#133 | Rationality & Its Discontents: The Heart Zone, Narrative, & Folk Magic w/ Dr. Bones

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Bones - conjurer, political theorist, and gonzo journalist. We discuss the irrational nature of human behavior, the narratives that direct human activity, folk magic, and the practicality of conjuring as a form of direct action.

I’ve come to know Dr. Bones primarily through his writings as a gonzo-journalist, whose work cuts to the core of America’s predatory capitalist economic system and the institutions and ideological frameworks that protect and perpetuate its logic. We discuss the ideologies that govern and direct human behavior, and dissect the myth that rationality and evidence guide human decision-making - in particular the delusional thinking many on the Left have regarding political theory and its practical application on the ground level. Many people, on both ends of the political spectrum, treat theoretical frameworks as “holy scripture” - as inherently and self-evidently true, dogmatically so. We discuss why this form of thinking limits our understanding of political and social change - hindering our ability to effectively organize against the ideologies and institutions that seek to exploit human beings and the natural world we are invariably connected to.

In the latter half of this episode, I ask Bones to expound on a subject I know little about: magic, or to be more precise - the Hoodoo folk magic tradition Bones is steeped in. Bones defines himself as a conjurer, and I ask him to elaborate on what that means to him - to practice magic as he understands it to be. I personally am not well-versed in the subject (and I remain skeptical of it), but Bones delves into the topic with astounding clarity, upending many of my unexamined assumptions regarding the scope and limitations of human consciousness, as well as the practical and observable impact conjuring can have on the unfolding of events in day-to-day life. We also discuss how magic and it application fits into our understanding of political direct action, and how “the map is not the territory” when it comes to understanding magic’s use as a tool to empower oneself in opposition to the forces that subjugate humanity for its own purposes. This is conversation covers territory I’m unaccustomed to exploring, and I appreciate and admire Dr. Bones’ take on the subjects discussed in this episode.

Dr. Bones is a conjurer, Egoist-Communist, and a writer that “summons pure vitriol, straight narrative, and sorcerous wisdom into a potent blend of poltergasmic politics and gonzo journalism.”☨ Dr. Bones writes regularly for the publication Gods&Radicals and is the co-host of ’The Guillotine’ podcast. 

☨ Source: http://bit.ly/2upBgaA

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Dr. Bones and his work at his website: https://theconjurehouse.com

- Read Dr. Bones essays at Gods&Radicals: http://bit.ly/2upBgaA

- Listen and subscribe to ‘The Guillotine’ podcast: https://theguillotinepodcast.libsyn.com

- Dr. Bones on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConjureHouse

- Dr. Bones on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ole_Bonsey

- The resources Dr. Bones references in the episode:

‘The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives’ by Leonard Mlodinow: http://bit.ly/2mloCVm

‘The Trickster and the Paranormal’ by George P. Hansen: http://tricksterbook.com

Rune Soup’s piece on sigils: http://bit.ly/2LlHheR

- The songs featured in this episode are “Enchanted” and “(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch” by The Platters.