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Episode X: The Meaning Crisis and John Vervaeke: Shamanism, Psychedelics, and Problems in Morality

The Multiversity Project

Release Date: 08/19/2019

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As a society, we’re currently in the midsts of a meaning crisis of epic proportions. Anxiety, depression and existential angst are on the rise. Bullshit, fake news and ideological conflict run rampant. No one knows what to believe anymore, and as a result, many people are spinning in circles. How did we get here, and what can we do about it?

In the past, most societies had “consensus belief systems”: Worldviews which everyone in a society would agree with by default, thus providing social cohesion and a sense of purpose to those within society. Today, we have no such luxury. Instead we’re presented with a multitude of worldviews, with no clear meta-system for choosing between them.

Drawing on John Vervaeke’s new course, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis, the Multiversity discusses these issues, and a whole lot more. Join us as we explore shamanism and meaning; the relationship between psychosis, creativity and transcendance; the difference between discovering meaning and creating it; the role of narrative in history; and the role of psychedelics in establishing new forms of meaning.

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Sources from this episode:

John Vervaeke’s Awakening from the Meaning Crisis:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND1JCRq8Vuh3f0P5qjrSdb5eC1ZfZwWJ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_outside_the_box#Nine_dots_puzzle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Burroughs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oryx_and_Crake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syjEN3peCJw