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When the brain is given conflicting goals or information, it uses that conflict to generate novel solutions, sometimes producing ideas that have never been thought of before. Humor succeeds because we take joy in this process, which is why a bored mind is a humorless mind. We take pleasure in working through the confusion, and we laugh when we’ve come up with a solution.

Scott Weems
 
A New Model of Humor

18 Apr 14 | Weems, Ha!
Packed with the latest research, illuminating anecdotes, and even a few jokes, neuroscientist Scott Weems lifts the curtain on the most human of qualities. From the origins of humor in our brains to its life on the standup comedy circuit, this book offers a delightful tour of why humor is so important to our daily lives.

 

 

 

An Insider’s Account

11 Apr 14 | Shoemaker, Ayahuasca Medicine
For more than twenty years American-born Alan Shoemaker has apprenticed and worked with shamans in Ecuador and Peru, learning the traditional methods of ayahuasca preparation, the ceremonial rituals for its use, and how to commune with the healing spirit of this and other sacred and visionary plants.

 

 

 

Advent of a New Paradigm

7 Apr 14 | Laszlo, The Self-Actualizing Cosmos
Science evolves through alternating phases of “normal science” and radical shifts that create scientific revolutions. The advent of the Akasha paradigm marks a new stage in science’s understanding of the fundamental nature of the world and offers unique guidance for contemporary efforts to create a peaceful and sustainable world.

 

 

 

Global Visionary Developments

1 Apr 14 | Birnbaum, Fox, Sustainable (R)Evolution
Edited by an anthropologist an and activist filmmaker, the book can be read as an informal ethnography of an international culture that is modeling solutions on the cutting edge of social and environmental change – a collection of profiles, interviews, and essays of innovative community-based projects across the planet.

 

 

 

Maximizing the Good

26 Mar 14 | Pentland, Social Physics
Social Physics will change the way we think about how we learn and how our social groups work – and can be made to work better, at every level of society. Alex Pentland leads readers to the edge of the most important revolution in the study of social behavior in a generation, an entirely new way to look at life itself.

 

 

 

Stimulants Around the World

19 Mar 14 | Miller, Drugged
The author takes readers on an eye-opening tour of psychotropic drugs, describing the various kinds, how they were discovered and developed, and how they have played multiple roles in virtually every culture. The vast scope of chemicals that cross the blood-brain barrier boggle the very brain they reach.

 

 

 

Finding Our True Nature

13 Mar 14 | Pearce, Exploring the Crack in the Cosmic Egg
Joseph Chilton Pearce explains the process of acculturation and the mechanisms that create our self-limiting “cosmic egg” of consensus reality and examines ways to restore wholeness to our minds, release us from our fear of death, and reestablish our ability to create our own realities through imagination and biological transcendence.

 

 

 

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Decoding Dolphin

18 Apr 14 | Hal Hodson, NewScientist
Software has performed the first real-time translation of a dolphin whistle – and better data tools are giving fresh insights into primate communication too.

The End is Not Near

15 Apr 14 | J L Schellenberg, Aeon
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?

Mindapps and The Neurosingularity Project

11 Apr 14 | Thomas B. Roberts, H+ Magazine
When scientists discover the genes that control nerve growth, will they be able to control the production of brain cells? Will the Neurosingularity Project then move from brain repair and enhancement to enlargement or even brain design?

Ultra-secure Internet?

9 Apr 14 | Swinburne University of Technology
Einstein’s skepticism about quantum mechanics were highlighted in a phenomenon known as “spooky action at a distance,” which is the strange way entangled particles stay connected even when separated by large distances.

Return to the Brain of Eden

7 Apr 14 | Interview: Greg Moffitt, Legalise Freedom
A conversation with Tony Wright, discussing his forthcoming book, dealing with “Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness.” Part One. Part Two. Audio.

Ayahuasca and I

5 Apr 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Last part of four.

The Rodin Coil

1 Apr 14 | Russ Blake, Subtle Energy Research Institute
Free energy is easily one of the hottest topics in the world within alternative news. As stated by Marko Rodin and his volunteers, the Rodin Coil has the ability to completely transform our world given what it is capable of. Video.

How to Meditate Without Even Trying

1 Apr 14 | Peter Russell, Effortless Meditation
Why effort hinders meditation. How to manage thoughts. Introduction to Peter Russell’s new online course. Video.

An Owner’s Manual for Your Own Mind

26 Mar 14 | Interview: Hope Reese, The Atlantic
A conversation with Daniel Gilbert about his untraditional path to psychology, how psychology affects, and is affected, by other academic fields, and why the study of happiness is critical for public policy.

Stop Making Plans

26 Mar 14 | Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
How goal-setting limits rather than begets our happiness and success – affirmative arguments from British journalist Oliver Burkeman for people who can’t stand positive thinking.

The Pursuit of Creativity

24 Mar 14 | Joachim I. Krueger, Psychology Today
Along with happiness, creativity is among the most alluring concepts in psychology and everyday life. Creativity smells not only of happiness, but also of productivity, meaning, and legacy. But what is creativity?

Predicting the Unpredictable

24 Mar 14 | Julia Mossbridge et al., Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity. Paper.

The Smell of the Pine

19 Mar 14 | Matt McGrath, BCC
New research suggests a mechanism by which the scented vapours of pine trees turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form.

Ayahuasca and I

17 Mar 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Part three of four.

Is This Life Real?

13 Mar 14 | Matthew Francis, Aeon
Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe. Some philosophers and physicists wonder if we’re already there. Maybe we are in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?

The Technium

11 Mar 14 | Edge
How can we have a world in which we are all watching each other, and everybody feels happy? A conversation with Kevin Kelly.

LSD – Reconsidered for Therapy

7 Mar 14 | Benedict Carey, The New York Times
What we could inform about already last year, has now found its way to a first science journal and to many mainstream media: the positive and future oriented results of the first controlled trial of the substance in more than forty years by Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Peter Gasser.

Practicing Presence ... Off the Beach

7 Mar 14 | Nancy Colier, Psychology Today
How to be “in” the present moment when we don’t like the present moment?

The New Animism

5 Mar 14 | Interview: Erik Davis, expanding mind
Animist practice, sacred sites, and cultivating a relationship to significant otherness: a talk with Robert Wallis, professor of visual culture, scholar of paganism, shamanism, and rock art. Audio.

Ecology and Community

5 Mar 14| Fritjof Capra, Center for Ecoliteracy
The understanding of community is extremely important today, not only for our emotional and spiritual well-being, but for the future of our children and, in fact, for the survival of humanity.

Nature, the Ultimate Technology

3 Mar 14 | Brent Peters, H+ Magazine
This series examines recurring patterns in nature, and the science of flow – how energy travels through natural systems, the patterns it produces on its way, and how we can theoretically apply those patterns to optimize manmade networks.

Ayahuasca and I

1 Mar 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Part two of four.

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

27 Feb 14 | David Graeber, The Baffler
Animals play. Humans play. To explain play in Darwinian or utilitarian terms means arguing that it is something else in disguise. But what if play is the real point of our lives? Friedrich Schiller had already argued in 1795 that it was precisely in play that we find the origins of self-consciousness, and hence freedom, and hence morality. “Man plays only when he is in the full sense of the word a man,” Schiller wrote in his On the Aesthetic Education of Man, “and he is only wholly a Man when he is playing.”

The Psychology of Trust

27 Feb 14 | Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
The science of why tit-for-tat isn’t the best strategy for cooperation and why you should hear out your hunches, as explained by psychologist David DeSteno in his new book.

Biodiversity on an Urban Planet

25 Feb 14 | Madhusudan Katti, The Conversation
While urbanisation displaces many species, we also know that others have adapted to not only survive, but thrive in cities. Many rarer species are even adapting to suburban environments that have taken over their native habitats.

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Hidden Miracles

Our natural world is of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.




Bella Gaia

An awe-inspiring live multimedia performance, of stunning visualizations of Earth from Space, with live music and dance from around the world.




The mysterious connection between wolves and women

The mysterious connection between wolves and women.




Mind Your Mind

In this documentary, Jason Brett Serle investigates the nature of attention and the ways in which it is used against you to change your beliefs and even determine your behaviour. Now available online.




Bedelgeuse

Mixed media artist Travis Bedel creates stunning collages that merge anatomical imagery with illustrations from science guides and textbooks.




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Slow Life
The timelapse film by Daniel Stoupin using 150 000 photos of marine animals unveils their secret life of coral reefs under high magnification.




Fragments of Self
The track by Max Cooper and Tom Hodge with the video by Nick Cobby are about emergence from the combination of polar opposites, from very different places, but part of the same whole.



 
Structures Based On The Plasticity Of Sphere Surface Tension
Illuha’s music is a micro-world of detail, populated by air bubbles of sound, and these pockets of sound are as clear as glass.




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Bicycle Day Parade

After the 19th April 1993 bike tour in Basel, along the route of Albert Hofmann’s historic bicycle ride in 1943, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his discovery and launching Gaia Media Foundation, now a first bike parade will be held in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Park.


 

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