books

Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth

01 august 16 | Robert Tindall 
A fascinating description of how utilizing the biochar embedded in terra preta, the recently rediscovered sacred soil of the pre-Columbian peoples of the Amazon rainforest, can cut our dependency on petrochemicals, restore the health of our soils, remove carbon from our overheating atmosphere, and restore the planet to pre-industrial levels of atmospheric carbon by 2050.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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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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.

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

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"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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Commonplace and universal

29 mar 16 | Nehamas, On Friendship
Acclaimed philosopher Alexander Nehamas shows that for centuries, friendship was as much a public relationship as it was a private one; he sheds light on why we love our friends and how they determine who we are, and who we might become. Close friendship is central to the good life.

 

 

 

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Generosity and goodness

17 mar 16 | Jodorowsky, Farcet, Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness
In his new book, Alejandro Jodorowsky is revealed as a man who has grown into a brilliant spiritual maverick of the 21st century. He discusses the Way of Kindness he now follows, and how it can have a profound effect on your spirit, infusing life with a wealth of happiness.

 

 

 

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Saving our biosphere

9 feb 16 | Wilson, Half-Earth
In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his new book. He proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.

 

 

 

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Enduring and creative methods

29 feb 16 | Kennedy, Inventology
As Pagan Kennedy argues, recent advances in technology and communication have placed us at the cusp of a golden age; it’s now more possible than ever before to transform ideas into actuality. By identifying the steps of the invention process, Kennedy reveals the imaginative tools required to solve our most challenging problems.

 

 

 

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The Power of Rituals

19 feb 16 | Tkacz, Siberian Shamanism
East of Lake Baikal in Siberia live the Buryats, an indigenous people who practice a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhism and shamanism. This book documents a complete Buryat Shanar, the ceremony in which a new shaman first contacts his ancestral spirits and receives his power. An intimate account of an ancient shamanic ritual.

 

 

 

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The many faces of creativity

11 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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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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An ontological concern

7 dec 15 | Mac Sweeney, The Paradox of Lucid Dreaming
Could dreams possibly be made of atoms? In this essay, Rory Mac Sweeney examines consciousness from inside the world of lucid dreaming and contrasts it that of the waking mind which reflects it. Why do dreams have gravity or moreover why is it sometimes they do not? The answer must be in the metaphysics

 

 

 

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A multidimensional tour de force

27 nov 15 | St John, Mystery School in Hyperspace
Since the mid-1950s, the psychoactive compound DMT has attracted the attention of experimentalists and prohibitionists, scientists and artists, alchemists and hyperspace emissaries. This is the first book to delve into the history of this substance, the discovery of its properties, and the impact it has had on poets, artists, and musicians.

 

 

 

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A memory and a warning

24 nov 15 | Hancock, Magicians of the Gods
His bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth’s lost civilization. Now Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence, which has only recently come to light.

 

 

 

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Mindful Interviews

13 nov 15 | Brown, Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousness
In this curated collection of interviews with pioneers in psychedelic thought, David Jay Brown explores the future of mind-altering drugs, hallucinogenic plants, and the evolution of human consciousness. In each interview we discover how these influential minds were inspired by their use of entheogens.

 

 

 

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The awakening of integrative mysticism

5 nov 15 | Martin, One World Renaissance
In his latest work, Dr. Glen T. Martin shows why our predicament urgently requires the creation of a global social contract that can only be adopted through a profound philosophic shift to holism – the same evolutionary holism that has swept all of the world’s sciences.

 

 

 

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Think!

27 oct 15 | Brockman, What to Think About Machines That Think
As the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman’s latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling “Edge Question Series” asks more than 175 leading scientists, philosophers, and artists: What do you think about machines that think? And receives provocative and enriching responses.

 

 

 

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Spiritual Epiphanies

21 oct 15 | Beery, Shamanic Transformations
In this book we learn firsthand about the many different forms of the “aha” moment of shamanic awakening, whether they arise from ceremony, near-death experiences, dream messages, or entheogenic substances, all of them able to transform the individual’s life, clearing their vision and allowing a new consciousness to emerge

 

 

 

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Discover your true nature

13 oct 15 | Waite, A-U-M
Gaudapada was one of the world’s greatest philosophers in seventh-century India. He invokes the mystical symbol ‘AUM’ pointing to the three states of consciousness (waking, dreaming and deep sleep) and the nature of reality itself. All three states are the result of ignorance and error. Who we really are is the fourth aspect.

 

 

 

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Medieval hallucinogenic practices

5 oct 15 | Hatsis, The Witches’ Ointment
Examining trial records and the pharmacopoeia of witches, alchemists, folk healers, and heretics of the 15th century, Thomas Hatsis details how a range of ideas from folk drugs to ecclesiastical fears over medicine women merged to form the classical “witch” stereotype and what history has called the “witches’ ointment.”

 

 

 

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The new standard work

25 sept 15 | Cardeña, Palmer, Marcusson-Clavertz, Parapsychology
This book is the first in almost 40 years to provide a comprehensive scientific overview of research in the field of parapsychology, explaining what we know and don’t know about so-called psi phenomena, such as “telepathy,” “precognition” or “psychokinesis.”

 

 

 

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The world is a work of art

21 sept 15 | Wilczek, A Beautiful Question
The mind-shifting book by Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. When we find that our sense of beauty is realized in the physical world, we are discovering something about the world, but also something about ourselves.

 

 

 

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Visionary Art meets Depth Psychology

15 sept 15 | Grof, Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art
Psychiatrist and consciousness researcher Stanislav Grof takes readers on an enchanting tour of the human psyche and a visual tour of the artwork of H.R. Giger. In this book he illuminates themes related to dreams, trauma, sexuality, birth, and death, by applying his penetrating analysis to the work of Giger and other visionary artists.

 

 

 

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Who they really are

9 sept 15 | Safina, Beyond Words
Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina’s landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening, the book is ultimately a graceful examination of our place in the world.

 

 

 

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From fragmented to connected

1 sept 15 | Betz, Kimsey-House, Integration
The authors examine how we came to be polarized in our dealing with self and other, and what we can do to move from an either/or state to a more effective and fulfilling way of being, to finally reaching our full potential within ourselves, with each other, in groups and organizations and with society at large.

 

 

 

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A Human Decision

27 aug 15 | Markoff, Machines of Loving Grace
Science writer John Markoff offers an unmatched perspective on the most drastic technology-driven societal shifts since the introduction of the Internet. On the brink of the next stage of the computer revolution he urges us to remember that we still have the opportunity to design ourselves into the future – before it’s too late.

 

 

 

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Why are we as we are

21 aug 15 | Lane, The Vital Question
Biochemist Nick Lane reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists. To explain how life evolved on Earth, he explores the deep link between energy and genes, the emergence of multicellular organisms, leading to deep insights into our lives and deaths.

 

 

 

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A "mind manifesting" Anthology

13 aug 15 | Dickins & Read, Out of the Shadows
This collection of original papers from the Psychedelic Press UK journal takes us on a fascinating journey through such topics as: Use of psychedelics in medicine and psychotherapy; Archetypal psychology and spiritual awakenings; Creative surges – literature, myth and visionary art; The great questions of life and death.

 

 

 

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