161 D.S. Moss | Living a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life

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Named one of the best podcasts of 2017 by The Atlantic, The Adventures of Memento Mori, by D.S. Moss, is about death and living a more meaningful and purposeful life. By exploring the science, mysticism, and culture around death, D.S. takes the big elephant in the room and puts it front and center so you’re forced to face this subject that is taboo to so many people.

With topics that range from communicating with the dead, ego death and ayahuasca, to your digital afterlife, The Adventures of Memento Mori, will have you start looking at life and death in a whole new light.

What We Covered:

  • 06:12 – What The Adventures of Memento Mori is all about
  • 07:43 – The story behind starting his podcast
  • 10:55 – The process he took in formulating the show
  • 12:28 – If his friends worried once they found out what his podcast was about
  • 14:01 – Talking about the idea of dying in his first episode
  • 14:46 – Advanced Directives and why it’s important that you have one
  • 15:47 – Whether or not it was important for him to have a personal connection to the topics he set out to cover
  • 17:48 – His experience in putting together the Psychedelic Ego Death/Ayahuasca episodes (#13 & #14)
  • 19:58 – My practice of ayahuasca
  • 21:16 – Being bothered by consumerism and waste post-ayahuasca
  • 22:23 – Being named one of the best podcasts (#31) of 2017 by The Atlantic
  • 26:16 – My interview with Andrew Mason and his product, Descript
  • 28:00 – His workflow and overlaying his show on top of the Freakonomics formula
  • 29:03 – If he’s been able to meet any of his podcast heroes as a result of his show
  • 30:18 – Being surrounded by podcasters in New York City
  • 32:14 – Podcast conferences and the benefits I find in attending them
  • 35:39 – The shows he was listening to when he came up for the idea of his podcast
  • 38:05 – A group of people who thought his show got too personal
  • 41:05 – One of the reasons he did psychedelics and tried to transcend ego
  • 41:52 – Where he was born and the different places he has lived
  • 42:19 – Living in his favorite city – New York City
  • 43:56 – The missteps he encountered when he started to promote his show
  • 48:20 – Not feeling natural promoting his show in the social media space
  • 51:04 – Something he’s changed his mind about
  • 53:09 – The most misunderstood thing about him


Links Mentioned

Psychedelic Ego Death: Part 1
Psychedelic Ego Death: Part 2
The Atlantic article, The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017
PJ156: An Appetite for Creation with Andrew Mason
Freakonomics podcast
Lit Up podcast
The Lonely Hour podcast
Podcast Movement
The Heard podcasting community
The MeatEater podcast

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