After a not inconsiderable hiatus, Quantum Life Bodyworks output in the datasphere resumes with a return to the Quantum Life Podcast, and a conversation with David B Metcalfe.
David’s biographical information at Reality Sandwich states;
David Metcalfe is a Contributing Editor to Reality Sandwich and Books Editor for The Revealer, the online journal of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media.
An independent researcher and artist focusing on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness, his essay “Of Dice and Divinity – Some Thoughts on Gambling and the Western Tradition,” was featured in The Immanence of Myth, available from Weaponized Press.
Writing and scrawling for The Eyeless Owl, his illustrations were brought to life in the animated collaborative grotesquery A Serious Enquiry Into the Vulgar Notion of Nature featured at select venues in downtown Chicago during the Spring and Fall of 2010. He also writes regularly for Modern Mythology, Reality Sandwich, The Revealer, Evolutionary Landscapes, The Teeming Brain and co-hosts The Art of Transformations study group with support from the International Alchemy Guild.
It was a pleasure to converse with David, and hear his thoughts around the changing cultural perspectives of the work of predominantly scientists who work in the filed of psi, or parapsychological research. David has a fascinating and eclectic range of information at his disposal and more of his own writings can be found at the various sites below.
Further information on a few of the identities and organisations mentioned during our conversation can be found at the links below.
We spoke briefly of the cult of Santa Muerte, but did not come back to it. An edited version of the interview mentioned can be found here;
One of the most contentious emergent religious phenomena in recent years has been the increased public presence of Santa Muerte, Saint of Holy Death, a Mexican folk saint whose skeletal visage is sweeping across the Americas. With her many devotees among society’s dispossessed she’s drawn the ire of orthodoxies, both religious and legal, and has become a beacon for the media, heightening the lurid glow of stories covering immigration and the drug war.
The World’s Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World. After competition with other cities, Chicago was finally designated the official site and the Exposition was built on 630 acres in and around Jackson Park. Designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted, it was intended as the prototype of what Burnham and his colleagues thought a city should be. It was a spectacular display of progress and prosperity, and included among its many wonders were electrical displays, exhibits from other countries, and a popular amusement area on the Midway Plaisance with carnival rides. Most of the fair’s architecture was based on classical design and lathered with white paint which gave the area around the Court of Honor the name “The White City.” Dedication ceremonies for the fair were held on October 21, 1892, but the fairgrounds were not actually opened to the public until May 1, 1893. The fair continued until October 30, 1893.
Additionally I mentioned toxoplasmosis as a bacteria, which was my error. It is, in fact, a protozoan parasite. Studies of it’s behavioural change characteristics in humans are suggestive rather than causal, as it would seem no long term pre and post infection studies have been conducted.
Audio at the head of the podcast attributed to David B Metcalfe via https://soundcloud.com/davidbmetcalfe/persuasion-in-the-summerland and at the tail Simon Green and Doña Otilia.