Come along for the ride with a show that is part journey of discovery and part social experiment. Two practical strangers, communicating only through the show, seek to gain a true, in-depth understanding of each other through discussing relevant, interesting and often controversial subjects.
Aiming to learn more about themselves and the world we live in – and hoping that listeners will also do the same – the hosts set out on a steep path into the unknown. With little relevant experience and only their best intentions to guide them, all directions are open and anything is possible.
This is a community-minded podcast where listeners are actively encouraged to participate in the discussion and are able to contribute to the show in many ways.
Subjects discussed may or may not include (and are certainly not limited to!):
Current events and the latest developments in science, technology, etc; free speech; free culture and creative commons; the nature of reality and consciousness; personal development; the search for truth; mainstream media and the popular psyche; fear and the war on terror; psychology; spirituality; privacy; open-source software; conspiracy/parapolitics; the ‘as yet unexplained’; ecology; living responsibly; self-sufficiency; small-scale agriculture and horticulture; digital fabrication (3D printing, etc); the arts, etc…
In episodes 4 and 5, we somehow ended up creating disclaimers for ourselves:
I can often over-emphasise or dramatise a statement to create controversy, engaging the other person in debate. This version of my statement may not be completely true to my core beliefs. What can often happen is that the other person overreacts to my original statement and reduces their capacity to listen to my following, more balanced argument, which will be more in line with my true beliefs. This situation may also be compounded by my dry and sarcastic sense of humour, along with my occasional choice of playing devil’s advocate, without clearly stating so. This is something I wish to address, improving my communication skills and conveyance of truth, as I see and believe it. I welcome and encourage any feedback in how I construct my statements and arguments.
What we think is reality is not. It’s merely our experience of reality. Recent studies suggest that our unconscious minds process some 400 billion bits of information per second. That’s far too much information for the conscious mind, which manages about 2000 bits per second, to handle, and so the unconscious mind filters that information and presents to our conscious minds what it thinks is most important. These unconscious filters, which include our values and beliefs, our memories, the decisions we’ve made, etc, are completely different for each person, reflecting what that person has learnt, rightly or wrongly, throughout their life. What the conscious mind believes to be reality is simply a perception of reality, built upon information that has been massively deleted, distorted and generalised. Everyone has their own reality, completely different to anyone else’s and we are each literally in our own little worlds.
When we truly understand this it should come as no shock to us that people think and act differently to ourselves – their life experiences have taught them that the world is a certain way, just as ours have taught us – and so it’s naïve and immature for us to expect anyone to think and act as we do, and to believe what we believe, let alone expect anyone to ‘understand’ us. Until we understand that everyone is in their own little world, each with their own rules of behaviour and their own beliefs of what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, there is the possibility for us to be continuously insulted and offended by the actions of others. Similarly, when we understand the truly unique individuality of the worlds we each inhabit, we have to appreciate that we can never know exactly what is going on in someone else’s head, and we can’t know what someone means when they say something – what happens is that we hear what a person says, run it through our filters and give what they’ve said meaning, what we think the person means, which might be completely different to what the person really means. What a person’s communicating might be totally different to what we’re hearing and what we’re making it mean.
So, for my disclaimer, bearing all the above in mind, if I say something and you choose to make it mean something that insults or offends the little reality that you alone create and inhabit, and your little reality wants to contact my little reality to tell me how your reality’s ‘right’ and my reality’s ‘wrong’, then please do feel free to get in touch. I respect your right to free speech and hope that you understand the value of that and demonstrate your understanding by according the same right of free speech to everyone else, including me. Thank you ;)