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A shaman is a man or a woman who has special powers as a messenger between the spiritual realm and our material world. They consult and negotiate with spirits on behalf of their clients, villages and the environment to bring about change in the world.

Itzhak Beery
Natural Intuition and Inner Powers

21 may 15 | Beery, The Gift of Shamanism
Each of us has shamanic powers. Glimpses of them can arise at any age in the form of intuitive dreams, déja vu, spontaneous visions, and out-of-body experiences. Most people dismiss these experiences. However, by embracing these gifts, we can unlock our shamanic potential to change ourselves and the world around us.





15 may 15 | Metzner, Allies for Awakening
This monograph is based on 50 years of experience as a participant-observer in the international underground sub-culture involved with entheogenic, consciousness-expanding substances, discussing the multifold uses and values of such substances for spiritual awakening, psychotherapy, healing, and the enhancement of creativity.




Overcoming Materialism

7 may 15 | Kastrup, Brief Peeks Beyond
This book is a multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested. It addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics.




A Modern Cultural Exegesis

1 may 15 | Davis, TechGnosis
How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In the updated cult classic Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. 



Our Origins, Our Futures

27 apr 15 | Harari, Sapiens
A groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?




Healing the Unconscious Mind

17 apr 15 | Jodorowsky, Manual of Psychomagic
The legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self, and he provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions.




New light on social behavior

9 apr 15 | Wilson, Does Altruism Exist?
One of the world’s leading evolutionists shows that altruism is not categorically good, and how a social theory that goes beyond altruism by focusing on group function can help to improve the human condition in a practical sense. The book puts old controversies to rest and will become the center of debate for decades to come.




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Explanation of our existence

science | 19 may 15 | Michael Slezak, New Scientist
Giant magnetic spirals in the sky could explain why there is something rather than nothing in the universe, according to an analysis of data from NASA’s Fermi space telescope.

Higher Consciousness

mind | 15 may 15 | The School of Life
‘Higher consciousness’ sounds mystical and possibly irritating. It shouldn’t. It just captures how we see things when we go beyond our own egos. Video.

Ecological Corridor

eco | 13 may 15 | Giles Constantine, Eye On Latin America
Colombia proposes an ambitious plan that would establish the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’, protecting vast swathes of Amazon rainforest stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic coast.

Psilocybe germanica

science | 11 may 15 | Jochen Gartz, Georg Wiedemann, Drug Testing and Analysis
Discovery of a new caerulescent Psilocybe mushroom in Germany. Paper.

The Reality Nervous System

mind | 7 may 15 | Bernardo Kastrup, Reality Sandwich
One of the most important ideas discussed in Bernardo Kastrup’s book Brief Peeks Beyond, is the notion that empirical reality – all things we see, hear, touch, smell and taste – can be understood as a nervous system.

Inevitable or Accident?

science | 1 may 15 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The “anthropic principle” makes the claim that not just life, but life of ever growing complexity and intelligence is not just likely, but the inevitable result of the laws of nature.

How to Save the Universe

life | 27 apr 15 | Michael Hanlon, Aeon
We are doomed. Our best efforts to reproduce, to conserve, protect and survive will, in the end, come to nought. It is only a matter of time before our Universe goes black, cold and dies. Must this be the end of the road for life?

The Toad Prophet

mind | 21 apr 15 | Vice Mexico
In search of Bufo alvarius – a species that contains a very high dosage of the powerful hallucinogen 5-MEO-DMT in its body – with Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa.

Health Benefits of Urban Nature

eco | 17 apr 15 | American Institute of Biological Sciences, ScienceDaily
Could a dose of nature be just what the doctor ordered? There is a well-established link between time spent in nature and better human health.

Swearing is good for you

life | 17 apr 15 | Chris Riotta, Elite Daily
People who curse all the time are hotter, confident and less stressed.

Safe as Riding a Bike or Playing Soccer

science | 13 apr 15 | Hayley Richardson, Newsweek
Psychedelic drugs like MDMA and Psilocybin are as safe as riding a bike or playing soccer, and bans against them are “inconsistent with human rights”.

Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

eco | 13 apr 15 | Adele Peters, Co.Exist
Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.

New light on origins of consciousness

science | 7 apr 15 | Melanie Moran, Vanderbilt University
In a recent brain imaging study researchers discovered global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.

Going Vegan Could Save The World

life | 7 apr 15 | Amanda Froelich, True Activist
According to a new UN report, “A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.”

The road map to the Universe

science | 1 apr | Ollie Gillman, Daily Mail
Pathways between our Milky Way and 100’000 other far away galaxies have been revealed by scientists after a 10-year quest into the unknown.

Technology and the human imagination

mind | 1 apr | Interview: Jason Silva, YouTube
A chat with author Erik Davis about the intersectionality of technology, the human imagination and the phenomenon Davies coined “Techgnosis.”

Singularity, Psychedelics and Technoculture

culture | 27 mar 15 | Interview: Jeremy D. Johnson, Reality Sandwich
A conversation with R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell about their new book, Transcendence, exploring the shared trippy history between psychedelic counterculture and the technological dreams of transhumanism.

How to design the future

science | 27 mar 15 | Jon Turney, Aeon
As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want.

The Reality of Quantum Weirdness

science | 23 mar 15 | Edward Frenkel, The New York Times
Is there a fixed reality apart from our various observations of it? Or is reality nothing more than a kaleidoscope of infinite possibilities? Experimental research supports the latter scenario.

Seeing the mind of a star?

mind | 23 mar 15 | Gregory Sams, YouTube
Why is viewing a solar eclipse such an exciting and inspiring event? Author and social pioneer Gregory Sams looks at our local star through ancient lenses, adding a new dimension to our understanding of the heavens.

Fractal Patterns & Golden Ratio Pulses in Stars

science | 17 mar 15 | Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American
Nature has revealed peculiar mathematical objects that connect order and chaos. A pulsating star in the constellation Lyra generates a unique fractal pattern that hints at unknown stellar processes.

Death Is Optional

life | 17 mar 15 | Yuval Noah Harari, Daniel Kahneman, Edge
“Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface … when brains and computers can interact directly, that’s it, that’s the end of history, that’s the end of biology as we know it.” A conversation.

Genetic Geometry Takes Shape

science | 17 mar 15 | Ivan Amato, Quanta Magazine
Inside the cell’s nucleus, the double helix folds up in myriad loops and twists. The quest to unravel this structure is revealing the subtle genetic orchestration of all life on Earth.

Mental time travel

mind | 17 mar 15 | Vanderbilt University, ScienceDaily
Neuroscientists explore areas of the brain responsible for the recollection of memories so rich in detail regarding the time and place of an original experience that it is much like traveling through time.

Wired and wild

eco | 11 mar 15 | Matt Mellen, Ecohustler, Positive News
Global connectivity means we now have the means, motive and opportunity to radically reorganise society to enable citizens to thrive within an abundant biosphere.

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Zana Briski's project is a traveling exhibit of large-scale photographs, film and music housed in a movable 10,000 square ft. structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban.

3D Map of the Universe

The most comprehensive map of the universe to date boldly goes where no map has gone before, it includes galaxies from across almost two billion light years.

Wizards of Oz

World's cutest, smallest and most awesome spiders.


The film reveals the compelling challenges we face in a world of 7 billion, featuring world-renowned experts to help explain one of the most persistent controversies in our culture that touches gender equity, religion, reproductive health and the environment.

Nature Is Speaking

A series of short films delivering a message people everywhere need to hear: Nature doesn't need people, but people desperately need nature.

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The Chilean band Föllakzoid is famous for its looping riffs stretching across deeply repetitive percussion, creating an atmosphere somewhere between psychedelic trance and stupor.

Lead Us to the Sound

Erothyme douses all of his beats in multiplicitous melting layers of homebrewed extra-sultry sweetsauce.

Ambient Space Music

Calming, soothing tunes and nature sounds that will help you enter deep relaxation states and induce lucid dreaming with binaural beats.

The World Is Made Of Language

Jason Silva freestyles his way into the complex systems of science, language and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of how language connects everything in a form of existential jazz.

Useful Knowledge

Jasmine Guffond’s music is kind, exploratory, and patient. Like a low mist, her music lingers and swirls in the air. It doesn’t seem like it’s in a hurry to move on, and that’s good news for the listener.

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