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culture | 29 july 15 | Paul Mason, The Guardian
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian.
mind | 29 july 15 | Roger Walsh, Reality Sandwich
Mystical experiences are conceived of as coinciding with altered states of consciousness, and a consideration of mystical states should begin with a discussion of consciousness itself. An excerpt from Zig Zag Zen
: Buddhism and Psychedelics.
eco | 27 july 15 | Richard Hamption, Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere
Both human population and consumption drive the impacts we are having on the Earth, but how do we reduce both to sustainable levels at the same time?
life | 23 july 15 | Hank Pellissier, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Our human brains obviously needs improvement, in multiple different capacities. But – what is the most important upgrade? Increased Rationality? Increased Empathy? Elevated Happiness?
mind | 17 july 15 | Johann Hari, TEDGlobalLondon
What really causes addiction – to everything? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari’s questions unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
science | 13 july | Ross Andersen, Aeon
There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies. Science has limits. One day, we might feel ourselves pressing up against those limits, and it might be necessary to retreat into the realm of ideas.
eco | 13 july 15 | Jeremy Hance, Mongabay
The 500-page encyclopedia marks the first time that a tribe in the Amazon – the Matsés peoples of Brazil and Peru – have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words.
science | 9 july 15 | Tim Welsh, The Conversation
As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the speed of various things, like light and sound. But what about the speed of thought? It’s a challenging question that’s not easily answerable – but we can give it a shot.
mind | 7 july 15 | Larry Dossey, Open Sciences
The dogma of physicalism suffers from two fatal defects: the sheer poverty of evidence that brains produce consciousness, and the enormous human costs of a world that is sanitized of a spiritual outlook, which the dogma forbids.
science | 1 july 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Quanta Magazine
The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world. The study underscored just how necessary microbial activity is to plant health and productivity.
culture | 29 june 15 | Catherine Taibi, The Huffington Post
An alliance of 45 newspapers from all around the world participate in a day dedicated to focusing on solutions-based stories about people, places and events, inspiring change on a global level.
mind | 29 june 15 | Association for Psychological Science
Practice may not make perfect, but visualization might. People who imagined a visual target were faster at finding it in a display than those who did an actual practice run.
eco | 29 june 15 | David Suzuki, The Vancouver Sun
… not environmentalists, are our best bet for protecting the planet.
mind | 23 june 15 | Jeff Baker, ResearchGate
This thesis uses the philosophy of deep ecology as a theoretical framework to explore ecospiritual themes as a key feature of increasing discourse around the ayahuasca phenomenon. The broad objective of the research is to use contemporary ayahuasca discourse to reveal the way cross-cultural seekers engage with and discuss shamanic practices that inform a postmodern ecosophical ontology and deep ecological praxis.
science | 23 june 15 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The “anthropic principle” makes the claim that not just life, but life of ever growing complexity and intelligence is not just likely, but the inevitable
result of the laws of nature.
life | 17 june 15 | Victoria Schlesinger, Aeon
Evolution works through tiny corridors of space and time, transforming species before our eyes. In 100 years we might not find the same adapted groups thriving in our proverbial backyards.
mind | 17 june 15 | Gregory Hickok, The New York Times
We actually perceive the world in rhythmic pulses rather than as a continuous flow, as famously stated by the American psychologist William James back in 1890, comparing it with the flow of a river, a stream.
eco | 15 june 15 | John Steeno, University of Wisconsin-Madison
In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, scientists have develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
life | 11 june 15 | Shelley M. White, Collective Evolution
Sitting in stillness and silence, void of any stimuli, is seen as doing nothing – a view with the implication that doing nothing is synonymous with being nothing. However, this could not be further from the truth.
science | 5 june 15 | Daegene Song, PRNewswire
A Korean quantum physicist has shown that computers will never be able to duplicate human consciousness or be programmed to do so, because they lack the fundamental … well, humanity.
eco | 5 june 15 | Stephen Moss, The Guardian
Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles?
mind | 1 june 15 | Graham Hancock, Reality Sandwich
Consciousness is one of the great mysteries of science. Yet no one can really claim to have understood and explained it completely. An excerpt from Graham Hancock’s new book The Divine Spark
culture | 28 may 15 | David Christian, Edge
We’re now at the point where, across so many domains, the amount of information, of good, rigorous ideas, is so rich that we can tease out an origin story that works for humans in Beijing as well as in Buenos Aires – A Big History
life | 26 may 15 | Katherine May, Aeon
Messy plots, audience participation and uncertain endings: how digital storytelling revives the ancient art of gossip.
science | 19 may 15 | Michael Slezak, New Scientist
Giant magnetic spirals in the sky could explain why there is something rather than nothing in the universe, according to an analysis of data from NASA’s Fermi space telescope.