Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Getting a sense of what's coming. The future is infinite. There are many different paths. The Trio dip into the Jungian jacuzzi. Ethan sees people denying their own power. The jacuzzi is too hot! Ethan needs to meet these New Thought guys. Try it. The possibilities are infinite!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Zach complains about how the word "God" has come to resemble a loving parent, rather than including all of reality, with nothing left out. Ethan doesn't believe in a universal morality. Take one part Philosophy, one part Religion, Ethan, Zach, and that special 3rd Person. Mix together and mmmhmmm, good!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
And you thought Carl Jung was esoteric! Zach is investigating the "Freudian horn" of psychoanalysis this year, and Ethan is going with him. Jacques Lacan, most influential Freudian psychoanalyst since Freud himself. Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze, Guatarri, Baudrillard... what IS it with all these FRENCH guys? Are they worth the time it takes to understand them? The Trio have to walk a fine line between appreciating... and ignoring... the deluge of post-World War II French thought. Those Americans. They don't know what they've gotten themselves into!
Anyway, Zach thinks that the psychology of Jacques Lacan might contain something Carl Jung failed to mention. Something to do with paranoid thinking, impenetrable jargon, and wooden floors. The Trio are committed to leaving no floor board unturned! And it's all for YOU, our loyal listeners.
The movie Zach mentions is called Phoenix. It came out recently, and it's in German.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Is it possible to turn our emotions on and off? Can we make ourselves fall in love? Perhaps more importantly, can we prevent ourselves from falling love!?! Ethan says "Yes!" but that's just like, his opinion, man. The implications of this age-old question are considered by the Trio. Are we charioteers, prudent stewards of emotion and thought? Or are we wild horses, doing everything we can to move forward in a chaotic and confusing world? Ethan is too young to answer this on his own, so it's a good thing he has Zach there to remind him that we all have a lot to learn from classic 70s TV shows.
Side note: The song Ethan was thinking of was "Waltz No. 2" by Shostakovich.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The Group Lie is: "We are the best!" It pervades all human social circles, and yet causes serious problems for those who don't believe it. Zach complains about having to be part of such groups. Critical for maintaining social cohesion, the Group Lie nonetheless obfuscates important facts. Maybe's he's just too autistic to function normally in groups...
Friday, September 11, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
A short conversation mostly about Zach's belief that the most coherent thinking occurs in individuals rather than in groups. Other topics include the importance of being resilient, and what it feels like to be raped(!) by ideas. This seems like part of a larger conversation of which this is only a tantalizing fragment. Oh, well… it's not the first time that's happened on the Ethan and Zach Trio!
Thursday, September 3, 2015
The Trio try something new - free association. It's a topic, but not a topic. A surreal episode. Is it possible that Zach is too intellectual, too focused? Ethan tries to find the flow, like something out of California. Zach opposes this approach with his usual confused dignity. Do they successfully navigate this river of free association - or drown trying? Your call.