Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: Writing


"It is perhaps this capacity of some rhetorical practices to induce and manage the breakdown of borders – such as those between male and female, life and death, silence and talk – that deserves the name 'eloquence.'" 
– Richard Doyle, Darwin's Pharmacy, p101

The point of words, it seems, is to point past words – to direct attention to our lived experience, at which point words become unnecessary.  Language functions as a bridge, sometimes, and sometimes as a wall...the management of boundaries, joining and dividing, is the sacred task of writers.  Poetry is magic; story shapes our lives; the power and the mystery of words is real, and serious, and I am grateful to be one of those through whom the words flow freely.

There are many kinds of writers; but I think my kind of writer is the dot-connecting kind, who never rests too long in one perspective, who is constantly revealing underlying unity and celebrating life in all its endless novelty, a writer who can speak past language and reveal you to yourself.  

And that's my goal.  Our lives are gorgeous, complicated, brief, and perfect.  How can I not communicate this beauty?

How To Live in the Future

I'm writing a book about evolutionary dynamics, psychedelic futurism, and how to make your way in our ever-weirdening world.  Learn more and support me on my Patreon campaign.  Read the serialized first draft at Metapsychosis Journal:

Science & Futurism

Best Seat in the House: Being Every Drone – Body Hacking Conference Blog
Let's Hack the Microbiome! – Body Hacking Conference Blog
US Supreme Court Says You're A Cyborg – Body Hacking Conference Blog
William Irwin Thompson on the Horizons of Planetary Culture – Reality Sandwich
Global Brains & Singularities: MG & Cadell Last Debate the Technopocalypse – Reality Sandwich
• Copernicus & Goldilocks: Doubting Our Horizons – High Existence
• The Evolution of Surveillance, Part 2: Red Queens & Evil Eyes – Reality Sandwich
• The Evolution of Surveillance, Part 1: Burgess Shale to Google Glass – Reality Sandwich
• What We Can Learn From Mass Extinctions – BigThink
• Biomimicry & The Design Revolution – Octa Blog
• Atavism: Old is the New 'New' – Octa Blog
• The Symmetry of Cause & Effect – Cause & Effect
• The Psychedelic Transhumanists  – H+ Magazine
• The Spooky World of Quantum Biology  – H+ Magazine
• Let A Hundred Futures Bloom: A Both/And Survey of Transhumanist Speculation  – H+ Magazine
An Emergent Syntax of Stuff – Octa Blog
• Biomimicry: Breathing New Life Into Design – d/visible Magazine
• Psychoactive Vibes:  Light & Sound in Engineering the Spectrum of Consciousness – JFKU
• Integral Time & Causality – JFKU
• The Engine Of Development: Integral Theory & Post-Metaphysical Entelechy – JFKU
• Evolving An Integral Biology – JFKU

Visionary Culture

• Painting While Dancing – IIIIIIIVVVIVII
• Ode To A Paradigm Shift – IIIIIIIVV
• The Field Guide To Live Artists

SolPurpose Conversations
• Richard Doyle & Michael Garfield on Approaching The Cloud of Unknowing (audio)
• Evan Skytree Snyder & Michael Garfield on Ecotopian Electronica & Our Cosmic Destiny (audio)
• Ken Adams & 'The Terence McKenna Experience' (audio)

Flow Arts in Hyperspace: Sara Huntley on the Future of Creative Performance – SolPurpose
• Decomposing The Shadow: James Jesso on Psilocybin Psychotherapy – SolPurpose
• Painting While Dancing: A Manifesto For Live Art – SolPurpose
• 'Transformational' Festivals Are A Symptom of Dissociation
• Unique Self in the Digital Era: A Conversation with Marc Gafni (audio)
• This Was All Ocean, Once... – Lost In Sound
• Angels, Dragons, & My Live Painting From AURA 2013 – Lost In Sound
• Review – Top Films That Capture The Mystical Experience: The Fountain – Reality Sandwich
• Art As Money: The '2012' Bank Note – Reality Sandwich
• Introducing Denver: Live Art Capitol of America – Kush Magazine
• The Problem – & Promise – of Festivals
• Self As City, City As Self [video w/ transcript]
• Sacred Activism [video w/ transcript]
• Giving In To Astonishment: Scenes From Burning Man's American Dream – Reality Sandwich
• What Is Integral Art? Or, How To Spot An Integral Artist – iggli
• Oh, Irony!: An Ode – Zaadz
• Why I'm No Longer Starving For An Adequate Myth – afterword to Suicide Dictionary


• Soundtrack To Your Funeral – IIIIIIIVVVIVII – Zaadz
• Visionary Instruments – Light HarpReactableMonomeChapman Stick – Zaadz

Kishi Bashi on the Past, Present, and Future of Music – Performer Magazine
• Visionary Soundscapes: A Talk with Mystical Sun – Reality Sandwich
• Review – Edly's Music Theory For Practical People – Performer Magazine
• Review – EOTO's Fire The Lazers!!! – Colorado Music Board
• Exaptation of the Guitar – Zaadz
• Luke Redfield's Folk Mysticism & Mystic Folk – Colorado Music Board
• Best Seat In The House: You're Virtually There – H+ Magazine
• The Coming Revolution In Audio Design – d/visible Magazine
• YOU'RE the Musician; YOU Make Some Noise! – Colorado Music Board
• The 3-2-1 of Musical Performance – Colorado Music Board
• Playing The Body Electric – Colorado Music Board
• On The Spiritual Significance of Music – XtremeMusic.org
• Review – Best & Worst New Musical Instruments of the 2000s – H+ Magazine
• Review – Doomstar!'s Colors – Performer Magazine
• The Transhuman Music of Akhentek – H+ Magazine
• A Window Into The Future of Sound – iggli
• R. Luke Dubois' Timelapse Phonography – iggli
• Transcending Possessiveness in Love and Music – iggli
• The Fullness of Emptiness: Riffing on Arvo Pärt – iggli
• The Ear of the Beholder: Tantra & My 'Desert Island' Playlist – iggli
• The Music of Proteins – iggli
• Interview: Scott Johnson of the Positive Music Association – iggli
• Finding The Music In Noise – iggli
• A Joyful Noise: Phil Kline's 'Unsilent Night' – iggli
• What Is Visionary Music? – iggli
• Review – Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid – Cause & Effect
• Review – Lynx's Grain of Sand – Zaadz
• Review – Love Beyond Life: A Review of The Fountain – Zaadz
• Wonderful Dexterity Training – Fretbase

Text-Only Interviews

• Incision Media (2013)
• Ideamensch (2012)
• Music 4 Change (2010)
• LostInSound (2009)

Podcast Appearances

• Third Eye Drops re: MAPS & psychedelic futurism (2017)
• The Astral Hustle (2017)
• Chasing Bodhi (2017)
• Third Eye Drops w/ Douglas Rushkoff (2017)
• Synchronicity Podcast (2016)
• The Inner Eye Podcast (2016)
• Future Primitive (2016)
• Third Eye Drops w/ Niles Heckman (2016)
• Third Eye Drops w/ Mitch Schultz & Rick Strassman (2016)
• Third Eye Drops w/ Bruce Damer (2016)
• Third Eye Drops w/ Erik Davis (2016)
• Third Eye Drops w/ Shane Mauss (2016)
• Third Eye Drops w/ Erik Davis (2016)
• Lucid Planet (2016)
• Ascend (2016)
• Midwest Real (2015)
• Midwest Real (2015)
• Shane Mauss' Here We Are (2015)
• Novelty Generators (2015)
• New Paradigm Radio (2015)
• Project Bring To Life (2015)
• Gaian Radio (2014)