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Experience may be how we decorate our homes, our lives, but stillness is how we give them meaning and make them something to inhabit. It’s an ancient idea, common to Stoics and Buddhists, but has there ever been a time when we’re so in greater need of standing back, taking a breath and just trying to see the larger picture, in our lives and everyone else’s?

Pico Iyer
 
Slow down, tune out, be still

27 nov 14 | Iyer, The Art of Stillness
Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still. A greater necessity than ever before.

 

 

 

Connecting with Nature and Ourselves

21 nov 14 | Bekoff, Rewilding Our Hearts
One of the world’s leading animal experts and activists applies rewilding to human attitudes. He invites readers to do the essential work of becoming reenchanted with the world, acting from the inside out, and dissolving false boundaries to truly connect with both nature and themselves.

 

 

 

Reconnect, Rewire, Remix

13 nov 14 | Jankel, Switch On
A book full of science-inspired, wisdom-wired ideas for how to thrive. A ground-breaking comprehensive philosophy and process for unleashing limitless creativity to break through any problem. An explicit call to connect personal growth with social change, so that our world flourishes too.

 

 

 

Psychoactivity in Religion and Shamanism

5 nov 14 | Ellens, Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances
The volumes address the history and use of mind-altering drugs in medical research and religious practice in the endeavor to expand and heighten spirituality and the sense of the divine, providing unbiased coverage of the relevant arguments and controversies regarding the subject matter.

 

 

 

Change What You Do, Not How You Think

28 oct 14 | Dolan, Happiness by Design
Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan shows that being happier requires us to actively re-design our immediate environment. Enough has been written on how to think happy. His new book is about how to behave happy and how to incorporate the most recent research findings into our everyday lives.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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.

World Peace Through Technology

science | 7 nov 14 | Amon Twyman, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Most obviously “World Peace” means finding ways to avoid war and other forms of destructive conflict, and the impulse underlying that idea is to reduce involuntary suffering as much as possible.

How One Plant Spread Through the World

culture | 1 nov 14 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, lifescience
From the sites where prehistoric hunters and gatherers lived, to ancient China and Viking ships, cannabis has been used across the world for ages, and a new report presents the drug’s colorful history.

Meditation on Forgiveness

mind | 1 nov 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
True forgiveness comes from letting go of our beliefs about how others should have behaved or how they’ve done wrong; releasing the grip this has on our consciousness. Video.

The Rise of Empathic Consciousness

mind | 30 oct 14 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
The accelerating changes occurring across our planet right now will have no alternative but to force a mind-change on a global and individual level. We are coming together as a global species like never before.

Identity, A Neurobiological Perspective

science | 30 oct 14 | William Skaggs, h+ Magazine
The philosophical problem of identity is epitomized by the paradox known as the “Ship of Theseus.” Suppose a ship is rebuilt by removing one plank at a time and replacing it with an identical new plank. Is it still the same ship?

A closed loop

life | 28 oct 14 Jamie Davies, Aeon
The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image.

A potential role of education in commons management

science | 28 oct 14 | Ralph H. Abraham
An extended version of the mathematician and chaos theorist’s paper on the demise of the oceans ecosystem, and an educational approach to turning it around.

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.”

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Crystal Beauty

To reveal the structure of molecules, scientists use a process called X-ray crystallography. Now a photographer has captured images featuring details of the technique, illuminating the structure of matter itself.




The Transcendental Object At The End Of Time

A new movie encompassing the life and works of writer, philosopher, psychonaut and ethnobotanist Terence McKenna.




Transformations

The animal kingdom is full of beautiful and mysterious processes, but there are few that are more captivating and wonderful than the metamorphoses that caterpillars undergo to become moths or butterflies.




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.



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Algae Bloom In Seven

A dreamy downtempo track, touching on aspects of earthen existence and the galactic unknown, by experimental electronic music talent David Tipper.




Museum of Consciousness

Shpongle's new album is a gigantic sound complex, with each room a different and unique experience into higher multi dimensional realms.




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