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Humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We envision the possibility of broadening human potential by overcoming aging, cognitive shortcomings, involuntary suffering, and our confinement to planet Earth.

Transhumanist Declaration
 
Futique Dimensions

23 mar 15 | Sirius, Cornell, Transcendence
Transhumanism is an international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the “natural” limitations experienced by humanity: Ending aging, gaining greater intelligence, and conquering the stars, among a plethora of other alterations to what has been the ordinary human condition.

 

 

 

A Psychonaut's Fungal Chronicles

17 mar 15 | Powell, Magic Mushroom Explorer
Interweaving the most recent scientific studies in the United States and Great Britain, more than 25 years of sacred mushroom exploration, and behind-the-scenes details on the political wars against psychedelics, Simon Powell offers a guide to safely navigating and maximizing the healing and spiritual potential of psilocybin.

 

 

 

By choice, not by chance

9 mar 15 | Hubbard, Conscious Evolution
The noted futurist highlights the tremendous potential of newfound scientific knowledge, technological advances, and compassionate spirituality and illustrates the opportunities that each of us has to fully participate in this exciting stage of human history. We will bring forth all that is within us and not only save ourselves, but evolve our world.

 

 

 

The Mystery of Artistic Creation

2 mar 15 | Martel, Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice
Drawing on examples ranging from Paleolithic cave paintings to modern pop music and building on the ideas of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Gilles Deleuze, Carl Jung, and others, Jean-François Martel argues that art is an inborn human phenomenon that precedes the formation of culture and even society. Art is free of politics and ideology.

 

 

 

Guide for first-time users

25 feb 15 | Kounen, Visionary Ayahuasca
Detailing his own ayahuasca experiences over hundreds of sessions, including a trip when he underwent 17 ceremonies in 25 days, Kounen describes how ayahuasca transformed him. His accounts and additional information makes this book a veritable “what to expect” guide, a first step prior to committing to ayahuasca.

 

 

 

An illuminating exploration

20 feb 15 | Weinberg, To Explain the World
Theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg shows that the scientists of the past not only did not understand what we understand about the world – they did not understand what there is to understand. Through the struggle to solve such mysteries as for example the backward movement of the planets the modern discipline of science emerged.

 

 

 

Communicating the Unspeakable

13 feb 15 | Slattery, Xenolinguistics
The author documents her adventure of psychonautic exploration and scholarly research. From acquiring a symbolic language system to the discovery of other, dubbed xenolinguists to sifting through fields of knowledge such as anthropology and neurophenomenology to build maps and models to contextualize the experiences.

 

 

 

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Can LSD make you a billionaire?

mind | 9 feb 15 | Erica Fink, CNNMoney
In Silicon Valley, there is a premium on creativity, and tools thought to induce or enhance it are avidly sought. Some view psychedelics as a way to approach problems differently.

The End of Religion

life | 2 feb 15 | John G. Messerly, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
History is littered with dead gods. The Greek and Roman gods, and thousands of others have perished. Yet Allah, Yahweh, Krishna and a few more survive. But will belief in the gods endure? It will not.

Solving the mystery of consciousness

mind | 28 jan 15 | Oliver Burkeman, Guardian
Philosophers and scientists, the world’s greatest minds, have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots. Why can’t they solve an obvious mystery?

The power of story

mind | 23 jan 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Aeon
Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains.

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology

mind | 2 feb 15 | Peter Sjöstedt-H, Psychedelic Press UK
The aim of this text is to introduce readers to an unimaginable universe of cognition to which ingestion of psychoactive chemicals will open the portal. This universe can modify and augment Philosophy itself.

Pantheistic Insights

mind | 19 jan 15 | Henrik Dahl, Reality Sandwich
When looking into the subject of psychedelics and their influence on dietary choices, one soon finds a recurring thread in psychedelic culture: vegetarianism. From a historical perspective, several groups and individuals in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s and onwards have adopted plant-based diets.

All Forms of Life Are Sacred

life | 19 jan 15 | Chris Hedges, truthdig
The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields worldwide.

The music in you

culture | 13 jan 15 | Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Aeon
You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

Free Money for Everyone

culture | 13 jan 15 | Rutger Bregman, TEDxMaastricht
Dutch historian Rutger Bregman explains why we should give everyone a basic income.

An ant, a plant, and a bear, oh my

eco | 7 jan 15 | Elizabeth Pennisi, Science
In a mountain meadow in Colorado, ecologists have come across yet another example of the amazing interconnectedness of nature’s flora and fauna. Black bears, by eating ants, help one of the key plant species thrive.

How Zen Masters Die

life | 7 jan 15 |  Jeff Warren, Psychology Tomorrow
How does meditation affect the aging process? It allows practitioners to experience the best of old age’s wisdom and perspective in the prime of life, and at the end of life, confers a grace and equanimity amidst the confusion.

Art Is Good For Our Health

culture | 1 jan 15 | Gabe Bergado, Mic Network
Art’s sweet relationship with the brain and body makes a trip to the museum worth it.

Improve Your Memory

mind | 1 jan 15 | Tom Stafford, h+ Magazine
Want to enhance your memory for facts? Here’s a simple, counter-intuitive method for retaining information.

The Phoenix Generation

culture | 29 dec 14 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
The generation, coming of age over the next couple of decades, will show a marked difference in their consumption and production of media. They will be active prosumers of media content, not only consumers

What Scientific Idea Is Ready for Retirement?

science | 29 dec 14 | Jesse Dylan, Edge
Following the Edge Question 2014, director Jesse Dylan now presents an engaging four-minute impressionistic montage on the project.

The Counterculture and the Occult

culture | 23 dec 14 | Erik Davis, techgnosis
A conceptual cartography for understanding the historical and cultural imbrication of the American counterculture of the Sixties and early Seventies with the occult revival.

World's Oldest Art

culture | 23 dec 14 | Catherine Brahic, NewScientist
A shell etched by Homo erectus some 5000,000 years ago is by far the oldest engraving ever found, challenging what we know about the origin of art and complex human thought.

Is Consciousness Universal?

mind | 19 dec 14 | Christof Koch, Scientific American
Panpsychism, the ancient doctrine that consciousness is universal, offers some lessons in how to think about subjective experience today.

Digital Bedouin Seeks Digital Oasis

culture | 17 dec 14 | Tim Cole, The Futures Agency
There is no avoiding the fact that digital networks will change the way we work. The question that remains, however, is this: How will we cope? After all, we can’t all hope to profit equally; there are always winners and losers.

Journey to Find Iboga

article | 12 dec 14 | Bia Labate, gaiamedia
The Brazilian anthropologist and author landed at the airport in Yaoundé, with the aim of collecting data on a mysterious African root to which powerful therapeutic properties are attributed. An intriguing travelogue.

The Waters of Heterodoxy

science | 6 dec 14 | Charles Eisenstein
In The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature.

"Realists of a larger reality"

culture | 5 dec 14 | Matt Cardin, The Teeming Brain
Some powerful, moving, and beautiful words from Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards, where she used the opportunity to talk about the value of visionary literature.

Apocalypse No

science | 1 dec 14 | Christian Schwägerl, Reality Sandwich
An excerpt from The Anthropocene: The Human Era & How it Shapes our Planet by science and environment writer Christian Schwägerl – a visionary yet pragmatic and comprehensive exploration of the biggest questions we face as a species.

The World's First Vegetarian City

life | 27 nov 14 | Shuria Niazi, Worldcrunch
After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone.

Earth’s natural internet

life | 21 nov 14 | Nic Fleming, BBC
Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungi.

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Asphyxia

An experimental film project by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips that explores human movement through motion capture technology.




Lily in the Grinder

What if a human life is a static four-dimensional entity that cannot be said to truly begin or end? What if we already are everything we will ever be? A short film about existence.




LSD: The Opera

Represented by three sopranos, the opera charts the powerful historical ramifications – cultural, political, and spiritual – set into motion by Albert Hofmann’s discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide in 1943. Excerpt.




Diving into Andromeda

The sharpest ever taken images of Andromeda, our galactic next-door neighbor. At 2.3 million light-years, it is the closest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way.




25 Trippy Optical Illusions

Visionary Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves is famous for creating paintings where the people or the objects in them seamlessly disappear into one another, effectively playing tricks on the mind of the viewer. Video.



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Ambient Space Music

Calming, soothing tunes and nature sounds that will help you enter deep relaxation states and induce lucid dreaming with binaural beats.




The World Is Made Of Language

Jason Silva freestyles his way into the complex systems of science, language and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of how language connects everything in a form of existential jazz.




Useful Knowledge

Jasmine Guffond’s music is kind, exploratory, and patient. Like a low mist, her music lingers and swirls in the air. It doesn’t seem like it’s in a hurry to move on, and that’s good news for the listener.




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