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Zombies R Us
December 30, 2011 02:15 AM PST
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In this episode KMO returns to help flesh out some of the gory details of the zombie archetype, with clips from the epic World War Z audiobook as the feature. Aim for the head.


Z-Realm (Z as in Zed, and Zed is undead, baby, Zed is undead.):

Max Brooks, World War Z (get this in audiobook or "dead tree" version, I recommend both!)

Buck 65, "Zombie Delight"

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How To Read A Book (An Intro to Liberal Learning) v1.2
August 28, 2011 05:46 PM PDT
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***First Year Teacher Edition***

In this, the second of a two part series, we cover the Trivium Skills:

Reading For Understanding
Taking Notes
Coming To Terms
The Paraphrase
Finding The Argument
Mental Concentration

Playing clips from Mortimer Adler's dvd version of How To Read A Book, as well as a short excerpt from Rev. Edmund Opitz' talk, The Liberating Arts, I outline for the audience a few essential skills that are required in order to obtain the most from a Trivium-based education. As the Trivium deals with the substance and structure of thought and language, it can be said to be a universal education, relevant to all human beings regardless of time and place.

This is a way to increase your intelligence.

Part 1 covers the introductory information on the Trivium Subjects and Method, while Part 2 covers the Trivium Skills.

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***Show Notes***

Center For The Study Of The Great Ideas:

"Philosophy is everybody's business."

Gnostic Media Podcast w. Jan Irvin:

Richard Grove's podcast and networking site:

The Trivium Binder:

How To Read A Book (An Intro to Liberal Learning) v1.1
August 26, 2011 12:35 PM PDT
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***First Year Teacher Edition***

Here is the first of two parts of my presentation on "liberal learning" or what has more recently come to be known as "the lost tools of learning" or, the Trivium Method.

The first three of the seven liberal arts, the Trivium, focus on the use of language and thought- the world of the mind. Since these methods are products of the rational abilities of the human mind, this type of education is quite universal, although it's image has been tarnished for many, many centuries. Only in the past few decades has the Trivium emerged as a viable educational model once again. While not a complete education in and of itself, it empowers the student to pursue the full capabilities of the mind, giving a comprehensive method, a time-tested suite of subjects, and numerous intellectual skills which will benefit them throughout their adult life. Instead of teaching you "what" to think, the Trivium method teaches you "how" to think.

This is a way to increase your intelligence.

Part 1 covers the introductory information on the Trivium Subjects and Method, while Part 2 covers the Trivium Skills.

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***Show Notes***

Center For The Study Of The Great Ideas:

"Philosophy is everybody's business."

Gnostic Media Podcast w. Jan Irvin:

Richard Grove's podcast and networking site:

The Trivium Binder:

The Problem of Labor and Leisure
July 27, 2011 03:11 PM PDT
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I've always thought leisure to be a cross between rest and play. . .but as you'll hear from Dr. Mortimer Adler today, leisure is quite distinct from both rest and play in many ways.

He begins by distinguishing leisure from the others and then continues on to discuss the problems of labor in an industrial society, primarily that increased production becomes the sole purpose of labor rather than the pursuit of true leisure. He then explains how the emphasis on production is at the expense of not only leisurely activity, but also a truly liberal education for all. His talk concludes with remarks on the loss of liberal education and the uses for it.

Just what does a liberal education consist of? Well, as Adler points out, one would need many books to get at the answer, but in the next episode of the Next Step, I will be featuring a presentation I composed which introduces the modern 21st Century audience to the potential of liberal education for today's world.

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Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime

Same as it ever was.

Shamanic Transitions
June 09, 2011 03:20 PM PDT

This episode I am joined by Transition Town US member, Dana Lundin, and we discuss shamanism and other things Transition related.

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Rockabye Lullabye version of Radiohead's "There There" & The Rolling Stones "Shine A Light"

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Sunday Sermon #4 (Wendell Berry)
April 11, 2011 10:41 AM PDT
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Wendell Berry is the speaker today, with a talk he gave at the first annual
E. F. Schumacher Lectures series.

Search all E. F. Schumacher Society audio/video at the Internet Archive:

Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul

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A Wisconsin Liberal on Change in America
March 24, 2011 01:29 PM PDT
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First in this episode, I chat to the audience about my intentions in posting this talk by Wisconsin liberal, Gar Alperovitz, and how it is relevant to the union struggles in Wisconsin as well as the social process activism embedded in this show. I explain some of my half-formed connections between the notion of social process work and, for lack of better term, revolutionary struggles and protests and why I think such demonstrations should be among the last resorts of citizens. I then read briefly from The Syntopicon of the Great Books of Western Civilization, specifically excerpts from the chapter on CITIZEN.

Gar Alperovitz gave this talk to the E. F. Schumacher Society in March of 2010 and it is available freely at the Internet Archive so I'll spare you the long/odd website link.

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" -Gil Scott Heron

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Sunday Sermon #1 (Manly P Hall)
January 23, 2011 07:05 AM PST
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The Next Step is on "hiatus" but there's still good ideas to go around. The Sunday Sermons do not support any one religion, but are directed towards the inner life of the audience.

Today's Speaker:

Manly P Hall - Learning To Know The Dweller In The Flesh

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Enter The Co-Intelligent
October 10, 2010 08:45 AM PDT
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Tom Atlee has been a singular inspiration for this show, so for this episode you get to hear from the man himself.

Former guest, Jim Rough, conducted this interview with Tom back in 2000 for The Jim Rough Show. This was five years before Tom's groundbreaking work, The Tao of Democracy, but still you are able to get a good grasp of the work of co-intelligence in the practical arenas of community and society.

Not to be missed!!!

Co-Intelligence Institute:

Featured Song:
"America is Waiting" by Brian Eno & David Byrne

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The Potential of Place pt.2 (w/ Erin Tuttle)
August 18, 2010 12:52 PM PDT
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The second part of my interview with urban permaculturalist, Erin Tuttle. We discuss Erin's philosophical and spiritual roots which keep her grounded in her work which takes place in the middle of suburban sprawl.

A key concept we cover is the notion of not going too far into the realm of "weird or abnormal" in order to still be able to present a clear message to people whose view of the world still has not made place for these transitional, spiritual, permaculture-friendly ideals. Another great addition to the Next Step's "conversations that matter".

Clips used:

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Waltz

Woody Tasch author, Slow Money

Mark Lakeman on Sustainable World Radio episode, City Repair

Bill Murray from the movie, the Razor's Edge


Nobody & the Mystic Chords of Memory - Broaden a New Sound

Radiohead - Bodysnatchers

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Please feel invited to spread these two interviews as far and wide as possible. You never know which seeds will take root and unfold their potential!

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