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We need to put an end to monocultures, both on land and in the human mind, and we need to urgently assess the true costs of industrial agriculture and the true benefits of biodiverse, ecological farming.

Vandana Shiva
 
A Powerful Manifesto

21 july 16 | Shiva, Who Really Feeds the World?
Author and activist Vandana Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small famers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world’s food.

 

 

 

Knowledgable information, inspiring reading

7 july 16 | Roberts, Acid Drops
A collection of essays, interviews, and fiction by renowned historian Andy Roberts. As well as being an extraordinary record of British psychedelic culture over the last sixty years, the book is a very frank account of the author’s personal experiences of LSD and the world of the counterculture.

 

 

 

Storytelling for our times

27 june 16 | Kastrup, More Than Allegory
This book is a three-part journey into the rabbit hole we call the nature of reality. Its ultimate destination is a plausible, living validation of transcendence. Each of its three parts is like a turn of a spiral, exploring recurring ideas through the prisms of religious myth, truth and belief, respectively.

 

 

 

Music of the Spheres

11 june 16 | Alexander, The Jazz of Physics
Whether you are more familiar with Brian Greene or Brian Eno, John Coltrane or John Wheeler, there is a new discovery on every page. Covering the entire history of the universe from its birth to its fate, its structure on the smallest and largest scales, the book reveals the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.

 

 

 

Philosophy of mind

27 may 16 | Sjöstedt-H, Noumenautics
Philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-H’s book traverses the mindscape of metaphysics, nihilism and psychedelic phenomenology. It navigates through subjects such as the sentience of cells, the constrictions of consciousness, the metaphysics of might, the magic of mushrooms, the narcotics of Nietzsche, and the neologism of neo-nihilism.

 

 

 

Radical new perspectives

17 may 16 | Lanza, Berman, Beyond Biocentrism
Acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader on an intellectual thrill-ride as they re-examine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself, in fields ranging from plant biology and cosmology to quantum entanglement and consciousness.

 

 

 

A deeper look at a psychedelic

9 may 16 |Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar, Peyote
This book explains the role that peyote – a hallucinogenic cactus – plays in the religious and spiritual fulfillment of certain peoples in the United States and Mexico, and examines pressing issues concerning the regulation and conservation of peyote as well as issues of indigenous and religious rights.

 

 

 

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Consciousness in the Aesthetic Imagination

culture | 29 july 16 | J.F. Martel, Metapsychosis
What can art tell us about the nature of consciousness? Or maybe the question is better framed in McLuhanian terms: What is the message of the medium of art with regard to the nature of consciousness?

Abundance for everybody

eco | 27 july 16 | Sian Cowman, The Ecologist
Rooted in the Andean principles of sharing, resilience and Vivir Bien, the ‘Conscious Food’ program supports a thriving urban activist community in Bolivia.

Awakening from Materialism

life | 25 july 16 | Will Tuttle
The journey of healing and awakening is the vegan journey, and it is in many ways the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to our world today.

Planting 50 Million Trees in One Day

eco | 23 july 16 | Elyse Wanshel, The Huffington Post
Thousands of people in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh jostled for space July 11 as they attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours in hopes of shattering the world record.

Prehistoric dope dealers

culture | 21 july 16 | Colin Barras, New Scientist
It must have been something in the air. During a short time window at the end of the last ice age, Stone Age humans in Europe and Asia independently began using a new plant: cannabis.

Addicted to Awe

mind | 19 july 16 | Greater Good Science Center
The creator of “Shots of Awe” and host of “Brain Games,” Jason Silva, discusses his attempts to hack emotions and evoke awe on demand. Filmed at the June 2016 conference The Art & Science of Awe.

The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it

science | 15 july 16 | Keith Frankish, Aeon
If the mind is not bounded by the brain or the skin, where does it stop? What is the boundary line? The short answer is that there isn’t one – not a stable one, at any rate.

The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment

culture | 13 july 16 | Charles Eisenstein
The Brexit vote marks a rare moment of discontinuity, when the usual normalizing narratives falter and a society experiences a fertile and frightening moment of bewilderment.

Evidence for Abundance

life | 11 july 16 | Peter Diamandis, Singularity Hub
Why the world is better than you think in 10 powerful charts.

Translating Meaning Into Life

mind | 9 july 16 | Alan Briskin, The Huffington Post
An intriguing Taoist parable, that is used here as a springboard into an exploration of synchronicity, and the idea of ‘being the change we wish to see in the world’.

The Mind Messing With the Mind

science | 7 july 16 | George Johnson, The New York Times
Descartes’s notion of dualism – mind and body as separate things – has long receded from science. The challenge now is to explain how the inner world of consciousness arises from the flesh of the brain.

Neon Tribes

culture | 5 july 16 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
Ecstatic Highs, Techno-Trance and Digital Gnostics – Popular culture has a great way of taking various forms and practices and utilizing them to reinforce mental, emotional, and physical conditioning and patterns of behaviour.

Complex ideas can enter consciousness automatically

science | 3 july 16 | San Francisco State University
Consciousness is more of a conduit for information in the brain rather than an active creator of information. Even complex concepts can enter your consciousness automatically, even when someone tells you to avoid thinking about it.

Magnetic sixth sense in humans

mind | 1 july 16 | Eric Hand, Science
A researcher in US thinks he might have finally found evidence of humanity’s sixth sense – the ability to detect, in some subconscious way, Earth’s magnetic field.

Psychedelic Drugs Are the Ultimate Meal for Your Mind

life | 29 june 16 | Maddie Oatman and Tom Philpott, Mother Jones
“Not only do plants nourish us bodily – they nourish us psychologically.” The legendary food writer Michael Pollan takes us on a trip.

The Universe Is Not a Snowflake

science | 27 june 16 | Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine
Nature’s laws are beautiful because they strike a compromise between boring symmetry and confusing asymmetry, physicists say.

Ayahuasca stimulates the birth of new brain cells

science | 25  june 16 | Amanda Feilding, Jordi Riba
A study found that harmine and tetrahydroharmine, the alkaloids present in highest amounts in ayahuasca, stimulate the growth and maturation of neurons and promote their birth from the stem cells.

Here to Go and Back Again

culture | 23 june 16 | Matthew Levi Stevens, Reality Sandwich
If Brion Gysin, the pre-eminent multimedia psychedelic shaman of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, had not existed, it probably would have been necessary to invent him, as the saying goes.

Getting smarter

mind | 21 june 16 | Jeffrey M Zacks, Aeon
Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time.

Live Every Day Like You’re on Mushrooms

mind | 17 june 16 | Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
Hallucinogens may help people break free of destructive thoughts and addiction. Can a “mystical experience” be had legally?

Forest-friendly trends

eco | 17 june | Rhett A Butler, Mongabay
It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of the world’s forests. Yet all hope is not lost. Here are 10 good reasons to be optimistic when it comes to saving the world’s forests.

Are We Who We Think We Are?

science | 15 june 16 | Jason Silva, Seeker
The “looking glass self” is a theory coined by American sociologist Charles Horton Cooley. It’s the idea that everyone believes the person they really are is dependent upon who others think they are. “I am who you think I am,” said Cooley.

The Science of the Story

mind | 13 june 16 | Jeremy A Smith, UCB, Greater Good Science Center
We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story – and research is starting to explain why.

Norway To Ban Deforestation

eco | 9 june 16 | Climate Action
Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation. The major global funder of forest conservation projects also supports human rights programs for forest communities.

The empty brain

mind | 3 june 16 | Robert Epstein, Aeon
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer.

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A New Story for Humanity

The film was inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation: a multicultural, multigenerational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries.




Going Furthur
Fifty years after the iconic first Trip, Ken Kesey’s son Zane took Furthur - and his father’s legacy - back on the road for its longest running tour in history, armed with a new band of Merry Pranksters.




Our Beautiful Planet

A breathtaking portrait of Gaia from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.




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Silent Went The Sea

A preview of Offthesky’s new album. A lethargic ocean that pauses to breathe and then stays there, halfway through its eternal cycle. The sea is an ageless, prehistoric body, as old as the Earth itself.




beyond

New York producer kj sets wake in between a period of restful sleep and gradual awakening. The delayed romanticism of beyond is an all-too-short, sugar-sweet dream, tinted with a pink sky.




Delicate Power

A hypnotic rhythmic tune from Antonymes’ sublime new album For Now We See Through A Glass Dimly, and the release features of the original album version plus five re-workings.




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