6
Aug
2020

You need to hear: Gary Lachman on Consciousness and Caretaking the Cosmos

SpokenTome’s Mark E. Jeftovic has another conversation with writer, thinker and rock-n-roll Hall of Fame inductee Gary Lachman. Since we last spoke we’ve made several more Lachman audiobooks, and on this session we discussed A Secret History of Consciousness and Caretakers of the Cosmos.  

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22
Jul
2020

You Need To Hear: about The Zero Interest Rate Trap

The audiobook version of The Zero Rate Trap is finally available, I recorded this interview with Ronald-Peter Stöferle, Gregor Hochreiter and Rahim Taghizadegan. We discuss NIRP, ZIRP, QEternity and other forms of endless stimulus. Their book looks at not only the economic and financial consequences of these policies, but the social outcomes as well. The authors are the same crew who put out the In Gold We Trust report each year Author links: Incrementum In Gold We Trust Report Ronald’s Stöferle Twitter Gregor Hochreiter’s website and LinkedIn Rahim Taghizadegan’s website and Twitter Listen to the audiobook now

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14
Jul
2020

Caretakers of the Cosmos

Why are we here? Human beings have asked themselves this question for centuries. Modern science largely argues that human beings are chance products of a purposeless universe, but other traditions believe humanity has an essential role and responsibility in creation. Lachman brings together many strands of esoteric, spiritual and philosophical thought to form a counter-argument to the nihilism that permeates the twenty-first century. Offering a radical alternative to postmodern apathy, he argues that we humans are the caretakers of the universe, entrusted with a daunting task: That of healing and repairing creation itself. This is an important book from a key thinker of our time, addressing some of the most urgent questions facing humanity. Listen now 

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22
Jan
2020

Will You Be Richer or Poorer?: Profit, Power and A.I. in a Traumatized World

                  Will you be richer or poorer? What does the future hold for you – and for the world? Supposedly, we’re all getting richer, but many of us feel we’re becoming poorer. Why? One reason is our economy doesn’t even measure many kinds of wealth and ignores many costs. Clearly, clean air and water, good health, and civil liberties are valuable, but you won’t find these on any balance sheet. Our system’s incentives are to maximize short-term financial profits, and everything else is treated as if it doesn’t exist.This audiobook tackles three critical questions: What if everything we don’t measure is worth more than financial wealth? Our obsession with financial capital is blinding us to a traumatizing global decline in other forms of wealth. Will artificial intelligence (AI) make us all richer? What if AI will only enrich the few who own the platforms and technology? Is our economic model dooming us? We’re told we all benefit as the super-rich get even richer, but what if the status quo only benefits those in power at the expense of everyone else – and our planet? Though we may not be politically powerful, we are far from powerless. This audiobook will help you identify the things that truly matter and accumulate capital that benefits you and your family – and our planet. Listen Now…

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22
Jan
2020

A Secret History of Consiousness

                  For the last four centuries, science has tried to account for everything in terms of atoms and molecules and the physical laws they adhere to. Recently, this effort was extended to try to include the inner world of human beings. Gary Lachman argues that this view of consciousness is misguided and unfounded. He points to another approach to the study and exploration of consciousness that erupted into public awareness in the late 1800s. In A Secret History of Consciousness, consciousness is seen not as a result of neurons and molecules, but as responsible for them – meaning, it is not imported from the outer world, but rather creates it. In this view, consciousness is a living, evolving presence, the development of which can be traced through different historical periods, and which evolves along a path to a broader, more expansive state. What that consciousness may be like and how it may be achieved is a major concern of this book. Lachman concentrates on the period since the late 1800s, when Madame Blavatsky first brought the secret history out into the open. As this history unfolds, we encounter the ideas of many modern thinkers, from esotericists like P. D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, and Colin Wilson to more mainstream philosophers like Henri Bergson, William James, Owen Barfield, and the psychologist Andreas Mavromatis. Two little known but important thinkers play a major role in his synthesis: Jurij Moskvitin, who showed how our consciousness relates to the mechanisms of perception and to the external world and Jean Gebser, who presented, perhaps, the most impressive case for the evolution of consciousness. An important contribution to the study of consciousness and a a must-listen. The chapters in the audiobook include: Foreword by Colin Wilson Introduction: Consciousness Explained The...

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