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003 - Speaking of the Ineffable

4/16/2018
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In this episode we start off talking about Alexander's undergraduate thesis "Greek Allegory: Mystery and Meaning from Theagenes to Philo of Alexandria." This inspires a meditative and often playful conversation about rationalism, creativity, the mundus imaginalis, communication, frustration, and the ineffable.

Duration:00:52:28

002 - Destabilizing the Reception of Plato's Chora

3/11/2018
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We discuss Isabel's paper on the Chora, "Signifying Absence: Destabilizing the Reception of Plato’s Khôra." With our normal digressions into Sarte, Buddhism, Jewish mysticism, we eventually agree with Isabel's rejection of analytic philosophers who have characterized the Chora as 'matter' or 'space' and endorse a more Derridean understanding of it as something radically beyond conceptualization.

Duration:00:52:27

001 - The Chora of the Timaeus and Iamblichean Theurgy

2/12/2018
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Greg, Isabel, and Alex talk about Greg's paper "The Chora of the Timaeus and Iamblichean Theology." What did it mean for the Neoplatonists for a human to embody the Divine? Similarities between Plato's Chora and Buddhist concepts of "shunyata" or emptiness as the matrix or mother of being. A memorable moment in Jean Paul Sartre's Nausea. Socrates as a Prophet of Islam. Philosophy as initiation.

Duration:00:52:38

021 - Magical Transmogrification of Machine Elf Radio

1/29/2018
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This week I announce changes in the format and content of the show -- including Isabel joining as a co-host, and switching from a short weekly show to a longer monthly show. I also look back on a theme I've been developing over the first four months of Machine Elf Radio, which is an undercurrent about UFO's, angels, prophecy, and the song in every human heart which is like a hug from mom.

Duration:00:23:19

The Chora in Plato's Timaeus - with Greg Shaw and Isabel Farias

1/15/2018
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Gregory Shaw from Stonehill College and my friend and fellow Classicist Isabel Farias join me this week to discuss the concept of the chora in Plato's Timaeus. Isabel wrote her thesis at Barnard about the Timaeus. Greg authored a paper about the concept titled "The Chora in the Timaeus and Iamblichean Theurgy." In the abstract to this paper, he offered the following brief description of what the concept is: "The chôra described in the Timaeus (52b) is said to be the receptacle through...

Duration:00:21:56

018 - Genesis: Motherhood, Birth, Death, Reincarnation - w. Kelly-Chava

1/8/2018
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This week I speak with fellow Harvard Divinity School student Kelly-Chava about themes of motherhood, birth, and death related to bodies of water in the Torah. We talk a bit about belief in reincarnation in Jewish mysticism, and we discuss the role of Jews and non-Jews in history and the meaning of Jewish chosenness.

Duration:00:22:32

017 - Madonna and the Illuminati

12/31/2017
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After my first big LSD trip meeting God, I entered wholeheartedly into Elijah's belief that Madonna, the pop star, is really Madonna, of Biblical fame. In this episode you can hear me go in and out of that headspace wrestling with an idea that probably no one else has ever considered plausible but me.

Duration:00:23:34

016 - Meeting God on LSD

12/25/2017
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In early 2000 I had the first of two life-changing LSD trips in which I had dramatic encounters with God. In this episode I describe the first of those two encounters, where my friend and I returned to Eden and I quit smoking to repair my broken connection with God.

Duration:00:23:06

015 - Intro to Talmud with Rina

12/18/2017
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The Talmud is the center of Judaism but few people outside the religion ever have a chance to encounter it. In this episode my friend Rina and I engage in chavrusa (partnered study) on an episode from the Talmud about Rabbi Yochanan and Reish Lakish, to give listeners a taste of how subtle and beautiful the Talmud can be.

Duration:00:30:09

014 - Alex Meets Elijah

12/11/2017
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014 - Alex Meets Elijah by Machine Elf Radio

Duration:00:20:27

013 - Platonism as a Spiritual Path Pt. 2

12/3/2017
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The conclusion of my interview with Greg Shaw of Stonehill College about Platonism as a contemporary spiritual path. We talk about how people who are interested in this might move forward with it, and I make plans to start working on this show with him and a couple other magnificent guests with Plato's Timaeus in a few weeks. By request, I give a very short intro to my own spiritual autobiography, which I intend to talk more about next week.

Duration:00:21:11

Episode #011 - Eleusinian Mystery Initiation, Psychedelics, and Alien Abduction

11/20/2017
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My brilliant friend Corey talks with me about affinities between the alien abduction phenomenon and the ancient Greek myth of the abduction of Persephone, which was an important element in the initiation into the Eleusinian Mysteries. We also talk about the role psychedelics could have played in this ancient initiation, abduction and shamanism, and the spiritual Night Journey of the Prophet Muhammad as interconnected phenomena.

Duration:00:28:27

010 - A Jungian Dream Initiation with Greg Shaw

11/12/2017
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010 - A Jungian Dream Initiation with Greg Shaw by Machine Elf Radio

Duration:00:33:45

009 - Songs in the Hebrew Bible

11/5/2017
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There are 10 songs in the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament) traditionally identified by the Rabbis. I give an overview of them in this episode and explore the relationship between music and prophecy. Songs in the Hebrew Bible usually are associated with praise of God, and generally commemorate major victories. The Song at the Sea is the exemplar of this tradition, as are the Psalms (although only a few Psalms are included in the traditional list of biblical songs). David, the...

Duration:00:30:11

008 - Did The World End Already and We Didn't Notice Yet?

10/30/2017
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NYC street artist @bludog10003 chats with me about if the world already ended and most people didn't notice yet -- along with fake news, derealization, social media and the death of journalism, near death experiences (are we all having one together right now?) and whether anything is really real.

Duration:00:18:40

005 - An Ayahuasca Story

10/16/2017
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A friend shares his experiences taking ayahuasca in Brasil

Duration:00:23:25

Episode #005 - Intro to Anarchism 1

10/9/2017
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A brief intro the core ideas of anarchism: anti-capitalism, egalitarianism, and anti-statism

Duration:00:25:05

Episode #004 - Racism in Southern Freemasonry

10/1/2017
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Thomas Shelton of Fort Worth Masonic Lodge #148 talks about his experiences with racism and discrimination in Texas Freemasonry

Duration:00:34:34

003 - Communication With Spirits

9/25/2017
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Who are the Machine Elves? What does it mean to sing reality into existence, and how can we learn to communicate with beings we can't usually see?

Duration:00:23:09

Episode #002 - Lucid Dreaming

9/18/2017
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In this episode I talk about the philosophy of and techniques for becoming conscious in dreams

Duration:00:23:18

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