Member Skype #28 – Stories, Meaning & Purpose (22-Jul-2018)

How do we as individuals navigate this thing we call 'reality'? Is there value in building up a narrative in our own minds about who we are and/or why we're here? Who is Joseph Campbell, and what is the 'Hero's Journey' a.k.a. 'monomyth'? Where can a well-meaning person search for inspiration or motivation, when it seems like most of the humans around us are sleepwalking through life?

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JLB Member Skype #23 – The Number 23 (17-Jun-2018)

What qualifies as superstition? Where does fantasy end and reality begin? Who can be considered an actor, and when is the performance over? If things are as absurd as they sometimes seem, then why would we even bother?

An all-star ensemble cast of interlocutors joined me to discuss these questions and more, while taking a look at the underrated Jim Carrey 'psychological thriller' The Number 23.

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JLB Member Skype #20 – The Prestige (27-May-2018)

What is the difference between 'magic' and deception? If we look at a photo from our 'past', who are we looking at, and why? Is it mere coincidence that David Bowie was cast to play Nikola Tesla in this film? Why do some of us feel a compulsion to break other people's illusions?

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JLB Member Skype #19 – George Orwell’s 1984 (20-May-2018)

Is 1984 really set in the future/past, or is it a story about the eternal present? Is there an objective truth, an immutable reality outside of the mind? To what was Orwell referring when he spoke about fake bombs and fake wars? Do we have any reason to fear Big Brother?

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JLB Member Skype #18 – Money & Banking (13-May-2018)

Where does money come from? What does the term 'money' even mean? Most of us have heard the story about how 'fractional reserve banking' began, but is that story based on actual evidence? Why is there an 'eye of providence' on the US one dollar bill? And why haven't I moved to Estonia already?

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JLB Member Skype #07 – Matrix & Birth Trauma (11-Feb-2018)

The official etymology of the term 'matrix' suggests that the word has a direct relationship to 'womb' and/or pregnancy.

Neo's expulsion from the 'matrix' into a dark and sterile ship was extremely traumatic. Is the typical hospital birth in the 'real world' today so different?

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