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.
“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.
Last 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!”
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.
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.