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The evidence for psi speaks for itself, if you take the time to listen to it. The more thoroughly and closely you listen, the louder it speaks – even if sometimes it seems to be speaking a confusing and foreign language, with ongoing changes to its vocabulary and grammar.

Damien Broderick, Ben Goertzel
 
Scientific examination

19 jan | Broderick, Goertzel, Evidence for Psi
The body of psi research, while complex and frustrating, is shown to contain sufficiently compelling positive evidence to convince the rational open-minded observer that psi is real, and that one or more physical processes probably underlie observed psi phenomena. This collection of essays provides a detailed, science based survey.

 

 

 

Our Multifunctional Mind

7 jan 15 | Thompson, Waking, Dreaming, Being
A renowned philosopher Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of the mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain. He shows that the self is a changing process, not a static thing.

 

 

 

Female Eroticism

1 jan 15 | Troeller, Schneider, Orgasm
In this volume, photographer Linda Troeller collaborates with scholar and artist Marion Schneider to discuss and portray women’s feelings upon orgasm through personal narratives and photographs. The project involves 25 women of different ages, nationalities, and cultural and social backgrounds.

 

 

 

From Myth to Science

23 dec 14 | Benson, Cosmigraphics
The first book to explore the visual side of our greatest imaginative achievement as a species: the unveiling of a vast universe that is largely invisible to our senses. A magnificent treasure trove for lovers of cosmic imagery, for readers interested in the history of science, the visualisation of information, graphic design and mapping.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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The power of story

mind | 23 jan 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Aeon
Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains.

Pantheistic Insights

mind | 19 jan 15 | Henrik Dahl, Reality Sandwich
When looking into the subject of psychedelics and their influence on dietary choices, one soon finds a recurring thread in psychedelic culture: vegetarianism. From a historical perspective, several groups and individuals in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s and onwards have adopted plant-based diets.

All Forms of Life Are Sacred

life | 19 jan 15 | Chris Hedges, truthdig
The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields worldwide.

The music in you

culture | 13 jan 15 | Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Aeon
You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

Free Money for Everyone

culture | 13 jan 15 | Rutger Bregman, TEDxMaastricht
Dutch historian Rutger Bregman explains why we should give everyone a basic income.

An ant, a plant, and a bear, oh my

eco | 7 jan 15 | Elizabeth Pennisi, Science
In a mountain meadow in Colorado, ecologists have come across yet another example of the amazing interconnectedness of nature’s flora and fauna. Black bears, by eating ants, help one of the key plant species thrive.

How Zen Masters Die

life | 7 jan 15 |  Jeff Warren, Psychology Tomorrow
How does meditation affect the aging process? It allows practitioners to experience the best of old age’s wisdom and perspective in the prime of life, and at the end of life, confers a grace and equanimity amidst the confusion.

Art Is Good For Our Health

culture | 1 jan 15 | Gabe Bergado, Mic Network
Art’s sweet relationship with the brain and body makes a trip to the museum worth it.

Improve Your Memory

mind | 1 jan 15 | Tom Stafford, h+ Magazine
Want to enhance your memory for facts? Here’s a simple, counter-intuitive method for retaining information.

The Phoenix Generation

culture | 29 dec 14 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
The generation, coming of age over the next couple of decades, will show a marked difference in their consumption and production of media. They will be active prosumers of media content, not only consumers

What Scientific Idea Is Ready for Retirement?

science | 29 dec 14 | Jesse Dylan, Edge
Following the Edge Question 2014, director Jesse Dylan now presents an engaging four-minute impressionistic montage on the project.

The Counterculture and the Occult

culture | 23 dec 14 | Erik Davis, techgnosis
A conceptual cartography for understanding the historical and cultural imbrication of the American counterculture of the Sixties and early Seventies with the occult revival.

World's Oldest Art

culture | 23 dec 14 | Catherine Brahic, NewScientist
A shell etched by Homo erectus some 5000,000 years ago is by far the oldest engraving ever found, challenging what we know about the origin of art and complex human thought.

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.

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Macro Photography

Nicky Bay went on 46 different shooting excursions in 2014 and discovered creatures that seem more at home in an Avatar movie than here on Earth.




Huicholes

The Last Peyote Guardians" of Wirikuta launch a spiritual crusade to protect their life against the internal contradictions in our materialistic world.




The Immortalists

Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” Their scientific journeys ultimately become personal as they battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones.




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Light Folds

Bill Seaman and Craig Tattersall have worked for approximately one year on their large scale project – the result is fascinating.




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.




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