes for practically every major technology website (Gizmodo, Huffington Post, Motherboard Wired etc.) He’s the founder of a transhumanist political party, which aims to draw attention and dollars to science and tech. He’s also traveled around the world on a god damned sailboat. 

Head to midwestreal.net for links and the full write-up and more!

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Category:society and culture -- posted at: 5:55 AM

Although more and more of the analog world is seeping into the digital realm, the almighty dollar has managed to resist the pixel-y tide. Currency creation remains an esoteric, behind-the-scenes process controlled by a few privileged, monocle-clad, suit- wearers -- why is that? Are we meant to believe money is great the way it is, or sacred? I'm not (pun intended) buying it, nor are the thousands of people using Bitcoin.

Will Pangman is a Bitcoin evangelist, works for a Bitcoin start up and is a regular on The Bitcoin Group podcast.

Head to midwestreal.net for a full write-up.  

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Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist, lecturer, founding member of the Heffter Research Institute, world traveler, mystic and author of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, My Life with Terrance McKenna.

get the full write-up and links at midwestreal.net  

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Category:society and culture -- posted at: 11:30 PM

Scott Onstott is an Author and researcher with a background in math and architecture. Thanks to his proclivity for quantification, Scott has an aptitude for tracking down, highlighting and making sense of truly unbelievable numerological and geometrical synchronicities that reverberate throughout manmade structures, nature and the cosmos. His self-produced film, Secrets in Plain Sight is an exploration of these and many other phenomena and has been viewed over 4 million times on Youtube.

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