Tom Campbell began researching states of consciousness with Bob Monroe (Journeys Out Of The Body, Far Journeys, and The Ultimate Journey) at Monroe Laboratories in the early 1970s where he and a few others were instrumental in getting Monroe’s laboratory for the study of consciousness up and running. These early drug-free consciousness pioneers helped design experiments, developed the technology for creating specific altered states, and were the main subjects of study (guinea pigs) all at the same time. Campbell has been experimenting with, and exploring the subjective and objective mind ever since. For the past thirty years, Campbell has been focused on scientifically exploring the properties, boundaries, and abilities of consciousness.
During that same time period, he has excelled as a working scientist, a professional physicist dedicated to pushing back the frontiers of cutting edge technology, large-system simulation, technology development and integration, and complex system vulnerability and risk analysis. Presently, and for the past 20 years, he has been at the heart of developing US missile defense systems.
Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist, researcher lecturer and author who has spent decades doing academic and personal research with psychedelics. Dennis is also the author of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, a memoire about his adventures with his brother, the late Terence McKenna.
In addition to being part of the same circle as Dennis and Terence McKenna, Dr. Bruce Damer, is a researcher at UC Santa Cruz focusing on origin of life theory. Bruce has also worked on projects for NASA in which he developed asteroid-capturing spacecraft.
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Erik Davis is an author, scholar and lecturer. His book, Techgnosis Myth Magic and Mysticism In the Age of Information draws novel, fascinating correlations between technology and mysticism.
Michael Garfield is an intellectual and all-around silver tongue-tipped spear of information. He also writes for websites like Big Think, creates art and music and is just generally bordering on star child territory.
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Seeking a show about goats spitting on Spanish men, psychedelic gnosis and Theodore Roosevelt? Then congratulations my friend, you've finally found your grail!
To everyone else rereading that combination of topics because they seem so utterly disparate, they couldn't possibly be related: No, the forceps of destiny didn't get drunk on the job and start plopping subject matter into reality with zero care, I promise. This conversation is actually quite coherent.
To whom do we owe that coherence? Professor, author and podcaster extraordinaire Daniele Bolelli!
He hosts both The Drunken Taoist (a conversation-based show, not dissimilar to this one) as well as History on Fire which dives down a different historical rabbit hole with each episode. I highly encourage you go give both of his shows a spin.
Daniele is also the author of some stellar literary works like Create Your own Religion and his latest, Not Afraid
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Welcome back my friends, I’m so glad you returned for hit number two of this Android Eye Drop grand-opening extravaganza!
I definitely enjoyed this entire conversation, but this is absolutely the more heroic, treasure-filled dose of the two.
Items of conversation in this part of the chat?
-How Android continually renews his artistic inspiration and deals with creative challenges
-How technology has the capacity to supercharge and augment creativity and human connection, especially with the advent of virtual reality and augmented reality.
-Android's magnum opus, Samskara, an immersive techno-psychedelic dome experience that he’s transmuting into reality with artists and hari krishna devotees.
- With fairly limited tools, dedication and talent you can really subvert traditional media vessels that used to only be used as tools for capitalism and propaganda
And much more!
If you want to know what The Third Eye Drops show is all about, look no further than is Android Jones.
Android’s otherworldly collection of psychedelic masterworks are awesome to look at, sure, but they're more than just images. Each work is a rabbit hole unto itself. You can (and I have) sit there and dissect his pieces pixel by pixel, it's epic stuff. Even so, Android refers to his art as mere “residue" of a deep ecstatic revelry he comes into contact with when he takes up the pen. As he says in our conversation, "my art is how meditate and my art has always been the way I access the spirit of creation."
It doesn’t stop there...
The very idea of an "episode zero" causes a revolving Pizza Pizzaz-like cycle of anxiety and conflict in my ego. I get that anxious indigestion in the old bowls because I know this is the place where I'm supposed to hook you in and make you excited about this show and tell you about all the great things and people we’re going to cover here and all of that self-promotional jazz. How do you not make that awkward and contrived?
Genuine enthusiasm, that's how!
Luckily I've got that. I really am excited to present all humans with the desire and requisite hearing ability what I'd classify as some pretty spectacular, life-affirming and entertaining mind melds with some of my favorite minds.
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