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140 - Pandemic Perspectives with Erik Davis, Tony Blake, and Mitch Mignano

Ep. 140

We’re extra lucky to have not one but three amazing guests this week: culture critic and religious scholar Erik Davis, philosopher and author Tony Blake, and trickster historian Mitch Mignano.


We planned to have a completely different conversation but due to the overbearing reality of the COVID19 crisis it ended up being a deep dive into the mythic and mystical dimensions of our moment — including nonhuman agency, the virus as teacher, Pan and panic and pandemics, solutionism isn’t the solution, the danger of efficiency logic, and a media diet for meditation on the darkness of nature. 


We talk Marshall McLuhan, G.I. Gurdjieff, Tanya Harrison, J.G. Bennett, Weird Studies, Acyuta-bhava Dasa, Santa Fe Institute, and a whole lot else. I would ordinarily make more of an effort to provide an exhaustive list of the books, people, and other resources mentioned in this episode, but there are so many — and I am so eager to make this conversation available while it’s still fresh and gooey. Besides, last week’s show notes were heroic in scope.


Feel free to tweet at me (@michaelgarfield) if you want more info to help you follow up on anything.


For more Erik Davis, check out episodes 99 & 132. For more Mitch Mignano, check out episodes 57 & 98.


Erik’s latest book High Weirdness is now available as an author-read audiobook.


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Theme Music: “God Detector” by Evan “Skytree” Snyder (feat. Michael Garfield)


Additional Intro Music: “Lambent” by Michael Garfield

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