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When comparing Leary's early writings with his later writings from the late 1960s and early 1970s ne is struck by his willingness to seriously consider the boundless and utopian possibilities of the drug experience … For Leary, the experience of taking psychedelic drugs was not simply "recreational."

James Penner
 
Basic Psychedelic Research

17 sep 14 | Penner, Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years
Presenting the first collection of Leary’s writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965, this book offers rare articles from Leary’s time as a professor in Harvard’s Psychology Department, including writings from the Harvard Psilocybin Project, the Concord Prison Project, and the Good Friday Experiment.

 

 

 

Archetypal Psychology

9 sep 14 | Butler, Pathways to Wholeness
By drawing on the work of Stanislav Grof and Richard Tarnas, Butler systematically describes the archetypal themes and qualities associated with each of the major planetary combinations studied in astrology and considers how these themes might manifest and be supported in deep psychological self-exploration.

 

 

 

What Makes Us Different

1 sept 14 | Davis, The Compatibility Gene
A scientific adventure story set in a new field of genetic discovery – that of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality. Daniel M. Davis, one of the leading scientists in the field, tells us the story of its groundbreaking developments that have the potential to change us all.

 

 

 

Understanding Gaia

25 aug 14 | Buhner, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm
Earth poet Stephen Harrod Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to initiate communication in return, connection with Nature by using our hearts rather than our heads.

 

 

 

True Self Discovery

19 aug 14 | Waite, Back to the Truth
The author compares the scriptures of traditional Advaita with the words of contemporary sages and neo-Advaita. Should we ignore the mind? Is the world real? Is there anything we can do to become “enlightened”? These questions and many more are addressed, with explanations from those who discovered the truth.

 

 

 

Life as an Act of Healing

9 aug 14 |  Jodorowsky, The Dance of Reality
Retracing the spiritual and mystical path he has followed since childhood, Alejandro Jodorowsky re-creates the incredible adventure of his life as an artist, filmmaker, writer, and therapist – all stages on his quest to push back the boundaries of both imagination and reason – to find an inner light that can help through life’s most difficult tests.

 

 

 

A Holistic Worldview

25 july 14 | Capra, Luisi, The Systems View of Life
A new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of ‘systemic’ thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework.

 

 

 

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Nature Connection

eco | 19 sep 14 | Daniel Crockett, Huffpost
Reconnection with nature has the ability to transcend previous environmental movements and reshape our world. It will be the next big human trend; a revolution of belonging.

The cetacean brain and hominid perceptions of cetacean intelligence

mind | 15 sep 14 | Paul Watson, The Ecologist
The founder of Sea Shepherd questions man’s monopoly on advanced brain power, and finds a planet suffused with a far deeper intelligence than our own.

Animal Magnetism

life | 11 sep 14 | David P Barash, Aeon
Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound? The author is a psychologist and an evolutionary biologist.

Why Walking Helps Us Think

mind | 11 sep 14 | Ferris Jabr, The New Yorker
What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? An essay along Henry David Thoreau’s journal entry: “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

Take an E – plant a tree

eco | 9 sep 14 | The Admiral, Ecohustler
Under prohibition, drug supply is unregulated and handled by gangsters. As such, our highs often come with immense ecological harm. It doesn’t have to be like this. Plea for ethical and ecologically sound products.

Duck Sex, Aesthetic Evolution, and the Origin of Beauty

science | 9 sep 14 | Interview: Edge
The way nature is – the nature of flowers, birdsong and bird plumages – implies that subjective experiences are fundamentally important in biology. A conversation with evolutionary ornithologist Richard Prum.

Jellyfish Uses Supercomputing Strategy

life | 5 sept 14 | Elizabeth Palermo, Discovery
To locate the best possible meal in the vast waters of its marine habitat, the barrel jellyfish uses a strategy commonly associated with an approach known as fast simulated annealing.

Human altruism traces back to the origins of humanity

science | 5 sept 14 | Michael Balter, sciencemag
Humans are generally highly cooperative and often impressively altruistic, quicker than any other animal species to help out strangers in need.

I Contain Multitudes

mind | 1 sept 14 | Kat McGowan, Quanta Magazine
Your DNA is supposed to be your blueprint, your unique master code, identical in every one of your tens of trillions of cells. It is why you are you, indivisible and whole, consistent from tip to toe.

Death of the Car

eco | 1 sept 14 |  Eeva Haaramo, Norse Code
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.

Rehearsing for the Future at Boom Festival

culture | 28 aug 14 | Sarah Levine, Reality Sandwich
We are seeing festival culture move beyond being merely a hedonistic playground and into a realm where radical engagement can occur. A recent pilgrimage made this clear.

One

mind | 27 aug 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
Seven different perspectives on Oneness.

Should we have a right not to work?

culture | 25 aug 14 | John Danaher, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Voltaire once said that “work saves a man from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.” Many people endorse this sentiment. But what about the right not to work? A philosophical disquisition.

Feeling Groovy

mind | 25 aug 14 | David Pearce, YouTube
Discussion on mental health in the third millennium, MDMA and beyond.

It’s not magic, it’s quantum mechanics

mind | 19 aug 14 | Luis R. Valadez, Learning Mind
Our human brains trick us into believing in the idea of separation when in truth, nothing is truly separated.

The first smile

life | 19 aug 14 | Michael Graziano, Aeon
Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root.

Over 10 000 reptiles logged

life | 13 aug 14 | Sathya Achia Abraham, Eric Peters, Virginia Commonwealth University
As of this year, scientists have named and described over 10 000 reptiles, marking a new milestone in cataloging one of the most diverse vertebrate groups.

Better to give than to receive

mind | 13 aug 14 | University of Tuebingen, ScienceDaily
Personality plays an important role in knowledge exchange. Givers share more important knowledge than takers, according to a recent study.

2 Billion Trees, 300 000 Jobs

eco | 7 aug 14 | Michael Graham Richard, treehugger
India’s Rural Development Ministry has decided to try to tackle two problems at the same time: Youth unemployment and bad air quality. It has unveiled a plan to hire up to 300 000 youths to plant 2 billion trees along the country’s highways.

Spiritual Growth and Psychedelics

mind | 7 aug 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Spiritual maturity requires a regular process or practice of some type to bring the essence of wisdom that a psychedelic experience offers into one’s life as a whole.

Beauty Will Save the World

culture | 1 aug 14 |  J. F. Martel, Reality Sandwich
Art doesn’t begin when you realize that you have something to say. It begins at the hour when there is nothing left to say, when everything has been said, when what must be said is unspeakable. It is a way to the sacred.

Praise them!

life | 1 aug 14 | Carlin Flora, Aeon
Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple.

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

science | 25 july 14 | Carl Zimmer, Quanta Magazine
Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.

Touched By The Tremendum

mind | 25 july 14 | Terence McKenna, Reality Club Archives
A talk from and an interview from 27 March 1990, with one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism and a fixture of popular counterculture.

Wild Ride Ahead

culture | 21 july 14 | Dick Pelletier, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Imagine if you could jump into a parallel universe where another you is living a more exciting life than yours; and you could swap places if you like. Glimpse at humanity’s long range future.

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Architecture of Life

This animation highlights work from the Ingber lab, which has revealed that living cells use tensegrity architecture to control their shape and mechanical properties.




Abiogenesis

In this science fiction spectacle by Richard Mans, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.




The Ridge

Filmed by Anson Fogel in the Denali National Park for the movie The Sanctity of Space, directed by Freddie Wilkinson and Renan Ozturk, music by HECQ, "Above" from the album NightFalls.




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Shristi

The percussion piece by composer Sandeep Das "enacts the creation of the universe by Shiva and his drum" – a live performance by the Silk Road Ensemble.




And we let go ...

The final instalment of Futuresequence’s legendary Sequence compilations; another carefully curated glimpse into the world of ambient and drone-related music as it stands today.



 
GRB Suite
An astronomer and a graphic artist have teamed up to turn powerful explosions in distant galaxies into spellbinding psychedelic music and – good to see – animations.


 

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