February 23, 2011

Jan Irvin

Gnostic Media podcast

youtube playlists

Pharmacratic Inquisition
Shamanism and entheogens
Shamanism and personal liberties
Cannabis, Hemp, Marijuana
Psychedelic Research
Non-Violent Communication
Did Jesus exist?
Sex and Sexual Suppression
Money's Dirty Little Secret
The Trivium Method – Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric

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12/02'10 PR 12) Origins of Money
A Virtual Round-Table Discussion by Brett Veinotte, Jan Irvin, Paul Verge, and Richard Grove

GM # 41 Stephen Zarlenga pt 1) Money's Dirty Little Secret
GM # 57 Stephen Zarlenga pt 2) Why Gold and Silver are not the Answer
GM # 67 Stephen Zarlenga pt 3) A Response to the Austrian School
GM # 88 Stephen Zarlenga pt 4) Silver and Gold

Gene Odening)
I will just say go research the Iroquois Confederacy for an example of the once working form of social order that worked until the "eastern, read middle eastern" thoughts of greed and elite-ism were introduced.
The "representative" had no choice but to comply with the tribes wishes. If the rep. voted and there was no total agreement his vote was invalid and then a new rep. was select and the whole process was repeated.
Many of the things you guys have gone over before are in the documentaries "Psywar" and "Human Resources". (There are questionable persons in these as well misnomer of the facts but still good stuff.)
Both are here at Metanoia free for download.

Monica Ballyurban)
I read with sadness both commentators' words.
Two obviously intelligent individuals with many interesting ideas. I learned much, so much. But somewhere lost in the dialogue between the two, was the concept of "agree to disagree".
I was born in America, to Hungarian parents, escaping Communist oppression in 1956 Europe.
I absolutely agree with the fact that the status quo of the European mindset is dangerous and will more than likely lead us down the road to human extinction.
It takes time to change. People need to hear new ideas, expressed with conviction, but also with compassion. Opposing sides need to come together to understand each other. I would like to think one day there will be a world where "we can all just get along". Perhaps there was once such a time, and perhaps it may come again. [...]
I read the articles and watch the videos on the Gnostic Media website every Christmas, to remember and learn about the great and sacred pagan traditions that are all but lost and forgotten.
Yes, some religious people cannot handle these ideas – that is why so much of religion has always been allegory, a way for the masses to understand at least something (also a way for those in power to control the masses of course, with fear and threats and guilt). The concept of gods and religions are a cultural construct. What is out there, the great spirit, exists and cannot be comprehended or described by any of us. No one is an authority. Perhaps when we leave this plane of existence we shall know "the truth" but only time will tell.
Europeans came to America ... and now look what we are doing: expressing ideas via the internet. Something good always can come out of something bad. We must always look at the big picture and focus on what good the future can hold, not just the bad. The world is not black and white.
I think one of the greatest tragedies of American history is the brutal, almost complete annihilation of the Native Peoples of this great land. Close behind that, is what the US did to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I am glad I was not alive during both events, I do not know how I could have justified living in this country I was (to be) born in.
I am a botanist and honour the plants that sustain us. The sacred mushroom is truly special.
I have never used it, and more than likely, never will. It's just a choice I made. There is so much good in this world, and beauty. Let's learn from each other, and from this planet, if we can. Let's make it a better place, not worse. I have a poem in my room, that I have read everyday for years: [...] Wishing you all the best.

Albert) In a word, at 2 am with the prospect looming to get up in a couple of hours to assume my "cog space" in the wheels of the machine, awesome! Thanks gentlemen.

12/19'10 GM 97 – Mike Crowley: Secret Drugs of Buddhism

Jan) Everyone should pose for photos with a Tibetan Lama in a "sinner" T-shirt.
Not quite sure what that means ... fallacy of equivocation.

Evan Martin) Great interview, Jan. So fascinating.

Bram) Been listening to your podcasts for a few months now, and I have to say, it's great stuff.
The connections you and your guest make, with entheogens and other subjects, to all these various religions and philosopies, from christianity to Buddhism to psychiatry, all with the trivium in mind, are great. Appreciate your avoidance of tunnelvision (as many in your field only focuss on the drugs).
Thanks a lot for doing this, it's great inspiration for my own uni-research, and personal development.
Having lived in Cambodia myself – and having often seen the beautiful inscriptions on the both hindu and buddhistic buildings of Ankor Watt – this particular podcast was extremely interesting to me and I will def check out the book by Mr. Crowley. Also thanks for keeping the work of Mr. Allegro alive!
Greetings from the Netherlands, and keep on doing what your doing, it's much needed!

David L. Foster) Really enjoyable interview, Jan. I read Mike's Secret Drugs of Buddhism on-line quite a while ago and found it extremely thought provoking. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the mushroom hypothesis, but I don't believe anyone has suggested that the appearance of mushroom motifs both in art/esoteric texts and in consciousness may be not just literal but an anticipatory bio-empathetic neuro-phenomenon. That is to say, it may suggest (evidence of a sort of fractal archetype that points to) a universal process of hierarchical consciousness, as for example in Chakra/cakram symbolism. You may be interested to know about Geoffrey Samuel's Cardiff University research project – of course not all of us can qualify for £150,000 grants ...

01/31'11 GM 102 –Christopher Knowles: The Mystery Origins of Modern Music