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.

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.

LSD Microdosing

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

What if we were free to work?

culture | 9 dec 15 | Olivier Schneller, TEDxBSEL
To Olivier, today’s common perception of work is one of the biggest misconceptions of our time; he illustrates why he strongly believes that rethinking work may unlock an immense hidden potential in our society.

Demanding a Post-Work World

culture | 27 nov 15 | John Danaher, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Those who are truly interested in a postwork world would be well-advised to think about what it takes to live a meaningful life, and to assess whether that will be possible when people lack the economic motivation to work.