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By using an interdisciplinary focus, inspired by three great minds - John Coltrane, Albert Einstein, and Pythagoras - we can begin to see that the “magial” behavior of the blossoming cosmos is based in music.

Stephon Alexander
 
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.

 

 

 

Challenges for the Sciences

27 apr 16 | Brockman, Life
Scientists’ understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. The book explains just how far we’ve come – and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we’re heading.

 

 

 

Transformational teachings

19 apr 16 | Puett, Gross-Loh, The Path
Professor Michael Puett’s course at Harvard challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish; so he says to his students: “The encounter with these ideas will change your life.” As one of them told his collaborator, author Christine Gross-Loh, “You can open yourself up to possibilities you never imagined were even possible.”

 

 

 

"Techniques of ecstasy"

11 apr 16 | Turner, Sky Shamans of Mongolia
Part travelogue, part experiential spiritual memoir, Kevin Turner takes us to visit with authentic shamans in the steppes and urban centers of modern-day Mongolia. Along the way, the author, a practicing shaman himself, tells of spontaneous medical diagnoses, all-night shamanic ceremonies, and miraculous healings.

 

 

 

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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.

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

culture | 1 june 16 | Charles Eisenstein
“I’m dealing with massive cognitive dissonance right now. Multiple, contradictory beliefs and perceptions inhabit my mind, each compelling on its own terms. How do I choose?”

A Psychedelic Revaluation of all Values

mind | 27 may 16 | Interview: Psychedelic Press
A talk with Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-H, who specialises in the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson and Whitehead, and within the field of Philosophy of Mind; author of Noumenautics.

A trick of the mind

science | 25 may 16 | Adam Bear, Paul Bloom, Yale University
The results of two psychology experiments suggest that what we believe to be a conscious choice may actually be constructed, or confabulated, unconsciously after we act – to rationalize our decisions.

Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology

science | 23 may 16 | Peter Hoffman, Nautilus
Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.

A Map of the Mind

mind | 21 may 16 | Kevin Randall, The New York Times
The Dalai Lama has commissioned scientists for a lofty mission: to help turn secular audiences into more self-aware, compassionate humans.

The Social Construction of Stories

life | 19 may 16 | Interview: Edge
How narratives can get in the way of being happier. A conversation with Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and author of Happiness by Design.

The Illusion of Reality

science | 17 may 16 | Amanda Gefter, Quanta Magazine
The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.

The World In a State of Extreme Transition

culture | 15 may 16 | Daniel Pinchbeck, Schuyler Brown, Medium
Reevaluating the language of climate change can offer a fresh perspective on where we are and where we’re headed, and supports moving from sustainability to Regenerative Design.

There is no death …

mind | 13 may 16 | Robert Lanza and Bob Berman, Aeon
…only a series of eternal ‘nows’. By the authors of Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death.

Mushroom Sacraments in the Cults of Early Europe

science | 13 may 16 | Carl A. P. Ruck, NeuroQuantology
The folkloric traditions of Europe about mushrooms indicate a taboo upon directly naming a substance employed to access mystical vision involving many of the most ancient religions of antiquity, dating back at least to the Neolithic Period.

When does the future begin?

mind | 11 may 16 | Daphna Oyserman, Aeon
The answer to the question  – which, by the way, is not right now – matters because humans are attuned to focus on the ‘right now’ situation. A study in maximising motivation.

How the brain produces consciousness in 'time slices'

science | 9 may 16 | Michael H. Herzog et al., EPF, Lausanne
According to a new model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between.

Psychedelics and Systems Change

culture | 7 may 16 | Charles Eisenstein, MAPS Bulletin
Many arguments for the legalization of psychedelics draw on their relative harmlessness. Compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, psychedelics are extremely safe.

Earth may be home to one trillion species

life | 5 may 16 | Indiana University, ScienceDaily
Largest-ever analysis of microbial data reveals an ecological law concluding 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered.

Mapping the Brain to Build Better Machines

science | 3 may 16 | Emily Singer, Wired
A race to decipher the brain’s algorithms could revolutionize machine learning.

Electrical Brain Stimulation Enhances Creativity

mind | 1 may 16 | Adam Green et al., Georgetown University
Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new study.

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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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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.




Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love

The Tape Loop Orchestra's unique project displays the panoramic influence of Ozu, Neuer Deutscher Film, Weldon Kees and Yves Klein, as well as forming of a larger arch with TLO’s ongoing body of work.




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