Roberto Quaglia – Is Everything A Conspiracy?

robertoIt’s a question often asked of the conspiratorially minded, born from an irritation with the modern tendency to question every event and its mainstream media account. Of course, it’s really a statement – “Everything isn’t a conspiracy!” – with perhaps the added subtext, “You paranoid, irrational, basement-dwelling loon.”

However, in an attempt to get a rational response to this rhetorical question, The Eternities podcast recently asked it to Roberto Quaglia, a science-fiction author who ventured into conspiracy territory when he published his The Myth of September 11: The Satanic Verses of Western Democracy.

In the podcast, Quaglia explained his entry into the arena and his reasons for writing the 600-page tome: “I discovered that the official narrative didn’t make any sense. I needed people to discuss it with but … everyone was stuck in the mainstream narrative. So I started to write down what I understood so that I [could not] forget it. It was not a plan to write a book.

“I noticed in myself … my mind having a bias, because [after three months] I stopped [believing]the things that I understood. This was a frustrating moment … because facing rejection from everybody … I noticed that my mind started to become mainstream again; I started to believe again the official narrative.

“This is a fact that had been written [about] in the famous book by Gustav Le Bon [The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind] about the psychology of the masses, where he stated that if you convince a person on a rational basis, the next day this person will probably be back to his older belief. It doesn’t matter if this is irrational; his older beliefs are something that he feels, and nothing that he understands can change how he feels.

“And, actually, this is what was happening to me. I was feeling safer inside the mainstream narrative … so I went back to my previous feelings. This kind of betrayal of my mind was unacceptable so I went back and studied again the issue. Of course, in the process of writing a book you understand so many things that it makes [a] critical mass and there is no way back at this point. I cannot believe the mainstream any more.”

The 90-minute discussion ranged from the origins of the term “conspiracy theory” (employed to marginalise dissent against the official narrative of the JFK assassination); through media manipulation and disinformation; the psychology of  belief, scepticism and obedience; cryptocracy and “deep government”; and the theatrics of the current US presidential campaign.




Anthony Peake – Opening the Doors of Perception


Aldous Huxley stated in The Doors of Perception that the mind is “a reducing valve”, filtering a greater reality – what he called Mind-at-Large – to the human organism. In his latest book, the consciousness theorist Anthony Peake employs cutting-edge science to more thoroughly investigate those doors of perception and makes a profound conclusion regarding the greater reality beyond.

Peake recently spoke to The Eternities podcast about the book, Opening the Doors of Perception: The Key to Cosmic Awareness. The discussion touched upon the ideas of Huxley, the famous near death experience of the top neurosurgeon Eben Alexander which changed Alexander’s perspective on the brain, the bicameral theory of consciousness of Julian Jaynes, and the strident material-reductionist orthodoxy that sees consciousness as solely created by, and contained within, the brain.

“Time after time we come across materialist-reductionist scientists who pooh-pooh [these experiences] until they experience something themselves, and then they literally have an epiphany and suddenly their opinion changes totally,” said Peake. “Eben Alexander is a classic example. He had considered that near-death experiences are simply chemicals in the brain [and believed] that the brain was just mechanistic function. He had a profound near-death experience … when he knew that technically there should have been no brain activity. He was virtually flatlined … and yet he had these intense experiences.”

“[I] suggest that in some way we are existing within this reality and it’s a kind of illusion, a form of simulation, our own virtual reality world. If this is the case, what does it tell us? It tells us that wherever we are, we’re not ‘here’. This is a simulation we are in. And in the final chapter of my book, I do the science of this in great detail [including] the latest research on the idea of the universe as being made up of digital information. But there is part of us that is outside of the simulation.”

“This is in some way a learning place. We are living in an ancestor simulation created by our own future selves, which sounds incredibly crazy, but I do the science. We’re in some form of ‘sim’ that’s been created by a very advanced, probably post-human [civilisation].”

“People will say, how can you scientifically prove this? And the argument is, no, I can’t. But I can cite examples of how science is now starting to discover the digitisation and the fine tuning of the universe, and they’re starting to discover the structure of the hologram we exist within, and also how the hologram works. Lots of very, very top thinkers and scientists believe that this is the answer to the mystery of how the universe works – it’s a simulation.”


20 Great Ontological Movies

This following ontological movies (ie. those concerned with the nature of existence and reality) were discussed in a podcast discussion with the consciousness theorist Anthony Peake. Click for Part One of the podcast, and see bottom of the page for Part Two. Or listen to both parts in YouTube, below.

SPOILER ALERT: The podcast contains spoilers, as do some of the descriptions that follow below.

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Anthony Peake – What Must We Learn to Escape the Era of the Ontological Movie?

peake“It’s like The Matrix, isn’t it?” We’ve heard the phrase many times and probably said it ourselves. We live in a time when mind-bending perspectives on the nature of reality are both commonly abroad in the culture as well as entertained by cutting-edge scientists. But it wasn’t always the case.

The mainstream success of movies such as The Matrix, Groundhog Day and Inception have spread the word that was previously only heard by philosophers, hippies and adherents of eastern mysticism. So, what does it mean to live in the age of the ontological movie?

In the latest podcast from The Eternities, the consciousness theorist Anthony Peake discusses the trend, which began in the nineties with such titles as Jacob’s Ladder, Groundhog Day, The Truman Show and The Matrix. More recent titles discussed include, Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. Nobody and Enter the Void.

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Nick Buchanan – What Happens in Shakespeare

Front Cover for KindleLast week would have been Shakespeare’s 451st birthday, had he been as immortal as his work. Some would have it that you might need to have lived that long to have garnered the experience, the wisdom, and even to have had the time (or sufficient typing monkeys) to have been both so prolific and profound.

In the latest podcast from The Eternities, Nick Buchanan, author of What Happens in Shakespeare’s King Lear, explains why he believes it entirely possible that this one remarkable man could indeed have been the sole author.

“The folks who argue that [it couldn’t possibly have been] Shakespeare really dislike the idea that he didn’t go to university and he was a country boy. How dare he become this great playwright!”

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Raw Joy and Abundance – Interview with Health Blogger Sean Evans


Sean at Fruit Winter

An interview with raw food blogger, Sean Evans, at the Fruit Winter meet-up in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

How did you find out about Fruit Winter?

I found out about Fruit Winter from a YouTube channel, HandymanBananas, which is produced by Conor McMillen, the founder of Fruit Winter.

How important is diet and lifestyle to you? Do you have a particular health regime?

Diet and lifestyle are very important to me. I’ve spent a lot of time and money in the search for the best diet for me. I found that raw, living foods made me feel the best. Before this diet I experimented with a Paleo diet which included grass-fed meat and grass-fed butter. My love for animals and the environment made it a clear choice for me to stop eating animals and consuming animal products. Now I am eat fruit in the morning and afternoon and will eat some cooked rice or noodles and vegetables in the evening. Yesterday I started a coconut water fast which I hope to continue for at least 21 days.

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The “Internal Family Systems” of the Mind

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Conor McMillen

Right at this moment a part of you wants to read this and another part of you wants to do something else. Notice that? You may even notice several parts of you that have already come up with ideas of what else they would like to be doing. Maybe one wants to check your email account, another wants to eat, while another wants to shut off the computer, run outside and dance in the streets. What if we view these parts for what they are: distinct and very real members of your system, each with their own needs, wants, desires, memories and narratives?

The brain functions as a multiple system, using parallel processing. This same mode of processing is used by computer engineers solving complex problems. They have discovered that using multiple computers to run the same problem is much more effective than having one single computer running that problem. These different computers, or parts, of our brain are constantly running, side by side, the same “problem” that is life. They often have different ideas about how to proceed, but the intention is always based in keeping the system surviving and in an ideal state, thriving.

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Johnny F.D. – Siamese Dreams 2: From Cubicle to Globe

Johnny F D is an online entrepreneur, a location independent “digital nomad”. After a three week vacation to Thailand in 2008 he left his home and corporate job in Los Angeles and bought a one way ticket back to Thailand.

He talks in the podcast about the strategy for creating online businesses – known as “drop shipping” – which has enabled for him a dream lifestyle of leisure and travel. He is the host of the Travel Like a Boss podcast and was the organiser of the recent Nomad Summit in Chiang Mai, a free day of talks given by highly successful nomads.

He is also the author of two books, Twelve Weeks in Thailand: The Good Life on the Cheap and Life Changes Quick: 7 Steps to Getting Everything You’ve Ever Wanted in Less Than a Year.

Click link below to learn more about the drop shipping course discussed on the podcast, also known as The Anton Method.



Conor McMillen and Brittany Taylor – Siamese Dreams 1: Fruit, Simplicity and Self Love


Conor and Brittany

Conor McMillen is a therapist and lifestyle coach with a popular YouTube channel, Handyman Bananas. Just three years ago he was addicted to drugs and alcohol. He believes that eating a fruit diet was the key factor in his rapid recovery.

The interview took place at the recent Fruit Winter festival which Conor now organises each January in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The podcast also covers his experiences with the Internal Family Systems (IFS) psychotherapeutic model, which he now also utilises as a therapist.

Also on the podcast is Brittany Taylor, a lifestyle coach who also has a popular YouTube channel, called Simple Living and Travel.

Three years ago she downsized her life, leaving her job and home to become a digital nomad as a “location independent” IT consultant, in order to follow her dream of a lifestyle of optimal nutrition, physical movement and play.

Due to very poor sound quality in the first part of the interview, a complete transcript of Conor’s interview has been provided, below.

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Lessons in Living Your Dreams

The two latest podcasts from The Eternities feature interviews with three people who have found ways to live their dream lifestyles of travel, health and time to play. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. In these interviews they outline how they did it, why they did it, and how others can do it, too.

I met all three while escaping the cold in tropical Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. I’d come to attend Fruit Winter, a free festival of daily meet-ups and activities with dozens of inspired and inspiring folks from around the world, held there for the past two Januaries. Chiang Mai, one of Tripadvisor’s top 25 world destinations, is a great venue with its laid back atmosphere and warm welcome for tourists. Unlike larger cities where corporates reign, Chiang Mai is human sized and human geared. It’s also an attractive base for an ever growing band of Digital Nomads, of which more later.


Conor and Brittany

Fruit Winter is the brainchild of Handyman Bananas – a.k.a. Conor McMillen – a lifestyle coach and therapist from the US with a popular YouTube channel where he inspires others to follow his own path from bad habits to shining health. In the podcast, he talks of beating drugs and alcohol with the primary help of a fruit-based vegan diet, and how he has further aided his personal development via a fascinating integrative psychotherapeutic therapy known as Internal Family Systems, of which he is now a practitioner.

“It’s mind blowing, you know,” he says of his transformation. “It’s living my dream. I never thought I’d find my passion. Now I feel I’m living passionately. I did at some point have a hope and desire and a dream to live this life but I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. I do remember laying in bed and drinking beer, wanting to change so badly, and watching some YouTube videos of some healthy people in Thailand – this is like, three years ago – and thinking to myself, ‘Fuck, I just want to do that. How do you do that?’ And there were parts of me that totally didn’t think I could. But there was a part of me that had hope, there was a part of me that had a dream and a desire, and now all my parts are here with me in Thailand living that dream.”

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