This is Part 2 of our interview with Joe Brewer of the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution, where we talk about modern versions of rites of passage, and why they are important. We also discuss the ways to support cultural evolution and develop regenerative cultures that are capable of dealing with global problems and existential risks.

Show notes page: http://www.futurethinkers.org/91

Part 1 of the interview: http://www.futurethinkers.org/90 

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Our guest in this episode is Joe Brewer, Executive Director at the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution. Joe is a complexity researcher, cognitive scientist, and evangelist for regenerative culture design. We invited him onto the show because we felt that our ideas about adult development, rites of passage, and overcoming the chasm of nihilism strongly resonated with his thinking and work on cultural evolution. This interview turned out to be very dense and we talked about complex subjects, so we divided the episode in two parts.

In Part 1 we talk about what kind of education we need in order to prepare for an evolutionary transition, why even intellectuals can’t wrap their heads around climate change, and the importance of the grieving process for psychological and spiritual growth.

Complete show notes with links: http://www.futurethinkers.org/90 

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Category:philosophy -- posted at: 6:00pm CET

Identity politics have become a hot topic in the Western world. People tend to attach their sense of identity to certain political ideas, gender identity, ethnic or religious group, sexual orientation etc, and often get triggered when they perceive their identity is being threatened.

Today we discuss why it is useful and important to detach from these categories in order to develop psychologically. We talk about how to deconstruct your identity and tell the stories of how we have done it.

In This Episode Of Future Thinkers:

  • What it means to deconstruct your identity, and how it enables us to see things more objectively
  • The current narratives of diversity, oppression and globalization as formative forces
  • The relationship between individual expression and narcissistic culture
  • Why it is difficult to stand out in a globalized culture and why we emphasize differences
  • Why people remain attached to ideas even after those ideas are disproved
  • The role of basic human needs when it comes to attachments
  • The different methods for deconstructing identity
  • Getting comfortable with contradiction and letting go of the attachment to results

Complete show notes with links: http://www.futurethinkers.org/89 

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Category:spirituality -- posted at: 9:39pm CET

In this episode we are discussing the concept of "adulting" and why it's relevant today. We also talk about how being an adult will change in the future and what meta-skills one needs to develop in order to adapt to the fast-changing world.

Adulting is an ironic term used by the Millenial generation to describe holding grown up responsibilities like paying the bills or taxes for example, but not feeling like an actual adult while doing that. We discuss why the adult "script" that was handed to us by the previous generations (go to school, get good grades, get a career for life, get married etc) doesn’t seem relevant or even possible for many young people today.

Instead of the specific skills that are taught in schools and tailored for the traditional script of adulthood, we are exploring meta-skills, or the general skills that one can apply to any area of life to learn other skills.

In This Episode of Future Thinkers:

  • Why Millenials don't feel like adults today even if they are technically grown up
  • The differences in going through the stages of life between our parents' and our generation
  • How the increasing social and technological complexity causes anxiety among young people
  • The history and reasons behind the "coddling" style of parenting in 1980s
  • The traits of today's young generations that make them vulnerable to real life challenges
  • How to adapt to the present and future world and increase personal sovereignty
  • Three pillars of cognitive sovereignty
  • The examples of meta-skills that are useful for learning any other skill and adapting to changes

Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/88

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Category:consciousness -- posted at: 7:00pm CET

We recently participated and spoke at DGOV Council in Berlin, an event that explored new principles of human-centric scalable governance. The experience inspired us to think more deeply about distributed governance, the emergence of collective intelligence, anti-fragility and sovereignty. In this episode we are discussing what kind of collective system is possible in the future and how to manage the diversity of values in such system.

In This Episode Of Future Thinkers:

  • The definition of collective intelligence
  • The difference between a decentralized and distributed governance
  • How ideological frameworks corrupt personal sovereignty on every level
  • Why we need a system world view and flexible frameworks to think about the society
  • Internet meme tribes as a form of fulfilling the need to belong to a community
  • How to learn to have a conversation with someone with different values
  • The emergence of natural hierarchy vs. flattening bureaucracy
  • How to solve the issues with dominance and tyranny in a collective system
  • The possibility of building an optimal omni-thrive system that supports thriving of each subsystem

Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/87

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Category:psychology -- posted at: 7:59pm CET

Our guest in this episode is Alex Gladstein, the Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation and VP of Strategy for Oslo Freedom Forum. We attended and spoke at Oslo Freedom Forum last year, and it was one of the best conferences we have ever been to - it was really well produced, with amazing participants who talked about important topics and ideas.

In this interview we discuss why civil liberties make a country better for its people, what the future of governance, internet and money looks like, and why anti-authoritarian technologies like Bitcoin are important for that future.

In This Episode Of Future Thinkers:

  • The mission and activities of Human Rights Foundation and Oslo Freedom Forum
  • Why countries with civil liberties are generally better for people
  • The recent global tendency towards totalitarianism, and what it means
  • Governance, internet and money - key areas of change for future societies
  • Anti-authoritarian technologies vs. technological colonialism and authoritarianism
  • The emergence of sophisticated surveillance and social credit platforms, i.e. in China
  • The importance of old school activism and civil initiatives to keep governments in check
  • The opportunities and limits of a direct democracy
  • Competition as the main characteristic of decentralized systems
  • How to create urban design that protects the privacy of citizens
  • The problems of shifting responsibility and decision-making from governments to technologists

Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/86

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Category:future society -- posted at: 7:00pm CET

This is the second part of our interview with Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine, former publisher of the Whole Earth Review, and author of many books, including his latest one called "The Inevitable" (https://goo.gl/78orqo), which forecasts the twelve technological forces that will shape the next thirty years.

In this part, we look at how artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness will shape the future of work and life, what will make humans uniquely useful in this scenario, and reasons to be optimistic for the future.

In This Episode of Future Thinkers:

  • What technology wants: the biases of technium, or technology viewed as a whole system
  • Deep engagement with technology as the only way to become aware of its wants
  • Inevitable vs. unpredictable developments of technology
  • New sharing economy and the transition of value from owning to the benefit of access
  • Smart environment - the idea of superabundance or fulfilling all life needs on demand
  • Flattening of hierarchical structures and the cost of decentralization at scale
  • Why the idea of a global government meets resistance on both left and right side of political spectrum
  • Mobility as a universal human right and why next generation cities and states will compete for humans
  • How we can work together with different varieties of conscious AIs in the future
  • Asking good questions — a uniquely human trait that cannot be replicated by AIs
  • Possible future professions related to AI industry like AI curator or AI whisperer
  • Implications of AI safety movement and the inconsistent ethics of humans
  • Decentralizing manifestations of AR — mixed reality world
  • Censorship concerns in a post-ownership society
  • Why studying history can make us optimistic about the future

Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/85

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Category:artificial intelligence -- posted at: 7:00pm CET

Today our guest is Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine, former publisher of the Whole Earth Review, and author of many books, including his latest one called "The Inevitable", which forecasts the twelve technological forces that will shape the next thirty years.

This episode airs in two parts. In the first, we talk about what technology wants, the new sharing economy, and creating a smart environment.

In This Episode of Future Thinkers:

  • What technology wants: the biases of technium, or technology viewed as a whole system
  • Deep engagement with technology as the only way to become aware of its wants
  • Inevitable vs. unpredictable developments of technology
  • New sharing economy and the transition of value from owning to the benefit of access
  • Smart environment - the idea of superabundance or fulfilling all life needs on demand
  • Flattening of hierarchical structures and the cost of decentralization at scale
  • Why the idea of a global government meets resistance on both left and right side of political spectrum
  • Mobility as a universal human right and why next generation cities and states will compete for humans
  • How we can work together with different varieties of conscious AIs in the future
  • Asking good questions — a uniquely human trait that cannot be replicated by AIs
  • Possible future professions related to AI industry like AI curator or AI whisperer
  • Implications of AI safety movement and the inconsistent ethics of humans
  • Decentralizing manifestations of AR — mixed reality world
  • Censorship concerns in a post-ownership society
  • Why studying history can make us optimistic about the future

Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/84

Join the Future Thinkers Community on Discord: https://www.futurethinkers.org/discord

This episode is sponsored by: http://www.futurethinkers.org/qualia

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Direct download: FTP084.mp3
Category:artificial intelligence -- posted at: 7:00pm CET

Duncan Trussell - actor, comedian and the host of Duncan Trussell Family Hour, is back on Future Thinkers for the second time. In this episode we talk about some of the pressing topics of our time, like developing individual and collective consciousness, evolving the structure and functioning of the human society, and the importance of a consistent spiritual practice for understanding ourselves and the world we live in.

In This Episode of Future Thinkers:

 

  • Why there is so much anxiety in the Millennial generation
  • Horizontalism - a decentralized way for groups to organize
  • Stigmergy, or indirect coordination, in animals and humans
  • The origins of the legal ban of psychedelics
  • The illusion of individualism and how our society got fragmented
  • Is liquid democracy viable?
  • Disowning the collective narratives and embracing impermanence
  • The benefits of contemplating your own mortality
  • Is there a fundamental nature to all things?
  • How to recognize when you are being coaxed into a certain narrative
  • The myths around enlightenment, and why it is not special
  • Why the purpose of meditation is not in chasing peak experiences

Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/83

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Category:consciousness -- posted at: 10:00pm CET

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