Holistic Survival Discusses the Apocalypse with Philosopher Jonathan Zap

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Holistic Survival, an invaluable web resource for modern survival, interviews the author and philosopher about the psychology of end times

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Holistic Survival, the Web premier resource for modern survival techniques, welcomed author, researcher and philosopher Jonathan Zap during the 63rd episode of its popular podcast. Zap discussed event horizons, archetypes, Stanley Kubrick, and a surprisingly sunny view of the world’s future.

To begin the discussion, Zap first had to define his terms: “An event horizon is a transition where core things change so that reality as we once experienced it is fundamentally different,” said Zap. “In a typical day, for example, an event horizon is crossed when we enter the dream state.”

He then needed to define singularities, which is essentially a theory about the end of the world: “All archetypes are primordial images in a human psyche,” Zap continued. “The singularity archetype is two event horizons: the first is the human species reaching a quantum evolutionary change, while the other is personal death. There’s a parallelism between an individual’s life span and the life span of the species.”

Zap brought up Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey to illustrate. “There couldn’t be a more powerful image of humanity crossing an event horizon than 2001: A Space Odyssey, which illustrates a human being that takes the next step in human evolution.” He described scenes in the film’s final section, in which the film’s protagonist travels through a dimensional portal and evolves into a psychic being.

The philosopher challenges evolution, questioning how mankind could be far more intelligent than earth’s animal kind. “This idea that there are these discontinuities in evolution that we can’t account for—there’s this huge gap between us and chimpanzees, in spite of the genetic similarities—is common,” shared Zap.

He went on to put a nail in the coffin of apocalyptic 2012 prophecies. “Basically, there’s so much misinformation. The Mayan calendar does not end in 2012. There’s no Mayan prophecy about 2012. There’s no reference to an apocalyptic event; the Mayan point of view appears to be more positive in outlook.”

There are a million end of the world theories, he said, all of them with believers. “The economy is certainly creating a lot of uncertainty,” Zap said. “But I remember when 9/11 happened, I called my parents who live in the Bronx—and they weren’t that freaked out. They lived through the Great Depression. They lived through World War II. We have had many ‘white knuckle’ moments throughout our history.”

Zap said that when you put things in perspective, the human race isn’t doing so poorly right now. “If you read the headlines, it looks like the world is being torn apart, but if you look at the casualties, the numbers are relatively low,” explained Zap. “I’m a baby boomer. I thought the 60s were an anomaly: it was a time of incredible optimism. I think some of us can remember times of incredible optimism, like the Clinton years with the dot com boom and bust and that those memories color our perception of the ‘bad times.’”

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