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Ritual ... is the primary vehicle of religious instantiation. Music, rhythm, poetry, and aesthetic imagery are all part and parcel of shamanic performative dramatic art. During indigenous ritual enactment the cosmology and cosmogony open up to include all peoples of the universe, living and dead, together with animal spirits and souls.

Beatriz Labate, Clancy Cavnar, Françoise Barbira Freedman
 
The Varieties of Shamanic Experience

21 oct 14 | Labate, Cavnar, Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond
The editors offer an in-depth exploration of how Amerindian epistemology and ontology concerning indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon have spread to Western societies, and of how indigenous, mestizo, and cosmopolitan cultures have engaged with and transformed these forest traditions.

 

 

 

Navigating the Information Flood

15 oct 14 | Levitin, The Organized Mind
With lively, entertaining chapters Daniel J. Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives, and how we can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way organizing our homes, workplaces, and our time.

 

 

 

Strategies for change and progress

9 oct 14 | Cowsill, Safe Planet
What is the greatest challenge facing humanity this century? The answer is, how we can produce the energy and resources we need without endangering the future of human life on the planet. This optimistic book by a concerned environmental activist is a compelling and clear narrative about the crisis and its solution.

 

 

 

Eye opening, Mind expanding

1 oct 14 |  Harris, Waking Up
Part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality, no other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris – a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic – could write it.

 

 

 

Transforming the Economic System

26 sep 14 | Klein, This Changes Everything
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It’s not about carbon – it’s about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better. It’s about changing the world – before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe.

 

 

 

Save Waste, Save Water

22 sep 14 | Nelson, The Wastewater Gardener
Ecosystem engineer Mark Nelson takes us on a global expedition to learn how we are wasting the world’s dwindling supplies of fresh water by flushing away a very valuable resource, our own human wastes. He explains an important solution to some of our trickiest global dilemmas: Wastewater Gardens, for the health of our planet.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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.

Jaguar Harmonics

mind | 29 sep 14 | Steven Taylor, Reality Sandwich
“Poems often come out of ritual and are rituals themselves. They are rituals that can be redone and redone. That’s what ritual is. It came out of an all-night practice with an entheogen and note-taking during an accretion of sounds and images and language. … It’s not about ecstasy particularly but a very lucid understanding of the interconnectedness of everything …”

Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace

eco | 25 sep 14 | Terry Macalister, Guardian
Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22% of the world’s electricity.

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.

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Chemistry is Beautiful

Discover the most beautiful chemical structures in 3D, and the stunning beauty of chemical reactions in 4K Ultra-HD. A happy marriage of science and art.




Solar Energy

Light is the primary product of Sun to reach this planet; without it there could be no life on Earth. An inspirational video narrated by Gregory Sams.




Nature is Speaking

A new campaign from Conservation International delivers a message people everywhere need to hear: Nature doesn't need people, but people desperately need nature.




Path of the Sun

A two-part documentary film series about shamanism, consciousness and medicinal plants: Q'ero Mystics of Peru and Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift.




Earth, Solar System, Space

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is proud to present the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014.




Awake

A unique documentary about Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s, and authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi.




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.




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Adrift

With this album preview Pascal Savy continues to plumb the depths of a balanced and weighted ambient music making.




Heart Dance

Visionary Biospheric Funk & Eco-Fusion music by multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and performer Ignat Karmalito – CitiZen of Peace.




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.





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