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eco | 25 sep 14 | Terry Macalister, Guardian
Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22% of the world’s electricity.
eco | 19 sep 14 | Daniel Crockett, Huffpost
Reconnection with nature has the ability to transcend previous environmental movements and reshape our world. It will be the next big human trend; a revolution of belonging.
mind | 15 sep 14 | Paul Watson, The Ecologist
The founder of Sea Shepherd questions man’s monopoly on advanced brain power, and finds a planet suffused with a far deeper intelligence than our own.
life | 11 sep 14 | David P Barash, Aeon
Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound? The author is a psychologist and an evolutionary biologist.
mind | 11 sep 14 | Ferris Jabr, The New Yorker
What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? An essay along Henry David Thoreau’s journal entry: “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
eco | 9 sep 14 | The Admiral, Ecohustler
Under prohibition, drug supply is unregulated and handled by gangsters. As such, our highs often come with immense ecological harm. It doesn’t have to be like this. Plea for ethical and ecologically sound products.
science | 9 sep 14 | Interview: Edge
The way nature is – the nature of flowers, birdsong and bird plumages – implies that subjective experiences are fundamentally important in biology. A conversation with evolutionary ornithologist Richard Prum.
life | 5 sept 14 | Elizabeth Palermo, Discovery
To locate the best possible meal in the vast waters of its marine habitat, the barrel jellyfish uses a strategy commonly associated with an approach known as fast simulated annealing.
science | 5 sept 14 | Michael Balter, sciencemag
Humans are generally highly cooperative and often impressively altruistic, quicker than any other animal species to help out strangers in need.
mind | 1 sept 14 | Kat McGowan, Quanta Magazine
Your DNA is supposed to be your blueprint, your unique master code, identical in every one of your tens of trillions of cells. It is why you are you, indivisible and whole, consistent from tip to toe.
eco | 1 sept 14 | Eeva Haaramo, Norse Code
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.
culture | 28 aug 14 | Sarah Levine, Reality Sandwich
We are seeing festival culture move beyond being merely a hedonistic playground and into a realm where radical engagement can occur. A recent pilgrimage made this clear.
mind | 27 aug 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
Seven different perspectives on Oneness.
culture | 25 aug 14 | John Danaher, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Voltaire once said that “work saves a man from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.” Many people endorse this sentiment. But what about the right not to work? A philosophical disquisition.
mind | 25 aug 14 | David Pearce, YouTube
Discussion on mental health in the third millennium, MDMA and beyond.
mind | 19 aug 14 | Luis R. Valadez, Learning Mind
Our human brains trick us into believing in the idea of separation when in truth, nothing is truly separated.
life | 19 aug 14 | Michael Graziano, Aeon
Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root.
life | 13 aug 14 | Sathya Achia Abraham, Eric Peters, Virginia Commonwealth University
As of this year, scientists have named and described over 10 000 reptiles, marking a new milestone in cataloging one of the most diverse vertebrate groups.
mind | 13 aug 14 | University of Tuebingen, ScienceDaily
Personality plays an important role in knowledge exchange. Givers share more important knowledge than takers, according to a recent study.
eco | 7 aug 14 | Michael Graham Richard, treehugger
India’s Rural Development Ministry has decided to try to tackle two problems at the same time: Youth unemployment and bad air quality. It has unveiled a plan to hire up to 300 000 youths to plant 2 billion trees along the country’s highways.
mind | 7 aug 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Spiritual maturity requires a regular process or practice of some type to bring the essence of wisdom that a psychedelic experience offers into one’s life as a whole.
| 1 aug 14 | J. F. Martel, Reality Sandwich
Art doesn’t begin when you realize that you have something to say. It begins at the hour when there is nothing left to say, when everything has been said, when what must be said is unspeakable. It is a way to the sacred.
life | 1 aug 14 | Carlin Flora, Aeon
Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple.
science | 25 july 14 | Carl Zimmer, Quanta Magazine
Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.
mind | 25 july 14 | Terence McKenna, Reality Club Archives
A talk from and an interview from 27 March 1990, with one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism and a fixture of popular counterculture.