Rory Spowers in discussion with US comedian Shane Mauss, about the role that science, psychedelics and mysticism might play in reshaping our understanding of consciousness
The deeper we delve into the systemic crises of our age, many of us reach the conclusion that the ultimate crisis is one of perception, or even our understanding of consciousness itself. We have come to believe that human beings are inherently selfish, separated from nature and from each other, driven purely by ‘selfish genes’ and a self-interested consciousness generated by, and limited to, the inside of our skulls. But now scientists from many disciplines, from quantum physics to neuroscience and cosmology, are converging on an alternative notion of consciousness, many of which believe could prove to be the next Copernican shift in human understanding – namely that consciousness may in fact be primary, not secondary to matter. This perspective shares much with the so-called Perennial Philosophy, identified by Aldous Huxley as the single strand of truth that underlies all our mystical and religious traditions. The Re-Generation founder Rory Spowers will explore these concepts in conversation with US comedian Shane Mauss, asking whether new insights from psychedelic medicines to neuroscience, might support the insights of mystics throughout the ages, suggesting that we are far from separate from each other, from nature and even the universe itself, but are inherently and implicitly connected by consciousness itself.
Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time, he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, Comedy Central ‘Presents’ and ‘This Is Not Happening’. For over a decade he has been headlining shows all over the world.
Shane has also been getting a lot of attention as a popular guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Marc Maron’s WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, The Joe Rogan Experience, Never Not Funny, Bertcast, TOFOP, Crabfeast, and Keith and The Girl. He also travels the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast ‘Here We Are’ which has a 5 star rating on iTunes.