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Ultimately, Buddhism and psychedelics share a concern with the same problem: the attainment of liberation for the mind.

Allan Badiner
Spiritually Open Minded

29 july 15 | Badiner, Grey, Zig Zag Zen
Both Buddhism and psychedelics are inevitable subjects encountered on the journey to wisdom. Examined together, the reader may understand more deeply the essence of each. Zig Zag Zen features numerous essays, interviews, and art, that lie outside the scope of mainstream anthologies.




Nonviolent ways to respond to violence

23  july 15 | Braatz, Peace Lessons
For students, this book is an introduction to the field of Peace Studies. For scholars, it is a study in how to apply Peace Theory to history. Instructors will appreciate the classroom exercises that dramatize the book’s conceptual lessons. The general reader will gain a new understanding of nonviolence.




They speak and sing and listen

17 july 15 | Fischer, Animal Music
Since the discovery of whale song in 1967, the idea of complex animal sentience has been gaining strength within the scientific community. A growing number of researchers are exploring the idea that animals enjoy music on a similar level to human beings. This is the first anthology to present an overview of the current state of this vital debate.




A clear and distinct analysis

13 july 15 | Palmer, Articulations
Drawing upon 15 years of profound research, Articulations is an illuminating inquiry into the many different psychoactive plants and compounds available in the modern day, conducive ‘mindsets’ and understandings regarding how psychedelics can be most constructively and safely utilised.




Synthesis of evolutionary convergence

7 july 15 | Morris, The Runes of Evolution
How did human beings acquire imaginations that can conjure up untrue possibilities? How did the Universe become self-aware? Simon Conway Morris provides us with compelling new evidence to support the mounting scientific view that the history of life is far more predictable than once thought.




The Human Microbiome

23 june 15  | Turney, I, Superorganism
Science writer Jon Turney explores the microbiome, a living, shifting system of previously unimagined importance and complexity. His explorations will make you think again about your relationship with your body, your habits – even your sense of who and what you are – as it reveals what it means to be a 21st century superorganism.




Bringing Balance to Gaia

17 june 15 | Ingerman, Roberts, Speaking with Nature
Renowned shamanic teachers Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts explain how anyone can access the spirit of nature . By tapping into the feminine wisdom of the Earth, we evoke a deep sense of belonging with the natural world and cultivate our inner landscape, planting the seeds for harmony and a natural state of joy.




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The end of capitalism has begun

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.

Mysticism – Contemplative and Chemical

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.

The Sustainability Conundrum

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?

Human Brain 2.0

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?

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

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.

In the beginning

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.

Traditional medicine encyclopedia

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.

What is the Duration of a Thought?

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.

Why Materialism Fails

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.

Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden Life

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.

Initiatives for a better world

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.

Imagination Beats Practice

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.

Aboriginal people …

eco | 29 june 15 | David Suzuki, The Vancouver Sun
… not environmentalists, are our best bet for protecting the planet.

A Thread in the Vine

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.

Inevitable or Accident?

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.

Backyard Evolution

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.

It’s Not a 'Stream' of Consciousness

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.

Biodegradable computer chips

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.

The Benefits Of Doing Nothing

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.

Non-computability of Consciousness

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.

End of the car age

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?

The Consciousness Revolution

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.

We Need A Modern Origin Story

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.

Happily never after

life | 26 may 15 | Katherine May, Aeon
Messy plots, audience participation and uncertain endings: how digital storytelling revives the ancient art of gossip.

Explanation of our existence

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.

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The Universe as a Fruitcake

Where did the universe come from? David Kaplan explores the leading cosmological explanation with the help of a baking metaphor.

Metaphysical Features of Reality

Ben Ridgway has been making experimental animations since 1992 and worked as a 3D artist in the video game industry.


Zana Briski's project is a traveling exhibit of large-scale photographs, film and music housed in a movable 10,000 square ft. structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban.

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What is Creativity?

Media artist, futurist, philosopher Jason Silva inspires us to reflect about the creative process and to gain creative insight in our modern, connected, technological world.

Earth in Space

Delve deep into the healing sound current as Crown of Eternity takes you on a cosmic journey through the harmonic resonance of multiple gongs, bells and singing bowls.

Just let go

The piece, featuring Natasha Khan, is taken from British composer and musician John Metcalfe’s new album The Appearance of Colour.

Dreamland Security

David Westbom, aka Asteroids and Earthquakes studied electronic production and design at Berklee College of music; his debut album was released this spring.

Uncertainty, Green

Fabio Perletta’s new album Unseed takes its name from the Japanese tradition of contemplating the transient beauty of nature. Green tea and sandals are recommended, but not required.

Divine Waves

From the opening cymbal swoosh and laconic bass riff, Cory Allen’s new album The Source breathes a deep, ritualistic air.

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