Future Fossils with Michael Garfield
171 - Eric Wargo on Precognitive Dreamwork and The Philosophy of Time Travel

171 - Eric Wargo on Precognitive Dreamwork and The Philosophy of Time Travel

This week we welcome back anthropologist and science writer Eric Wargo, for a conversation about his book Precognitive Dreamwork and The Long Self — as well as: how tautology (not paradox) rules a time travel universe, what it means to become a time-faring species, the future of precognitive technologies, the concern of a quantum computing financial singularity, why lying to yourself about your own future-sight might be of evolutionary benefit, why retrocausalists don’t believe in randomness, how culture is a tesseract and dreams are future fossils, the controversy of divinatory astrology, and how pre-shocks of future traumas explain some of the more puzzling facts of history.


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• Listening

FF 117 with Eric Wargo

FF 124 with Norman “Dr. Blue” Katz

FF 150 with Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

FF 156 with Stuart Davis

Complexity Episode 9 with Mirta Galesic

• Reading

NPR - Paradox-Free Time Travel Is Theoretically Possible, Researchers Say

Nautilus - This Tenet Shows Time Travel May Be Possible

Johnjoe McFadden - Quantum Evolution

Jonathan Zap - Crossing The Event Horizon

Jacques Vallee - The Invisible College

Ted Chiang - Stories of your Life and Others

Ted Chiang - Exhalation

Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five

Timothy Morton - Hyperobjects

Russell Targ & Jean Houston - Limitless Mind

Jessica Flack - “Coarse-Graining as a Downward Causation Mechanism”

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Future Fossils with Michael Garfield
Join paleontologist-futurist Michael Garfield and an avalanche of amazing guests for deep but irreverent discussions at the edge of the known and knowable: on prehistory and post-humanity and deep time, non-human agency and non-duality, science fiction and self-fulfilling prophecies, complex systems and sustainability (or lack thereof), psychedelics as a form of training for proliferating futures, art and creativity as service and as inquiry. New episodes on a roughly biweekly basis. Get bonus material and support the show at patreon.com/michaelgarfield or michaelgarfield.substack.com