Aljoša Kutnjak and I are working on a new series/podcast and this is our First Episode!
My Family Trip to Vermont and The Purple Party:
Why We Need A Healthy Religion, & How to Break The Cycle of Suffering:
I have been having an ongoing back and forth with Corey W. DeVos about the importance of Peer Review in the Integral community and the ways Ken Wilber compromises the integrity of the Integral Project. Corey is the Editor, Designer, Writer, and Producer of IntegralLife.com. He is also the Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. My most recent response was published on Integral World (Big thanks to Frank VIsser) http://www.integralworld.net/long1.html and I also made an Audio/Video version of the note that you can check out here:
Yeah, I havn't been great about making a post for each Vlog or even really doing a Vlog a week. My life is hectic and unorganized at the moment but I hope I will better get into the swing of things here soon enough.
Purple Tribe is something I am very excited about getting going. I also have some other clips just talking about purple tribe if you want to share. - If you want to get involved join the Facebook groups and start wearing purple!
I recently started making a weekly VLOG. In this VLOG I share more personal thoughts, food I like to make, as well as music and art. In the future I will make an update weekly here for each new VLOG, but for now you can check out my first 3:
I made a new video that talks about what our current best knowledge has to say about Soul, Self, Awakening, Ghosts, Afterlife, & Reincarnation, separating fact from fiction as well as exploring what poetic truth these ideas might hold.
We start by trying to put humans in context, Introducing the idea of the holon an holarchy, as well as different ideas about cosmology on the outside, and archetypes of the collective unconscious on the inside.
Then we talk about "awakening", how our relationship with our own inner archetypes can be problematic, unhealthy, pathological, and unconscious, or how we can consciously create and project into "higher archetypes" and refine over time by taking creative control of our life!
Next we go to a haunted house and talk about Ghosts, the logic around it and what REALLY might be going on with some Help from the famed UK mentalist Darren Brown.
Then we go to Heaven, & as we leave we talk about why taking heaven literally is such a bad idea, as well as what a metaphorical translation might look like. (and how it relates back to what we have been talking about in terms of "awakening" or "the blanket") We even talk about some of these "back from heaven" type stories. We talk about what happens when we die. Now that we have deconstructed the self the question is "what happens to who?" or "who dies?" and how the lesson of death is to appreciate what we have while we have it.
Lastly we talk about Reincarnation, we work to put the ideas in their context (their relation to racism and the Hindu cast system) and then look at the logical problems and how we can know it's not literally true, as well as how it might poetically be true. I hope you enjoy it.
Kevin Afflerbach (on George Herbert Mead)
And I also have broken it into some clips:
I finally finished my newest video about episodes featuring Jordan Peterson on Sam Harris' "Waking Up" podcast relating to Epistemology and Different Types of Truth in part 1, and the relative nature of languadge, meaning, symbolism, and appropriate vs inappropriate uses of symbolism in part 2. I hope you enjoy it.
Other video clips to come out of this video are a short 5 min intro to Integral Metaphysics and a short video about The difference between Trans-Gender and Role Confusion:
I also painted a portrait of Sam Harris to go along with the philosophy video (and re-mixed his podcast theme song) and here is a video timelaps of that painting:
I have some other new songs, shows, and more videos coming out but for now here are my 3 most recent new videos:
My buddy Aljoša Kutnjak interviews Artist, Musician, Philosopher, and Founder of the Integral Emergentist rEvolutionary Movement, I AM - David Long (me) for his Slovenian podcast "Začni Razmišljat" or the "Start Thinking Podcast". We talk briefly about my personal history and then get into topics of Integral theory, Pre/Trans distinctions and a skillful use of religious symbolism, problems and potentials within our Integral community, as well as The Venus Project, The Zeitgeist Movement, and "what to do about Islam?" ect.
I have been working on more "Intro to Integral Theory" material because it is so badly lacking. I started by making a 6 min Intro video and that has almost 4,000 views. So I have been working on more short but in-depth videos with examples and links so people can dig in and see the theory actually at work in the world to hopefully understand it better. Here is my part 1 on Quadrants. (Levels, Lines, States, and Types still to come.) Enjoy:
In one of my newest videos I convert and older written article into a video. It was a bit of a change and an experiment but I hope you like it. You can find the origional not towards the bottom of my philosophy page. It's about why a metaphorical translation or interpretation of Christianity is more appropriate, and more true than the orthodox, literal, and historical read of scripture/mythology. - Featuring: Bart Ehrman, Michael Dowd, and Joseph Campbell.
Looking back on 2016 I am pretty happy with all that I have accomplished this year and I am looking forward to next year. I will have more shows, more art, more philosophy videos, more music videos, a new album, and a podcast! Keep checking back for more news.
On 11/22/16 - I released my "The New Imminent Danger" Music Video:
On 11/4/16 - I played a couple of songs @ Club Lush with my new dj Liquid Dropz. Big thanks to him and DJ Swell. I didn't get any video or pics, sorry bout that.
On 10/29/16 - I played a Halloween show @ The Boulder Integral Center in Colorado. It was great to meet some long time Facebook friends and make some new ones. Big Thanks to Marco Lam and Robert MacNaughton for making it possible. I hope to make it out and do another show ASAP, but in the meantime you can watch the video here:
It's been a long time coming but it's finally here. - I'll spare you the boring details, but I hope you like it.
So what else is new?
Well, I have been playing some shows and doing some fun/cool art stuff!
My most recent show was at The Dickson Social Club downtown Fayetteville AR with Thunderman and DJ's AUSIO and Meesh. Despite a couple sound issues it was a fun show. Big thanks to Oscar Torres and Allison Dean! Check out this short clip from the show:
On 8/15 Allison Dean and I did some live painting at the social club as well. Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures but we are still working on the painting and I will post a picture when it is finally finished.
I Also had a show at Terra Studios on 9/11/16. It was a great time at a great place. (I like playing music outside) Big thanks to Val Gonzalez and Allison Dean! I not only got to preform my music but I also got to set up a tent for my Art and do some live painting.
On Aug 3 I put out a New Philosophy Video about how Friedrich Nietzsche's Ideas about "Slave Morality and Master Morality" relates to Christian and Pagan/Satanic Symbolism and other related dualities including Jedi vs Sith and Samurai vs Ninja, an Idea of synthesis through the lens of The Aristotelian Golden Mean, and finally Non-duality "Being and Becoming" "Absolute and Relative" "Horizontal and Vertical" represented in these religious traditions in practice.
Friedrich Nietzsche (school of life), Anton LeVey, Douglas Mesner (a.k.a. Lucien Greaves), Joseph Campbell, Aristotle (school of life), Ken Wilber, Andrew Cohen, Michael Dowd, Mark Passio
May 28th my first show was at Nomads in here in Fayetteville, AR and I had some time to prepare so I made a Music Video Invitation. Check it out:
It was a great time, chill vibes, and I met some cool people young and old who really resonated with what I talk about in my music and we had some great conversation before and after. An older man saw my banner from the street through the front window and he felt called in by it and he stayed through my whole show, danced, got into it, and even bought my Albums. It was very encouraging, especially because It was/is a big fear of mine that most people, especially older people would if anything be offended by my lyrics, and it's nice to know that in some cases my message is powerful enough that it can resonate with people who wouldn't normally even listen to rap.
For the whole month of May my art was hanging at Nomads as well so Nomads really showed me love and showcased my work. Big up to Jeremy and Britney who have both been so good to me. If you get the chance defiantly go to Nomads and appreciate there Veg/Vegan Friendly Menu, the cool people and awesome staff, and laid back atmosphere.
Then In June Nomads Invited me back to do a live painting mural for them and that was a lot of fun. So if you do get to go to Nomads check out the Artifact that I got to leave on there wall. Enjoy some pictures of this