A conversation with Scoop Nisker is a funny, smart, enlightening foray into physics, spirituality, and the oddities of life as we know it. In this wildly entertaining yet informative interview, you’ll hear a new spin on atomic theory, meditation, politics, evolution, and more. You’ll even hear a song about the big bang, and lively banter about why “the here and now” was invented. Best of all you’ll chuckle at Mr. Nisker’s unique analysis of how our world is made, what’s real, and what’s not. He says, “Everything we perceive is made of atoms, and atoms are 99.999% empty space. There’s hardly any matter to matter. So why don’t we just fall through the floor and through the earth? Because it’s just a magic act that’s going on here. It’s a sleight-of-hand, sleight-of-stuff. If your body’s made of atoms, and atoms are mostly empty space, what is holding your clothes on? Not only does the emperor have no clothes, the clothes hardly have any emperor.” Beneath the humor, though, is the wisdom of a man who sees life for what it is, and celebrates it for all it can be. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Wes “Scoop” Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, author, radio commentator, and performer. He is founder and co-editor of the Theravada Buddhist journal, Inquiring Mind, and an affiliate teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He travels the world leading retreats and workshops in insight meditation.
He’s the author of:
- Buddha’s Nature: A Practical Guide to Discovering Your Place in the Cosmos (Bantam 2000)
- Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again!: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (A Cody’s Book) (Stone Bridge Press 2008).
- The Essential Crazy Wisdom (Ten Speed Press 2012)
- The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom: The Spiritual Experiments of My Generation (Iro Books 2013)
To learn more about the work of Wes “Scoop” Nisker go to www.wesnisker.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- Why our government should have a Department of Wisdom
- What might happen if all the gods had a summit meeting
- Why radio is the “happy medium”
- How we can prove the world doesn’t really exist
- Why reality isn’t just random chaos bumping into itself
- What spiritual message we can find in evolution
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Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/24/2008 Program Number: 3284
From Album: Tipiqueros
Artist: Bongo Logic
1996 Rycodisc #RLCD 1003
Opening Essay: Track 10 Poncho Se Va
Music Break 1: Track 04 Be-bop and Roses
Music Break 2: Track 08 Invencion
Music Break 3: Track 07 Tres Palabras