The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 1119 with Howard Bloom

Episode Number: 1119
Episode Guest: Howard Bloom
Original Airdate: May 21, 2018
Episode Sponsors: Squarespace, ButcherBox

Guest Bio: Howard Bloom is an author and was also a publicist in the 1970s and 1980s for singers and bands such as Prince, Billy Joel, and Styx. His latest book How I Accidentally Started the Sixties is available now.

Topics Discussed: The Culture High documentary; he became ill with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 1988 and was in bed for 15 years; rebuilding his personality online while sick; he worked at a cancer research lab when he was 16; “the big bagel theory”; more talk about ME/CFS; the day he first experienced ME/CFS symptoms; creating a new personality online; The Lucifer Principle book; working on his writing; the internet saved his life; he lost a marriage due to ME/CFS; he takes magnesium, oxytocin, and B12 to help with his ME/CFS; he does 400-700 push-ups per day; Gabapentin; travelling with ME/CFS; he only sleeps in two four-hour chunks per day; listening to music gives him life; walking; he thinks he’s healthier and stronger now than he was when he was 19; things he’s working on today; he reads two books per day; going to school; talk about studying Hitler; ecstatic states; concerts are ecstatic states; if there’s something you want to do, do it now; he doesn’t want to be stereotyped and live inside a box; he needs to be working in a dozen fields simultaneously; The Varieties of Religious Experience book; promoting a high school dance; having an out-of-body experience while dancing; he realized at 12 that he was an atheist; living as an atheist with his religious parents; find the Gods within ourselves; powerful speeches are infectious; music is an exchange of the human soul; working with musicians; working with John “Cougar” Mellencamp; working with Michael Jackson; Joe describes Howard’s Batman-style utility belt; talk about Android phones; Google Pixel 2 XL; Kindle tablets; Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin; Elon Musk’s SpaceX; Space Launch System(1:00:00) ranting about NASA’s space program and aerospace contractors in America vs. Blue Origin and SpaceX; congressmen “stealing” budgets from NASA; more ranting about space technology and politics; space mining; entropy; the universe isn’t random; the universe takes waste and turns it into opportunity; The Origin of Species book; working while sick; Timothy Leary; what quantum physicists get wrong; quantum physics; universal brain theory; does he live in the moment or is he consciously aware; “I think, therefore I am”; the universe is interconnected; gut bacteria dictating our food choices; ants; bees; how bees are similar to humans; bacteria and antibiotics; gut bacteria and food cravings; Howard talks about his restricted diet; what he eats on his cheat day; eating bad food before sleeping; trying amphetamines; learning from animals in the past; he was thrown out of the (Boy) Scouts for being incompetent; dropping out of school to hang out with beatniks; Howard’s Jewfro; talk about living in Berkeley; what it feels like to be a spiritual leader at a young age; writing is lonely; he needs the energy from living around other people; Joe says that he needs alone time because he is around so many people all the time; humans need to be around other people; he appears on the Coast to Coast AM radio show regularly; (2:00:00) Conversations with God book; Howard has a YouTube channel, Joe says he should do a podcast; TJ Kirk/The Amazing Atheist; he doesn’t pay attention to UFO stories/evidence; he tells a story about birds and reflexes/triggers; supernormal stimulus; more Hitler talk; religion talk; we are built to receive certain stimuli; more talk about the universe and life beyond earth; molecules; the origin of life is still a big puzzle; working with Earth, Wind and Fire and connecting Maurice White with Carl Sagan; Cosmos TV show; Neil deGrasse Tyson; belief in a supernormal intelligence; Ancient Aliens TV show; The Genius of the Beast book; making an artist a star; evolution and a higher intelligence; God talk; there’s something in us that needs a higher being to explain our existence; false rapture claims; religion as a supernormal stimulus; bacteria gives us powers; toxoplasmosis; Dr. Robert Sapolsky; The God Problem book; Our Towns book; climate change; the earth has never been climatically stable; we need to develop climate stabilization technologies; humans have a chemical in our guts that is activated when we eat meat; more talk about early man; baboons are the rats of Africa; rats and dogs get along; bacteria intelligence; more talk about the earth and its climate; harnessing disasters as energy opportunities; what causes climate change dogma; An Inconvenient Truth documentary; Earth Day and environmentalism; we need climate stabilization technology of a large scale.


Books Mentioned

These are the books that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

Sale
The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
Howard K. Bloom - Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press - Paperback: 466 pages
$16.00 - $3.73 $12.27
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The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (Penguin American Library)
William James - Publisher: Penguin Classics - Edition no. 13 (12/16/1982) - Paperback: 576 pages
$17.00 - $3.11 $13.89
Sale
The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition
Charles Darwin - Publisher: Signet - Edition no. 0 (09/02/2003) - Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
$6.95 - $0.70 $6.25
The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism
Howard Bloom - Prometheus Books - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 0 (05/01/2010)
Sale
The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates
Howard Bloom - Publisher: Prometheus Books - Edition no. 0 (02/02/2016) - Paperback: 708 pages
$21.00 - $3.15 $17.85
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Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
James Fallows, Deborah Fallows - Publisher: Pantheon - Hardcover: 432 pages
$28.95 - $8.68 $20.27

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Movies Mentioned

These are the movies that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

The Culture High
Running time: 119 minutes - Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Joe Rogan, Richard Branson
Available on Amazon Prime Video
An Inconvenient Truth
Amazon Video, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) - Running time: 96 minutes - Al Gore, Billy West
Available on Amazon Prime Video

Last update on 2018-08-09. The above items contain Amazon affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on them. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API.


TV Shows Mentioned

These are the TV shows that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

Carl Sagan Cosmos - Utimate Edition [Blu-ray]
Imports (04/14/2017) - Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated) - Running time: 780 minutes
$36.86
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Ancient Aliens: The Complete Seasons 1-6 [DVD]
Lionsgate (11/11/2014) - DVD, NR (Not Rated)
$59.98 - $9.16 $50.82

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Products Mentioned

These are the products that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

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