Dr. Joe Tafur: Ayahuasca, Shamanism, & Healing On The Genetic Level

Dr. Joe Tafur, Family Physician and Shipipo-trained Shaman, discusses how two seemingly different traditions (i.e. Western medicine and Shipibo shamanism) can become more integrated with each other, in ways previously not understood or considered possible, for doctors and shamans alike. We discuss how Shipibo shamanism and the administering of sacred plant medicines within this shamanic practice works on the epigenetic level of the illness, generating dramatic changes within the “emotional body” of the individual, manifesting on the physical level of the body.

Dr. Joe Tafur is the author of ‘The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine.’ Dr. Tafur is an Integrative Medicine activist, having studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. After residency, Dr. Tafur subsequently completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry under psychoneuroimmunology expert Dr. Paul Mills. While in San Diego, he also served on the board for the Alternative Healing Network and on the Steering Committee for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo and trained in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine. At the center, Dr. Tafur completed traditional apprenticeship in ayahuasca shamanism. He is both doctor and shaman. Learn more about Dr. Tafur and his work at his website: https://drjoetafur.com

Support Dr. Tafur’s research with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) through his organization Modern Spirit: https://modernspirit.org

This is a segment of episode #139 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Physician, Heal Thyself: Ayahuasca, Epigentics, & Integrative Medicine w/ Dr. Joe Tafur.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWJoeTafur

Douglas Rushkoff: Whistleblowing, Assange, & The End Of Democracy

In this segment, Douglas Rushkoff discusses his views on the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks and its Editor Julian Assange, the controversial DNC email leaks released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and what Assange’s motivations behind the leaks may have been. I ask Douglas to share his thoughts on whistleblowing in the digital age, his view on the pro-transparency activism of whistleblower organizations like WikiLeaks, and the question of whether democracy is truly possible and attainable in our media-saturated culture.

Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer. Douglas has authored numerous best-selling books, including ‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,’ ‘Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,’ ‘Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age,’ and the yet-to-be released ’Team Human.’ He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels ‘Aleister & Adolf,’ ‘Testament,’ and ‘A.D.D.,’ and made the television documentaries ‘Generation Like,’ ‘Merchants of Cool,’ ‘The Persuaders,’ and ‘Digital Nation.’ He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world. Douglas’s lifetime of work has focused primarily on human autonomy in the digital age.

Learn more about Douglas and his work, and pre-order his upcoming book ‘Team Human’ here: http://www.rushkoff.com

This is a segment of episode #138 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Survival of the Richest: Anticipating 'The Event' & The Anti-Human Agenda w/ Douglas Rushkoff.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWrushkoff

Max Wilbert: Dismantling The Culture Of Empire

Our culture is a life-destroying force on this planet. What is to be done in the face of the reality industrial civilization is forging on the living planet we all share? Max Wilbert and I discuss this question within the context of Max's years of work discussing and raising awareness of the large-scale ecological crisis currently unfolding on this living planet under the global system and logic of capitalist industry and Empire (under the guise of “economic prosperity” and “development”). Max has spent years organizing, educating, and actively fomenting practical and diverse forms of resistance against the structures (infrastructure) of industrial civilization, and we discuss what forms of resistance are required to effectively dismantle industrial civilization and culture.

Max Wilbert is a third-generation organizer who grew up in Seattle’s post-WTO anti-globalization and undoing racism movement. Max has a 15-year history as an organizer and revolutionary. He is a co-founder of Deep Green Resistance and longtime board member of a small, grassroots environmental non-profit with no employees and no corporate funding. His first book ‘We Choose To Speak,’ a collection of pro-feminist and environmental essays written over a six-year period, was released in 2018. Learn more about Max Wilbert and his book at his website https://www.maxwilbert.org.

This is a segment of episode #137 of Last Born In The Wilderness ‘We Choose To Speak: The Living Planet & Dismantling The Culture Of Empire w/ Max Wilbert.’ Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/2vvdTNb

Lise Eliot: Brain Development, Binary Gender Identity, & Children

In this segment, neurologist Dr. Lise Eliot delves into questions regarding transgender and childhood gender identity. What factors of brain development inform gender identity in children? Dr. Eliot elaborates on what we do know, and don’t know, about the development of gender identity and gender expression in children, and how the ambiguity of gender expression in certain individuals points to gender as a cultural, rather than biological, function.

Dr. Eliot’s research is centered on brain and gender development, especially the role of neuroplasticity in shaping neural circuitry and behavior. Her studies range from cellular neurophysiology to meta-analyses of brain sex difference and include two highly-praised trade books, ‘What's Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life,’ and ‘Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps.’ Through both empirical and scholarly research, Dr. Eliot analyzes the interplay between innate biology, sociocultural factors, and individual experience in molding our brains and behavior across the lifespan. Learn more about Dr. Eliot and her work: http://www.liseeliot.com

This is a segment of episode #136 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Pink Brain Blue Brain: Gender, Small Differences, & Big Gaps w/ Lise Eliot.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/2OGbuax

Steven Cohen: Deregulating Environmental Protections

Steven Cohen, former executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and the author of ‘The Sustainable City,’ provides a nuanced perspective on the ongoing policy decisions by the Trump Administration, under the former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, to deregulate environmental protections enforced by the EPA, and how these decisions will ultimately play out into the near future.

Steven Cohen is the former executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and a professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is the director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy and the Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia. His books include ‘Understanding Environmental Policy,’ ‘Sustainability Management,’ ‘The Effective Public Manager,’ and most recently ‘The Sustainable City.’ He has written numerous articles on public management, sustainability management, and environmental policy. Learn more about Steven’s book ‘The Sustainable City’ here: http://bit.ly/TheSustainableCity

This is a segment of episode #135 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Sustainable City: The Future Of Urban Living w/ Steven Cohen.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/2mRaFyQ

Stephen Jenkinson: Elderhood In Our Time Of Trouble

In this segment of our conversation, Stephen Jenkinson discusses how the dominant culture of North America, as Stephen frames it, is awash in aged people, but bereft of elders - in the truest sense of the word. Stephen “argues that elderhood is a function rather than an identity – it is not a position earned simply by the number of years on the planet or the title ‘parent’ or ‘grandparent.’”

Why is it that the dominant culture of North America has been unable to produce the conditions necessary for elderhood to flourish, especially in this time of trouble we find ourselves in? Stephen points to what elderhood in our time of great crisis (ecological, spiritual, political, and otherwise) would possibly look like, framing it within the profound realization that elderhood can only flourish when the appetite exists for it.

“I am making the case for elderhood, not for easy agedness. I’m doing so mostly by wondering what happened. Because something happened. Something happened to ancestors and elders and honour. There’s work to be done, and there’s an old wisdom to be learned where there used to be the wisdom of old, and you can’t fix what you don’t understand. That’s where we’re headed: to grievous wisdom. Let us see if we can bear the sound, the particular sound, of no hand clapping. This is a plea and a plot for elders in training.” Learn more about and purchase ‘Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble’ here: http://bit.ly/2mojOia

Stephen Jenkinson (MTS, MSW) is a culture activist, teacher, author and ceremonialist. He is the author of numerous books, including ‘Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble’ and ‘Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul.’ Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. Learn more about Stephen and his work at https://orphanwisdom.com

This is a segment of episode #134 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Elderhood: Coming Of Age In Troubled Times w/ Stephen Jenkinson.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/2zTXTsL

Dr. Bones: Human Nature & The Narratives We Tell Ourselves

In this segment of our conversation, Dr. Bones points to other ways of thinking, participating, and conceiving of our shared reality, and how the Western view of human nature, embodied in our cultural, political, and economic institutions, says a great deal about the irrational nature of human behavior the power of narrative.

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. Keep up with Dr. Bones at his website https://theconjurehouse.com.

This is a segment of episode #133 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Rationality & Its Discontents: The Heart Zone, Narrative, & Folk Magic w/ Dr. Bones.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/2upP18W

Liyah Babayan: The Baku Pogrom & The Pain Of Survival

Liyah Babayan describes what her, and her family, experienced as Armenians during the Baku Pogrom - a horrendous act of mass violence perpetuated against the Armenian population in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. In particular, Liyah discusses how this experience profoundly impacted her development as an individual, having to bear the weight of indescribable trauma through adolescence and into adulthood - all while living as a refugee in the United States, with all the social pressures, barriers, and freedoms that come with that.

In the late 80’s and into the early 90’s, a pogrom was enacted against ethnic Armenians in the city of Baku (the nation’s capital and Liyah’s place of birth), as well as in surrounding areas, resulting in the expulsion, and mass murder, of thousands of Armenians - in what has been described as the Baku Pogrom: “From January 12, 1990, a seven-day pogrom broke out against the Armenians civilian population in Baku during which Armenians were beaten, tortured, murdered, and expelled from the city. There were also many raids on apartments, robberies and arsons. According to the Human Rights Watch reporter Robert Kushen, ‘the action was not entirely (or perhaps not at all) spontaneous, as the attackers had lists of Armenians and their addresses.’” (Source: http://bit.ly/2u4on5H)

Liyah Babayan is a local entrepreneur, activist, Armenian refugee, and the owner of Ooh La La! consignment boutique (http://oohlala-shop.com) in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is the author of a memoir titled ‘Liminal,’ release forthcoming.

This is a segment of the third episode in a series of interviews and conversations with individuals who, whether they officially or not fall under the category, are refugees. These episode are done in collaboration with Cynthia Jones, Artistic Director of the Inspirata Dance Project, for an upcoming production that will feature segments of these recordings.

This is a segment of episode #131 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Other: Genocide; Life After w/ Liyah Babayan.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/2ztq6X9

Shane Burley & Rob Seimetz: Occupy ICE - From Occupation To Community

What is the Occupy ICE movement, and what are its aims? What are the dynamics of these encampments - a form of direct action - against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency? Filmmaker and journalist Shane Burley brings us all up to speed on the development and aims of this movement, and journalist and radio host Rob Seimetz remarks on the community dynamics present in the Occupy ICE Portland encampment in its underlying structure and organization.

Shane Burley is a filmmaker and journalist, and is the author of 'Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It.' https://www.shaneburley.net

Rob Seimetz is a writer and the host of the radio show 'Moving Forward' on the Progressive Radio Network. https://robmovesforward.wordpress.com

This is a segment of episode #130 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Abolish ICE: Direct Action; From Occupation To Community w/ Shane Burley & Rob Seimetz.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/2zkYKCu

Peter Sjöstedt-H: Beauty, Aesthetics, & The Psychedelic Experience

Psychedelic philosopher of mind Peter Sjöstedt-H discusses Beauty, as experienced under the influence of psychedelics. Why is it, that under the influence of psychedelic compounds, one can begin to perceive everyday objects as infinitely beautiful, as if a shroud has been lifted, revealing it's aesthetic nature more fully? In this segment, we discuss why this might be the case --- that by applying philosophical concepts to the psychedelic experience, we can begin to contemplate the nature of Beauty, and the nature of aesthetics more generally.

Peter Sjöstedt-H is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher of mind with a focus on psychedelics and panpsychism, who specializes in the thought of Whitehead, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. Peter is the author of ‘Noumenautics’ - a collection of essays on metaphysics, meta-ethics, and psychedelics. Learn more about Peter and his work at his website http://www.philosopher.eu.

This is a segment of episode #129 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Suffused With Mind: Panpsychism, Psychedelics, & Philosophy w/ Peter Sjöstedt-H.” Listen to the full episode here: http://bit.ly/2z1ZXhS

Title card features the work of Daniel Adel.

Aldous Huxley on his experience with mescaline in 'The Doors of Perception':

‘”This is how one ought to see," I kept saying as I looked down at my trousers, or glanced at the jeweled books in the shelves, at the legs of my infinitely more than Van-Goghian chair. "This is how one ought to see, how things really are." And yet there were reservations. For if one always saw like this, one would never want to do anything else. Just looking, just being the divine Not-self of flower, of book, of chair, of flannel. That would be enough. But in that case what about other people? What about human relations? In the recording of that morning's conversations I find the question constantly repeated, "What about human relations?" How could one reconcile this timeless bliss of seeing as one ought to see with the temporal duties of doing what one ought to do and feeling as one ought to feel? "One ought to be able," I said, "to see these trousers as infinitely important and human beings as still more infinitely important." One ought-but in practice it seemed to be impossible. This participation in the manifest glory of things left no room, so to speak, for the ordinary, the necessary concerns of human existence, above all for concerns involving persons. For Persons are selves and, in one respect at least, I was now a Not-self, simultaneously perceiving and being the Not-self of the things around me. To this new-born Not-self, the behavior, the appearance, the very thought of the self it had momentarily ceased to be, and of other selves, its one-time fellows, seemed not indeed distasteful (for distastefulness was not one of the categories in terms of which I was thinking), but enormously irrelevant. Compelled by the investigator to analyze and report on what I was doing (and how I longed to be left alone with Eternity in a flower, Infinity in four chair legs and the Absolute in the folds of a pair of flannel trousers!), I realized that I was deliberately avoiding the eyes of those who were with me in the room, deliberately refraining from being too much aware of them. One was my wife, the other a man I respected and greatly liked; but both belonged to the world from which, for the moment, mescaline had delivered me “a world of selves, of time, of moral judgments and utilitarian considerations, the world (and it was this aspect of human life which I wished, above all else, to forget) of self-assertion, of cocksureness, of overvalued words and idolatrously worshiped notions.’ (http://bit.ly/2lJSiLA)