50: Survival of the Kindest: Dr Tyson Yunkaporta – Interdependence

Dr Tyson Yunkaporta’s book Sand Talk is a favourite Julian’s, and in this podcast Tyson takes us on a tour of indigenous knowledge, looking at how we would have lived in the past, to where we are now, and point at spots in the transition which we are anaesthetised to, but which make little to no sense for helping us to live better, fuller, more responsible lives with less health &c, and general world problems.

From Tyson’s perspective – one that is hard to disagree with – our use of shame, of division, of punishment, etcetera, is creating spaces for narcissists to lead over people who care, for lies to go unchecked over truth and reason, and unless we learn how to deal with people’s mistakes without piling on shame and guilt in unreasonable amounts, this is only going to continue.

We can do this through learning how to have boundaries, through stories, through reconnecting with a language which reflects the land rather than one which continues to bifurcate itself into abstraction. There is so much to learn and Sand Talk should be on the reading list of all SotK listeners.

Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

The Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

Peter Macfayden Survival of the Kindest episode

Yothi Yindi band

Semiotics: signs and signifiers, how language exists in abstraction from everything else (also see Derrida and Baudrillard if you want to learn more!)

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