Carl H Smith‘s work is at the intersection of VR, psychedelics, and esoteric contemplative practices. He’s the director of the Learning Technology Research Center at the Ravensbourne University London, co-founder of The Cyberdelic Society, co-founder of The London Experimental Psychonautics Club, and founder of Holotechnica Academy as well as Technomancy.club. Smith has been researching different experiences of Double Consciousness, including lucid dreaming as well other liminal states of consciousness, as he’s trying to explore the extent of our consciousness through the combination of immersive tech, psychoactive substances, and ancient wisdom traditions.
I had a chance to read a pre-print of a paper on Double Consciousness that Smith wrote, and talk to him about his idea, how these approaches could help us move from an individualistic frame to a more collective orientation, and we talk about some of the larger technological trends towards this “New Screen Deal” and living through technologically mediated mediums, and how we can preserve our nature as social creatures who are connected to each other and the planet.
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