Listen now | A conversation with John Horgan
What's that novel?
Ugh, I tried starting to re-read Paradise Lost again last night. So dense / opaque from the vantage of my modern diction and syntax.
I'm so glad you got your podcast studio set up. I always enjoy your talks with Horgan. I'm kind of like your wife's aunt - I'm worried about you! Yes, you're fine physically, thank goodness. But you don't sound like you're in a good mental state. I hope you're simply having a bad day, but if you don't have the energy to get your gas water heater fixed, that is NOT good! Please get it fixed now, and in the meantime, don't walk away from it until it sparks, and if that doesn't happen fairly soon, turn it off! Gas is nothing to mess with! As for your mental state, I think it helps to talk to somebody. Does ChatGPT do therapy? Who knew that AI was doing therapy back in the 50's, and from what Horgan says, it was pretty effective! Life is overwhelming these days, and we're all easily distracted. In other words, we all need therapy. AI to the rescue?!
Happy to see you back podcasting again. Please get your gas fixed and take care.
I join in the appreciation of listening to yourself and John Horgan speak. I remember that late 90's internet of weirdos. I do still miss it. We had a dial up connection,the words on the monitor were green and burned my eyes if I stayed on to long. My then nine year old son and I would go into chat rooms and ask questions related to the peoples interest. So much is,I think automatic. I have cared for many people with early dementia. Confused people,who know they are confused have good cover up skills. People don't want to be so vulnerable as to let others know they are confused. So much talk is talk that has been said before. "Everything has to do with death." I so agree with Professor Horgan. I have been brooding on the subject since age 11, really I wonder how everyone does not. It seems to me to be okay to not feel okay as long as this feeling is allowed to come and go naturally. Sobshrink is in the right about the gas ,though. In the sixties half the town I used to live in blew up due to gas. Maybe you can cold shower it until the igniter is fixed. Pretend this is a spiritual practice. I have lived two places ,in my youth, with no hot water,you just become efficient. Anyway,thanks for the podcast and a nice internet spot:)
Oh my goodness! It must have been made by the plumber! You are not having much luck lately. I hope it changes soon! 🍀
Drugs aren’t what they are advertised to be.
"I have this tendency, which is probably related to my use of psychedelics, to turn everything into a metaphor for everything else. So when I understood what the issue was, I felt: Is this how my life is?"
Yes. Oh yes. I can't help but move through life as a mirror within a mirror now. It's rather haunting, but not in a perpetually frightening or cursed way. It can be, but the emotional response varies across the human spectrum.
Even though descriptions and explanations turn to tropes and cliche all too easily, existence is sticky. Woven. There's no severance. It's one thing to know this intellectually, it's a completely different journey when you experience it. It cannot be undone.
And a synchronistic note: I've been pleading for my apartment complex to fix my heater for over a year. They finally concluded that they needed to replace the 30 years old unit. The new system was in two weeks and then it shut down. After a week without heat (I stopped using space heaters because they made my electricity bill skyrocket), a second HVAC company found that the installer used fuses that were too weak. I was foiled by a rookie move.
I often feel like a 53 years old rookie. So, how do I install bigger fuses into my existence? 🤣
Fantastic. Yeah yup a kind of disappointmentnis my baseline emotiin. Mi g ht be abt how things donot more frquently change 7n and out of beany thoraxic shapes. But then i go with a dull version.of thevfeeling because why should they ? Like if things were as witty as they mi g ht be, that would be more chintz of plywood and hollywood than i would wNt to sharecwith anyone 3lse anyway. Sell this convoe in a box.
The link is not working. I will be listening to more Solomon in the future. In addition to a love of youth culture , which is fabulous on its own but becomes an irritant when for sale, our culture tends to define us by what we do for work not who we are. This can challenge self esteem.