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LSD 75 – Eleusis
Basel | 19 – 22 April 2018
«The social sculpture is enacted between Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 April 2018 in the Holzpark Klybeck in Basel. Here a bridge will be created between science and art in the social sculpture curated by Psysoc. United we will co-create a space for experience and cooperation spread out over several days. There will be lectures, art installations, happenings, exhibitions, concerts, workshops as well as a market. The initial spark starting the entire social sculpture will be our collective meeting at this event. The common theme for artists and scientists at the Holzpark Klybeck-Areal (below the Dreirosenbrücke) is a transdisciplinary and modern examination concerning the initiation rites of the great mysteries of  Eleusis.»

Global ethnobotany with a local focus
Kathleen Harrison | Occidental Center for the Arts
Occidental, California, | 8 April 2018 and 3 more dates

14th Pictoplasma Conference and Festival 
Berlin | Babylon, 3. – 5. Mai 2018

elev8 | Elevating Man and Machine for the Future of Our Planet
Zürich | Saturday 9 June 2018, Volkshaus

Frida Kahlo | Making Herself Up 
London | Victoria & Albert Museum, 16. Juni – 4. November 2018

Gathering for humanity 
Gathering for humanity
Lamy, New Mexico | 16 – 20 May, 2018

good to see

For the next 7 generations | Jyoti & Ann Rosencranz
Thirteen indigenous grandmothers and their message for us and the earth
Acclaimed documentation

Psychedelica: Psychedelics and Consciousness 
In this ground-breaking original series, experts explore the history and use of psychedelic plants.
A free episode of Gaia TV

Six More Years of Putin | Egor Zhgun | Carly Comando (Music)
The last six years of the Russian Presidency Simpsons’ style. Delightful.

Favourite Places in the Universe 3 | Stephen Hawking

John Oliver’s funny interview with Stephen Hawking

How Whales Change Climate and other episodes by Sustainable Human

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Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz
Hugh Masekela
This is a tribute to the great South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer Hugh Masekela (1939-2018), the father of South African jazz, the author of many anti-apartheid songs, and one of the finest and most distinctive horn players the world has known. Together with Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) he recorded the first jazz album his country produced. After the infamous Sharpeville Massacre, in 1960, the politically outspoken musician left South Africa and established himself first in London and later in New York, where he attended the Manhattan School of Music (1960 – 1964). In 1985 Masekela founded the Botswana International School of Music (BISM), which held its first workshop in Gaboron that same year. He received many awards, recorded with many intenational stars and finally returned to his homeland under the leadershp of Nelson Mandela. He died in Johannesburg last January.
Blue Thumb Records

Rachelle Ferrell
Composer, lyricist, arranger, musician, and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell is a recent arrival on the contemporary jazz scene. Born and raised near Philadelphia, she started singing at age six. This no doubt contributed to the eventual development of her startling six-octave range. She decided early on, after classical training on violin, that she wanted to try to make her mark musically as an instrumentalist and songwriter. When her father bought her a piano in her mid-teens with the provision that she learn to play to a professional level, Rachelle secured her first professional gig as a pianist-singer within six months. At 18, she enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study composition and arranging. She graduated in a year and taught music with Dizzy Gillespie for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Through the ’80s and into the early ’90s, she’d worked with some of the top names in jazz, including Gillespie, Quincy Jones, George Benson and George Duke.
Capitol Records

Twilight Zone (Official Music Video)
Watch Jourgensen take down the (fake) American President! „Ministry is an American industrial metal band, founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry shifted its style to become one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the mid-to-late 1980s. The band’s lineup has gone through many changes throughout its history, with Jourgensen remaining the only constant as the band’s main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band’s studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Monte Pittman, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.“ (Wikipedia)

Finesse (remix)
Bruno Mars, featuring Cardi B.
A song viewed by more than 313 million people can’t be bad! Finesse was co-written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Johnathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves and Ray McCullough II. It originally reached a much lower posiition in the charts than the remix released by rappper Cardi B. which received widespread acclaim upon release as a funky version of new jack swing.
Atlantic Records

Debussy: Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, Piano Trio
Trio Stradivari
Brilliant classics is a recording label domiciled in Leewarden (The Netherlands) releasing super-budget recordings of popular classical composers in top quality. Their policiy of selling these masterpieces of calssical music in supermarkets and drugstores has brought them to an audience otherwise alien to classical music. Here, Claude Debussy’s compostions are played by the the Italian Trio Stradivari made up of Jolanda Violante (piano) Federico Guglielmo (violin) and Luigi Puxeddu (cello), spanning the composers protean career, from the early Piano Trio of 1880 to the Cello Sonata of 1915 and the Violin Sonata, completed in 1917.
Brilliant Classics

goodnews editorial

Do you believe in divination, the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means?“ That you are able to obtain advice about your life through direct contact with your „higher self,“ the „collective unconscious“ or the „Earth Coincidence Control Office“ (ECCO), as John C. Lilly called this outlier of the great unknown? There are innumerable methods for achieving this. They carry names such as abacamancy (divination by dust), daphnomancy (by burning laurel twigs) or ptarmoscopy (by sneezes – my favourite)! Next to these largely forgotten methods we use many well-known oracles such as the Tarot, the I Ching (the oldest wisdom book we know), crystal gazing, numerology, astrology or palm reading. Thanks to modern science we know that we are not just imagining that the answers we obtain through these and other means can be trusted but there are a few rules to observe as outlined in two of the books introduced in our column good to read, the most important being (according to me) urgency and sincerity. Being real is always a good idea! As to urgency – don’t ask if there is no need to know.
Authentically yours,
Susanne G. Seiler

Speech to the Young Speech to the Progress-Toward
(Among them Nora and Henry III)

Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
the sun-slappers,
the self-soilers,
the harmony-hushers,
“Even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night.”
You will be right.
For that is the hard home run.
Live not for battles won.
Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
Live in the along.

Gwendolyn Brooks

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Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, The Self etc.

Galen Strawson
The author might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe them clearly – in other words, he is a true essayist. This book gathers three of them: “A Fallacy of Our Age”, “The Sense of Self” and “Real Naturalism.” “Galen Strawson’s Things That Bother Me is, despite its title, no collection of complaints. Rather, Strawson invokes the notion of being bothered in the largest sense, engaging with the ideas, or conditions of living, that will not leave him alone…” (Ian McEwan) Drawing on literature and life as much as on philosophy, this is a book that prompts both argument and wonder.
Series: New York Review of Books, March 2018

Real Magic – Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Powers of the Universe

Dean Radin
The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes.
According to the bestselling author of The Conscious Universe magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice. The author, who worked on the US government’s top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate, has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others’ emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention. These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives.
Harmony, April 2018

The Wife’s Tale

Aida Edemariam
In this fascinating memoir that recalls the life of her ninety-five-year old grandmother, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam tells the story of modern Ethiopia—a nation that would undergo a tumultuous transformation from feudalism to monarchy to Marxist revolution to democracy over the course of one century. Born in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar in about 1916, Yetemegnu was married and had given birth before she turned fifteen. Over the next decades Yetemegnu endured extraordinary trials: the death of some of her children; her husband’s imprisonment; and the detention of one of her sons. She witnessed the Fascist invasion of Ethiopia and the subsequent resistance, suffered Allied bombardment and exile from her city; lived through a bloody revolution and the nationalization of her land, and much more.
Harper/Collins, March 2018

Elemental Divination – A Dice Oracle

Stephen Ball
This book shares instructions and rituals for using the oracle with dice or other divinatory tools. You will also find a list of meanings for every possible elemental combination, and explanations of how Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Sun, and Moon manifest in this divination system. When you explore the oracle’s patterns and correspondences, you gain insight into the challenges and concerns that we all face. With just three dice, you can receive answers to basic questions or initiate a deeper interpretive journey. Based on elemental forces that have been consulted by healers and sages for thousands of years, this dice oracle will inspire you to see yourself and the world with a whole new perspective.
Llewellyn, March 2018

A Tokyo Romance – A Memoir

Ian Buruma
A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him. With his signature acuity, Ian Buruma brilliantly captures the historical tensions between east and west, the clash of conflicting cultures, and the dilemma of the gaijin in Japanese society, constantly free, yet always on the outside. The result is a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic, and sexual. And so a child of European privilege wound up vamping in a red jockstrap, doing a whiskey ad with Akira Kurosawa, and having affairs with women and men. Most astonishingly, he left six years later with the same girlfriend, his future wife.
Penguin/Random House, March 2018

good to know

Ikea goes mycelium
eco | Eco Snippets, March 2018
The furniture retailer is considering using biodegradable “fungi packaging.”

Green Lego
eco | Global Citizen, 2 March 2018
Lego to start selling plant-based blocks this year.

culture | Lennyletter, 2 March 2018
Angry or frustrated – here’s what to do!

psychoactive | The Free Thought Project, 8 March 2018
Colorado takes steps to legalize psilocybin.

Cali rules
culture | Bloomsberg, 10 March 2018
Disobedience leads to success.

Psychedlic sounds
psychoactive | Alternet, 10 March 2018
How LSD makes music awesome.

Dancing despair away
culture | The Guardian, 14 March 2018
Ex ballerina Vania Masias helps street kids transform their circumstances.

Better sex
science | PsyPost, 14 March 2018
Sexual arousal activates more brain regions in women than in men.

Early democracies
culture | Science Mag, 15 March 2018
Various pre-modern societies around the world were organized collectively.

Forever means forever
science | Science Alert, 16 March 2018
The „Big Bang“ was not the origin of the universe.

Skin deep
science | Metro, 16 March 2018
Cannabis cures exzema and psoriasis.

Off the grid
eco  | The Conversation, 16 march 2018
Is it possible for many to live off the grid today?

Psyched out
culture | CBS News, 18 March 2018
Inside the US government secret psychic spy program.

eco | The Mind Unleashed, 19 March 2018
East Kolkata Wetlands sanitize the city.

DNA storage
eco | 23 March 2018
British scientists want to storage data on DNA code.

science| The Independent, 23 March 2018
Key symptoms of old age easily reversed.

Big money
science | Science, 23 March 2018
More funds for scientific endeavors approved in the US.

Ways to know
science | Medical Express, 23 March 2018t
Learning is not what we thought.

Done with Facebook
culture | The Futures Agency, 19 March 2018
Are paid social media networks the answer?

Sucking it up
eco | The Free Thought Project, 24 March 2018
New city bench absorbs pollution.

good to meet

The NGO Skateistan was started by skaters for children in need. Initiated in 2007, theirs is a great success story, and they cater to children in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa by now. Let’s keep Skateistan rolling, people!

Martina Hoffmann
German-born Martina Hoffmann partially grew up in Cameroon. Today she works as a painter and sculptress and remains a central figure in contemporary Visionary Art.

The Costa Rica Initiative
This is a global community of men and women who have joined together to establish a healing center in Costa Rica.


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