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Research has shown that creativity is both spontaneous and controlled, and that the creative process involves a delicate balance of effort and ease, seriousness and play, daydreaming and mindfulness, solitude and collaboration.

Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
The many faces of creativity

9 feb 16 | Kaufman, Gregoire, Wired to Create
Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Each chapter explores one of ten attributes and habits of highly creative people.




The amazing potential of psychedelics

29 jan 16 | Richards, Sacred Knowledge
The author makes the most of experiential phenomena that stretch our concepts of reality and advances new frontiers in the study of belief, spiritual awakening, psychiatric treatment, and social well-being. His work is based on nearly three decades of legal research with volunteers aged twenty-four to eighty-one.




Dedicated to Our Earth

21 jan 16 | Suter, Rainforest Hero
Ruedi Suter’s biography of Bruno Manser charts the extraordinary story of the man who brought tropical deforestation to the world’s attention. From a young man who escaped civilization for the peace of the jungle to a campaigner who would stand up to oligarchs and timber barons, and lead protests around the globe.




Challenging fundamental assumptions

11 jan 16 | Smart, Beyond Zero and One
Can we build a robot that trips on acid? This is not a frivolous question, according to neuroscientist Andrew Smart. If we can’t, he argues, we haven’t really created artificial intelligence. Andrew Smart convincingly makes the case that true intelligence, and artificial intelligence, requires an appreciation of what is beyond the computational.




Mapping our Mind

5 jan 16 | Marcus, Freeman, The Future of the Brain
An unprecedented look at the quest to unravel the mysteries of the human brain, The Future of the Brain takes readers to the absolute frontiers of science. Original essays by leading researchers shed light on the breathtaking implications of brain science for medicine, psychiatry, and even human consciousness itself.




A unique social project

29 dec 15 | Fitzpatrick, Skateistan
Through a balanced mix of words and photographs, the book shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists; new education opportunities to girls and boys in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif; to be expanded in Phnom Penh and Johannesburg.




The Huichol Legacy

21 dec 15 | Endredy, Teachings of the Peyote Shamans
This book offers a rare look at the inner workings of Huichol shamanism, which is permeated with the use of the sacred peyote cactus. It reveals the key tenants of the Huichol worldview, their beliefs in the afterlife, and their spiritual work on behalf of humanity.




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Evolution may be smarter than we thought

science | 9 feb 16 | Richard A. Watson, University of Southampton, The Conversation
A new alternative for those questioning Darwinian evolution? Research suggests evolution itself is intelligent.

Entheogens in the Himalayan Foothills

mind | 5 feb 16 | Ralph H. Abraham, University of California, Santa Cruz
Reporting a miraculous week of entheogens and sadhus in a temple in the montane jungle of the Himalayan foothills back in 1972.

An Open Architecture for Self-Organization

culture | 3 feb 16 | Bonnitta Roy, Medium
There are three main reasons why organizations are looking for alternative architectures.

Rethinking Evolution

life | 1 feb 16 | Anne Fausto-Sterling, Boston Review
In the early 1990s, biologist and co-developer of the Gaia theory, Lynn Margulis, elaborated a sweeping claim: symbiosis lies at the explanatory heart of evolution. It seems she was right.

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than thought

science | 29 jan 16 | Salk Institute
Data shows that our brains can store a petabyte of information – basically as much as the entire Web.

The hunger mood

mind | 27 jan 16 | Michael Graziano, Aeon
Hunger isn’t in your stomach or your blood-sugar levels. It’s in your mind – and that’s where we need to shape up.

Evolution's End

life | 25 jan 16 | Peter Russell, You Tube
There’s no blame for the crisis we are in. Facing the end of our species could in itself be the wake-up call we need.

Kind is the New Cool

culture | 21 jan 16 | Charles Eisenstein, A New and Ancient Story
Misogyny, racism, intolerance, bullying, homophobia, disrespect, unkindness – these are becoming the recessive gene now, at least among a significant subculture of young people. Nothing gives me more optimism for the future than this.

Reclaiming LSD for Psychotherapy

mind | 19 jan 16 | Sam Wong, Mosaic
Psychotropic drugs were once used to help patients work through a variety of mental-health issues. Meet the therapists who want to bring them back.

The Science of Nonconformity

life | 15 jan 16 | Stephanie Pappas, Live Science
In the aftermath of David Bowie’s death at age 69 from cancer, a re-occurring theme has appeared in tributes to the famously idiosyncratic performer: his importance to those who felt like misfits.

Universal Basic Income Will Likely Increase Social Cohesion

science | 13 jan 16 | Scott Santens, Huffington Post
We should avoid letting our ideologies inform our opinions on matters of social and economic policy. What matters is scientifically observed evidence.

The phenomenon of universal hallucinations

mind | 11 jan 16 | Hopes&Fears
Six experts about common visions while tripping on psychoactive substances.

Good environmental stories of 2015

eco | 9 jan 16 | Mike Gaworecki, Mongabay
While the top environmental stories of the year include more than a few bummers, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the planet last year. Here is a look at some of the more positive developments.

Sky readers

culture | 7 jan 16 | Gene Tracy, Aeon
For most of human history, the stars told us where we were in space and time. Have we forgotten how to look up?

Dear young men

life | 7 jan 16 | David Cain, Independent
Failing to “fit in” at school is a good thing; the old stereotypes of what it is to be a ‘man’ are a load of rubbish.

What makes a good life?

mind | 5 jan 16 | Robert Waldinger, TEDxBeaconStreet
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but you’re mistaken. Lessons from the longest study on happiness.

Fifteen Indigenous Rights Victories …

life | 5 jan 16 | John Ahni Schertow, IC Magazine
… that you didn’t hear about in 2015. In this day in age such stories are incredibly rare. They are even more difficult to find amidst the constant deluge of media that doesn’t matter. That makes them all the more valuable.

The world is improving

life | 29 dec 15 | Interview: Oxford’s research
Max Roser’s latest project visualises datasets of global trends across time. The underlying message from the project is Good News: the world today is more peaceful, educated and healthier than ever before. A conversation.

Toward Mind Design

mind | 29 dec 15 | Thomas B. Roberts, Reality Sandwich
Each stage of the Psychedelic Renaissance does not replace its predecessors; its roots grow from its predecessors and builds on them.

The world is more educated than it’s ever been

culture | 27 dec 15 | Alan Britton, The Conversation
More people are going to school and university than ever before. That’s the largely positive picture of the state of education across the world published recently by the OECD.

The 'age of the human' ...

culture | 25 dec | David Suzuki, The Guardian
… may not become the age of destruction. Our dominance on Earth comes with great responsibility. The Paris climate deal proves that there is hope for our planet – as long as we remember that.

Acid Tests Turn 50

culture | 23 dec 15 | Jesse Jarnow, Rolling Stone
Wavy Gravy, Merry Prankster Ken Babbs recall seminal psychedelic happenings where Beats, Del Close held court and seeds of Grateful Dead were sown.

I feel therefore I am

science | 21 dec 15 | Margaret Wertheim, Aeon
How exactly did consciousness become a problem? And why, after years off the table, is it a hot research subject now?

The Unpredictable Freedom and Sweetness of Chaos

life | 19 dec 15 | Leo Babauta, Humanity+ Magazine
Let go of control and allow yourself to be swept away by the powerful currents of life. Let go of planning and embrace not to know what will happen. Let go of productivity and be open to new ideas, new opportunities, spontaneous creativity.

LSD Microdosing

culture | 17 dec 15 | Andrew Leonard, Rolling Stone
Regular doses of acid have become the creativity enhancer of choice for some professionals.

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Embrace of the Serpent

The film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, and was inspired by the real-life journals of the explorers Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred psychedelic Yakruna plant.

Biosphere 2
This overview explains why a private entity built the world's largest laboratory for global ecology, and how eight people lived and worked inside it for two years growing their food, recycling their air, water and wastes.

Thermonuclear Art

The 30-minute, ultra-high definition 4K video of the sun was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, and is set to a trippy soundtrack from German musician Lars Leonhard.

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Aaron Parker’s pieces are as much ‘environments’ as ‘compositions’: rich ecosystems where strata of fibrous acoustic and electronic sound are overlaid in undulating cycles at once mechanical and utterly natural.

Fratello Mare

The tune, a reference to Folco Quilici’s classic film of the same name, is the latest tropical opus from UK born, Italian based musician Mike Cooper..

A New Synergy With Music

Semaya artfully weaves startling and extremely rare images of the Kataragama tribe in southern Sri Lanka alongside electronic music that is matched carefully to the ceremonial tenor. Text by Mitch Mignano.

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