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Underlying the diversified and localized gross layers of ordinary consciousness there is a unified, nonlocalized, and subtle layer: "pure consciousness."

Ervin Laszlo
 
Our Eternal Existence

17 dec 14 | Laszlo, Peake, The Immortal Mind
Based on a new scientific paradigm in sync with experience-based spirituality, Ervin Laszlo and Anthony Peake explore how consciousness is continually present in the cosmos and can exist without connection to a living organism and the purpose of consciousness is to manifest in living beings in order to continuously evolve.

 

 

 

Endless Movements

12 dec 14 | Berman, Zoom
The planet you are sitting on is whizzing through space thirty-five times faster than the speed of sound. Natural motion dominates our lives and the intricate mechanics of the world around us. in his inspiring new book, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, from the ground up.

 

 

 

The potential of our vital principal

6 dec 14 | Pollack, The Fourth Phase of Water
A fantastic voyage through water, revealing a hidden universe teeming with physical activity and providing answers so simple that any curious person can understand. Water is not always H2O. The author documents a fundamental discovery and uses it to explain common everyday phenomena.

 

 

 

An anti-Apocalypse idea par excellence

1 dec 14 | Schwägerl, The Anthropocene
We are living in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, a time in which human dominance of Earth’s biological, chemical and geological processes is an undeniable reality. Christian Schwägerl presents a comprehensive overview of our new role as planetary stewards and shares his vision of a future world in balance.

 

 

 

Slow down, tune out, be still

27 nov 14 | Iyer, The Art of Stillness
Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still. A greater necessity than ever before.

 

 

 

Connecting with Nature and Ourselves

21 nov 14 | Bekoff, Rewilding Our Hearts
One of the world’s leading animal experts and activists applies rewilding to human attitudes. He invites readers to do the essential work of becoming reenchanted with the world, acting from the inside out, and dissolving false boundaries to truly connect with both nature and themselves.

 

 

 

Reconnect, Rewire, Remix

13 nov 14 | Jankel, Switch On
A book full of science-inspired, wisdom-wired ideas for how to thrive. A ground-breaking comprehensive philosophy and process for unleashing limitless creativity to break through any problem. An explicit call to connect personal growth with social change, so that our world flourishes too.

 

 

 

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Is Consciousness Universal?

mind | 19 dec 14 | Christof Koch, Scientific American
Panpsychism, the ancient doctrine that consciousness is universal, offers some lessons in how to think about subjective experience today.

Digital Bedouin Seeks Digital Oasis

culture | 17 dec 14 | Tim Cole, The Futures Agency
There is no avoiding the fact that digital networks will change the way we work. The question that remains, however, is this: How will we cope? After all, we can’t all hope to profit equally; there are always winners and losers.

Journey to Find Iboga

article | 12 dec 14 | Bia Labate, gaiamedia
The Brazilian anthropologist and author landed at the airport in Yaoundé, with the aim of collecting data on a mysterious African root to which powerful therapeutic properties are attributed. An intriguing travelogue.

The Waters of Heterodoxy

science | 6 dec 14 | Charles Eisenstein
In The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature.

"Realists of a larger reality"

culture | 5 dec 14 | Matt Cardin, The Teeming Brain
Some powerful, moving, and beautiful words from Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards, where she used the opportunity to talk about the value of visionary literature.

Apocalypse No

science | 1 dec 14 | Christian Schwägerl, Reality Sandwich
An excerpt from The Anthropocene: The Human Era & How it Shapes our Planet by science and environment writer Christian Schwägerl – a visionary yet pragmatic and comprehensive exploration of the biggest questions we face as a species.

The World's First Vegetarian City

life | 27 nov 14 | Shuria Niazi, Worldcrunch
After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone.

Earth’s natural internet

life | 21 nov 14 | Nic Fleming, BBC
Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungi.

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactives

mind | 21 nov 14 | Interview: Douglas Capraro, Substance
Erowid – the Internet’s top source of accurate information about drugs has earned the trust of consumers, the respect of experts and a reputation as a harm reduction pioneer.

Life is quantum

science | 17 nov 14 | Johnjoe McFadden, Aeon
Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they could only happen in a lab. How on Earth can life depend on them?

Women, Orgasm, & Sexuality

life | 17 nov 14 | Sarah Barmak, Psychology Tomorrow
Despite our cultural obsession with sex, we know surprisingly little about how women experience the big “O.” An exploration of recent cutting edge research and titillating data uncovered about the enigmatic female orgasm.

Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

science | 11 nov 14 | Brandon Keim, Wired
Psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, sprouts new links across previously disconnected brain regions, temporarily altering the brain’s entire organizational framework.

World Peace Through Technology

science | 7 nov 14 | Amon Twyman, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Most obviously “World Peace” means finding ways to avoid war and other forms of destructive conflict, and the impulse underlying that idea is to reduce involuntary suffering as much as possible.

How One Plant Spread Through the World

culture | 1 nov 14 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, lifescience
From the sites where prehistoric hunters and gatherers lived, to ancient China and Viking ships, cannabis has been used across the world for ages, and a new report presents the drug’s colorful history.

Meditation on Forgiveness

mind | 1 nov 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
True forgiveness comes from letting go of our beliefs about how others should have behaved or how they’ve done wrong; releasing the grip this has on our consciousness. Video.

The Rise of Empathic Consciousness

mind | 30 oct 14 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
The accelerating changes occurring across our planet right now will have no alternative but to force a mind-change on a global and individual level. We are coming together as a global species like never before.

Identity, A Neurobiological Perspective

science | 30 oct 14 | William Skaggs, h+ Magazine
The philosophical problem of identity is epitomized by the paradox known as the “Ship of Theseus.” Suppose a ship is rebuilt by removing one plank at a time and replacing it with an identical new plank. Is it still the same ship?

A closed loop

life | 28 oct 14 Jamie Davies, Aeon
The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image.

A potential role of education in commons management

science | 28 oct 14 | Ralph H. Abraham
An extended version of the mathematician and chaos theorist’s paper on the demise of the oceans ecosystem, and an educational approach to turning it around.

Curiosity enhances learning

life | 21 oct 14 | Cell Press, ScienceDaily
The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued.

Does the nervous system have an intrinsic archaic language?

science | 13 oct 14  H. Umit Sayin, NeuroQuantology
The paper reviews the possibility of an ancient forgotten visual sign and symbol language, which is genetically existent in the human brain and that, emerges out during trance states and the consciousness altered by the psychoactive plants.

Music's origins

culture | 7 oct 14 | Colin Barras, BBC
There is striking evidence, that music may have pre-dated modern man and originated with animals, allowing our distant ancestors to communicate and build societies.

How to avoid drowning in the Library of Babel

mind | 1 oct 14 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Sometimes the best way to see the future is by using the same tools we use in understanding the present.

The Thermodynamic Theory of Ecology

eco | 1 oct 14 | Veronique Greenwood, Quanta Magazine
The Western Ghats of India are one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. They were also the first testing ground of an unusual new theory in ecology that applies insights from physics to the study of the environment.

Right Livelihood Award

life | 29 sep 14 | Right Livelihood Award Foundation
The “Alternative Nobel Prize” 2014 goes to Edward Snowden, Alan Rusbridger, Asma Jahangir, Basil Fernando und Bill McKibben, honoring their efforts for human rights, freedom of press, civil liberties, and for mobilising a global movement against climate change.

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You are the Eternal Universe

The inspiring words by Alan Watts are highlighted by a video from the Journey of Purpose.




Psychedelic Art

Bruce Riley is a talented Chicago-based artist who creates beautifully psychedelic paintings of poured paint and dripping resin.




Cymatics

New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford shows a series of fascinating experiments that demonstrate how sound waves affect different types of matter.




Crystal Beauty

To reveal the structure of molecules, scientists use a process called X-ray crystallography. Now a photographer has captured images featuring details of the technique, illuminating the structure of matter itself.




The Transcendental Object At The End Of Time

A new movie encompassing the life and works of writer, philosopher, psychonaut and ethnobotanist Terence McKenna.




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Adder Stone

The music of composer and cellist Jo Quail reaches beyond conscious boarders and invites you to explore a constantly shifting landscape.




Om Asatoma

A dreamy downtempo track, touching on aspects of earthen existence and the galactic unknown, by experimental electronic music talent David Tipper.




Algae Bloom In Seven

A dreamy downtempo track, touching on aspects of earthen existence and the galactic unknown, by experimental electronic music talent David Tipper.




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