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One of the key insights of the systems approach has been the realization that the network is a pattern that is common to all life. Wherever we see life, we see networks.

Fritjof Capra
 
A Holistic Worldview

25 july 14 | Capra, Luisi, The Systems View of Life
A new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of ‘systemic’ thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework.

 

 

 

Conversations around the Vine of the Soul

17 july 14 | Razam, The Ayahuasca Sessions
This companion volume to the author’s memoir Aya Awakenings, Australian journalist Rak Razam documents the thriving business of 21st century Amazonian hallucinogenic shamanism from multiple perspectives, revealing the stark differences between indigenous and foreign approaches as well as the commonalities.

 

 

 

The Medium and the Message

9 july 14 | Rock, The Survival Hypothesis
This anthology assembles a team of experts from the fields of psychology, parapsychology, philosophy, anthropology and neuroscience to examine critically the tentative statement or prediction that some aspect of our personhood (e.g., consciousness) persists subsequent to the death of the physical body.

 

 

 

Zero, zip, nada, zilch

4 july 14 | Webb, Nothing
With twenty chapters and contributors like Paul Davies, Jo Marchant, and Ian Stewart, along with two former editors of Nature this fascinating and intriguing book revels in a subject that has tantalised the finest minds for centuries, and shows there’s more to nothing than meets the eye.

 

 

 

Plant Biochemistry in Human Brain Expansion

1 july 14 | Wright, Gynn, Return to the Brain of Eden
The authors explain how humanity’s prehistoric diet change led to a neurodegenerative condition characterized by aggression and a fearful perception of the world, and present a strategy of food, sexuality, shamanic practices, and entheogens to reverse our mental degeneration and restore our advanced abilities.

 

 

 

Hail Eris!

23 june 14 | Gorightly, Historia Discordia
Born from the bowling-alley epiphanies of Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley, its disruptive teachings disseminated through the incendiary writings of Robert Anton Wilson and other Eristic luminaries, the Discordian Society has unexpectedly become a landmark of gleefully aggressive sanity in a chaotic and incoherent world.

 

 

 

Our Quest for Understanding

19 june 14 | Gleiser, The Island of Knowledge
To be human is to want to know, but what we are able to observe is only a tiny portion of what’s “out there.” Physicist Marcelo Gleiser traces our search for answers to the most fundamental questions of existence. He reaches a provocative conclusion: science, the main tool we use to find answers, is fundamentally limited.

 

 

 

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The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

science | 25 july 14 | Carl Zimmer, Quanta Magazine
Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.

Touched By The Tremendum

mind | 25 july 14 | Terence McKenna, Reality Club Archives
A talk from and an interview from 27 March 1990, with one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism and a fixture of popular counterculture.

Wild Ride Ahead

culture | 21 july 14 | Dick Pelletier, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Imagine if you could jump into a parallel universe where another you is living a more exciting life than yours; and you could swap places if you like. Glimpse at humanity’s long range future.

Organic food is better for you

eco | 21 july 14 | Carlo Leifert, Cambridge University Press
In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food.

Quantum Physics As Spiritual Path

science | 17 july 14 | Paul Levy, Reality Sandwich
Science is the wisdom tradition par excellence of our modern age. Quantum physics can be likened to a genuine spiritual path in that its study becomes a “royal road” beyond both physics and the physical dimension into the realm of metaphysics.

Atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke

mind | 17 july 14 | Nury Vittachi, Science 2.0
Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.

Homni

life | 14 july 14 | Gaia Vince, BBC
Is our species evolving into something new? Is a new superorganism taking over Earth. A provocative argument that humanity is transforming, already having a huge effect on life on our planet.

Biological basis for magic mushroom ‘mind expansion’

mind | 14 july 14 | Francesca Davenport, Imperial College London
New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during mind-expanding drug trips with psilocybin or the chemically related LSD.

What Have Germs Ever Done for Us?

life | 9 july 14 |  Andrew Beattie, MAHB
On an individual level they regulate the development and physiology of our bodies while on a global level they underpin our food supply and provide the basic resources for many industries essential to human wellbeing.

I Am the Knowing of All Experience

mind | 9 july 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
Exploring the question “Who am I?” What is known may change, but the knower, the true Self, never does.

Life’s Restlessness

life | 4 july 14 | Addy Pross, Aeon
Why does life resist disorder? Because ever since the first replicating molecules, another kind of stability has beckoned.

Entheogenic Education

culture | 4 july 14 | Kenneth W. Tupper, Maps
The educational value of psychedelics may be their capacity to reliably evoke experiences of wonder and awe, to stimulate transcendental or mystical experiences, and to catalyze a sense of life meaning or purpose.

Narcissists are only human

mind | 1 july 14 | Peter Kinderman, The Conversation
The academics reported that “individuals high in narcissism are capable of reporting higher empatf instructed to take that person’s perspective.

Bonobos Reveal Evolution of Human Kindness

life | 1 july 14 | James Owen, National Geographic
Marked by their kindness to strangers, the currently endangered bonobos are helping scientists solve the mystery of a particularly human quality: our altruistic nature.

Surprising Rule of Threes

science | 25 june 14 | Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine
More than forty years after a Soviet nuclear physicist proposed the theory that trios of particles can arrange themselves in an infinite nesting-doll configuration, experimentalists have verified this bizarre state of matter.

Philosophy’s Greatest Opportunity

mind | 23 june 14 | Thomas B. Roberts, Academia
What is philosophy’s biggest problem? Answer: Just as we can design and install digital apps in our electronic services, we can design and install mindapps in our minds.

Sacred Sexuality and Sex

life | 19 june 14 | Michael Picucci, Psychology Tomorrow
How can we elevate sex to a higher plane, yet keep our strongest physical desires intact? Discussing the four primary sexual energies – love, pleasure, lingum, and yoni – helps us to understand this “Sexual-Spiritual Split.”

A Fascinating Tale

culture | 17 june 14 | Michael Horowitz, Lisa Rein, Boing Boing
The story of Marshall McLuhan and Timothy Leary’s friendship and an unpublished letter from the Leary Archives.

Living Symphonies

eco | 13 june 14 | Noah Baker, Nature
Artists create a simulation of forest plot’s web of life and turn it into a sound installation which aims to represent an ecosystem, in real time, as a dynamic ever changing musical composition.

The Alchemical Legacy of Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin

mind | 11 june 14 | Daniel Appel, Ultraculture
The father of psychedelic research, died on 2 June at the age of 88. His contributions to the fields of rational drug design and phenomenology earned him a place in scientific history as a biochemical pioneer.

Beneficial Sense of Purpose

life | 6 june 14 | Association for Psychological Science
Finding a purpose in life lowers risk of mortality above and beyond other factors that are known to predict longevity. A new research showed that having a purpose may help you live longer, regardless of your age

Just Say Yes

culture | 6 june 14 | Interview: Dennis Trainor, Jr, Acronym TV
Amber Lyon, a 3 time Emmy Award winning journalist, on radical transformation through psychedelics.

Cultivating Empathy

mind | 3 june 14 | Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, ScienceDaily
An unprecedented research has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to train brain patterns associated with empathic feelings – more specifically, tenderness.

Votes for the Future

culture | 1 june 14 | Thomas Wells, Aeon
Democracies are notoriously short-sighted. Yet with one simple device, we could give unborn citizens a say in our present.

The Power of Imagination

mind | 1 june 14 | Chris Hedges, Truthdig
Through imagination we can face our mortality and the brevity of existence. Through imagination we can recover reverence and kinship. Through imagination we can see ourselves in our neighbors and the other living organisms of the earth.

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Planetary Panoramas

A multiple camera, 360 degree, night-sky time-lapse by photographer Vincent Brady accompanied by musician Brandon McCoy.




Juxtapoz Psychedelic

The art book bridges the musings of early explorers of the psychedelic experience and its visionary expressions, to those working in metaphysical and surrealistic modes today. A review by Hendrik Dahl.




Kanesh Bosm

Chris Bennett takes a look at the fascinating references to cannabis in the Old Testament text that have been suggested by anthropologist Sula Benet and other researchers.




Little Sun

A solar-powered lamp developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, designed to deliver clean, affordable, reliable light to the 1.6 billion people worldwide without access to the electrical grid.




The Earth Wins

A tribute to the wonders of Gaia, shot entirely from the air on four continents. The film explores the delicate balance between man and Mother Earth, our inter-dependence and the impact of man's actions upon the Earth and her inhabitants.




The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins

Margaret Howe Lovatt describes the preparations required to live with a dolphin. The film is showing on 11 June at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and on 18 June on BBC Four.



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Psychedelic Secret Agent
At the occasion of presenting Adam Gorightly's book Historia Discordia, here the unique brand of his SciFi-adelic music, a blend of heavy guitars and haunting theremins singing songs of end times revelations and future civilizations.


 

Maľovanie dúhy
Strom noir finds a spot somewhere between drone, drifting ambient and post-rock transmuted guitar textures.



 
I Am One
Live PsyChill performance by PJ Wassermann at Tetra Ibiza, along the "LSD Housewife" documentary, showing a famous psychedelic experiment with psychiatrist Sidney Cohen in the US in the 1950s.



 

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