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172 - Tyson Yunkaporta on Indigenous Systems Thinking, Fractal Governance, Ontopunk, and Queering W.E.I.R.D. Modernity

Ep. 172

 

This week’s guest is one of my favorite discoveries of the last few years, and someone I’m honored and delighted to know. I can hardly express how strange and exciting it was when I reached out to Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk and Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University, and found out he was already a fan of my podcasting…so this episode is a seriously chummy session of mutual discovery by too people perhaps already a little bit TOO familiar with one another’s work. Tyson inhabits an awesome position at the intersection of Indigenous knowledge systems, complexity science, cultural criticism, multimedia art and design, and dreaming and scheming on applications for ancient wisdom in the digital and post-digital eras.


If you value this show and would like to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon and/or please leave a good review on Apple Podcasts! As a patron you get extra episodes each month, invites to our book club, and new writing, art, and music.


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• Buy the books we talk about from the Future Fossils shop at Bookshop.org

 For when you’d rather listen to music, follow me and my listening recommendations on Spotify.

 Thanks to Naomi Most for helping edit most of this episode! It isn’t easy work.


 Short Reads

“Building The Ark” - Tyson at e-flux architecture on GameB

Tyson’s feature for Melbourne Design Week 2021

“Transformational Festivals Are A Symptom of Dissociation” - Michael Garfield

“Australian Aboriginal techniques for memorization: Translation into a medical and allied health education setting” – David Reser et al. (Tyson is last author)

The Weirdest People in The World — Joseph Henrich

William Irwin Thompson on “The Ghost Dance of the Rednecks”

“The Information Theory of Individuality” - David Krakauer et al.

“Unchained: A Story of Love, Loss, and Blockchain” - Hannu Rajaniemi


 Podcasts

Future Fossils Book Club Discussion Recording: Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

“What Can I Do?” on The Other Others

“Maori MAGA” on The Other Others

“Queering Dignitas” on The Other Others

FF 100: The Teafaerie on DMT, Transhumanism, and What To Do with All of God's Attention

• FF 86, 87: Onyx Ashanti on Surfing Exponential Change (Part 1, Part 2)


 Books

• Sand Talk - Tyson Yunkaporta

• Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now - Jaron Lanier

• Scale - Geoffrey West

• Count to a Trillion - John C. Wright

• Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut


 Music

• Intro Music: Live at The Chillout Gardens, Boom Festival 2016

• New Release: House Ship On A Hill (2021)


 Notes

• “The bourgeousie is always plundering the margins for menu options.”

• eating peacocks: diverse diets for biodiversity vs. for dominion

• how to restore the lost topsoil of Settler culture without stepping on others to do it

• culpability (and the role of intent) in the West versus in Indigenous communities

• COVID trauma, climate change, and Indigenous postapocalyptic insights for Settler cultures

• critiquing the Myth of Primitivism and the Myth of Progress

• the destruction of the clan by marriage law and papal decree

• sanguinal, geographic, and noetic polities

• showing up in society not just as individuals, but as members of family groups

• why Indigenous people fall for conspiracy disinformation

• getting a smartphone as an adult and how it changes you — firsthand recollections

• Marshall McLuhan, neotribalism, banishment, and cancel culture

• fractal sovereignty & continental commonlaw

• genderqueerness as ontological revolution

• decolonizing language and sexuality vs. transhumanist escapism/linguistic reterritorialization

• guerrilla weddings in the Age of COVID

• trust, smart contracts, and the unsustainability of economies of scale

• Megan Kelleher, Holochain, Jim Rutt, Ben Goertzel

• liquid democracy

• How do you prevent an autonomous zone from being subsumed by colonial forces?

• being happy to not have final answers, to be one step in an age of transition

• “Land is your smart room [except] it’s reciprocal. One of you isn’t ‘The User.’ … Most of the affordances you’re seeking through technology and sci-fi: these are pre-existing things. You find them through a relation and an interspecies communication with your bioregion.”


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