Consciousness in the Aesthetic Imagination

culture | 29 july 16 | J.F. Martel, Metapsychosis
What can art tell us about the nature of consciousness? Or maybe the question is better framed in McLuhanian terms: What is the message of the medium of art with regard to the nature of consciousness?

Prehistoric dope dealers

culture | 21 july 16 | Colin Barras, New Scientist
It must have been something in the air. During a short time window at the end of the last ice age, Stone Age humans in Europe and Asia independently began using a new plant: cannabis.

The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment

culture | 13 july 16 | Charles Eisenstein
The Brexit vote marks a rare moment of discontinuity, when the usual normalizing narratives falter and a society experiences a fertile and frightening moment of bewilderment.

Neon Tribes

culture | 5 july 16 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
Ecstatic Highs, Techno-Trance and Digital Gnostics – Popular culture has a great way of taking various forms and practices and utilizing them to reinforce mental, emotional, and physical conditioning and patterns of behaviour.

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.

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?”

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.

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.

Modern Fictions

culture | 29 apr 16 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
How the sacred manifests in chaos, superheroes and outer spaces.

The Platonic Bifurcation

culture | 19 apr 16 | Ralph H. Abraham
Two roots of the Platonic cosmology join in a subtle bifurcation in Ancient Greece. The Yogic tradition of Vedic Sanskrit, perhaps transmitted by Pythagoras, and the Homeric of Archaic Greek, are yoked by Plato.

The Many Lives of Mongolian Shamanism

culture | 11 apr 16 | Kevin Turner, Reality Sandwich
For thousands of years, Mongolia has been a nexus of Eurasian shamanisms that competed, mixed, and meshed across our planet’s largest continent. An excerpt from Sky Shamans of Mongolia by the author.

When Myth Became Fact and Men Became Mythmakers

culture | 23 mar 16 | David C. Downing, Patheos
Both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were engaged in mythopoesis, “myth making,” finding new stories in which to embody spiritual intuitions that seem to go as far back as humanity itself.

AI & The Future Of Civilization

culture | 21 mar 16 | Interview: Edge
A conversation with Stephen Wolfram, distinguished scientist, inventor, author, about how pretty obvious it is that we can automate many of the things that we humans have been proud of for a long time. What’s our future in that situation?

In the Throes of Change

culture | 29 feb 16 | Interview: Erin Lynch, WebVisions
A conversation with author, teacher, and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff about the economy, a new renaissance, and where things are going right and wrong.

Hippie Hating

culture | 15 feb 16 | Francesca Fiorentini, Laugh to not to cry
From music to sex to style, we are all descendents of that early Neanderthal: the Hippie. Like it or not. So let’s stop throwing them under the VW bus, shall we?

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.

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.

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?

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.