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Almost Awakened: 002: Myth, Gossip, And Intimacy – The Work of Sapiens

Part two of the “Almost Awakened Podcast” We dive into parts of the book Sapiens written by Yuval Noah Harari. Specifically speaking about how humans evolved to move from tribes whose cohesive mechanism was Intimate Connection to sightly larger groups based on Gossip and eventually onto Myth. We discuss how other great apes use Grooming in place of Gossip and myth and how an Almost Awakened community seeks to get back to Intimacy, Authenticity, and Vulnerability as the binding force.

Mekael and Bill are the hosts of the Almost Awakened Podcast. They have spent a ton of time diving into human development, human behavior, having deconstructed unhealthy systems and communities and what they have learned from that. As they have built with others, a vibrant healthy community where Authenticity and vulnerability matter, they want to share with you what they have learned, point you to good books, provide you with the tools and resources to help you awaken, and share with you their experiences in doing shadow work and recognizing ego and working to reduce unhealthiness in our lives.


A Synopsis of Sapiens

The Book discussed in today’s episode was “Sapiens” by: Yuval Noah Harari
Closing song was “Tarzan Boy” by: Baltimora


6 thoughts on “Almost Awakened: 002: Myth, Gossip, And Intimacy – The Work of Sapiens”

  1. On a related tangent. We homo sapiens got the God gene basackwards because of our lessdixia. There is really only a doG gene, making us magnetized to doG-ma. We love doG-ma and gotta have more doG-ma right now! Gimme an extra big dish-O-doG-ma already!

    Homo sapiens have a built in desire to follow the leader, the doG-ma, of whoever that may be, whoever promises to save us the most, the best, be that religion, govt, politics, “science,” or countless industries which will also save the hell right outta us and our govt.

    We just want a savior who is smarter and bigger than us so we don’t lose our footing. There is another gene however in every person with narcissism and sociopathy which leads them to give us exactly the saving we demand, right in the as..k me no more. The more money and obedience, the better the saving. Thus our love for DoG-gy style doG-ma.

    More are waking up to the religious problem with this mischievous gene, but can’t quite apply it to the other doG-mas which can act just the same but be even worse, believe that or not. There is nothing quite like that gene which prompts us like a fiery spirit to jump from the frying pan into the fire.

  2. As having similar beliefs or disbelief as a former believer I can’t fathom going 180 (really more like 360) degrees and ascribing faith in Darwinism (evolution of species).
    Honestly, Bill….your over use of profanity of late, as well, is offensive. I enjoy your podcasts, however, unless you’re now just performing to attract a particular audience, I prefer your former authenticity.

  3. Boy if I were within geographical proximity I would love being part of the inner circle group.

    Starting one’s own circle is tough. How vulnerable can you really get before things go nuclear.

    Love the last line, we are almost awakened… and so are you.

    1. Hmmm, there’s a thought.
      Is there such a thing as too much intimacy where oversharing creates a nuclear reaction? Just as when you bring too much radioactive material together it’s sets off a nuclear Fission explosion as it so happens with Uranium.

      We all long for intimacy, but few are willing to pay the price required to develop and maintain it.

  4. This podcast is awesome! My biggest issue with secular anti mormons has always been that they don’t usually offer anything better. I appreciate you sharing with us the good and the beauty you are finding to replace your former worldview.

    On a related note to your podcast, my former LDS twin brother has an amazing youtube channel where he teaches evolution in a non threatening to believers sort of way. They are short, to the point and you will learn more watching them than you would in a year in a biology class:)

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