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The technology already exists to sweep our cosmic environment clean of potential threats and to ensure that we do not become the next lost civilization. The problem, however, is that the human species presently seems to lack the will for rational and responsible action.

Graham Hancock
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.




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.




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.





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.




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




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.




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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Lots of Trees to Hug

eco | 7 sept 15 | Kevin Dennehy, Yale School Forestry & Environmental Studies
There are just over three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new assessment, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates.

Beyond Castaneda

science | 3 sep 15 | Jack Hunter, Academia
A brief history of psychedelics in anthropology, from arm-chair intellectualists to transpersonal experientialists.

The pronoun ‘I’ is becoming obsolete

life | 1 sept 15 | David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University
To think of plants and animals, including humans, as autonomous individuals is a serious over-simplification.

The Social Fabric of a Technically Advanced Society

culture | 29 aug 15 | Nicole Sallak Anderson, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
There is so much human potential. Yet something seems to hold us back from becoming a stable species. We have two choices before us, begin to cooperate and live in harmony, or destroy everything, including our planet.

Why we're smarter than chickens

science | 27 aug 15 | Jovana Drinjakovic, University of Toronto
Researchers have discovered that a single molecular event in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest creatures on the planet.

The Cellular Origins of Intelligence

life | 21 aug 15 | Bill Miller, h+ Magazine
Our clearly superior intellectual abilities for certain skills has seduced us towards a dismissive attitude towards the surprisingly deep and broad range of analytical gifts of our companion creatures.

Surfing the Subtle Planes of Reality …

mind | 17 aug 15 | James O’Dea, Reality Sandwich
… (Ego Restricted) … One thing is clear: if ego is restricted from entry to the subtle planes, intellect won’t take you there either – just as intellect won’t help you fall in love.

There's No Such Thing As Race

life | 13 aug 15 | Trace Dominguez, TestTube Plus
According to science, race is just an adaptation of humans living in different parts of the world, but ethnicity is very real. Video.

Into the deep

mind | 11 aug 15 | M M Owen, Aeon
Just when you crave one more sensual hit, the void of the float tank stops time, strips ego and unleashes the mind.

Paranormal experiences with psychoactive drugs

science | 7 aug 15 | David P. Luke and Marios Kittenis, Academia
A preliminary survey about the psychological experience of psi and the neurochemistry of the psi experience. Paper.

Buddhism vs. Utilitarianism

mind | 5 aug 15 | David Pearce, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
If suffering and its abolition are central to life on Earth, can differences between the two traditions that seek to abolish suffering be resolved to questions of means, not ends?


mind | 3 aug 15 | Peter Russell, YouTube
The video from a recent talk by Peter Russell puts things together in a new way, and contains quite a bit of material he hasn’t spoken on before.

The Rise of Computer-Aided Explanation

science | 3 aug 15 | Michael Nielsen, Quanta Magazine
Computers can translate French and prove mathematical theorems. But can they make deep conceptual insights into the way the world works?

The end of capitalism has begun

culture | 29 july 15 | Paul Mason, The Guardian
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian.

Mysticism – Contemplative and Chemical

mind | 29 july 15 | Roger Walsh, Reality Sandwich
Mystical experiences are conceived of as coinciding with altered states of consciousness, and a consideration of mystical states should begin with a discussion of consciousness itself. An excerpt from Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics.

The Sustainability Conundrum

eco | 27 july 15 | Richard Hamption, Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere
Both human population and consumption drive the impacts we are having on the Earth, but how do we reduce both to sustainable levels at the same time?

Human Brain 2.0

life | 23 july 15 | Hank Pellissier, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Our human brains obviously needs improvement, in multiple different capacities. But – what is the most important upgrade? Increased Rationality? Increased Empathy? Elevated Happiness?

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

mind | 17 july 15 | Johann Hari, TEDGlobalLondon
What really causes addiction – to everything? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari’s questions unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

In the beginning

science | 13 july | Ross Andersen, Aeon
There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies. Science has limits. One day, we might feel ourselves pressing up against those limits, and it might be necessary to retreat into the realm of ideas.

Traditional medicine encyclopedia

eco | 13 july 15 | Jeremy Hance, Mongabay
The 500-page encyclopedia marks the first time that a tribe in the Amazon – the Matsés peoples of Brazil and Peru – have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words.

What is the Duration of a Thought?

science | 9 july 15 | Tim Welsh, The Conversation
As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the speed of various things, like light and sound. But what about the speed of thought? It’s a challenging question that’s not easily answerable – but we can give it a shot.

Why Materialism Fails

mind | 7 july 15 | Larry Dossey, Open Sciences
The dogma of physicalism suffers from two fatal defects: the sheer poverty of evidence that brains produce consciousness, and the enormous human costs of a world that is sanitized of a spiritual outlook, which the dogma forbids.

Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden Life

science | 1 july 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Quanta Magazine
The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world. The study underscored just how necessary microbial activity is to plant health and productivity.

Initiatives for a better world

culture | 29 june 15 | Catherine Taibi, The Huffington Post
An alliance of 45 newspapers from all around the world participate in a day dedicated to focusing on solutions-based stories about people, places and events, inspiring change on a global level.

Imagination Beats Practice

mind | 29 june 15 | Association for Psychological Science
Practice may not make perfect, but visualization might. People who imagined a visual target were faster at finding it in a display than those who did an actual practice run.

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Thermonuclear Art

The 30-minute, ultra-high definition 4K video of the sun was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, and is set to a trippy soundtrack from German musician Lars Leonhard.

Don’t Panic - End Poverty
The legendary statistical showman Professor Hans Rosling returns with a feast of facts and figures as he examines the extraordinary target the world commits – to eradicate extreme poverty.


This entertaining video by Lawrence Rifkin with its stirring blend of words and images, inspires awe, and conveys a deep understanding of the human experience.

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Yume is the Japanese word for ‘dream’, but the bright nature of the music isn’t so sleepy. Ambient music such as this comes naturally to Keith Kenniff. Yume is the sound of healthy vitality.

Binaural Beat Machine
Activating the motion feature ever-changes the beating patterns, entraining various brainwaves frequencies one after the other. Have a try.


Sophisticated psychedelic chill out sounds, from dainty sedating to funky pumping, by Daniel Roeth and William Grey, the Russian duo Koan.

A calm and muted piano opens up Ruhe’s piece; modest, sensible. A couple of minutes later, the melody burns up as it’s wrapped around a heat-leaking drone. It returns a different person.

Uncertainty, Green

Fabio Perletta’s new album Unseed takes its name from the Japanese tradition of contemplating the transient beauty of nature. Green tea and sandals are recommended, but not required.

Renewed Brilliance
The second album from The Balustrade Ensemble is the sound of infinity. A gorgeous, ever-present sound opens previously unknown doorways that then lead into new, alternate dimensions.

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