20 Great Ontological Movies

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


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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.

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

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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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