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2014/10/23 at 9:55 am

Just published this on Reality Sandwich. If you have an RS account please also comment and vote on the article on RS as well as FB: http://realitysandwich.com/226682/too-much-info-bro-even-if-you-are-a-superstar-giving-away-too-much-of-yourself-can-be-humiliating/

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Too Much Info Bro - Even if You are a Superstar, Giving Away Too Much of Yourself Can be...

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Our cult of confession culture and social media tempts us to spill out our secrets to strangers, but we may retain more power, dignity and inner dynamism by greater self-containment.

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2014/10/23 at 8:34 am

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/ Jung as quoted in The Watchmen: As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being. ---C.G. Jung in Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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There's More to Life Than Being Happy

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Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness

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2014/10/16 at 10:01 am

Something I just wrote in an email seems like it might be relevant to others who find themselves tempted to disclose too much via Facebook and in other social venues: Social media poses temptations to disclose too much to people in general, but even messages to individual fellow mutants can also be cases of "meeting more than halfway" as the I Ching would put it. As a narcissist with obsessive interests, and sometimes obsessive interest in certain people, I've been learning my own lessons about this. A close friend of mine (but who does not always share my degree of obsessive interests) very diplomatically reminded me that he is careful about imposing himself on the time and attention of others who have may have "more important stuff to do than to listen to all my great ideas." I agreed, and told him I should probably have his statement tattooed on the back of my hands as a reminder. Just last night it was international news that U2’s Bono had to publicly apologize for the free automatic I tunes download of their last album which many complained about. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29630291 Even though he’s an actual rock star, and even though come of the songs on that album I found to be some of their best work and brilliant, they humiliated themselves by meeting more than halfway by sending out their creative work unsolicited to millions of people.
The lesson is, even if you are an actual rock super star, and even if you have just done your best work, and even if you are giving it away for free, other people may have better things to do with their time than to listen to what you think is your greatest work, most fascinating secrets, confessions and so forth. What the I Ching/Carol Anthony advises is that even in the course of a live, mutual conversation that you monitor the other's level of interest, the minutiae of their openings and closings revealed by changes in eye contact and body language so you know when to advance and went to back off. If in doubt, the I Ching advises reticence (holding back). This reticence is recommended to people from the East. Western egos are far more likely to plunge ahead with too much disclosure and some will do it publicly, revealing their deepest secrets on Oprah's couch, etc. While it is easy to see the toxic potential of public disclosure, It can also compromise inner dignity, and depotentiate inner work, if we one-sidedly disclose too much even to a fellow mutant who we feel is on our wavelength, etc. They may be preoccupied with their own obsessions and resent the imposition of ours. I'm in no position to criticize anyone else for this as I've been guilty of this more times than I care to remember.
A problem with social media, email, texting, etc. is that there is no body language to read and it is all too easy, as I have often found out, to impose on the attention of the other without realizing it and this only creates resistance in them and compromises our inner dignity. Even with live feedback it is easy to make this mistake (and I have). The I Ching advises that we err on the side of reticence. "A master first reveals himself in his ability to hold back." ---Goethe

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Bono says the decision to add U2's new album to all iTunes users' music libraries arose from a mixture of megalomania, generosity, self-promotion and fear.

Zap Oracle Oh and I'm still not sure why so few people looked at my recent free Facebook photo album of my trip to NYC: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.zap/media_set...

2014/10/16 at 10:02 am

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2014/10/12 at 10:36 pm

Mirror selfie off of a Jeff Koons sculpture at his show at the Whitney in NYC.

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2014/10/03 at 11:36 am

Just published this on Reality Sandwich and Zap Oracle----a podcast dialogue I had with Topher Sipes. Topics we discuss include: Cognitive state, telepathic bleed through and the movie Scanners
Parallel realities, multiple perspective auto-erotic experiences and ego transcendence
Archonic time police versus the guild of time shifters as an autonomous internally generated bardo
Cephalization, neurological simulacra and the growth of interiority as an evolutionary teleology
Interactive performance art as collective lucid dream
The evolution of video game technology and its influence on dreaming
Using off-the-shelf hardware to incorporate players' archetypal dominants into individualized video game interactive narratives
Flotation tanks as lucid dreams on demand and to augment VR
Pulling back the frame to observe real time liminality
http://realitysandwich.com/223677/lucid-dreaming-and-virtual-reality/

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Lucid Dreaming and Virtual Reality [Mutant Mind Meld Podcast] - Reality Sandwich

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Topher Sipes is a lucid dreaming teacher and digital artist. After a series of interesting conversations, Topher and I decided to record a podcast at the Star Water Cafe which was starting to shut down just as we began recording.

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 I will be teaching workshops on the Singularity Archetype at a few festivals late spring and summer: Apogaea,  Sonic BloomArise and Burning Man.

I am now an editor as well as a featured correspondent on the popular online magazine Reality Sandwich (something like a counter-cultural version of the Huffington Post).  You can find most of the sixty articles I’ve written for them here: http://realitysandwich.com/u/jonathan-zap/posts.

I am now writing book 2 of my fantasy series Parallel Journeys which is an imaginal exploration of the Singularity Archetype and an elf origin story among other things. Anybody who has reading and/or editing skills who might want to give feedback on a beta version of the series should contact me at: jonathanzap@hotmail.com.  I will be very interested to hear from anyone with publishing ideas, leads or suggestions to offer.

Kalki Movies of Australia produced three Youtubes of me talking about the subject of mind parasites:

Part One 

Part Two

 Part Three

As you can see, the site now instantly posts my status updates and the two most recent comments.  If you want to get them live on Facebook, just subscribe to Zap Oracle.

Go to I STATUS UPDATE, THEREFORE I AM to see some thoughts about my ambivalence about Facebook as well as some  archived status updates.

 

What’s up with the fascination with zombies and vampires? Why is the skeptic movement actually the exact opposite of true skepticism? A couple of interviews I did you may find interesting: Sky Blue Symposia (formerly Time Monk Radio) has one of the most in-depth interview forums with a panel of well-prepared interviewers (from different countries) coming at you from various angles. This was my best opportunity to share thoughts I’ve had about the meanings of the evolving zombie and vampire mythology happening in popular culture (among other topics). Here is their description of the interview: We talk to Jonathan Zap about using a modern application of Jungian archetypes to help understand ourselves and our world. For over 30 years he has been using the tools of Jungian psychology to study popular culture, contemporary mythology, and dreams. Topics include: anima, animus, and the shadow. Zombies, vampires and parasites. Dream interpretation. Zombie banks, wall street and psychopaths. Femininity, patriarchy, and the white madonna and black madonna. 2012 and Y2K. Jonathan uses movies, books and current events to illustrate how various archetypes give us another perspective to make sense of our world.   Skyblue Symposia Interview with Jonathan Zap 

On October 12, 2012 I gave a talk on the Singularity Archetype and the evolutionary event horizon at the Boulder Evolver. The first 40 minutes are available as two Youtubes:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7CfJP7zq6s

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEFmT8U4fwU

You can also listen to the complete audio as a podcast here: http://www.disinfo.com/2012/11/jonathan-zap-on-the-singularity-archetype-and-human-evolution/

Time Monk Radio did a 175 minute commercial free interview with me that was the most thorough interview I’ve ever done. There were several interviewers in various countries (all available in realtime on Skype). We covered the Singularity Archeytpe, psychopathy, mind parasites, dynamic paradoxicalism and many other topics.

3/20/12 Serious Wonder

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I did three interviews with Mike Hagan of Radio Orbit. Here are the links to three interviews followed by an image Radio Orbit photoshopped from an actual photo of me sitting on a bengal tiger (oh, and in response to several inquiries—this tiger was not being abused, was not chained up—I worked for many years at the Prairie Wind Animal Refuge (where the photo was taken and which is now under new management) where we rescued tigers and other big cats from guaranteed hunts and other abusive situations. This particular tiger loved interacting with people and was exceptionally well trained.

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