Diet Soap Podcast #168: McKenna and the Eschaton that Wasn’t

The guest this week is the podcaster KMO. KMO’s C-Realm podcast largely inspired this one and I was glad to have him on to discuss the late great Terence McKenna and to sort out with KMO just how we might view Terence now that his 2012 prediction has come to what seems like nothing.

This week’s Talkshoe after party will occur on Sunday the 13th at noon PST or 3pm EST and I encourage everyone who is listening to participate in that conversation. We’ll see how well we can cover McKenna’s Eschaton and Marx’s theory of class together as take a look back at the last two episodes. I also want to encourage everyone who likes the podcast and who can afford to to donate or become a monthly subscriber to the podcast to do go ahead and make the plunge. I’ll be reinstating the Podomatic page soon, so donations now would help speed the reappearance of the Podomatic page along.

This week’s podcast features many clips of Terence McKenna’s lectures. His voice is peppered throughout and while McKenna’s reputation may be experiencing a downturn these days I think what shines through is just how open he was to thought, and how his particular mashups of philosophy, science, science fiction, and psychedelic tales worked aesthetically.
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Diet Soap Podcast #166: Beyond Dirt

The guest this week is the cinema critic and mystic Jason Horsley. Horsley is a regular guest to Diet Soap and this week we discuss his film project Beyond Dirt along with the 2012 Apocalypse that wasn’t and what it means to be a man.

Jason Horsley is using indiegogo.com (a crowdsourcing fundraising platform) to raise money for this film and deserves your support. Click here to find out how to help out.

It’s now Monday Christmas Day, December 25, 2012, and I’m Douglas Lain the host of this podcast.

The follow-up conversation about this week’s podcast on Talkshoe will be held on Sunday, December 30th. And I’ll put a link to the Talkshoe page in the show notes, and I encourage everyone who is listening to participate and to donate or become a subscriber to the podcast. I want to thank to Andrew M, Jacob L, Shane S, Tracy V, Ted F, and Paul H for donating. And tell listeners who want to donate that the paypal buttons can be found at douglaslain.com

This week’s conversation barely scratches the surface of what’s at stake in Horsley’s work as he yearn’s after enlightenment. Usually he and I congenially oppose one another in our conversations, but in an effort to give him space to describe his movie I held back from opposition. In a conversation that wasn’t recorded Horsley mentioned that he’s always game for a debate, for some pressure, and he will be back. However, I do want to say that Horsley’s search for enlightenment, for a father worth believing in, for a way to be a man, can’t be dismissed easily. The loner, the cowboy, the vagabond is a partial answer to the problem of ideology, and while only partial it can’t merely be rejected.

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” That’s a quote from Frederich Nietzsche, a philosopher who is often taken to be antithetical to Marxists and other champions of the downtrodden, exploited, repressed… But I think any true Marxist has to hold onto Nietzsche’s cowboy spirit. And in future episodes I hope to return to the cowboy by discussing Nietzsche with Daniel Coffeen and C Derick Varn.

We’ve gotten past the eschaton…the one Terence promised us, the eschaton that we thought might be a natural or scientific hyperspatial object has proven to be a mirage. Perhaps we can work on rediscovering, or better still, creating the eschaton, ourselves. Only, it won’t be a hyperspatial object, but a social or ideological relation.