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Philosophy & Other Big Ideas

Turtles All The Way Down

Jake Cenk Koseleci

Philosopher, musician, filmmaker, entrepreneur Jake Cenk Koseleci has deep conversations in his home studio with a wide array of guests on the biggest and smallest questions about art, science, technology, life, the universe and everything.

1:43:40 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode Jake speaks with Ana Serrano. Throughout their conversation the two explore various ideas about framing a world view, political agendas, the bubble, mindfulness and how to be in the world. From the divisive left and right dichotomies,...Show More

1:21:32 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Jake has been optimistically trending towards calm after a helpful acid trip, and may finally be able to achieve some good shit in his life.   Furniture designer, magazine publisher, film producer Marco Pecota and Jake talk about the good life, and a...Show More
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2:35:03 | Aug 15th, 2018

Photographer, robotics enthusiast, and all-around curious guy Angus Rowe McPherson is back for another breezy long-form conversation about life, the universe and everything. AI, robots, psychedelics, adderall, ritalin, caffeine, coffee, addiction, ca...Show More

1:26:22 | Aug 11th, 2018

Physicist and IT pioneer Ian Graham, like Jake, now lives a life of leisure. They were both hyper rational young men who had to learn how to properly understand their less rational sides.  High level, deep discussion with two middle aged smart guys i...Show More

1:05:02 | Jul 25th, 2018

Jake is better at getting off the couch and promises more output soon. He spoke with Matt Ratto who is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Matt directs the Semaphore Research cluster on Inclusive Design,...Show More

1:26:58 | Jun 30th, 2018

Chris is a talented magician who has been having fun in Toronto's improv comedy scene. Jake has been a bit manic lately and having trouble getting these episodes out.

59:56 | Apr 29th, 2018

Claire has been on team Turtle from the beginning as the producer of this podcast. She’s been busy with other projects lately including @AnimalStone which brings people and animals together through the creation of artful silver animal charms and the ...Show More

30:52 | Feb 27th, 2018

It’s been a hard winter full of personal and practical challenges for Jake Cenk, but it’s turning around as the season changes and he finds himself in love again with the universe. An AI program called Deep Mind recently beat the world’s best human ...Show More

1:36:40 | Dec 21st, 2017

Cenk recently played a set of his improvisational electronic music as part of the M4 Marathon for Sistering Women's Shelter in Toronto.   Video here:

1:05:26 | Nov 27th, 2017

Richard Gudiño used to play bass guitar in a heavy metal band named Medieval Rhyme. These days he's an executive recruiter with a wife and six kids in Toronto. Richard has reignited his passion for the music with a crowdfunding campaign to recruit so...Show More

1:00:12 | Nov 15th, 2017

Blues & Gospel musician Grant Heckman (The Honeyboys, Isaiah Lighting) visits Jake in the loft so the conversation turns to the Gods and Devils in music.

1:04:51 | Oct 22nd, 2017

Jake speaks with artist/scientist Kira Della Stua. Her brain was seriously altered in a car accident in Paris a couple of years ago. She’s since had to learn and relearn a great deal to adjust to her new reality. The conversation gets trippy fast. Fi...Show More

1:52:42 | Oct 11th, 2017

Jake talks with clown, /performance artist, /comic, /actor Allan Turner about the art of clowning, and of birthing and coexisting with alter egos. Allan brings out his zombie clown alter ego Jean Paul Mullet to continue this chill chat with Jake.   F...Show More

55:30 | Sep 15th, 2017

On his last night in Italy Jake sits down with writer/journalist Daniela Piteo whom he's known for quite some time. Wine, agriturismos, life in Italy, privacy, religion and family are some of the topics they touch on in under an hour of friendly conv...Show More

21:35 | Sep 7th, 2017

Online dating and the Self. In this monologue Jake tries Tinder and finds it weird how we try to describe ourselves to others, especially since we're not really a static and singular being to which we could easily point to and describe.

1:33:38 | Aug 31st, 2017

Jake speaks with Toronto Artist and Jewellery Designer Delane Cooper. Delane and Jake take a trip through the personal territory of Jake’s psychedelic habits and later Delane talks about her personal history as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. W...Show More

1:44:43 | Jul 31st, 2017

In this episode Jake reports from Italy where he’s spending the better part of the summer. Inspired by a trip to The Pantheon in Rome, Jake explores the tension between the gods of pantheism and the God of Judeo-Christian monotheism to get at the cen...Show More

1:51:05 | Jun 27th, 2017

Andrea Subissati is a writer, sociologist and executive editor of Rue Morgue Magazine. She is also the cohost of The Faculty of Horror Podcast. Jake's monologue deals with the philosophical mystery of existence in films, theatre and popular tv shows...Show More

2:30:19 | Jun 7th, 2017

Jake welcomes local Toronto artist and digital innovator, Anthea Foyer. They talk of media, digital culture, AI, making a living as an artist, the death of capitalism and other big developments that are currently underway. Anthea is a story teller wh...Show More

1:57:21 | May 10th, 2017

Jake begins this episode with his thoughts on building new neuronal pathways with practice. He distinguishes the mind as the mansplainer, know it all while the body is like a non-verbal, autistic genius who is magical and mysterious and works with fe...Show More

1:57:49 | Apr 18th, 2017

Jake primes this conversation with his thoughts on anxiety and the cyclones of energy that make up our inner and outer worlds. He says understanding anxiety often means sitting with it. Which is made difficult when we're living in a culture that appe...Show More

1:27:08 | Mar 29th, 2017

Jake begins this episode with a few thoughts on thought experiments. He questions the identity of things, how they change over time and how they remain the same. How do we see ourselves and how do we make sense of the multitudes within us? Jake’s mus...Show More

1:46:54 | Mar 18th, 2017

In this episode Jake and guest, Kyle Lumsden speak on the controversial topics of drug policy; use and society. They touch on the current cultural movements towards greater awareness and acceptance of substances for recreational or therapeutic purpos...Show More

1:44:58 | Mar 4th, 2017

In this episode Jake speaks with local artist Damon Pourshian. This one is slightly more revealing as Jake and Damon dig a little deeper into personal secrets and stories from the past. The unburdening of stuff, makes way for discussions on love, int...Show More

1:21:48 | Feb 4th, 2017

In this episode we welcome back our very first guest, Rodrigo Gudiño. Jake and Rodrigo begin this conversation with a reflection on Turtles All The Way Down, why Jake started the podcast and how he feels about where it’s going. The conversation conti...Show More

1:41:52 | Jan 30th, 2017

In this conversation Jake and Craig ponder the art of relating to each other and how media, bias, fake news and belief systems are creating barriers in between people and bubbles around individuals. They discuss the nature of “truth” and the role jou...Show More

27:59 | Jan 25th, 2017

Bonus music episode featuring the work of Jake's alter cyclone Cenk. It's the last 23 minutes of his recent live performance for and  If it was a song it would be called "It's About Your Reality". Turn it up and dance!

2:26:48 | Jan 21st, 2017

In this episode Jake and Elena discuss the current cultural and intellectual curiosities around home life, owning your own business, the changing workplace, young people, AI and of course, super-intelligence. The theme is balance. How do we find it, ...Show More

48:39 | Jan 14th, 2017

In this episode, Liberal Cucktard, A Primer For The Alt-Right, after a brief detour into the Star Trek vs Star Wars debate, Jake engages the young men of the Alt-Right with some brotherly advice and maps them within a framework illustrating the polar...Show More

1:55:10 | Jan 6th, 2017

In this episode Jake welcomes Toronto artist, Jo Blakley where they discuss the more esoteric elements of the universe, such as the forces of creative genius, oneness, love, religion, spirituality and what it means to be an artist. Jo offers insights...Show More

45:57 | Dec 30th, 2016

In this episode Jake speaks with Toronto Architect, Paul Raff. Throughout the conversation Jake and Paul discuss architecture, how good art shapes taste, dance and the process of creating beautiful things in the world, one small situation at a time. ...Show More

1:43:11 | Dec 21st, 2016

Innovation architect Mark Kuznicki ( visited Jake at the Junction loft just before the 2016 U.S. election. They take a long ride on a train of thought through the personal, the political and the philosophical.  Find Mark: http://themomen...Show More

2:13:20 | Dec 20th, 2016

In this episode Jake speaks with Toronto theatre Director, Kimberley Radmacher. Jake and Kimberley discuss the making of a play, the creative process, artistic intuition and the battle between the emotional and the intellectual forces in great art.

1:41:57 | Dec 17th, 2016

In this episode Jake speaks with Ali Rahnema, Business Strategist with expertise in Digital Media, having most recently served as COO for TorStar Digital. In this conversation Jake and Ali continue on the topics of intelligence, anti-intellectualism ...Show More

2:03:39 | Dec 13th, 2016

Michael Anton Dila In this episode we welcome back Michael Dila. This conversation circles around notions of design, more specifically how the concept of "open source software" has created a framework for how we think about design and collaboration. ...Show More

2:22:41 | Dec 7th, 2016

Angus Rowe-MacPherson In this episode of Turtles All The Way Down, Jake speaks with Angus Rowe-MacPherson, a photography artist with a degree in engineering and a deep interest in Robotics and AI. Jake and Angus discuss the emergence of technology an...Show More

1:57:23 | Dec 4th, 2016

In this episode Jake speaks with Robin Uchida, designer, innovator and creative strategist. Throughout the conversation Jake and Robin explore ideas about the self, awareness and experience. They discuss the cross sections between intellect and emoti...Show More

1:59:03 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Michael Anton Dila In this podcast Jake speaks with Michael Dila, designer, innovator, strategist, builder and provocateur. Throughout this discussion, Jake and Michael explore the theme of “intelligence” and the schism between the intellectual segme...Show More

1:35:50 | Nov 29th, 2016

Jesse Hirsh   In this episode Jake speaks with Toronto based technology strategist and public speaker Jesse Hirsh. Jake and Jesse discuss the ever changing cultural landscape, and the role of algorithms in shaping our culture. Jesse offers insights o...Show More

2:05:08 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Rodrigo Gudino   In this episode of Turtles All The Way Down, Jake speaks with film director and publisher of Rue Morgue Magazine Rodrigo Gudino. The two discuss art, horror, film, politics, spirituality, religion, death, fear and life. Rodrigo and J...Show More