Your Death Is Your Project: Conner Habib + Caitlin Doughty!

22 Sep

I couldn’t be more excited to bring you this episode with death expert, bestselling author, and mortician, Caitlin Doughty!

Caitlin is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory as well as her new book about death rites, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.

She’s also the host of the wildly popular youtube series, Ask A Mortician which is one of the foundation stones of the death positive movement, which is seeking to change our relationship to death in our culture.

In this ep:

  • Taking death rites out of the “News of the Weird” category: 5:30
  • If we can’t think it’s okay for someone to interact with the mummy of their mother, how will we work on our politics? 11:20
  • Conner Sees His Dead Mother, or But can we really respect people’s experiences or is it just lip service? 13:25
  • Resisting creating a metaphysic around death…or forcing yours on someone else: 19:15
  • The potential of the strange psychological, spiritual event of death: 21:40
  • How death is our life’s project: 23.50.
  • What’s Your Death Fantasy? (And why?): 27:50
  • Lacan, Bataille, and how thinking about what the dead want tells us about the living: 34:55
  • Grieving is a physical process: 39:05
  • The boundary reveals itself as the connection: 40:25
  • How death makes us available to others in a new way: 42:20
  • Death is the engine that moves life forward: 48:00
  • The origins of sex: 49:00
  • And here’s where we get irritated about the singularity. And go on about it for quite a bit: 52:30

You can get full show notes with links to books we talk about, some info on previous Caitlin/Conner collaborations, and more by going to my patreon, where you can also support the show!

Love!
CH

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SELFIE POLITICS: on SJWs, MAGA bros, and iPhones – It’s ep 7 of AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB!

15 Sep

Episode 7 of AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB: SELFIE POLITICS or NATIONS OF IDENTITY is about how identity politics have emerged into a world where a changing sense of self is taking place.
So while identity politics offer us a lot, there are also dangers there if we don’t include the changing sense of self in our perspectives. I touch on the dreaded and celebrated SJW (social justice warrior), selfies, social media, varieties of racism, and more.

• Your parallel lives: 1:55
• The Grand Canyon is interesting because I’m in front of it: 4:20
• I’m the center of the universe: 5:15
• God and the worms need you: 6:10
• Intersectional warriors in the Garden of Eden: 8:55
• Losing ourselves for the sake of language: 12:05
• Racism isn’t what it used to be, and the three things to not say to an
Arab: 14:30
• Don’t offend my language!: 17:10
• The danger of new nationalisms: 17:45
• Is intersectionality just capitalist politics?: 19:20
• Identities are teachers, not foundations or obstacles to transcend:
20:30

The SHOW NOTES for this ep are here.

Please support the show via Patreon! I’m really pushing to make this show my main income source, and obviously I’m not there yet. Even a dollar a month goes a long way!

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(PS: Sorry to say there’s a wee bit of a sound issue on this one: a slight echo. If you keep the volume at the right level, it’s fine. If you’re playing it loud on headphones, it’s mildly annoying.)

Me + Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris talk ethics at the end of science on the new AGAINST EVERYONE

25 Aug
So excited to welcome podcaster, author, and skeptic of skeptics Alex Tsakiris! (You may remember Alex from my blog, when I posted our first-ever conversation, “Fight Science with Science” here)
Alex, author of Why Science Is Wrong…about Almost Everythingis best known as host of the mighty Skeptiko podcast, which has hundreds of episodes up, chronicling his journey from skeptic to full-on consciousness explorer. It’s an exhilarating progression, as Alex talks to scientists, mystics, conspiracy theorist, historians, and more. I encourage you to listen to the episodes in sequence. Alex is, in some ways, even more open and exposed than me, displaying all his misfires and new insights, his frustrations and his fascinations.
IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK ABOUT
  • Time management as occultism
  • My first memory was of the spiritual world
  • How Alex decided to start a podcast and why you should too
  • The power of self-doubt, and how to make sure doubt doesn’t overwhelm you
  • Why every discipline should seek to be obsolete
  • Skeptical ethics
  • The disconnection between political beliefs and action
  • The trap of being a spiritual seeker
  • Whether or not Alex is sick of Skeptiko after 300+ episodes
  • Gloria Steinem, CIA agent
  • Social Justice Warriors vs Free Speech Warriors
  • When being victimization becomes a weapon
  • Escaping centrism by disregarding the poles
  • Defending Jon Ronson, Chapo Traphouse, and Camille Paglia
  • When to speak up, and when to remain silent

Making this show my main gig outside of writing is a huge dream for me – so please support the show AND get cool stuff by donating as little as a dollar/month here. Thank you!

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AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB: Ep 5 – The Astronaut’s Thumb or The Contraction of Time & Space

12 Aug
Episode 5 of Against Everyone with Conner Habib is where things get, you know, a little weird. But in a totally understandable way.
Here’s me talking about space and time, and how our actual experiences – not just our ideas – of them are changing, and how that’s affecting the rest of our cultural world.
In Episode 5, I Talk About
  • Leaving dumb brain mapping and reductive evolutionary biology perspectives behind when discussing consciousness and culture
  • The European philosopher Jean Gebser and how his concept of “mutations” of consciousness show a shift in the 15th and 16th Centuries like the one we’re experiencing today
  • The Moon landing as the beginning of contracting space with our hands
  • How we all have astronaut thumbs
  • Changes in the field of labor (Like I mention in AEWCH Ep 3)
  • The compensation of making more space virtually available by trading in bodily movement
  • Pokémon Go as the conflict between old and new space
  • Why do we take so many pictures?
  • How the motion of our hands has outrun time
  • The internet as an attempt to summon the Akashic Record
  • The nightmarish Buddhism of facebook
  • How new time & space give rise to anxiety and depression
  • Why all this bad news is good news
You can get the show notes on my Patreon, which, if you’re watching the show, you should support. Thanks!
CH
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Conner Habib + Gordon White talking about evil and the occult on AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB Ep 4!

25 Jul

I’m so excited to have Gordon White join me on Episode 4 of Against Everyone with Conner Habib! Gordon White is author of Chaos Protocols, Pieces of Eight and Star.Ships. He’s also a chaos magician, and the host of the wildly popular magic and occult podcast, Rune Soup. The episode is hot on the heels of our event in Los Angeles, Chaotic Good: Why We Need the Occult Now (More Than Ever)

In this episode we talk about:

  • A world of magic vs the world of power: 3:35
  • Why you’re a big fantasy-projector: 4:15
  • The horror of immortality: 6:30
  • Why suicide, nuclear obliteration, and climate change are too easy: 7:50
  • Goodbye, science. Welcome to the Era of Witchcraft : 12:05
  • Gilles Deleuze as the occult culmination of postmodernism: 15:10
  • “Materialism is almost the definition of white people nonsense”: 18:30
  • Jacques Derrida, occultist: 22:50
  • The question of evil: 27:30
  • …and how to fight it: 34:15
  • The black magician of Germany and her conversion: 36:15
  • The Fall and its reasons: 39:55
  • Why progress often looks evil: 42:45
  • The Gordon White Path and the Conner Habib path: 46:20
  • Christianity as the way culture experiences itself: 54:40
  • Meeting your spiritual integrity: 1:08:00
  • “It is Satanic. It is a seizure of Divine power and your power.”: 1:14:00
  • Leaving power behind: 1:20:50

If you like what I’m up to and enjoy (or are provoked by!) this conversation, please support this series via my Patreon.
And support Gordon by getting a premium membership to his site!

Here are the SHOW NOTES with links there to some of the books, resources, and people we mention in this episode.

Please share and use #AEWCH when you do!

Thanks!
CH

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Against Everyone with Conner Habib: Episode 3 – Work and Die or Be the Future Blob

16 Jul
Episode 3 of Against Everyone with Conner Habib is up!
It’s me starting a conversation about a post-work world with you. Hopefully, it will inspire an inner conversation, and maybe even a conversation between you and your friends and/or you and your everyday life. I don’t talk that much about what exactly we should imagine, because we’ll all have different visions. But I do talk about pathways to imagining post-work in the first place.Which is why I’d love to hear back from you about a post-work world, particularly any solutions or directions or visions.
Watch/listen/comment. Thanks!

In Episode 3, I Talk About

  • How having a job is deadening and deadly.
  • Why work is state-supported blackmail.
  • How work has fundamentally changed and changed us into computers.
  • Why we’re not automating work anytime soon.
  • Why both Marxist and capitalist models are challenged by wanting to be versus needing to gain.
  • Why labor isn’t the best sphere to locate political struggle in.
  • Seeking employment as infantilization.
For the show notes, with links to the books, stats, and thinkers, I mentioned, click here.
And if the show makes you think, inspires you, or starts conversation, please do consider supporting my work via my Patreon page. Thank you!
Love,
CH
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Good Chaos

14 Jul
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Caitlin Doughty, Yours Truly, Gordon White

My event in LA with Gordon White, Chaotic Good: Why We Need the Occult Now (More Than Ever), was a big success on many levels.
It sold out, so that was a pretty great marker of its success, financially. But also, it was a marker of the necessity of and longing for occult-related events.
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Beyond those basic levels, it was intense. The audience members were all just…vibing. There were powerful occultists there (Poke Runyon sat in the front row, jeez), and beginners, and skeptics (including our amazing moderator, Caitlin Doughty), and political folks and artists. Everyone was just listening, taking it all in, and during the Q&A expressing their own version or whatever resonated. It was a spell against loneliness if nothing else. Whatever happened content-wise, I knew that we’d done a good thing together in just being with each other, in gathering all these weirdos who have imaginations that are big enough to take on reality itself.

Byron Katie says “We talk to figure out what we want to say.” I agree. And sometimes, we even say what we want to say and want what we want. When I give public talks, sometimes ideas come from me that I didn’t know were there. What I want to say just appears.

And the work of refining a thought so that others can hear it and understand it is an act of agility, so I find myself (especially in Q&A) turning to my heart as I speak. What will I say that is understandable here? What will connect these people – who are giving me the honor of their silence and the negative space of their hearing – to this idea and to me?

It makes me a better person to speak publicly and answer questions, because I have to imagine what other people are like, what they feel, and what they think. Even though I’m speaking, we’re inhabiting each other.

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“I drink of my sisters and I ask for the ability to not hate those who hate me. Especially racist pieces of bleach-blonde shit like Laura Lizzie.”

Rachel True (from The Craft!) gave tarot readings, and tarot, beyond its more obvious powers, commands a listening-to. When you get a reading, you listen in a different way. The tarot has a conversation with your thoughts, and your embedded-ness in time.

Of course, the conversations after I got off the stage had their own lives too. One-on-one conversation is one of our most powerful tools. I always say conversation and sex are the same order of being: They are free; they can go in any direction; they may be happy or unhappy or exciting or boring; whatever the outcome, it doesn’t mean you won’t engage again with the same person; they’re different from person to person, and more. Chaotic good.

It reminds me of Rudolf Steiner’s stirring comment that “Conversation is the new Eucharist.” Body and blood and sacrament.

Sit with that, if you want. Let it ring out in you. Remember when you speak to another person, you’re encountering a completely unique nexus of universal forces.

Gordon talks about a bit of this on the new episode of Rune Soup, which you can/shouldlisten to here.

If you couldn’t attend the event not to worry, the entire thing is being transcribed into an ebook with new intros by Gordon and I.

Hopefully the book will be not only interesting, but make you feel like you’re at the event, in conversation.

A big part of my conversation now is happening through my Patreon page, which is linked to my new web series. Please do sign up on Patreon to support my work and livelihood, and to interact with me. Thank you, new pioneers.

Love,

CH

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