Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren

Christofer Lövgren

Do Explain is a conversational podcast centered around questions of individual and collective human progress. Originally inspired by the visionary worldview of David Deutsch, the podcast has expanded into a lighthearted exploration of growth and progress in all its forms. Common discussion topics include the nature of mind, meaning, and knowledge; technologies of personal transformation; and the future of human flourishing. Hosted by the irrevocably curious dickhead, Christofer Lövgren. read less
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#56 - Relationship in Dzogchen, with Charlie Awbery
Oct 2 2023
#56 - Relationship in Dzogchen, with Charlie Awbery
Christofer and meditation coach Charlie Awbery speak about their article 'Relating as beneficent space' in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss fixed patterns in interaction, psychological vs. Vajrayana perspective, Rigpa, accurate response, extraception, basic okayness, and other related topics.Charlie Awbery is a British born Vajrayana meditation coach, living in the US. They have a ton of experience in traditional Vajrayana - decades of practice, retreats, and application in ordinary life - that they bring to their coaching and teaching for contemporary practitioners uninterested in the cultural baggage associated with traditional contexts. They work with nerdy high-achievers, tech and finance industry professionals dedicated to understanding their minds, people who want to lead their best, most productive and beneficial lives.They co-founded Evolving Ground, a community for contemporary Vajrayana practitioners, where they lead group practices, discussions, gatherings, and retreats.'Relating as beneficent space'-article: https://vividness.live/relating-as-space Charlie's relationship-course page: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/vajrayananow/1020122#Evolving ground website: https://evolvingground.orgVayrajana Now newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/t/8959B51E58109207Support the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer
#53 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.6] Hot Tub Time Machine
Apr 18 2023
#53 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.6] Hot Tub Time Machine
This is part 6 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).In the sixth episode Lulie Tanett joins the conversation again to dive deeper into meta-rationality. They talk about truth and correspondence, evolution, brains in vats, abstract propositions fairy land, the frame problem in AI, what making progress means, 'knowing that' as different from 'knowing how', and how Chris is always trying to secretly organize an MDMA sex party in the forest with everyone. Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeOrthweinWebsite: https://frameproblems.com/Lulie Tanett is a writer from Oxford, England, specialising in applied critical rationalism. She is currently in teacher training for the Alexander Technique – an embodied mindfulness technique about how to get out of your own way.You can find her on Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/reasonisfun and https://www.twitter.com/metaLulie), where she writes about philosophy, the psychology of how to get unstuck and flourish, non-coercion and fun.Website: https://www.lulie.co.uk/Support the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer
#52 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.5] POPPER WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME
Apr 8 2023
#52 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.5] POPPER WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME
This is part 5 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).In the fifth episode Lulie Tanett joins the conversation to compare her current (critical) rationalist position with the meta-rational one. They talk about the historical lineage that CR grew out of, why Descarted fucked up philosophy for everyone, the correspondence theory of truth, pragmatism, objective vs. subjective meaning, representation as affordances vs. mirroring the world, how genes aren't theories, information, intentionality, and why a universal epistemology might not be a coherent idea.Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeOrthweinWebsite: https://frameproblems.com/Lulie Tanett is a writer from Oxford, England, specialising in applied critical rationalism. She is currently in teacher training for the Alexander Technique – an embodied mindfulness technique about how to get out of your own way.You can find her on Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/reasonisfun and https://www.twitter.com/metaLulie), where she writes about philosophy, the psychology of how to get unstuck and flourish, non-coercion and fun.Website: https://www.lulie.co.uk/Support the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer
#49 - Nervous System Mastery, with Jonny Miller
Feb 13 2023
#49 - Nervous System Mastery, with Jonny Miller
Christofer and nervous system specialist Jonny Miller speak about breath and bodywork in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Jonny's journey through grief and loss, emotional fluidity, why feeling deeply isn’t irrational, embracing anger, holotropic breathwork, polyvagal theory, breath repatterning, trauma as incomplete reflexes, somatic experiencing, TRE, IFS, and other related topics.Jonny Miller is an emotional resilience researcher, host of the Curious Humans podcast and founder of Nervous System Mastery — a cohort based course for cultivating calm and agency over your internal state. Nervous System Mastery: nsmastery.com Curious Humans Podcast: curioushumans.comTwitter: twitter.com/jonnym1llerEpisode with Ed on Breath Repatterning: https://podcast.curioushumans.com/episodes/the-birth-of-a-modality-repatterning-the-three-diaphragms-of-breathing-cultivating-nervous-system-regulation-with-ed-dangerfieldTimestamps:(0:00) - Preamble and introduction(8:23) - The beginning of Jonny’s journey(14:40) - The tools to deal with tragedy(21:11) - Thoughts on Joe Hudson’s work(31:03) - Fully feeling your feelings(38:30) - Breathwork and meditation (45:45) - Chris on his past trauma  (52:31) - Explanation of polyvagal theory(58:15) - Mouth-breathing, breathing patterns(1:07:45) - Alan Watts and belly laughter(1:11:40) - Somatic practices, TRE, and beyond(1:20:24) - Diving in vs. Gradual change(1:25:39) - Posture, breath, and Alexander Technique (1:35:05) - How the body keeps the score (of trauma)(1:42:16) - Where the wider culture standsSupport the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer
#48 - $20M Start-Up, Jhanas and Dzogchen, with Oliver Edholm
Jan 23 2023
#48 - $20M Start-Up, Jhanas and Dzogchen, with Oliver Edholm
Christofer and entrepreneur Oliver Edholm speak about his road to becoming CEO of a major AI start-up (Depict) and meditation in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Minecraft and programming, dropping out of high school, joining Y-combinator, AI-recommendation engines, why Depict is different from larger competitors, the role of emotions in decision-making, the four jhanas, Dzogchen, pointing-out instructions, and other related topics.Oliver Edholm is a 20-year old high school dropout, and founder & CEO of Depict. Depict has raised $20M in funding, and employs 40 people at the company during the time of writing. He previously lived in Singapore where he conducted AI-research at the age of 16, and before that he worked as a Machine Learning Engineer at Klarna. Oliver is also a Thiel Fellow and is recognized by Forbes in their 30 Under 30 list.Website: https://depict.ai/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-edholm-ai/Timestamps:(0:00) - Preamble and intro (4:28) - Oliver’s origin story as an AI Entrepreneur(16:26) - Emerging from a teenage existential crisis(25:30) - Recommendation engines (29:40) - Expanding into e-commerce(34:03) - Dealing with the human aspect of business / Overcoming interpersonal barriers(42:46) - Differentiating from the tech giants (50:45) - Where does meditation fit into all of this? (54:48) - Thoughts on Dzogchen(1:03:55) - Instructions and teachings on jhanas(1:08:51) - Breakdown of all the jhanas(1:23:22) - Comparisons of jhanas with other experiences (1:28:25) - Oliver reveals the Dzogchen ‘pointing out’ instructionSupport the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer
#46 - Embodied Awareness, with Charlie Awbery
Oct 29 2022
#46 - Embodied Awareness, with Charlie Awbery
Christofer and meditation coach Charlie Awbery speak about Vajrayana in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Charlie's early awakening experience, the importance of view in meditation, Tantra and Dzogchen, experiential sameness, renunciation vs. engagement, self-love, no self, the "should" of being more mindful, the possibility of stabilizing Rigpa, Evolving Ground, Ultraspeaking, silence as a superpower, and other related topics.Charlie Awbery is a British born Vajrayana meditation coach, living in the US. They have a ton of experience in traditional Vajrayana - decades of practice, retreats, and application in ordinary life - that they bring to their coaching and teaching for contemporary practitioners uninterested in the cultural baggage associated with traditional contexts. They work with nerdy high-achievers, tech and finance industry professionals dedicated to understanding their minds, people who want to lead their best, most productive and beneficial lives. They co-founded Evolving Ground, a community for contemporary Vajrayana practitioners, where they lead group practices, discussions, gatherings, and retreats. Coaching practice page: https://vajrayananow.com/about-my-approach… Newsletter: https://createsend.com/t/t0BB803DA87EE91842540EF23F30FEDED…Opening awareness online book: https://evolvingground.org/opening-awareness…Evolving ground community: https://evolvingground.orgSupport the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer
#40 - Turbulent Tripping, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Apr 4 2022
#40 - Turbulent Tripping, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about practical tips for having a useful psychedelic experience in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss if using drugs is cheating, dealing with bad/challenging trips, ceremonial containers for a trip, nested arcs, fractal insights, tripping in a group, psilocybin retreats in Holland, DMT, QRI and neural annealing, meeting extra dimensional beings, and other related topics.Aaron Nesmith-Beck is a writer and entrepreneur most interested in psychedelics as a way to effectively do good. He founded Atman, one of the first legal psilocybin retreats. Atman Retreat allows people to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics safely, legally, and in a setting designed to maximize their benefits. Before that, he travelled for several years while blogging at Freedom & Fulfilment, which has now reached almost a million people worldwide. He's currently based in Toronto, Canada and was previously a board member of Mapping the Mind, one of Canada’s largest psychedelic science conferences, and a volunteer organizer for Effective Altruism Toronto. Other interests of his include meditation, applied ethics, personality and transpersonal psychology, and nonduality.Website: https://anesmithbeck.com/Atman Retreat: https://atmanretreat.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/anesmithbeckSupport the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer
#39 - The Magic of Mushrooms, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Mar 24 2022
#39 - The Magic of Mushrooms, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about the transformative powers of psychedelics in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss how nice Canadians really are, common objections to using psychedelics, Aaron's most memorable psychedelic experiences, Atman Retreat, tripping solo or with a sitter, crying as a therapeutic tool, bodymind tension, highly sensitive people (HSP), the experience of Oneness, the metaphysics of mystical insight, and other related topics.Aaron Nesmith-Beck is a writer and entrepreneur most interested in psychedelics as a way to effectively do good. He founded Atman, one of the first legal psilocybin retreats. Atman Retreat allows people to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics safely, legally, and in a setting designed to maximize their benefits. Before that, he travelled for several years while blogging at Freedom & Fulfilment, which has now reached almost a million people worldwide. He's currently based in Toronto, Canada and was previously a board member of Mapping the Mind, one of Canada’s largest psychedelic science conferences, and a volunteer organizer for Effective Altruism Toronto. Other interests of his include meditation, applied ethics, personality and transpersonal psychology, and nonduality.Website: https://anesmithbeck.com/Atman Retreat: https://atmanretreat.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/anesmithbeckSupport the podcast at:https://www.patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)https://ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ReachChristofer