Aaron French has written what he says is the first academic paper focused on the Mandela Effect, which was recently published by the academic journal Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism. Aaron’s paper looks at how this recent phenomenon became such a popular conspiracy theory and Internet meme; how it sheds light on our contemporary technoscience culture; and aspects of it that are familiar to esotericism.
Erik Davis is back in the house for a second time to rap a bit about his latest book High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, which charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from American countercultural voices of the 1970s, including Philip K Dick, Terence McKenna and Robert Anton Wilson.
Gordon White returns to the show with first-time guest Jay Springett to talk solarpunk, a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism. It’s infrastructure as resistance, it’s ingenuity, generativity, independence and community, and it asks the question: “What does a sustainable civilization look like and how can we get there?”