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What’s interesting to watch is the internal movement: its amplitude, its reach is big. This is the powerful oscillation of the medicina. Ayahuasca offers us the experience of our own reality, lived from our irrational part. In short, there are no previews.

Jan Kounen
Guide for first-time users

25 feb 15 | Kounen, Visionary Ayahuasca
Detailing his own ayahuasca experiences over hundreds of sessions, including a trip when he underwent 17 ceremonies in 25 days, Kounen describes how ayahuasca transformed him. His accounts and additional information makes this book a veritable “what to expect” guide, a first step prior to committing to ayahuasca.




An illuminating exploration

20 feb 15 | Weinberg, To Explain the World
Theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg shows that the scientists of the past not only did not understand what we understand about the world – they did not understand what there is to understand. Through the struggle to solve such mysteries as for example the backward movement of the planets the modern discipline of science emerged.




Communicating the Unspeakable

13 feb 15 | Slattery, Xenolinguistics
The author documents her adventure of psychonautic exploration and scholarly research. From acquiring a symbolic language system to the discovery of other, dubbed xenolinguists to sifting through fields of knowledge such as anthropology and neurophenomenology to build maps and models to contextualize the experiences.




Hard-wired for Good

5 feb 15 | Pfaff, The Altruistic Brain
Based on his own work and that of some eminent researchers, neuroscientist Donald Pfaff explains how our brains, hormones, and genes literally embody our social compasses, and he explains in exquisite detail how our neuroanatomical structure favors kindness towards others.




Humanity’s Creative Role

27 jan 15 | Fideler, Restoring the Soul of the World
Drawing upon the most important scientific discoveries of recent times, David Fideler shows that even at the molecular level, natural systems engage in self-organization, self-preservation, and creative problem solving, mirroring the ancient idea of a creative intelligence that exists deep within the heart of nature.




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.




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The Neural Correlates of Consciousness

science | 27 feb 15 | Susan Blackmore, Science & Nonduality
Consciousness is a hot topic in neuroscience and some of the brightest researchers are hunting for the neural correlates of consciousness – but they will never find them.

The Manual of Psychedelic Support

life | 27 feb 15 | Psychedelic Care Publications
A comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. Free download.

Intoxicated Dinosaurs?

science | 25 feb 15 | David Stauth, Oregon State University
The grass spikelet is about 100 million years old, preserved in amber as the earliest fossil ever found of the evolution of grass, and is covered on its tip by the parasite ergot, the source fungus to produce LSD.


eco | 25 feb 15 | Christian Schwägerl, Reality Sandwich
Future technology has to consist of machines, materials and molecules that adapt to the biologic cycles of earth. An excerpt from Christian Schwägerl’s book The Anthropocene.

Eternal Youth for All!

life | 20 feb | Ronald Bailey,
Why I want to live forever and you should too. Once rescued from the ravages of aging, all people will be endowed with the life and the liberty to truly pursue their happiness.

Hacking the Tripping Mind

mind | 20 feb 15 | Jason Silva, The Daily Beast
Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

Like friends on Facebook

science | 17 feb 15 | Lee Cossell et al., University of Basel
Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network. Each nerve cell has links with many others, but the strongest bonds form between the few cells most similar to each other.

Digital Reality

science | 17  feb 15 | Edge
A conversation with physicist Neil Gershenfeld about how bits and atoms relate – the boundary between digital and physical.

How your eyes trick your mind

mind | 13 feb 15 | Melissa Hogenboom, BBC
Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.

Activism in the New Story

culture | 13 feb 15 | Charles Eisenstein
Play and celebration seem a bit frivolous in the face of a relentless world-destroying machine. We need to get serious and, not waste our time in escapist play. And celebration – shouldn’t that wait until we have something to celebrate?

Our Brain’s GPS

science | 9 feb 15 | Theresa Burt de Perera, Tim Guilford, The Conversation
Having a basic sense of direction seems instinctive for human beings, and it is. If we delve a little deeper into the subject, we may question how our brains make it possible to understand where we are.

Can LSD make you a billionaire?

mind | 9 feb 15 | Erica Fink, CNNMoney
In Silicon Valley, there is a premium on creativity, and tools thought to induce or enhance it are avidly sought. Some view psychedelics as a way to approach problems differently.

The End of Religion

life | 2 feb 15 | John G. Messerly, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
History is littered with dead gods. The Greek and Roman gods, and thousands of others have perished. Yet Allah, Yahweh, Krishna and a few more survive. But will belief in the gods endure? It will not.

Solving the mystery of consciousness

mind | 28 jan 15 | Oliver Burkeman, Guardian
Philosophers and scientists, the world’s greatest minds, have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots. Why can’t they solve an obvious mystery?

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.

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology

mind | 2 feb 15 | Peter Sjöstedt-H, Psychedelic Press UK
The aim of this text is to introduce readers to an unimaginable universe of cognition to which ingestion of psychoactive chemicals will open the portal. This universe can modify and augment Philosophy itself.

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

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LSD: The Opera

Represented by three sopranos, the opera charts the powerful historical ramifications – cultural, political, and spiritual – set into motion by Albert Hofmann’s discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide in 1943. Excerpt.

Diving into Andromeda

The sharpest ever taken images of Andromeda, our galactic next-door neighbor. At 2.3 million light-years, it is the closest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way.

25 Trippy Optical Illusions

Visionary Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves is famous for creating paintings where the people or the objects in them seamlessly disappear into one another, effectively playing tricks on the mind of the viewer. Video.

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.

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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.

Finding Oriya

Jay Haze’s and ESBs music video is just downright unusual, including mind-bending video art by Claude Steiner, aka Trig Fardust.

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