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I am a free thinker, linking ideas together that previously were apart. I am a podcaster and you can catch me on http://tangentgeneral.com My name (birth name of course) is Nick, and I have been an artist for a long time. Recently I have been working with some amazing engineers (both audio and non-audio) and I found a real passion for creating and designing soundscapes. This show is a product from that process. I welcome all feedback, comments, and even the occasional love letter :P

I am a free thinker, linking ideas together that previously were apart. I am a podcaster and you can catch me on http://tangentgeneral.com My name (birth name of course) is Nick, and I have been an artist for a long time. Recently I have been working with some amazing engineers (both audio and non-audio) and I found a real passion for creating and designing soundscapes. This show is a product from that process. I welcome all feedback, comments, and even the occasional love letter :P
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I am a free thinker, linking ideas together that previously were apart. I am a podcaster and you can catch me on http://tangentgeneral.com My name (birth name of course) is Nick, and I have been an artist for a long time. Recently I have been working with some amazing engineers (both audio and non-audio) and I found a real passion for creating and designing soundscapes. This show is a product from that process. I welcome all feedback, comments, and even the occasional love letter :P

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Episodes

Tangent General Episode 22

11/4/2018
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Following on from episode 21, in this episode we explore the Australian Property market in 2018. With a royal commission into banking underway to assess misconduct in the finance sector in Australia and nerves running high as clearance rates continue to drop, many Aussies are starting to wonder whether we have fallen off the cliff. Whilst our Politicians continue to reassure us that this is a “market correction” and that we are in for “soft landing,” prominent Australian economists disagree....

Duration:01:12:59

Tangent General Episode 21

10/14/2018
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From one scandal to another the Trump Presidency surges forward. From Stormy Daniels, to Russia Gate, to Nikki Haley Resigning to Kavanaugh getting confirmed as a Supreme Court Judge, we are talking all manner of scandal without discussing the economy. 10 years on from the Global Financial Crisis, we are facing a situation where the fundamentals of the economy in the form of $250 Trillion dollars’ worth of Sovereign debt in the US alone. Throughout the world, Trumps Trade War is starting to...

Duration:01:09:23

Coffee At Midnight: Episode 01

9/20/2018
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Without further ado, here is Episode One of a new monthly show I am co-hosting with Nick Ulbrick of the Tangent General Podcast. In this episode we discuss "Liberal World Order, RIP", an article penned by Council on Foreign Relations Director Richard Haass and breakdown the motivations behind his assertion that the United States and a larger populist movement are leading to the downfall of the "Liberal World Order". Thank you for listening! Original...

Duration:01:09:21

Tangent General Episode 20

9/20/2018
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What is the Maxwell’s demon? Why is the second law of thermo dynamics so important for our survival as the human race? Why is Elon Musk worried or even terrified by the current and near-term future states of Artificial Intelligence? Phil Surdam and I take a look at how a seemingly simple idea about the speed of a particle in a closed system can have profound implications for the social apparatuses we interact with on a daily basis. The study of entropy becomes the study of information theory...

Duration:01:09:59

Episode 19 - Addendum

7/15/2018
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***THIS IS AN ADDENDUM, PLEASE START AT EPISODE 19*** In this addendum to episode 19 I tell my story of a particularly bad night when I was ten years old. 1997 was the worst year of my life, and Alanis Morissette was a friend who through her music was able to help me deal with trauma. The anguish and the catharsis of her music shaped my childhood and I want to share that story with you here. Just as Tori Amos would years later, the emotional release of songs like “right through you;” “not...

Duration:00:56:05

Tangent General Episoide 19

7/15/2018
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Today we are doing a deep dive into music and its role in pain relief. This episode is being broken into two parts, the first the main production and the second an addendum to the main production where I share my story of a traumatic period in my childhood and how music has helped me to deal with that and acknowledge that pain. In this first part, Chris and I discuss core beliefs and the role that these play in shaping our interactions with the world. We delve into how significant trauma is...

Duration:00:58:26

Tangent General Episode 18

7/7/2018
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Today I am proud to invite Antony Sammeroff onto the show. Sammeroff has written a truly inspiring book called Procrastination Annihilation which is going to help all of us sort out of lives and move from a state of being overwhelmed and discouraged to knowing that with a few small steps, a few small tasks we can build towards our long-term goals. The golden triangle is sleep-health-exercise. I would say most of us can get two out of the three, and occasionally for a short period achieve...

Duration:01:14:59

Tangent General Episode 18: Prologue

7/7/2018
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This is a short discussion that creates and adendum to my conversation with Antony Sammeroff. Depression is a major subject for this show and for my life. As a part of that, I often procrastinate, but it's not as simple as an irrational putting off of a task that needs to be done. In fact it is far more serious and something which I work with and through on a daily basis. I felt compelled to include this extra media with Episode 18 as it is very important to learn about ourselves and to...

Duration:00:32:44

Tangent General Episode 17

6/2/2018
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Today we continue the discussion around cybernetics and even dip into system dynamics. Phil Surdam again joins me to discuss not only Norbert Weiner, but the rest of the crew involved in the Macy conferences and some of the spectacular results that have emerged. We also draw in some more of the philosophical background hearing from Stuart Umpleby who is a pioneer of second order cybernetics and worked on the biological computer program. This is stuff to make your skin crawl and your head...

Duration:01:15:39

Tangent General Episode 16

5/16/2018
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Today we begin an investigation into a big topic. So large it exceeds the very boundaries of the medium. Phil Surdam joins me to discuss Norbert Weiner and the history and impact of Cybernetics. We look into the remorse and the fears that Weiner had regarding this new science. Technocracy is a child of Cybernetics and increased social control is its sister. This episode starts with a montage that is designed to get under your skin and make your spin tinkle with fright. Joblessness, human...

Duration:01:18:01

Tangent General Episode 15

4/24/2018
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C Derick Varn and I continue our discussion on Bataille. We think about how the trends of history influence and impact the social trends in which schools of thought are thoroughly immersed in. Abundance is not something we think about when we discuss economic theory, yet there is a macro social problem when we reach a state of abundance. This is strangely enough related to the lies we tell children. Why do we encourage children to think they can do anything they set their mind to? It’s a...

Duration:01:14:49

Tangent General Episode 14

4/17/2018
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What creates value? How is value created? Are the methods that are being used to create value today optimal? We are still living in the shadow of the Global Financial Crisis. The material world has been shaken by the financial scare that hit the liquidity markets nearly a decade ago. Whilst the dust has started to settle, what has emerged is a growing wealth gap, rapidly rising inequality and consequent homelessness. In 1998 Sanders spoke to congress about the attitudes and modalities that...

Duration:01:03:45

Tangent General Episode 13

3/23/2018
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In this, part two of my conversation with Drew Sample, we get deeper into Wendell Berry. We discuss Slavery, we discuss our history, we look at how we have developed as a society. In this episode you will hear a wide range of voices, all loosely discussing what it means to suffer from a lack of freedom. Whether it be in the form of slavery or the form of an increasingly mechanised world. Sample and I discuss some of the realities of Slavery that differ from televisual presentations such as...

Duration:01:13:19

Tangent General Episode 12

3/17/2018
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The world seems to be build for machines, the question that I have been contemplating recently is: “how do we remain human?” Depression is something that I suffer from, it is a part of my bipolar disorder. I want to share my story of my recent struggle with depression. In the first story today I share that with you. In the second story, Drew Sample of the Sample Hour Podcast, joins me in the first part of a two part discussion where we discuss Wendell Berry and his role in guiding us...

Duration:01:03:56

Tangent General Episode 11

2/22/2018
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Today we continue the discussion with Douglas Lain. Lain is the host of Zero Squared, a Zero Books Podcast. He is also the publisher of Zero Books a critical theory left leaning imprint. Titles include Capitalist Realism and Kill all Normies. Two books I highly recommend. In this episode we delve deeper into what some of the problems with Peterson’s presentation may be. What is a Post-Modern, Neo-Marxist? Why does Zizek hate his own celebrity? Is Zizek a Stalinist? And finally, can we write...

Duration:00:58:41

Tagnent General Episode 10

2/15/2018
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Today we speak with Douglas Lain. Lain is the host of Zero Squared, a Zero Books Podcast. He is also the publisher of Zero Books a critical theory left leaning imprint. Titles include Capitalist Realism and Kill all Normies. Two books I highly recommend. In this first hour we discuss the changing political landscape, why Doug is a wannabe Marxist and how the influence of both Zizek and Peterson is shaping society. Thanks for all of your support so far, I look forward to making more amazing...

Duration:00:52:55

Tangent General Episode 09

9/20/2017
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It's a system designed to understand non-cooperative competitive games, and there is no deadlier a non-cooperative competitive game than that of Nuclear War. Nash himself was terrified of the bomb and that much we have in common. In some respects the cuban missile crisis may have been more severe (especially if Trump is colluding with the Ruskies) but nonetheless two mad men engaged in game of chicken can only ever end in tears. In this episode I strive to cut to the heart of the issue and...

Duration:01:02:21

Tangent General Episode 08

9/12/2017
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How important are Boundaries? Today, we take a more literal approach as we look to Trump’s wall and the various meanings that can be derived from it. We ask what does it mean to have a wall, a fence, a limit to our physical and personal space? Another driving question in today’s episode is: Why do good fences make good neighbours? We will hear from Robert Frost directly but think about the resonance of that idea. Limitations to space, demarcations of a perimeter allow for the construction...

Duration:00:58:44

Episode 07 - Nazi's on Ice

8/24/2017
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Antarctica is thought to be a cold desolate place where only the Emperor Penguin can survive. But this may not be the whole story. From historical audio of Admiral Byrd, discussion of the potention devastation of the Horten 229s, contemplation about remote viewing and what it may reveal. Deep analysis of Operation High jump along with three montages! All of which concern Nazi's in Anatarctica. This is, in no way, an endorsment of Hitler or the Third Riech. Rather it is an exploration into...

Duration:00:57:00

The Tangent General Podcast Epidose 06

7/31/2017
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How can we understanding our own ability to understand in the process of problem solving? There are many perspectives available to us at any one particular time, but the ability to recognise the abundance of potentialities is not always readily apparent. Enter Edward De Bono, author of (among other things) Lateral Thinking. By extending our horizons beyond convential wisdom and engaging our critical and creative minds, suddenly questions such as how a factory on the lake can be downstream...

Duration:01:19:48