March 22nd, 2013
A Vast Sense of Belonging
Richard Doyle earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He was the Mellon Post Doctoral Fellow in History and Social Science of the Life Sciences at MIT in 1993. Professor of Rhetoric, Doyle holds appointments in English, Science Technology & Society and the College of Information Science and Technology at Penn State University and was Visiting Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, Department of Rhetoric in 2003.
Doyle teaches courses in the history and rhetoric of emerging technosciences – sustainability, space colonization, biotechnology, nanotechnology, psychedelic science, information technologies, biometrics – and the cultural and literary contexts from which they sprout.
Professor Doyle is the author of: “On Beyond Living: Rhetorical Transformations of the Life Sciences” (Stanford, 1997) and “Wetwares:Experiments in PostVital Living” ( Minnesota, 2003) – in a putative trilogy about emerging transhuman knowledges. Continuing his collaborative work on the “transhuman imperative”, Doyle (aka mobius) has now completed the trilogy with a scholarly book about archaic and contemporary psychedelic media technologies and the evolution of mind: Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of Noosphere. Other current projects include a book, “Admixtures: Dialogues After Genomics” with Anthropologist Mark Shriver. With Shriver Doyle founded the The Penn State Center for Altered Consciousness, investigating the genetics and phenomenology of legally altered consciousness with the help of a flotation tank.
More about mobius’ work and teaching can be found by browsing his web site.
Joanna and Richard talk about personal awareness of the Divine, a vast sense of belonging; a question as powerful as LSD; the love affair with everything; a curious assignment from ayahuasca…
”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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