The brain is a superb miracle of errors, and no one, except the brainless, is exempt.
David DiSalvo

Mind Your Mind
Science writer David DiSalvo reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. From this research-based platform, he draws out insights that we can use to identify our brains' foibles and turn our awareness into edifying action. Ultimately, he argues, the research does not serve up ready-made answers, but provides us with actionable clues for overcoming the plight of our advanced brains and, consequently, living more fulfilled lives. 28Dec11

Evolution of Culture
David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. 23Dec11

The Neverending Story
This book takes you on an inward journey through the psyche – exploring the highest states of consciousness; the insights and theories of ancient and modern philosophers, psychologists, and mystics; the power of dreams, chi energy, tarot, kundalini yoga, parapsychology – to explain the mystery of consciousness and construct a comprehensive model of mind and its nearly infinite possibilities. 19Dec11

Empowerment, Revolution, and the Universal Right to be Free
In In his new book, Clements weaves the wisdom of hundreds of the world's most creative and courageous thinkers – artists, activists, scientists, and risk-takers – in with his own most compelling life-lessons, questions, and discoveries, from his forty-year long pursuit of truth and freedom – an epic journey of world travel, spiritual exploration, scholarly study and political activism. 5Dec11

Possible Human
The author makes a powerful and provocative argument that counters the common wisdom that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes we cannot control. His well-reasoned case against the idea that we live in a "determined" world is fascinating and liberating. 25Nov11

Next wave of science writing
Editor Max Brockman has talent-spotted 19 young scientists, working on leading-edge research across a wide range of fields. Nearly half of them are women, and all of them are great communicators: their passion and excitement makes this collection a wonderfully invigorating read. 15Nov11

A next level of human evolution
An ambitious and groundbreaking book, offering a sweeping overview of key historical, philosophical and theological moments that have shaped our understandings of humanity. 1Nov11

The ecological solution
This film is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. It introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes interviews with key figures in the Permaculture movement. 23Oct11

Web of Life
The author shows how the universal information field connects every person, plant, animal, and mineral – a concept long known by shamans and expounded by perennial wisdom. 11Oct11

Inspiring Wisdom
Your life has been designed by your Soul. The more you listen to your Soul and act on its values and urgings, the more graceful and joyous your life becomes. The Message is an indispensable source of wisdom for seasoned spiritual practitioners and new seekers alike. 3Oct11

Your Story, Your World
Wilson blows the whistle on failed attempts to solve a broad range of problems and presents new solutions that work. His theories have been tested scientifically and found to have real results, towards both personal meaning and happiness and social progress. 21Sep11

Gaia's Supermind

In his final work, Argüelles informs about the nature and magnitude of an imminent "mind shift." He brings in the Mayan long-count calendar, radical theories on the nature of time, advanced states of consciousness, and the possible intervention of galactic intelligence. 13Sep11

Enhancer of Consciousness
Showing that the existence of life and the functioning of mind are the result of a naturally intelligent, self-organizing Universe, the author explains how sacred mushrooms provide a direct link to the wisdom of Nature and the meaning of life. 5Sep11

Back for the Future
The author examines the extent of human influence on megafauna extinctions past and present, and explores innovative conservation efforts around the globe. The key to modern-day conservation may lie fossilized right under our feet. 24Aug11

Harmonic Balancing
This guide provides exercises with breath, tone, mantras, and seed sounds, and reveal specific ways the voice can resonate the physical and subtle bodies, including 7 powerful chanted bija mantras and sacred vowel sounds to balance and align the chakras. 20Aug11

Europe's Entheogenic Past
Classics scholar Carl Ruck and friends reveal compelling evidence suggesting that psychedelic mushroom use was equally influential in early Europe, where it was central to initiation ceremonies for the Roman elite. 11Aug11

(R)evolution in Art
Looking at art through the lens of psychedelic experience and culture, New York Times critic Ken Johnson reveals an unexpected and illuminating dimension of art since the 1960s. Extensively illustrated in color, Johnson's pioneering study may change the way we see contemporary art. 1Aug11

... just want to have fun
Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In his new book Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain. 29July11

Consciousness? Consciousness!
Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe? Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it? Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, in some sense, always "out there" in the world? These questions and more, are addressed in this exceptional work. 25July11

Psychedelic Art From the Amazon
Recognized as one of the world's great visionary artists, Pablo Amaringo was renowned for his intricate, colorful paintings inspired by his shamanic visions. A master communicator of the ayahuasca experience where snakes, jaguars, subterranean beings, celestial palaces, aliens, and spacecraft all converge. 17July11

Beyond "Neuroculture"
In a devastating critique Raymond Tallis exposes the exaggerated claims made for the ability of neuroscience and evolutionary theory to explain human consciousness, behaviour, culture and society. We are, shows Tallis, infinitely more interesting and complex than we appear in the mirror of biologism. 13July11

Partners in Evolution
To explore the rhetoric of the psychedelic experience and its significance to evolution, Doyle takes his readers on an epic journey through the work of artists, ethnobotanists and anthropologists, and anonymous trip reports. The results offer surprising insights into evolutionary theory, the war on drugs, the internet, and the nature of human consciousness itself. 25June11

Creative Process
Today, quantum information theory is among the most exciting scientific frontiers, attracting billions of dollars in funding and thousands of talented researchers. But as MIT physicist and historian David Kaiser reveals, this cutting-edge field has a surprisingly psychedelic past. 21June11

Safe Trips, Happy Landings
"This publication could not be more timely; it coincides with a major renaissance of interest in psychedelic research worldwide. The information that it provides will thus be useful not only for the hundreds of thousands of people involved in self-experimentation but also for the new generation of psychedelic researchers," comments Stanislav Grof.

System Gaia
This book places humanity in context as part of the Earth system, using a new scientific synthesis to illustrate our debt to the deep past and our potential for the future. 28May11

Welcome to the Future
Two pioneering experts in the field of virtual reality, reveal how the human brain behaves in virtual environments and examine where radical new developments in digital technology will lead us in five, fifty, and five hundred years. 16May11

A Most Human Development
For the first time in history, we are interacting with computers so sophisticated that we think they're human beings. This is a remarkable feat of human ingenuity, but what does it say about our humanity? Are we really no better at being human than the machines we've created? 5May11

Changing our Lifes
The average reader is now well-versed – even inundated – with green lifestyle advice. In 2011, green is the starting point, not the destination. This second edition of the bestselling book is extensively revised to include the latest trends, technologies, and solutions in sustainable living. 25Apr11

Who lives longest – and why
With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life. 17Apr11

The Way We Live
Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature. A scientific revolution has occurred – we have learned more about the human brain in the last thirty years than we had in the previous three thousand. The unconscious mind, it turns out, is most of the mind – not a dark, vestigial place but a creative and enchanted one, where most of the brain's work gets done. 5Apr11

A Chemical Labor of Love
Finally the latest work by Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, the world's most prolific explorer of the chemistry and effects of psychedelic drugs has been published. The Index is a comprehensive survey of the known psychedelics, and will become an invaluable source for researchers, physicians, chemists, and law enforcement. 28Mar11

The Power of Touch
A a new and provoking understanding of how we communicate, what we need to connect fully with one another, and how our addiction to email and texting can be countered with technologies that put us – literally – in each other's minds. 25Mar11

We are familiar with the periodic impact of El Nino on the earth's weather. Now Arnold Taylor unravels the much wider story of the connection between the world's atmosphere and oceans, demonstrating the scale and importance of this vast coupling, and its profound effect on the biosphere. 21Mar11

Revising Our Worldview
"Jahn and Dunnes's masterful book explains that objective reality is completely independent of consciousness. Their experimental evidence is persuasive, tanztalizing, and ultimately staggering in ist implications. Orthodox thinkers will protest, but the scientific revolution is charging ahead and this book blazes the trail," comments Dean Radin. 17Mar11

The Ability of Science
Peter Atkins is the shining exception to the rule that scientists make poor writers. Now he turns to the greatest – and most controversial – questions of human existence. Can the scientific method tell us anything of value about birth, death, the origin of reality – and its end? Are these questions best left to faith? 9Mar11

The secrets of snowflakes' shape
Did you know that snowflakes grow? They all start as a hexagonal crystal of ice and then spread out, forming delicate arms and enchantingly intricate patterns. 28Dec11

Czechs Decriminalize Peyote, Magic Mushroom Growing
Under changes in Czech drug policy approved by 28 November 2011 growers of psychedelic cacti and fungi will no longer face criminal punishment. 28Dec11

Joy In The Animal World
Advances in our knowledge and understanding of animal sentience are compelling us to reconsider our prejudices toward animals. 23Dec11

Is Free Will an Illusion?
Don't trust your instincts about free will or consciousness, experimental philosophers say. 23Dec11

As Above, So Below
Lynn Margulis, biologist and Professor of Geosciences, composed a grand and powerful view of the living and the non-living. Her vision was wider in scope and more profound in depth than any other coherent scientific world view. 19Dec11

Bank of Ideas
Members of the Occupy movement in London are transforming an abandoned office block into a space to share ideas for how to solve pressing economic, social and environmental problems. 19Dec11

And Now, Faster-Than-Light Culture
The recent discovery at CERN of neutrinos traveling faster than light has physics forums buzzing about the possibility that this is "solid" evidence of long-hypothesized additional dimensions. 13Dec11

World's Largest Marine Reserve Announced
Australia's planned Coral Sea park is the size of France and Germany combined and will help protect fish, coral reefs and nesting sites. 13Dec11

The True Origin of Crop Circles
Finally revealed – how crop circles really come about. Enjoy Brummbaer's visionary animation. 9Dec11

Nothingness: Why nothing matters
Our pursuit of naught provides profound insights into the nature of reality. 9Dec11

Planning for the End of the Era
Most of us don't claim to know the future. Even futurists say they are predicting "futures," not "the future." Those who give definite predictions are just entertainers. 5Dec11

Online Timewave Zero Calculator
2012 is just around the corner, and to kick it off Peter Meyer (author of the TWZ software) has written an online timewave calculator. It displays both the Kelley and the Watkins timewaves for all years and months from 1995 through 2012. 5Dec11

Let's be clear about what the Singularity is; we are talking about a colossal event that would radically transform life as we know it. The Singularity is enormously powerful – there is nothing tiny about it. By: Nikki Olson & Singularity Utopia. 1Dec11

Lynn Margulis (1938 – 2011): "Gaia Is A Tough Bitch"
Biologist Lynn Margulis died on November 22nd. She stood out from her colleagues in that she would have extended evolutionary studies nearly four billion years back in time ... By John Brockman. 1Dec11

Drug hallucinations look real in the brain
The visions induced by Ayahuasca may be as real as anything the eyes actually see, according to brain scans of frequent users of the drug. 25Nov11

Decoding the Brain's Cacophony
An interview with the neuroscientist and professor of psychology Michael Gazzaniga known for his studies, and stories, about the brain's split personality. 25Nov11

Chimps' Days in Labs May Be Dwindling
A major push by advocacy groups could bring a decision within a year to stop lab experiments assailed as cruel and unnecessary. 21Nov11

It Takes Two: Brains Come Wired for Cooperation
The brain was built for cooperative activity, whether it be dancing on a TV reality show, building a skyscraper or working in an office, according to new research. 21Nov11

The Unsung Intelligence of Life's Web
The closer one examines life the more apparent does natural intelligence become. It is what you see when you look down a microscope at a cell. An article by Simon G. Powell. 15Nov11

Why We Shouldn't Fear the Future
Intel futurist Brian Johnson channels science fiction and people's worries to help chart the future of microprocessors and the technologies that use them. 15Nov11

The seventh starling
What do particle physics, statistics and poetry have in common? (includes videos) 11Nov11

Humans are less violent than ever
We are much more peaceful now than we used to be, says psychologist Steven Pinker, a result of government, courts, policing, trade, the expansion of literacy, and the empowerment of women. 11Nov11

Plants Feel the Force
Scientists are just beginning to find out how plants sense touch, gravity and other physical forces. 6Nov11

The Divided Brain
The Left Hemisphere versus the Right Hemisphere; everyone knows the brain is divided in two halves. But does that affect human behaviour, culture and society? Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and a writer explains in a video. 6Nov11

Top 100 Images
From "A rose made of galaxies" to "The very curious creation of an ageing star," here are Hubble's most spectacular views into the depths of the universe. 1Nov11

It's time for Humanity 2.0
Sociology professor Steve Fuller says we are moving away from seeing ourselves as 'normal' humans as we increasingly embrace technological and medical advances – if we can afford them. 1Nov11

How Hemp Got High
A team of Canadian researchers has sequenced the genome of Cannabis sativa, the plant that produces both industrial hemp and marijuana, and in the process revealed the genetic changes that led to the plant's drug-producing properties. 27Oct11

The Architecture of Motivation

Research concerning the welfare of others affects not only how to think about certain emotions, but also overturns how most models of reciprocity and exchange. Leda Cosmides explains these new approaches to human motivation. 27Oct11

Global Revolution Underway
The mainstream media continues to play down the Occupy phenomenon, critiquing its lack of specific demands. Such demands are pointless, they would suggest that there is a way to reform the present system, but no reformist initiative is possible. 23Oct11

The Brain's Medicine
Natural marijuana-like chemicals play important role in placebo effect. 23Oct11

DMT: The Spirit Molecule
The documentary by Mitch Schultz and Rick Strassman investigates dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a naturally occurring psychoactive compound, which exists in humans, and potentially every living organism. 19Oct11

Why we remain optimistic in the face of reality
One reason optimists retain a positive outlook even in the face of evidence to the contrary has been discovered, say researchers. 19Oct11

Lessons On Harvesting Solar Power
While sunlight is the most abundant source of energy at our disposal, we have yet to learn how to capture, transfer and store solar energy efficiently. The answers can be found in the complex systems at work in nature. 15Oct11

Psychedelic Research Returns
Four decades after Timothy Leary, LSD shows success in medical trials. Will the right completely trip? And finally "Salon" reports about the ongoing "psychedelic revival." 15Oct11

How Far Will Dolphins Go to Relate to Humans?
For 25 years, Denise Herzing has returned to the same place in the Bahamas to study a group of wild dolphins. Next year, she will pioneer a project to communicate with them. 11Oct11

Music of the Brain
A new model suggests that harmonious musical intervals trigger a rhythmically consistent firing pattern in certain auditory neurons, and that sweet sounds carry more information than harsh ones. 11Oct11

Seeing With Eyes Wide Shut
Functional neuroimaging reveals the neural basis of the intense imagery induced by the "spirit vine" – Ayahuasca. 7Oct11

A Knack for Bashing Orthodoxy
The Oxford don, a liberal atheist who is arguably the world's most influential evolutionary biologist, continues to turn the prevailing view of evolution and natural selection on its head. 7Oct11

Right Livelihood Award 2011
This year's winners of the 'alternative Nobel Prize' were three individuals and one organisation - honoured for their work on practical solutions to the great challenges of our time. 7Oct11

Free will and quantum clones
Do we have autonomy, or are our choices preordained? Computer scientist Scott Aaronson has proposed a variation on the Turing Test that he calls the Envelope Argument or Prediction Game to address the question of free will. 7Oct11

Amazing Earth video
Science educator James Drake built a timelapse sequence from the front of the International Space Station as it flew over North and South America, created by downloading a series of 600 photographs. 3Oct11

Why Laughter Feels So Good
Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good. 3Oct11

The Possibility of Telepathic Utopia
In his later works the Bengali mystic and political activist Sri Aurobindo deals with social concerns and presents a philosophical ideal of what a future

idealized society should be. An article by Tristan Gulliford. 29Sep11

Greenpeace at 40
"A trip for life and for peace" – That's how Irving Stowe described the plan to sail a small boat to the Arctic Ocean in 1971, trying to stop the testing of a nuclear bomb. The hippies' and pacifists' trip changed the world. 29Sep11

Dolphins May 'Talk' Like Humans
A study in which recordings of dolphins made in the 1970s were re-analyzed has revealed that dolphins talk to each other in a manner very similar to human speech, using tissue vibrations. 25Sep11

Playing the Long Game
One of the qualities that truly distinguishes human beings from every other species is our ability to anticipate and plan days, weeks, even years ahead. This capacity gave us tremendous advantage as our species competed for its place in the world. 25Sep11

Quantum minds: Why we think like quarks
The fuzziness and weird logic of the way particles behave applies surprisingly well to how humans think. 21Sep1

The Social Psychological
A basic assumption is that it's not the objective environment that influences people, but their constructs of the world. Go inside people's heads and see the world the way they do. A conversation with Timothy D. Wilson, author of Redirect. 21Sep11

Wing Secrets That Help Insects Rule the World
Insects keep the earth clean and productive. These ecosystem workhorses could easily manage without us, but we could never manage without them. 17Sep11

The Scale of the Universe
Zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn the scale of things along the way! 17Sep11

Searching for Plato's truth
Scientists, artists and philosophers have been haunted for thousands of years by the need to search for truth. It's a haunting quest because the ultimate destination, an objective reality, may not exist. 13Sep11

Evolution for Kids

Richard Dawkins calls for evolution to be taught to children from age five. He says evolution – "the explanation for our existence" – should be a compulsory part of the primary school curriculum. 13Sep11

The Local-Global Flip, or, "The Lanier Effect"
In a freewheeling hour-long conversation, computer scientist Jaron Lanier touches on, and goes beyond the themes he launched in his influential 2006 essay "Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism." 9Sep11

Evolutionary theory can make street life better
David Sloan Wilson about how evolution can be used to improve the quality of life within the City of Binghamton, New York, and beyond. 9Sep11

Fundamental Discovery About Neurons
A new discovery about how nerve cells in the brain store and release tiny sacs filled with chemicals may radically alter the way scientists think about neurotransmission. 5Sep11

Mind-Altering Microbes
Probiotic bacteria have the potential to alter brain neurochemistry and treat anxiety and depression-related disorders. 5Sep11

Becoming a city in a garden
In Singapore's next "green road map," its 10-year development plan, the country aims to go from being "a garden city" to "a city in a garden." 1Sep11

Weed sequenced, No really – weed
The raw sequence, done in Amsterdam, was posted on Amazon's EC2 public cloud computing service by a young company called Medicinal Genomics, which aims to explore the genomes of therapeutic plants. 1Sep11

A Paradise for Plant Diversity Botanists begin to catalog the flora of Las Orquideas National Park in Colombia, a biologically diverse region that remains understudied and largely unexplored. 28Aug11

Natural brain state is primed to learn
Learning and recall is easier when a region of the brain called the parahippocampal place area shows a less-than-typical level of activity. 28Aug11

The end of the road for motormania
Something unexpected is happening to our car-crazy culture. What are the forces driving us out of motoring? 24Aug11

On Creativity, Marijuana and "a Butterfly Effect in Thought"
The heightened ability to make novel associations is the hallmark of creative thinkers. This is why Marijuana is perhaps one of the best cognitive tools for creativity. By Jason Silva. 24Aug11

The Surprising Science of Smiles
All hail the powerful smile. The right smile, at the right time, wins friends and calms enemies. The smile held for too long, not long enough, flashed too intensively or too dimly, arouses suspicion, fear or anger. 24Aug11

Natural Capital Project
An economist for nature calculates the need for more protection. 24Aug11

How language transformed humanity
In this fascinating video, biologist Mark Pagel argues that humanity's destiny is to become one world with one language. 20Aug11

Tripping The Bardo with Timothy Leary
Joanna Harcourt Smith's story is "about the suppression of the 60s Revolution & my Mata Hari days with Timothy Leary, the Harvard legend of LSD. The book is being self-published through the support of the Kickstarter community. 20Aug11

Space Weather
Susan Joy Rennison is a geophysics lecturer specializing in the emerging science of space weather. A talk about recent discoveries in astrophysics and the plasma-electrical universe, mythology, politics, and the energy grid with Rak Razam. 11Aug11

Golf in the Kingdom
The film is adapted from the 1972's classic novel, the best-selling work of fiction about the game of golf, written by Michael Murphy, co-founder and chairman of the world famous Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Califonia. 11Aug11

From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines
This feature documentary, in progress, includes interviews with some of the world's foremost researchers, writers, and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy. Director Oliver Hockenhull has opened a Kickstarter project. 11Aug11

Wisdom's Dare: The Future of a Divine Experiment
An essay by John Lamb Lash about what we of the human species could do here on earth, by way of realizing our divine potential and achieve it according to the designs and purposes of the resident divinity, Gaia-Sophia. 11Aug11

Magic Trip
A freewheeling documentary portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster's fabled road trip across America in the legendary Magic Bus. The beginning of "The Sixties." 5Aug11

Flashbacks Books Canada
Michael Horowitz has just launched an eBay store, selling the same kinds of books as he has since 1985 from San Francisco through catalogs. The books will be priced for sale ("buy-it-now") rather than auction. His seller name is Utopiate23. 5Aug11

The Economics of Happines
This documentary shows that 'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Far from the old institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different future. 1Aug11

Wisdom of grandparents helped rise of prehistoric man

As more Homo sapiens lived beyond the age of 30, scientists say, they passed on knowledge and skills to the young. 1Aug11

Just Do It
With unprecedented access Emiliy James' documentary, a "Tale of Modern Day Outlaws," takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world. 29July11

Starting to Make SENS

SENS describes a whole battery of medical treatments that could theoretically defeat the aging process. A Conversation about the pros and cons with Aubrey de Grey and Eddie Germino. 29July11

We Miss You
In a short film German-born director Hanna Maria Heidrich highlights the starkness of urban life while urging us to reconnect with the natural world, to surprisingly poignant and surreal effect. 25July11

Drugs and the Meaning of Life
Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. An article by neuroscientist Sam Harris. 25July11

Thirst for Fairness May Have Helped Us Survive
Darwinian-minded analysts argue that Homo sapiens have an innate distaste for hierarchical extremes, the legacy of our long nomadic prehistory as tightly knit bands. 21July11

Print Me a Solar Sell
New MIT-developed materials make it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document. 21July11

Ayahuasca Visions
A gallery of never-before-published paintings by renowned artist Pablo Amaringo, with an essay about how he became a master painter of visions by Dennis McKenna. See also under media|books. 17July11

Fab&Vivien: Around the World for a good cause
Two friends travel around the world and bet that for each donation of 10 Euros or above donated to social grassroots projects, they will find 1 person to sing with them in a musical mass performance. 17July11

A Beautiful Experiment
Quantum magic trick shows reality is what you make it. 13July11

How Love Makes (Some) Pain Go Away
Gaze upon a lover's picture, and pain won't seem so sharp: It's a poetic truth, and a scientific one too. 13July11

Molecules of Madness
A Kickstarter project has been launched with the aim of bringing what is shaping up to be a major historic re-discovery by researcher Tony Wrigt, author of Left in the Dark, with massive practical implications to a mainstream audience. 9July11

Psychedelics Make Us Human
An interview with Richard Doy by Jason Silva, a fellow at the Hybrid Realities institute and host on Current TV. 9July11

Shark Sanctuary
In a sign that the global movement to protect sharks is picking up steam, Honduras is declaring 92,665 square miles of its waters to be a permanent sanctuary for the fish. 5July11

Sharp Drop in Support for Nuclear Energy

Global support for Nuclear Energy has dropped quickly to 38% (down 16 points from 54%) to now become lower than support for coal (48%). 5July11

Expansion of Consciousness in the Individual and Society
A fascinating talk by Ralph Metzner, pioneering psychologist involved in consciousness research for over 50 years, held at the October Gallery in London on 14 May 2011. 1July11

LSD Home Factory
Simple microbes such as those found in baker's yeast can be modified to make LSD, suggests research by Harvard scientists. 1July11

Why is there only one human species?
Not so very long ago, we shared this planet with several other species of human, all of them clever, resourceful and excellent hunters, so why did only Homo sapiens survive? 28June11

Thoughts on Managing Change
Jared Diamond explains how modern civilization can choose not to collapse. A video. 28June11

Plants as Superpower
In responding to global climatic change we must evolve, and this evolution begins with the recognition of plants, and the Earth itself, as a superpower whose weaponry is temperature change, rising ocean levels, and emergent and proliferating diseases. 25June11

Each Half of the Brain Has Its Own Memory Storage
The left and right halves of the brain have separate stores for working memory, the information we actively keep in mind, suggests a study. 25June11

The Archive of Dr. Timothy Leary
The New York Public Library's Manuscripts and Archives Division has acquired over 300 boxes of material belonging to influential psychologist and author Timothy

Leary, a key figure in the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. 21June11

Imagination linked to perception
Mental imagery is related to our perception of the external world, according to a new study of how the brain processes images. 21June11

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Psilocybin research
A new study provides clues on how much of the substance patients could take to get the greatest benefit with the least risk. 17June11

Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster
For the past few years Geoffrey West, a physicist former president of SantaFe Institute has been calling for "a science of how city growth affects society and environment" 17June11

Nature's guide to immortality
Ageing apes, ancient clams and a jellyfish that never dies reveal how some species attempt to extend their own mortality. 13June11

Open Money

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer currency. Peer-to-peer means that no central authority issues new money or tracks transactions. 13June11

Online Underground
Making small talk with your pot dealer sucks. Buying cocaine can get you shot. What if you could buy and sell drugs online like books or light bulbs? Now you can: Welcome to Silk Road. 9June11

Human Super Organism
Australian scientist Tim Flannery argues that humankind is evolving into a 'super-organism' where interdependence has profound consequences for the individual. A video. 9June11

Parallel Lines Never Cross, Even in Remote Amazonia
Adults and school-age children may understand some basic principles of geometry even without formal math training at all, according to a study. 5June11

Consciousness & the Universe

To a vast amount of questions around these topics are addressed in this special edition of the Journal of Cosmology, edited and presented by Sir Roger Penrose and Dr Stuart Hameroff. 5June11

Crazy Sex Trick Fuels All-Male Clam Species
Amidst the animal kingdom's menagerie of sexual practices, those of Corbicula clams stand out. 5June11

Orgasms unlock altered consciousness

An intimate act in an fMRI scanner explores the pathways of pleasure and pain. 1June11

It's official: art makes you happy
Scientists have discovered that looking at art induces the same feelings of pleasure as being in love. A video. 1June11

The End of Nuclear

Even before the disaster in Fukushima, the world's nuclear industry was in clear decline, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. 28May11

Create Your Better Life Index
This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. 28May11

Psychedelic Adventures at the Edge of the Abyss
Terence McKenna was a brilliant psychedelic philosopher who foresaw the potential for a transformative future. In an Evolver Intensives course Dennis McKenna, his brother, explores his legacy and reveals his relevance for today. 25May11

Want to Be Happy? Stop Trying
While the pursuit of happiness may seem like a reasonable aim, new research shows that making happiness a personal goal will only stand in the way of your achieving it. 25May11

Manifesting the Mind

Videos of all presentations from the Bioethics Forum last April with Jeremy Narby, Kathleen Harrison, Wade Davis, Giulio Tononi, David E. Nichols, Franz X. Vollenweider, Roland Griffiths, a.m.o. 25May11

Boredom is good for you
Far from dulling the mind and leading to a lack of productivity, boredom can inspire people to seek out ways of being altruistic, empathatic and to engage in prosocial tasks, particularly unpleasant ones such as giving blood. 21May11

A Billion Years of Evolution
When a research team started analysing the genetics of microorganisms from their university pond, they might have expected to find a couple of new species. Instead, they discovered a group of fungi that could double the size of that biological kingdom. 21May11

"Spiritual" Atheist Scientists
More than 20 percent of atheist scientists are spiritual, according to new research. Though the general public marries spirituality and religion, the study found that spirituality is a separate idea ... 16May11

A More Liberal Approach to Drug Policy?
On the 1st of July 2001 Portugal decriminalized the use and possession of all illicit drugs. Now, ten years on, countries are looking closely at the lessons learnt by Portugal's policy experiment. 16May11

DMT: The Spirit Molecule
Dr. Rick Strassman was the first scientist to conduct U.S. government-approved human research into hallucinogens and psychedelic drugs after the so-called War on Drugs. An interview. 13May11

Brains of Buddhist monks scanned in meditation study
In a laboratory a neuroscientist has been placing Tibetan Buddhist monks into a car-sized brain scanner to better understand the ancient practice of meditation. 13May11

Fire Walking Ritual Gives Clues to How People Bond
The hearts of people who perform the daring feat of fire walking beat in sync with loved ones watching them complete the ceremony. 9May11

Terence McKenna's Last Interview ...
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