DAYMAKERS

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Daymakers is a weekly video series of 21st century culture. As heretics we wish to break free of institutionalized ways of being, of knowing and of creating. So we’ll be bringing you poetry, storytelling, discussions and interviews centred on the heresies you’ll find in the pages of The Secular Heretic. We are interested in the most beautiful, striking art being produced today, and we’ll be discussing the most compelling ideas simmering in the peripheries. Join us at Daymakers and be inspired by an adventurous spirit! Dare to think new thoughts! Dare to dream new dreams! Help us build a truly 21st century culture.

We’re just getting started on this project, and we’re making all kinds of mistakes. So please forgive the technical quality of our first few videos. The learning curve has been steep. If you like the videos on this page, please visit our Youtube channel and Subscribe to the Daymakers series, ‘Like’ the video & leave Comments!

Daymakers Episode 1: Crito Di Volta: IL MORTARISTA

The Secular Heretic’s Daymakers discuss a passage from Marc di Saverio’s epic poem, Crito Di Volta, considering the good and the bad of postmodernism, and the ideas of risk and danger in the arts. This is a proof of concept video. We’re still working out the kinks. Video and audio quality will be improved in subsequent videos. In the meantime, enjoy!

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Daymakers Episode 2: Am I Brainwashed?
Episode 3: Crito Di Volta: Mortar. Join the Daymakers for a discussion about the “anti-poet,” the trouble with poetry school, what makes an epic hero in the 21st century, and the spirituality of the Dalai Lama.
Episode 4: Atheist 2020. Join the Daymakers for another riveting cultural discussion that criticizes New Atheist rhetoric, considers the central roles played by analogy and story telling in sense making in every field of human endeavour, touches on the origins of the big bang theory and argues for a more open minded, creative approach to the way we think about the world and the way we behave in it.

Daymakers Episode 5: Crito Di Volta: The Overpoet

In this episode the Daymakers discuss the role of the poet in society, the development of a writer’s voice, the value of seeking out mentors, what can be taught at school and what is a matter of one’s own inner work. Most exciting is our considerations what constitutes true risk and danger in art. Prepare to be inspired with what di Saverio calls “Atlasian loving.”

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Daymakers Episode 6: Welcome, The New Religion. The Daymakers discuss insurance and safety culture, remark the loss of the seesaw in playgrounds and the pathological aversion to suffering and pain that finds expression in the inflatable play structure. Speaking of danger, remember Evel Knievel, the motorcycle stunt man? Notes on humanism are drawn from britannica.com. Don’t forget to check out the comic film Action Point; it’ll make your day.
Daymakers 7: The Cure: Chronicle of a Virus.
Join the Daymakers for a timely reading of a poem about the pandemic and a discussion of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil and the Tree of Life, which leads to considerations of activist culture and the central role of suffering in human growth and development.
Daymakers 8: Posthumous Fame
Join the Daymakers for a conversation about one of the potential obstacles to a writer’s career: the desire to write an immortal work. Is the desire for posthumous fame a true hindrance or a necessary ambition? The Daymakers interrogate the writings of Cyril Connolly, Samuel Butler and Leonard Cohen to attempt an answer to this conundrum.

Daymakers 9: Drink & Drugs

Join the Daymakers for a discussion about the role of drinking and drugs in the artist’s life. According to Cyril Connelly, these distractions can become a substitute for art, preventing the artist from producing work. To what degree is he correct in this assessment? Isn’t Dionysus–the ancient god of intoxication–renowned for inspiring artists? Where does pot legalization fit into all of this? Find out in this latest bizarre episode of Daymakers.

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Daymakers 10: Conversation
Watch the Daymakers engage in fruitful disagreement over whether Cyril Connolly is correct to designate “conversation” as an impediment to writerly success. Is discussing your work-in-progress or ideas for a book truly something an author ought to avoid? Watch this episode of Daymakers and decide for yourself!
Daymakers 11: Domesticity & Happiness
Are domestic comforts and personal happiness true impediments to writerly success? Does an artist really have to suffer to produce anything of value? The Daymakers discuss these subjects and relate a tale from the ancient historian Herodotus in which Solon of Athens explains to King Croesus of Lydia what criteria must be met for one to be considered truly happy.
Daymakers 12: Poetry vs. Prose
This entertaining episode of Daymakers examines the changing ideas Western culture has had regarding what differentiates poetry from prose. Matthew Arnold dismissed Alexander Pope’s poetry as prose for example. Is Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” worthy of being called poetry? Join the Daymakers for this conversation and make up your own mind!

Daymakers 13: Rejection

In this hilarious episode, the Daymakers discuss the creative power of rejection. Quebecois poet Emile Nelligan for example composed his most successful poem “Le Romance du Vin” on the heels of severe literary criticism. Marc di Saverio reads his translation of the poem from his collection Ship of Gold. Also, don’t miss di Saverio’s microphone power slam!

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Daymakers 14: Success
Welcome to another Daymakers. This time, we discuss the last of Cyril Connolly’s impediments to writing a book that lasts 10 years: success. Does that sound counter-intuitive? Depending on your perspective, perhaps yes, perhaps no. There are many kinds of success after all. The Daymakers take a broad survey, considering the careers of Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Irving Layton, Shakespeare, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Ernest Hemingway, Lord Byron, William Butler Yeats, Henry James, his brother William James and Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t forget to check out Donald McGrath’s new translation of Rimbaud’s “The Drunken Boat” on our website here: https://thesecularheretic.com/the-drunken-boat-by-arthur-rimbaud/
Daymakers 15: Interview with Stephen Robbins Part 1: The Hard Problem
Meet Stephen Robbins for a discussion on metaphysics and consciousness. In part 1 of this interview, Robbins introduces himself and considers the difficulties surrounding conceptualizations of what David Chalmers has termed “The Hard Problem.” According to Robbins, the problem ought to be defined by posing the question as follows: how is it that the world around us becomes manifest to our senses? As Chalmers has it, however, the question is, How is it that objective physical processes culminate in subjective experiences? Robbins says Chalmers is getting the question wrong and locates the origin of the philosophical trouble in Galileo’s instantiation of “the classic metaphysic”: the idea that there’s an objective, measurable world that exists apart from the qualities (or qualia) that our senses impose upon it. To put the problem poetically, you might wonder, as Thomas Nagel did, “What is it like to be a bat?” Don’t miss part 2 of this interview: The Holographic Field. This interview series is meant to be a companion to Robbins’s article Welcome to the Holofield: Rethinking Time & Consciousness.
Daymakers 16: Interview with Stephen Robbins Part 2: The Holographic Field
In part 2 of this interview with Steve Robbins, we deepen our ability to answer The Hard Problem by discussing Henri Bergson’s idea of “the photograph. . .developed in the very heart of things and at all the points of space;” in other words, we consider the holographic model of the cosmos. Where does consciousness fit in? What is the role of the brain in this model? Visit our website for Robbins’s article on this subject, Welcome to the Holofield: Rethinking Time and Consciousness. If you enjoyed Stephen Robbins’s ideas, be sure to catch his YouTube series here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkj-… And his website here: http://www.stephenerobbins.com

Daymakers 17: Interview with Stephen Robbins Part 3: Time, Memory & Creative Evolution

In part 3–the penultimate instalment of our interview with Steve Robbins–things get heavy as we chomp into the meat of the matter, considering the relationship between subject and object, and how Henri Bergson directs us to consider that relationship in terms of time rather than space. Of course this leads to a consideration of the nature of Time, and from there we progress to cosmic Memory and the origins of evolution. What is the real time of the universe as opposed to clock time or relational time (such as the revolution of the Earth around the sun or upon its own axis)? How is this true time related to the holographic memory inscribed in the cosmos? Gird your loins and get ready for the deep! And don’t miss part 4, where we discuss how the “classic metaphysic” impacts our daily lives.

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Daymakers 18: Interview with Stephen Robbins Part 4: Capability Maturity Model (CMM)
This is the final segment of our first interview with Steve Robbins. Here we turn to the question of how the “classic metaphysic” impacts our daily lives. If merely from a pragmatic perspective, it is essential to critique the first principles driving our culture into roboticism and mediocrity. Here we drive home the urgent social and spiritual need to reevaluate Henri Bergson’s perspective on the reality of existence, so we can appreciate the tao of quality and reintegrate creativity. We talk about CMM, the misguided attempt to automate human problem solving, and we consider Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Higher Energy States: Secret Metaphysics Revealed Part 1 (Daymakers 19)

Following our interview with Steve Robbins, the Daymakers decided to sit down and have a conversation to review some of the main ideas and to consider the implications of Henri Bergson’s metaphysics. How does the physical world become manifest to our senses? How does a frog or a bee or a cat see the world? What happens to space when one enters an higher energy state? If we are part of the same field that produced butterflies, brontosaurs, suns and everything else. . . what are our powers? what can we really do? Watch this episode by clicking here.

Cosmic Memory & Time: Secret Metaphysics Revealed Part 2 (Daymakers 20)

In our ongoing conversation on Steve Robbins and Henri Bergson, we consider further issues related to Galileo’s distinction between primary and secondary characteristics, between objective and subjective realities. We touch on the subjects of left and right brain orientations according to Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary, the I/It-I/Thou relationship with the universe according to Martin Buber’s famous I and Thou. We touch upon the significance of the mathematics of probabilities: how is it that in a roll of the dice, if two double sixes have been rolled in a row, we can be sure a third double six will not be rolled? We also discuss different kinds of time along with Bergson’s Time as a sort of creative force emerging from Cosmic Memory. Watch this episode by clicking here.

How to Stop Time: Secret Metaphysics Revealed Part 3 (Daymakers 21)

Imagine you were The Flash and could accelerate to a point that everything around you seemed to stop moving. The invisible wings of a fly would slow down so that each wingbeat moved slowly as a heron’s wings. . . and then stop altogether. Take this meditation further and imagine yourself vibrating so quickly, all of the physical world blurred away into a haze of atoms, even your own body. Distances would fall away. All things would merge into one: subject and object would cease to exist. Steve Robbins calls this “the null state.” Now reverse this meditation. What is real? How does it all come together? To fully understand, we’ll have to let Robbins explain his ideas of invariance laws. But for now, let’s just consider Cosmic Memory, the Creative Force and Cosmic Time. . . and The Flash! We also talk about Goethe’s idea of “active seeing” and wonder how it is that most of us experience melancholy when gazing out at an autumn scene.

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How does the brain change space-time: Secret Metaphysics Revealed Part 4 (Daymakers 22)

In part 4 of their considerations of Steve Robbins & Henri Bergson, the Daymakers invite you to imagine yourself in accelerated and decelerated energy states. What would the world look like? How would experience change? Asa Boxer reads a couple of poems that meditate on the subject. Marko Sijan is horrified by life in a low energy state characterized by high velocity life, so speedy that civilizations appear as whirlwinds and seem to impact the world like tsunamis or meteoric strikes. Meanwhile, a high energy state slows everything down, allowing one to be the Buddha himself. Watch this episode by clicking here.

The Hidden Creative Force: Mind Unfolding into Matter Part 1 (Daymakers 23)

Put on your drysuit and get ready for a deep dive into metaphysical waters as the Daymakers discuss entropy, geometrical order, organic order, the eukaryote, the city, intellection, intuition, instinct and spider memory, consciousness, matter, IQ, creativity, innovation, evolution, mathematics, the sensual and the spiritual, myth and story-telling, and Goethe’s active seeing! How are all these connected? Watch this episode of Daymakers and find out as we continue to think about Steve Robbins’s insights into Henri Bergson’s Holographic Theory of Mind! Watch this episode by clicking here.

The Shape of the Creative Force: Mind Unfolding into Matter Part 2 (Daymakers 24)

This inspiring episode is not to be missed. The Daymakers get down to the nitty-gritty of what exactly a field might be. In other words, after discussing things like the Holofield of Steve Robbins and the Morphic Fields of Rupert Sheldrake, we venture an idea of what these fields might be and where they might emerge from. These considerations lead us to Ken Wheeler, the foremost researcher on magnetism and the only one to have defined a field. A magnet is a perfect model of the inextensive extrapolating into the extensive. As it happens, the reciprocating geometry of the magnetic and electrostatic fields forms a very familiar pattern of the sort you find in dream catchers, sunflowers, acorn caps, pineapples, pinecones… everywhere you turn. Along the way, the Daymakers also wonder whether the appearance of perspective in 15th century art signalled the dawn of the increasingly geometrical worldview that led to the observations of Copernicus and Galileo, and ultimately to the Industrial Revolution. Watch this episode by clicking here.

Is Experience Stored in the Brain: The Secrets of Consciousness Revealed (Daymakers 25)

In part 1 of this 7-part interview series with Stephen E. Robbins, the Daymakers ask what the holographic field of reality is actually made of. Further, they discuss the conundrum of the mainstream model of consciousness: that is, how the brain as a material organ can retain memories if all materiality dissolves into the past. What mechanism supports our sense of continuity? According Henri Bergson and Steve Robbins, it is absurd to expect memories to be stored in the brain. Isn’t perception itself a form of memory extending from moment to moment to moment like a symphony? How many instants would the brain have to store to make reality work? If you missed the episodes leading up to this video, we recommend starting with number 15, where we launched this metaphysical conversation.

This episode is available to patrons only. To view episode 25, become a patron by subscribing to our Patreon account: https://www.patreon.com/thesecularheretic. For just a $1/video, you can have access to all our videos and even see videos a week before they’re released to the public!

This interview series is meant to be a companion to Robbins’s article Welcome to the Holofield: Rethinking Time & Consciousness, which you can find here.

If you enjoyed this, you may want to check out Robbins’s YouTube series on Henri Bergson (and much, much more): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkj-ob9OuaMhRIDqfvnBxoQ

And here’s Steve’s website: http://www.stephenerobbins.com

How Do You Learn a Piano Concerto: The Secrets of Consciousness Revealed Part 2 (Daymakers 26)

In part 2 of this 7-part interview series with Stephen E. Robbins, the Daymakers ask if there is any form of memory that resides in the brain. How does muscle memory work exactly? Behavioural Psychologist, Karl Lashley, trained rats to run through mazes, and then removed various parts of their brains; but he could not remove their abilities to run the maze. Certainly, this suggests that the scheme of the maze was not in the brain. Does this confirm Bergson’s assertion that memory exists in the in-extensive fourth dimension (of counterspace)? We might not have a definitive answer, but certainly we open some fascinating territory for research. Watch this episode by clicking here.

How a Symphony Coheres: The Secrets of Consciousness Revealed Part 3 (Daymakers 27)

In part 3 of this 7-part interview series with Stephen E. Robbins, the Daymakers wrap up the conversation on Primary Memory as an indivisible continuum. How is Primary Memory related to Bergson’s Real Motion, which he compares to a kaleidoscope? This perspective offers a direct challenge to Einstein’s Relativity: if we jettison simultaneity, how does an orchestra make music? How does a tree grow without falling apart? Robbins suggests we think of the universe as a rose unfolding, coordinated in all its parts. Surely, there must be simultaneity in the macrocosm as much as there is in the microcosm. Watch this episode by clicking here.

How Does the Brain Retrieve Memories? The Secrets of Consciousness Revealed Part 4 (Daymakers 28)

In part 4 of this 7-part interview series with Stephen E. Robbins, the Daymakers wonder how exactly the brain manages the task of recollection. If memories are indeed in the aether, how does the brain glom onto them? Consider aphasia and lobotomized patients: what’s going wrong with the brain in these cases? What about electroshock treatment? Marc has some insights on this topic. Robbins talks about Jean Piaget and the two years it takes an infant to develop explicit memory, or the ability to consciously recollect an event or image and associate it with a present event or image. Watch this episode by clicking here.

Don’t miss part 5: What Triggers Memories? The Secrets of Consciousness Revealed Part 5.


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