culture

Music's origins

culture | 7 oct 14 | Colin Barras, BBC
There is striking evidence, that music may have pre-dated modern man and originated with animals, allowing our distant ancestors to communicate and build societies.

Death of the Car

eco | 1 sept 14 |  Eeva Haaramo, Norse Code
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.

Rehearsing for the Future at Boom Festival

culture | 28 aug 14 | Sarah Levine, Reality Sandwich
We are seeing festival culture move beyond being merely a hedonistic playground and into a realm where radical engagement can occur. A recent pilgrimage made this clear.

Should we have a right not to work?

culture | 25 aug 14 | John Danaher, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Voltaire once said that “work saves a man from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.” Many people endorse this sentiment. But what about the right not to work? A philosophical disquisition.

Beauty Will Save the World

culture | 1 aug 14 |  J. F. Martel, Reality Sandwich
Art doesn’t begin when you realize that you have something to say. It begins at the hour when there is nothing left to say, when everything has been said, when what must be said is unspeakable. It is a way to the sacred.

Wild Ride Ahead

culture | 21 july 14 | Dick Pelletier, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Imagine if you could jump into a parallel universe where another you is living a more exciting life than yours; and you could swap places if you like. Glimpse at humanity’s long range future.

Entheogenic Education

culture | 4 july 14 | Kenneth W. Tupper, Maps
The educational value of psychedelics may be their capacity to reliably evoke experiences of wonder and awe, to stimulate transcendental or mystical experiences, and to catalyze a sense of life meaning or purpose.

A Fascinating Tale

culture | 17 june 14 | Michael Horowitz, Lisa Rein, Boing Boing
The story of Marshall McLuhan and Timothy Leary’s friendship and an unpublished letter from the Leary Archives.

Just Say Yes

culture | 6 june 14 | Interview: Dennis Trainor, Jr, Acronym TV
Amber Lyon, a 3 time Emmy Award winning journalist, on radical transformation through psychedelics.

Votes for the Future

culture | 1 june 14 | Thomas Wells, Aeon
Democracies are notoriously short-sighted. Yet with one simple device, we could give unborn citizens a say in our present.

Free Sexuality and Partnership

culture | 21 May 14 | Dieter Duhm, Reality Sandwich
Both halves of the human being, man and woman, have searched for one another for generations and always missed each other. Is there a solution for the apparent contradiction between free sexuality and marriage?

Eye Candy

culture | 7 May 14 | Mohan Matthen, Aeon
In every culture on Earth, people decorate their possessions and themselves, and enjoy visual art. They stare in awe at vast landscapes and the starry sky, and they sing and dance, and make instrumental music. Why? It gives them pleasure.

Approaching the post-Internet age

culture | 1 May 14 | Barry Levine, VentureBeat
Once, the Internet was the paradigm of decentralized, anonymous, citizen-based, secure communication. Now, mesh networks are being touted for that role.

Gateway Drug, to What?

culture | 25 Apr 14 | Charles Eisenstein, Open Democracy
Substance abuse has less to do with the substance than it has to do with the lives we live. But what has the War on Drugs done to us, and what will follow it?

Sex, Drugs and Jimi Hendrix

culture | 23 Apr 14 | Ed Vulliamy, The Observer
At 16 he saw Jimi Hendrix blow the crowd away on the Isle of Wight. Today, at nearly 60, he is still chasing the festival spirit round far-flung fields. Here is Ed Vulliamy’s tale of peace, love and mud.

The End is Not Near

culture | 15 Apr 14 | J L Schellenberg, Aeon
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?

The Technium

11 Mar 14 | Edge
How can we have a world in which we are all watching each other, and everybody feels happy? A conversation with Kevin Kelly.

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

27 Feb 14 | David Graeber, The Baffler
Animals play. Humans play. To explain play in Darwinian or utilitarian terms means arguing that it is something else in disguise. But what if play is the real point of our lives? Friedrich Schiller had already argued in 1795 that it was precisely in play that we find the origins of self-consciousness, and hence freedom, and hence morality. “Man plays only when he is in the full sense of the word a man,” Schiller wrote in his On the Aesthetic Education of Man, “and he is only wholly a Man when he is playing.”

The End of Nation States

13 Feb 14 | Harry J. Bentham, H+ Magazine
Perhaps parallel to the physical enhancement of human ability and longevity through technology, enhancements to civilization could be the neglect and final dissolution of borders and “nations”.

Everyone Should Read More

23 Dec 13 | Devin Largent, Thought Catalog
Reading wouldn’t be labeled with such importance if there weren’t obvious, universal benefits. But often these benefits seem vague and perhaps we just gloss them over. 15 reasons why reading is incredibly beneficial to absolutely anyone.