PROJECT 16 (NON FULL): Danny Roddy: Talking With Ray Peat 1

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    Name: Danny Roddy: Talking with Ray Peat 1 Generative energy podcast
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    DR: Hello everybody. Today I’m talking with painter-philosopher-biologist Raymond Peat. We will talk about his interest in nutrition, and his latest newsletter titled “Mushrooms, observations and interpretations”. As always, please do your own research and come to your own conclusions: in the spirit of William Blake, “The true method of knowledge is experiment”.
    Ray, I was trying to put a timeline together of when you graduated with your degree in linguistics, and then Blake College. So if you could talk about that, I think it would be great.

    RP: Ok. I got my bachelor’s degree at Sothern’s Oregon College, 1956. And then I worked into the woods for a while, and got a job teaching. First I studied at the University of Oregon, 1957 and 1958, starting in the English department. Then switched to philosophy and psychology. After about one or two terms in each department, I decided I couldn’t stay to finish a masters in that area. Even tried the art’s history. And during this time, I was looking around for some program that would let me integrate all of these areas. And it looked like linguistics would allow me to bring together what the brain is doing when it speaks and thinks. Every time you reach a word that seems appropriate, you’re putting that word into a new context that never existed before. So, really, every active communication is a creative invention. And it seemed to me that the approach to how consciousness works would be possible through analyzing language. And I’ve found that Ohio State University had a Ph.D. program that they called the Interdepartmental Linguistics Committee that would grant a Ph.D. on the basis of interdepartmental language studies. So, since that seemed just what I wanted to do, I applied there and looked for a job to support myself nearby. And a little Swedenborgian University or College was called Urbana University, founded in 1859 by Swedenborgians, a friend of Johnny Appleseed, I think it was. And they had a really good hundred year old library. So, the Ohio State library wasn’t accessible: you had to put in an order, and then wait for the book to come. So, it was essentially useless. But I enrolled in English, Russian, and philosophy department courses there. And meanwhile, did most of my studying and thinking at the Urbana College. What I was teaching at Urbana was “Introduction to biology intended for physics majors” (I think that was how it was described). And the President of the College said he wanted a non-technical approach to the subject to let the students be able to understand current magazines and newspapers articles in their field. And at that time, 1959 and 1960, most interest in current science topics were in the radiation effects, biological effects of the radioactive fallout from atmospheric bomb testing, and the development of computers. So, I built a course largely around how to interpret the biological effects of radiation in the most general sense. And how information works in the organism, analogous to how information is handled in computers. And because of the physics part of my curses, the conservative priest, who was head of the board of directors, didn’t like the students asking questions about how safe is atmospheric bomb testing. So they went looking for a new biology teacher, and had Leo Koch come in from the University of Illinois as a prospective replacement for me. And he chose to give his lecture at Urbana on the dangers of radiation and the biological effects of atmospheric bomb testing. So, he was discarded as a possible replacement *chuckles*. And within a week or two, he lost his job at the University of Illinois too. *chuckles*. So, I realized that, even though they hadn’t told me, I wasn’t going to have a job the next year ( I realized [it] when he wasn’t hired, and in fact got fired at Illinois) and that I would have to look for another job. So that started me thinking about organizing a College that would be run by the students and teachers jointly without any priests, or boards of directors, and such.



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