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We live in a world of apparent duality. There is "I" and there are other people, objects, ideas and emotions. Time, space, causality and language all depend upon and relate to this world. Whilst every "thing" else changes, however, "I" who witnesses and knows all of these experiences remain the same.

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True Self Discovery

19 aug 14 | Waite, Back to the Truth
The author compares the scriptures of traditional Advaita with the words of contemporary sages and neo-Advaita. Should we ignore the mind? Is the world real? Is there anything we can do to become “enlightened”? These questions and many more are addressed, with explanations from those who discovered the truth.

 

 

 

Life as an Act of Healing

9 aug 14 |  Jodorowsky, The Dance of Reality
Retracing the spiritual and mystical path he has followed since childhood, Alejandro Jodorowsky re-creates the incredible adventure of his life as an artist, filmmaker, writer, and therapist – all stages on his quest to push back the boundaries of both imagination and reason – to find an inner light that can help through life’s most difficult tests.

 

 

 

A Holistic Worldview

25 july 14 | Capra, Luisi, The Systems View of Life
A new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of ‘systemic’ thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework.

 

 

 

Conversations around the Vine of the Soul

17 july 14 | Razam, The Ayahuasca Sessions
This companion volume to the author’s memoir Aya Awakenings, Australian journalist Rak Razam documents the thriving business of 21st century Amazonian hallucinogenic shamanism from multiple perspectives, revealing the stark differences between indigenous and foreign approaches as well as the commonalities.

 

 

 

The Medium and the Message

9 july 14 | Rock, The Survival Hypothesis
This anthology assembles a team of experts from the fields of psychology, parapsychology, philosophy, anthropology and neuroscience to examine critically the tentative statement or prediction that some aspect of our personhood (e.g., consciousness) persists subsequent to the death of the physical body.

 

 

 

Zero, zip, nada, zilch

4 july 14 | Webb, Nothing
With twenty chapters and contributors like Paul Davies, Jo Marchant, and Ian Stewart, along with two former editors of Nature this fascinating and intriguing book revels in a subject that has tantalised the finest minds for centuries, and shows there’s more to nothing than meets the eye.

 

 

 

Plant Biochemistry in Human Brain Expansion

1 july 14 | Wright, Gynn, Return to the Brain of Eden
The authors explain how humanity’s prehistoric diet change led to a neurodegenerative condition characterized by aggression and a fearful perception of the world, and present a strategy of food, sexuality, shamanic practices, and entheogens to reverse our mental degeneration and restore our advanced abilities.

 

 

 

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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.

Living Symphonies

eco | 13 june 14 | Noah Baker, Nature
Artists create a simulation of forest plot’s web of life and turn it into a sound installation which aims to represent an ecosystem, in real time, as a dynamic ever changing musical composition.

The Alchemical Legacy of Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin

mind | 11 june 14 | Daniel Appel, Ultraculture
The father of psychedelic research, died on 2 June at the age of 88. His contributions to the fields of rational drug design and phenomenology earned him a place in scientific history as a biochemical pioneer.

Beneficial Sense of Purpose

life | 6 june 14 | Association for Psychological Science
Finding a purpose in life lowers risk of mortality above and beyond other factors that are known to predict longevity. A new research showed that having a purpose may help you live longer, regardless of your age

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.

Cultivating Empathy

mind | 3 june 14 | Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, ScienceDaily
An unprecedented research has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to train brain patterns associated with empathic feelings – more specifically, tenderness.

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.

The Power of Imagination

mind | 1 june 14 | Chris Hedges, Truthdig
Through imagination we can face our mortality and the brevity of existence. Through imagination we can recover reverence and kinship. Through imagination we can see ourselves in our neighbors and the other living organisms of the earth.

How to Become Productively Generous

mind | 1 june 14 | Adam Grant, Psychology Today
The three biggest myths about giving.

The Paradox of Wu-Wei

mind | 27 May 14 | Edge
A conversation with Edward Slingerland, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity, about wu-wei, the Chinese concept of effortless action.

Interactions Matter for Longevity

science | 27 May 14 | Brown University
A new study shows that complex interactions among diet, mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA appear to influence lifespan at least as much as single factors alone.

Empathy Between Algae

life23 May 14 | Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation, livescience
Darwin “was obsessed with competition,” biologist Bradley Cardinale says, “but we found that one-third of the species of algae we studied actually like each other. It may be that nature has a lot more mutualisms than we ever expected”.

Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain

science | 23 May 14 | University of Zurich
Researchers have now shown that the bioactive component in the Mexican magic mushroom, influences the amygdala, thereby weakening the processing of negative stimuli.

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?

The Case for Animal Personhood

life | 19 May 14 | Jeff Warren, Psychology Tomorrow
Where human empathy and imagination go, the law eventually follows. Are whales on the verge of a civil-rights movement and, if so, what is the science? What would a “Cetacean Nation” even look like?

How to live forever

life | 14 May 14 | Frank Swain, BBC
If more and more people are living past 100, how much older can we survive to, in theory. And what would it take to achieve this in practice? Ideas and thoughts for prolonging life.

What Is Consciousness

mind | 12 May 14 | Peter Russell, You Tube
One thing we know for sure is that we are aware. Yet this very fact is an anomaly for the current scientific worldview. A talk by Peter Russell.

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.

Thinking about death

mind | 5 May 14 | Nathan Heflick, The Conversation
Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often?

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.

Embrace the Unexplained

mind | 1 May 14 | Jeffrey J. Kripal, The Chronicle of Higher Education
How ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness.

Psychedelic Wisdom

mind | 1 May 14 | Interview: Zoe Helene, Reality Sandwich
A conversation with ethnobotanist and ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna. He and his late brother, Terence, began their lifelong curiosity-driven quest for exotic hallucinogens in Amazonian jungles in 1971.

Do Psychic Phenomena Exist?

mind | 1 May 14 | Steve Taylor, Psychology Today
There are some good reasons for being open to the idea that telepathy and pre-cognition may genuinely exist.

Watch Proteins Do the Jitterbug

science | 28 Apr 14 | Carl Zimmer, The New York Times
If you could shrink down to the size of a molecule and fly into a cell, what would you see? In 2006, a team of scientists and illustrators offered a gorgeous answer in the form of a three-minute video called The Inner Life of the Cell.

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?

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The Moment of Beauty

An fascinating short film by Japanese artist Takayuki Sato and friends.




Planetary Panoramas

A multiple camera, 360 degree, night-sky time-lapse by photographer Vincent Brady accompanied by musician Brandon McCoy.




Juxtapoz Psychedelic

The art book bridges the musings of early explorers of the psychedelic experience and its visionary expressions, to those working in metaphysical and surrealistic modes today. A review by Hendrik Dahl.




Kanesh Bosm

Chris Bennett takes a look at the fascinating references to cannabis in the Old Testament text that have been suggested by anthropologist Sula Benet and other researchers.



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The Song of the Butterfly
An improvisation by Hungarian musicians Istvan Sky Kék Ég, Estas Tonne, Pablo Arellano, and Indrė Kuliešiūtė.



 
Psychedelic Secret Agent
At the occasion of presenting Adam Gorightly's book Historia Discordia, here the unique brand of his SciFi-adelic music, a blend of heavy guitars and haunting theremins singing songs of end times revelations and future civilizations.


 

Maľovanie dúhy
Strom noir finds a spot somewhere between drone, drifting ambient and post-rock transmuted guitar textures.




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