My guest today on the Team Human podcast Eliott Edge reminds me of myself, 25 years ago, when I’d hang out with Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and Robert Anton Wilson or R.U. Sirius and ponder the wildest possibilities for the emerging digital landscape. He has just written his first book, a set of three essays on the promise and peril of virtual reality, appropriately titled, Three Essays on Virtual Reality.
How might altered states of consciousness deepen our empathy, imagination, and lead us find the other others? Writer, thinker, and explorer of consciousness, Eliott Edge looks at the ways in which virtual reality and psychedelics can create new frames of reference and enhance our connection to each other and the planet. In his latest book, 3 Essays on Virtual Reality: Overlords, Civilization, and Escape, Eliott engages with the ethical and existential questions of reality as a simulation. “If reality is a simulation, then we were born into this ‘video game’ to participate.” It’s a conversation on the future of media literacy how it must evolve to include “virtual reality literacy.”
Douglas opens today’s show with an open letter and offer of service to Google. In wake of the recent news that Google employees refused to build censored search for China, what better opportunity to reevaluate its total mission and practice? Why not bring Team Human on board for guidance?
Today’s show references Episode 15 “Find the Others” which features psychedelics researcher and medical doctor Julie Holland.
This show features intro music sampled from Fugazi’s “Foreman’s Dog” courtesy of Dischord Records. You also heard a clip from Episode 67 guest, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge‘s Throbbing Gristle. Closing music is thanks to Mike Watt.
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