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Amazing chat with Lewis Howes

check it out

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Sizzle video for last two years… since retiring from base jumping i decided to retire this too

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Had the amazing privileged to be on tour with the Nitro Circus crew in South Africa

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Erik Roner under stadium he just BASE jumped. Sean Chuma, Amy and I jumped it in 2012!

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Jacob the Elephant

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RETIRING FROM BASE and SKYDIVING

After a great run, I decided to hang up my parachute.. here are the highlights

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Playing over Oceanside with friends
kenn walker, robbie hill, mathias ringstrom
Still frames from 4k Sony footage
#onnit

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Jane Goodall, Charlize Theron intro Jane’s Movies

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one of my fav vids of all time! Super inspiration

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AMAZON

Spent 3 weeks working on two exciting new documentaries, set for release in the fall and the spring. More than even, the amazon needs out help and being self aware might be the best thing you can do!

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PODCAST with Amber Lyon on FEAR

https://soundcloud.com/amberlyon/donald-schultz-how-to-conquer-fear

Recently had an amazing chat to good friend and amazingly brave reporter, Amber Lyon. She has started an incredible website www.reset.me

enjoy

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VERTICAL PLAYGROUND ROUGH CUT

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Street Art in Manaus BRAZIL

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Interesting new information about a topic we have been discussing for a while. Bio-magnification in sharks makes eating them EXTREME toxic. Eating toxic TUNA is bad, eating a shark that lives exclusively on tuna is way worse. This is called BIO-MAGNIFICATION, and other than sharks being highly endangered, this should be a good reason to stop eating sharks

EATING SHARK MEAT WILL KILL YOU on IOL

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 Jason Ellis and Amber Lyon speak psychedelics

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Fuel TV with Rooftop

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Mayhem Miller, Sean Chuma and Donald Schultz go BASE jumping

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BASE jumping FIRST JUMP COURSE

Ian Flanders, Sean Chuma, Ryan Davy and Donald Schultz take ex-pro skater Mathias Ringstrom BASE jumping for the first time

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Jason Ellis 40th Birthday at Tony Hawks Ramp

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Interview with Philippe de Vosjoli, author of I AM the Other and The CyberBardos.

http://www.amazon.com/Philippe-De-Vosjoli/e/B001K7ZKTI

I loved your two books. So many timely ideas and really unique characters. If I were to summarize them they’re about the search for existential meaning in a future where technology allows anything to be experienced as real. Even though they are entertaining, they are also deeply philosophical and in their own way address spiritual issues. What made you decide to write fiction novels immersed in those topics?

Two series of events inspired me to write the I AM series. The first was an experience I had about the nature of being while under the influence of a drug in a sensory isolation situation. The second was conversations I had with Terence McKenna about the acceleration of novelty and of our being drawn to an Attractor leading to an eventual transcendental object which lies in our future. I have no doubt the Attractor is the new technology. Advances in nanotechnology, faster computers, and lifelike virtual realities will generate the tipping point toward a future gateway. Advanced virtual reality hardware and programs will create parallel experiential worlds that will change the current cartography of reality. Upper worlds and lower worlds will be just a click away.

The ideas of transcendence and some type of singularity pervade your two novels. Do you think that the universe has a transcendental evolutionary drive, an inherently transcendental script like Terence McKenna’s Time Wave Zero or Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point?

A transcendental path toward greater consciousness and ultimately a form of immortality is only one out of many options we can choose for our future. Being ethnocentric killer apes is another option as our past has shown us and as some tribal societies, radical religious groups and political dictatorships continue to demonstrate today. The question is whether the technology at one point takes charge and our choosing a course, transcendental or other, no longer becomes an option.

Don’t you think we may have already passed that threshold, that we may already be losing control?

Funny you should ask that. The Internet, Google, computer games and virtual realities, media in general, are becoming such an intrinsic part of our lives that there is no turning back. The realities made possible by technology have become attractors whose pull we can no longer resist. Turning back to a previous way of life would require something near apocalyptic that would destroy the electronic infrastructure. So yes, part of what is unfolding is no longer under our control and likely to become less so when computing machines exceed human intelligence. We have opened Pandora’s box.

In your books a virtual Christ creates itself and escapes autonomously into the World Net, which brings up an interesting variation of the Turing test. If a virtual Christ asserts it is Christ, acts as if it is Christ and cannot be readily distinguished from the Christ conjured in beliefs then could it be an actualization of Christ?

That’s one of the main ideas I wanted to explore in my books, the fact that with virtual realities and autonomous cyberentities, our ideas of what is real will be altered because these virtual worlds will become parallel realities, like inhabited countries, that we can access at any time. They will be real to us. Autonomous cyberentities will be the analog of what we have called spirits.

Your books suggest the technological singularity, a point where computers exceed human intelligence, is in our near future yet there are many critics that doubt that there will be a singularity or that consciousness can be replicated through electronic means.

The question not really answered in the book is whether the singularity suggested, I AM, has an origin in the World Net system or whether it is simply using the World Net to communicate. I do believe that cyberhosts both individual and a World Host system that searches for the truest, most accurate information are in our future. I also believe more complex parallel cyberrealities are not that far down the line.
Game changers will be novel types of computers and virtual reality programs like Oculus Rift. With them, some type of comprehension threshold will be passed, a point where some of what they do is no longer comprehensible to us. Parallel processing and matrixed/networked processing may create structures that generate a sense of awareness in machines. This is a case where the future is not predictable because it is not yet comprehensible to us, much like protohumans could never have imagined the long term consequences of language.

One of the areas your books address is the future of religions in a technology intermediated world. Some of their content is bound to be offensive to fundamentalist Christians.You almost make a joke of the crucifixion of Christ.

I think there’s a lot of religious nuttiness going on right now driven by religious fundamentalists, not just Christians, who emphasize salvation in the afterworld. For me a prophet or a religious figure like Jesus either has a transcendent outlook or not. A transcendent being would not advocate killing and would have great empathy for human and nonhumans because he or she realizes and identifies with the common ground of being in all things. He or she would also know the role of evolution in generating a complexity of landscapes and beings that gave rise to what we call consciousness. He or she would know the wonder and importance of this world; that the most should be made of it, that transcendence is something experienced in this life.

You still didn’t answer my question about the crucifixion,

There is a Christian theme park (The Holy Experience) in Florida where the Passion of the Christ is reenacted on a daily basis. You have a Creation Museum that shows dioramas with men and dinosaurs inhabiting the same period of time. A replica of Noah’s ark is scheduled to be built. Cyberrealities will offer unique opportunities for actualizing beliefs, no matter how irrational and far-fetched they are. In time virtual realities will become parallel realms that will add confusion to the contextual notion of real. I just decided to take it to another level of virtualization. I have no doubt it will be a venue exploited by religionists and religious entertainment centers in the future.

A reviewer mentioned some readers may be uncomfortable with the combination of sex and religion in your book. Actually you almost present sex as a kind of salvation.

Mmmm… there are moments during sex, and I don’t mean just the act of intercourse but tiny fragments of moments during foreplay and orgasm and the end of sex during which, disillusioned as it might be, one experiences a momentary existential dissolution, a fusion moment, an I-in-me recognizes the I-in-you moment. There is great hope in sex and potentially great humanity. In spite of all the technological temptations, I see humans in the future not give up on that yearning but actually turn to it more often in ways that are more personal and psychologically more intimate.

What Sunshine Borden finds in Rama?

What several of my characters discover in The CyberBardos, the second book in the series.

What about robot sex companions as some are predicting will one day be available?

That’s a Twilight Zone scenario we could one day face. In my book the hosts become psychological companions. If robot sex companions pass the Turing test we may be in trouble or we will create new social and relationship structures that incorporate these robots. A theme of the book is how cyberrealities will confuse what humans have to date called reality. It’s always possible that the delusion of the dissolution object could in the future have a nonhuman inspiration and source of fulfillment. That is in part what Spike Jonze tried to explore in the movie “Her.”

Drugs are commonly used by the characters in the CyberBardos. Is greater drug use your view of the future?

Drugs is such a broad term. I think psychotropic drugs, particularly hallucinogens and empathogens, will continue to influence culture through the arts and even the sciences. A feature of potentially mind-expanding drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms is that they can offer a non-ordinary perspective of existence and our place in it. For me a society without a segment of the population using these drugs is in trouble because it would no longer be able to access core spiritual experiences or be able to explore and consider alternate models of reality. These types of drugs act as deconditioning agents critical to fighting the imposition of tradition and dogma. They can stimulate creativity in outlook and interpretational options. They offer a control to examine the madness that is forced upon us by society and culture. There is a reason why societies that restrict religious and artistic freedom typically oppose any drug use, even alcohol, and come down hard on drug users. Hallucinogenic drugs are the most powerful tools we have against big brother/ totalitarian societies and religious dogma. They can initiate the mental deconditioning that precedes change.

Having said that, I think these drugs should be regulated. They should not be available to minors and only be used by adults under the proper controlled settings, ideally after having read books or listened to lectures relating to the history, psychotropic effects and reports of experiences of these drugs. Set and setting, as was emphasized by Timothy Leary, is a critical aspect to safe use and benefiting from these drugs. An ideal situation would be centers for taking these drugs that offered the safety, support and enriched or sensory-deprived environments for exploring different areas of mind.

Don’t you think some forms of mental illness or spiritual practices allow for these experiences.

The majority of hallucinogens and empathogens drugs are non-addictive and the experiences triggered have a definite onset and end. So there is a clear reference to and from ordinary reality for most people. Mental illness usually does not allow the detached states that allow one to clearly distinguish these boundaries of experience and interpretation. Mind you, no matter how sane you are, you will experience under these drugs states where the distinctions get blurred but with some training you learn to maintain a certain detachment because you have the knowledge they are transitory and you will return to a more grounded level.

But besides that, new engineered drugs with more defined effects will likely also become available in the future.

Like Instant?

Yes.

Derek is a strange character, penis obsessed, a woman hater and a religious nut. Why did you create such a character?

Derek represents someone who has been so traumatized he can never find the dissolution object, that momentary existential collapse where one senses in another a common ground of being. Heterosexual men have at least in adolescence the hope or delusion they can find this in women and their early experiences not only shapes their view of women but their outlook on life and their role in it. Derek’s traumas prevent him from ever finding that. He hopes religion can save him but part of him can’t let go of what he sees as trickery in women. He focuses on the aspects that see Satan, temptation, and Jezebiels everywhere. He represents the inability to transcend. And yes, I made him caricatural, like a graphic novel character. Strangely enough if one watches the news about the various mass shootings and bizarre kidnappings, caricatural humans that seem right out of a graphic novel are becoming more common or at the very least more exposed and publicized.

Derek’s view of women is disturbing, like can’t live without them but can kill them.

I guess that’s one way of putting it. And yes, that’s his conflict.

Finally, are you trying to put forth serious ideas or is I Am the Other just a kind of intellectual mindfuck.

I wrote I Am the Other as a written form of expressionistic art. My hope is that parts of it disturb, excite, make one laugh (I broke out laughing after reading some parts, like P.., I can’t believe you actually wrote this.) make one think, make one confused, maybe have some want me to be crucified. As to whether it is a mindfuck, I did write it as a glimpse into a likely future, and that, believe me, will be a mindfuck.

The wild virtual reality scenes, some of the visuals and the caricatural characters give a graphic novel feel to your books. In fact I think they would make a great graphic novel if the right artist got involved. Have you considered contacting a graphic artist?

Funny you should mention that. I consider the books near future cyberpunk novels. And yes, I was influenced by early Heavy Metal graphic magazines. Maybe some of the anime or graphic novel artists will want to make a graphic version of I Am the Other. I’m certainly open to it, although my fantasy would be that I AM the Other and the Cyberbardos would be made into a cable TV series.

What’s next?

My next projects are a novel and a screenplay for that novel, in part because I’ve told myself I want to write at least one screenplay before I die. Why? Because I love movies and I’ve always had a fantasy of being able to write a good screenplay. Who knows? If I enjoy the process and it sells I may write more than one.

Science fiction?

Actually a story about a foot fetishist who witnesses a shooting.

Are you kidding?

I’m serious.

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Scene from special features of RANGO… see the dvd for the full doc

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Sean Chuma and I jumped off a moving truck.. Jarno and Ryan enabled the silliness

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Stunt inc filming in Brento, Italy

Jarno Cordia and Sean Chuma flying new wingsuits (vampire race) and filming on the blackmagic cinema camera! Video out soon

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Wingsuit flyby – Zane Lamprey in a balloon

Onnit athletes , Ian and I, do a fun lil flyby on Zane Lamprey over Temecula, SoCal
#phoenixfly vampire wingsuits!

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It was in January of 2008 that I visited Donald and Sheila Broadley in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. As we sat down for breakfast on the last morning of our visit, we had a casual conversation that went something like this

DGS: Have you always lived in Zimbabwe?

DGB: No, I was born in Britain in 1932 and immigrated in 1954. I was not originally interested in reptiles, mainly butterflies and kept some tadpoles once. Then I got a Grass snake, I tried to feed it crested newts, which later I found out were toxic and they don’t eat them, and when it did not eat, I released it. After my national service, I was based in South Hampton. During the spring and summer I would go hunting in the New Forest and I started seeing grass snakes and adders. I then started keeping snakes and lizards and eventually collected all of the six native British herps. This soon became boring and I applied of for a post at the museum in Nairobi, but unfortunately did not get the position. Soon after there was a position as a draughtsman in Salisbury (current day Harare), I got this position and relocated. I stayed in this position, which was an office job, for about 6 months. During this time, I had my first serious bites, both from Atractaspis bibronii (Stiletto snake). The first was an animal under a rock, when I flipped the rock, the animal started disappearing. I grabbed the tail and worked it out of the hole. It came out in a rush and bit me on the right forefinger. I went to the hospital, got treated and still have the scar. The second bite was also a stiletto snake, a larger animal that was initially captured with out much fan fare, but when I was relocating it to a temporary cage, it escaped and bit me. This was a far milder bit that the first. I applied and was transferred to the Roads Department. This meant that I was out of the office and in the field. I was in charge of all the bulldozers and instructed the workers to alert me to any snakes that were seen. This is how I received my third bite, by a Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis). At the time they were thought to be harmless, and there was a pair mating in a tree. I climbed the tree and tried to get the pair of them, the male sailed past my left ear, and during this commotion, the female had a good chew on my finger. The wound bled liberally, but I did not think much of it. The next morning when I woke up, I was covered in blood, bleeding freely from the wounds on my finger. I went into the hospital and received fibrigen and Vitamin K, and recovered quickly after. It was with in week so of this bite that I got work of the first recorded death due to a Vine Snake”

DGS “How did you make the jump from the Roads department to the scientific world?’

DGB “I collected amphibians for Prof John Pointon while I was with the roads department. He was working out of the University of Natal at the time. I wanted to join the museum in Zimbabwe but had no formal degree. Prof Pointon informed of a program that was in place at the University of Natal, instituted initially for game wardens, which would let you apply for your BSc (Bachelor of Science degree) based on scientific papers published. I made use of this and was soon enrolled in my MSc and working for the museum. I did my Masters degree on The monograph of Platysaurus and my Doctorate degree on the Herpetofauna of South East Africa, to include amphibians. I also completed Amphibia Zambica. I have almost entirely completed Reptilia Zambica, and if I don’t fall off my perch in the next 10 years, I will finish it.”

DGS “How many species have you described and how many are named in your honor?”

 

Don Broadley scurries into study and comes out with volumes of Zootaxa and other herp journals, something he did frequently during our visit

DGB “Well, it looks like I have described just over 100 and had 12 species named for me”

DGS “On the topic of species, what’s your take on DNA, how its effecting taxonomy and how it applies to the field herper??”

DGB “We are currently going through a phase where taxonomy is being reorganized, structured and heavily based on DNA. Once we are through this phase and everything is organized, it will be more of a case of figuring out distribution of animals and focusing more on natural history. I am personally very interested in certain places, especially in Angola and Northern Mozambique. The Angola field guide project if of particular interest (DGB and author are co-authoring a field guide to Angola), this is because the area is a big black hole and many of the original specimens were lost during the war and the remainder were scattered around the world.”

DGS “Thanks a million Don”

DGB “Sure”

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Venom in Vegas Promo

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Danny and The Dingo in Costa Rica