#186 | Mainstream Psychology Can Go Fuck Itself: Managing Collapse Awareness w/ Holly Truhlar

In this episode, I speak with lawyer, grief therapist, and community builder Holly Truhlar. We discuss her provocatively titled essay ‘Mainstream Psychology Can Go Fuck Itself,’ which addressed the ways mainstream psychology, as it is currently practiced today, largely lacks the framework, language, and tools required to adequately counsel those that are coming into the growing awareness that the systems we are embedded within are leading to societal collapse, ecological disintegration, and abrupt climate disruption on the global scale.

Mainstream psychology “puts the onus on the individual and takes the focus off of the violent and divisive systems we’re in,”* which in turn disempowers the individual from preparing, in any meaningful sense, for what lies ahead as we begin to experience the impacts of a fraying socioeconomic and political system (mired in systemic oppression and corruption), the catastrophic loss of species (described as the Sixth Mass Extinction event), a radically changing climate system (as a result of industrialization), and the likely near-term extinction of the human species as a result of these converging crises. “As with all things capitalist, patriarchal, and committed to the growth of civilization, psychology is used mostly as a tool of the oppressor to keep us divided into individual causes rather than working in solidarity with our class structure.”* Holly, in her work, seeks to make use of the tools provided in mainstream psychology, and incorporate Radical Attunement Work (RAW), which cultivates "a deep awareness of people and systems in order to fundamentally shift exploitative ways of being towards reciprocal relationship, collective liberation, and communities of care.”** As Holly says in her essay “we don’t have time for this shit. We have a small window in which we MAY be able to learn the skills needed to co-regulate with each other and organize for the needed revolution (or end-of-life care for our species).” The stakes really are this high. We discuss this and more in this episode.

Holly Truhlar is a lawyer, grief therapist, and community builder. She’s integrated her doctorate in law with a masters in transpersonal counseling psychology to create a model for personal and collective liberation. This model, called Radical Attunement Work (RAW), moves people and groups from dominating and exploitative ways of being into attuned and transformational relationships. Her work lies at the convergence of ancestral grief, collective trauma, conscious collapse, and social justice. She’s currently practicing and researching social technologies, such as ritual and Deep Democracy work, that foster large-scale trauma resolution and collective nervous system regulation. She's been called to help hold grief in these troubled and transitional times, so she lives with her heart broken open and soul on display.***

*http://bit.ly/2Uwfyjw

**http://bit.ly/2VoS4tN

***http://bit.ly/2KcGbpJ

Episode Notes:

- Read Holly’s essay ‘Mainstream Psychology Can Go Fuck Itself’: http://bit.ly/2Uwfyjw

- Learn more about Holly and her work at: https://www.hollytruhlar.com

- Learn more about the Tending The Threshold conference: https://tendingthethreshold.com

- The song featured in this episode is “Guns Are Drawn” by The Roots from the album The Tipping Point.

#164 | Our Bonus Decade: Peak Oil & The Unmaking Of The Infinite Growth Paradigm w/ Richard Heinberg

In this episode, I speak with Richard Heinberg — Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels.▴ We examine Richard’s recent essay “Our Bonus Decade,” in which he examines the role peak oil played in the 2008 financial crisis and what the long-term consequences will be as a result of the fossil fuel industry’s transition to unconventional oil production this past decade.

In our examination of the themes presented Richard’s recent essay “Our Bonus Decade,” Richard discusses the role skyrocketing oil prices played in the financial crisis of 2008 and how this crisis coincided with a broader shift to unconventional fossil fuel production in our society, including an increased reliance on exceedingly destructive extractive methods such as fracking and tar sand oil extraction (like in Alberta, Canada). What will our civilization’s reliance on fossil fuels mean in the coming years as we come up against not only peak oil production — but also abrupt climate disruption and widespread ecological collapse, in great part as a result of our reliance on fossil fuels these past several centuries? Richard examines this question, and more, in this episode.

Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books, including ‘Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines,’ ‘The End of Growth,’ and most recently ‘Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy’ co-authored with David Fridley. Richard is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels.▴

▴Source: http://bit.ly/RHabout

Episode Notes:

- Read Richard’s essay “Our Bonus Decade”: http://bit.ly/OurBonusDecade

- Learn more about Richard and his work at his website: http://richardheinberg.com

- Learn more about the Post Carbon Institute here: https://www.postcarbon.org

- Richard mentions: https://www.resilience.org

- The songs featured in this episode are “Relentless Drag (Mike Slott Remix)” and “And We Gonna (Samiyam Chopsticks Remix)” by Shigeto from the album Full Circle Remixes.

#151 | Onward, Fellow Humans: Planetary Collapse, Culture Design, & Regenerative Hubs w/ Joe Brewer

In this episode, I speak with Joe Brewer -- complexity researcher, cognitive scientist, and evangelist for the field of culture design. We discuss the social, economic, and ecological collapse we are currently in the midst of as a result of the destructive impacts of human industrial activity and the cultural value systems that uphold these practices. We also discuss Joe's work in designing cultural evolution through "regenerative hubs" -- bioregional centers designed to implement the process of healing and mending humanity's relationship with the living planet and establish a right role within the planet's living systems on the local and global level.

In this discussion, Joe lays out what it means to design culture — “to cultivate the capacities to intentionally guide social change using the best combinations of science, technology, organizational management, and artistic expression.”✧ Joe discusses the growing and well established base of knowledge and practices already in place to facilitate the development of cultural value systems that promote healthy and regenerative systems in human societies and their relationship with the land — whether that be in farming practices and food production, the use and distribution of resources and economic practices, the cultivation of healthy human relationships and collective decision-making practices, and the dissolution of regressive and oppressive institutions and systems of control expressed in the dominant paradigm currently.

As the global economic, social, and ecological systems continue to collapse, what role can we play in developing regenerative practices that can heal the damage wrought in the pursuit of economic growth? Joe understands fully that we have entered into ecological overshoot, and that we very likely are witnessing not only the collapse of our global civilization, but also the end of the human species as a result of abrupt climate change and widespread ecological collapse. I ask Joe to clarify and elaborate on his work in designing regenerative cultural practices in the face of this reality, and what guides him in his work to the present day in spite of this looming predicament we collectively find ourselves in. We discuss this and more in this episode.

Joe Brewer has a background in physics, math, philosophy, atmospheric science, complexity research, and cognitive linguistics. Awakened to the threat of human-induced climate disruption while pursuing a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, he switched fields and began to work with scholars in the behavioral and cognitive sciences with the hope of helping create large-scale behavior change at the level of global civilization.

✧Source: http://bit.ly/JBrewerPatreon

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Joe’s excellent work at his Patreon page: http://bit.ly/JBrewerPatreon

- Joe’s writings can be found at his Medium page: http://bit.ly/JBrewerMedium

- Support Joe and his family’s move to Costa Rica here: http://bit.ly/JBrewerFund

- The Center for Applied Cultural Evolution: https://culturalevolutioncenter.org

- The Capital Institute: http://capitalinstitute.org

- Follow Joe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cognitivepolicy

- Follow Joe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joe.brewer.31

- The songs featured in this episode are “Dawn of a New Day” by Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights and “La Mer” by Django Reinhardt, Stephanie Grappelli & Stéphane Grappelli from the album Bioshock 2.

#125 | Marching Toward Collapse: Biophysical Limits & Our Cognitive Blindspots w/ William Rees

In this episode, I speak with William Rees, human ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Rees is the originator and co-developer of the “ecological footprint analysis,” and the co-author (with Mathis Wackernagel) of 'Our Ecological Footprint,' an exploration of this concept. The Ecological Footprint concept has become the world’s best-known metaphor for the human ‘load’ (the resources required of ecosystems to maintain our current mode of living) on the planet.*

In this interview, we discuss Dr. Rees’ lifetime of research into the ecological footprint of human societies on this planet, as well as the global biophysical limits we are coming up against due to our current mode of living (particularly in the "developed" world). We then discuss Dr. Rees’ work regarding the “neuro-biological, cognitive and cultural barriers to sustainability, including human’s well-developed capacity for self-delusion.”** In the face of abrupt climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity around the globe, and rapid species decline across the board in recent decades, why are we, as a species, unable to clearly perceive the very perilous situation we find ourselves in? What is it about creating very large-scale, complex systems (technologies, cultures, societies), that makes us unable to perceive how our way of living detrimentally impacts planetary life-systems, which we rely on for our own survival and well-being? In the face of the physical reality we are forging for ourselves and all other life on this planet, what can we expect to happen in the face of these profound changes currently underway? We discuss these subjects, and more, in this episode.

Dr. Rees has authored (or co-authored) more than 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and numerous popular articles on humanity’s (un)sustainability conundrum. Active across disciplines, Dr Rees is a long-term member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute, a founding member and past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and founding Director of the OneEarth Initiative.**

*Source: https://bit.ly/2sSbPwT
**Source: https://bit.ly/2LrZpn3


Episode Notes:

- Keep up to date with Dr. Rees’ recent writings at The Tyee: https://thetyee.ca/

- Find out more about Dr. Rees and his work at his website: http://williamrees.org

- Purchase Dr. Rees’ book 'Our Ecological Footprint' here: https://amzn.to/2sAMRCO

- Here are links to the resources/papers Dr. Rees mentioned at the end of the episode:

“Avoiding Collapse: An agenda for sustainable degrowth and relocalizing the economy” (https://bit.ly/1qHAq1G)

“What’s blocking sustainability? Human nature, cognition, and denial” (https://bit.ly/2Jmw5NX)

The Global Footprint Network website: https://www.footprintnetwork.org

- The song featured in this episode is “Kelau” by Flako from the album Mini Tollbooth

#113 | America Faded: Syria, Russia, & The Decline Of The American Empire w/ Dmitry Orlov

In this episode, I speak with Dmitry Orlov. This interview was recorded Sunday April 15, less than two days after the events discussed in this episode. The reason for the release of this episode outside of my normal release schedule, and on such short notice, is because of the nature of what is discussed in this interview with Dmitry.

Dmitry and I discuss the recent missile strikes by the US military in Syria, the Trump Administration, as well as the broader US military establishment's true intentions and objectives behind the strike, as well as what other major world powers (Russia in particular) are doing in response to this attack. 

Dmitry presents this whole event within a broader geopolitical trend: the American Empire is fading. America's influence in the Middle East, in particular, has begun to dissipate, with Russia and other regional players aligning themselves outside of American control and influence. These nations have begun to nudge the United States out of its once dominant role on the international stage, and the response to this missile strike in Syria fits neatly within this trend.

I was personally worried that this event in Syria would spark an escalation that could potentially lead to a deadly exchange of nuclear weapons between world powers. While that is still on the table, Dmitry puts much of the details of this strike within the context of broader geopolitical trends. Things are not as they appear, my friends.

Dmitry is a Russian-American engineer and writer, who regular writes on subjects related to social and economic collapse, geopolitics, peak oil, Empire, and how to adapt in a time of converging crises manifesting on multiple fronts. Dmitry is the author of many books, including "The Five Stages of Collapse," "Shrinking The Technosphere," and "Everything is Going According to Plan." 


Episode Notes:

- Please go and read Dmitry's bi-weekly updates on geopolitics, empire, and collapse, as well as purchase one of his several books he has written on these subjects, here: http://cluborlov.blogspot.com

- Get full access to Dmitry's essays though his Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/orlov

- Purchase Dmitry's most recent book "Everything is Going According to Plan" here: http://a.co/hRfIL7k

- This episode features the audio from the video "Trump Hails Syria Strikes: Every One Hit Target" published by Associated Press. Video description: 'President Donald Trump praised his new national security adviser John Bolton for last Friday's air strikes in Syria. Speaking at an event on tax cuts in Florida, Trump called the strikes "genius," saying not one U.S. missile was shot down. (April 16)' Source: https://youtu.be/8W9jS3-gt7w

- The song featured in this episode is "Axolotl" by The Veils from the album Total Depravity.