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Lacking a shared language, emotions are perhaps our most effective means of cross-species communication. We can share our emotions, we can understand the language of feelings, and that's why we form deep and enduring social bonds with many other beings. Emotions are the glue that binds.

Marc Bekoff
 
Connecting with Nature and Ourselves

21 nov 14 | Bekoff, Rewilding Our Hearts
One of the world’s leading animal experts and activists applies rewilding to human attitudes. He invites readers to do the essential work of becoming reenchanted with the world, acting from the inside out, and dissolving false boundaries to truly connect with both nature and themselves.

 

 

 

Reconnect, Rewire, Remix

13 nov 14 | Jankel, Switch On
A book full of science-inspired, wisdom-wired ideas for how to thrive. A ground-breaking comprehensive philosophy and process for unleashing limitless creativity to break through any problem. An explicit call to connect personal growth with social change, so that our world flourishes too.

 

 

 

Psychoactivity in Religion and Shamanism

5 nov 14 | Ellens, Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances
The volumes address the history and use of mind-altering drugs in medical research and religious practice in the endeavor to expand and heighten spirituality and the sense of the divine, providing unbiased coverage of the relevant arguments and controversies regarding the subject matter.

 

 

 

Change What You Do, Not How You Think

28 oct 14 | Dolan, Happiness by Design
Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan shows that being happier requires us to actively re-design our immediate environment. Enough has been written on how to think happy. His new book is about how to behave happy and how to incorporate the most recent research findings into our everyday lives.

 

 

 

The Varieties of Shamanic Experience

21 oct 14 | Labate, Cavnar, Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond
The editors offer an in-depth exploration of how Amerindian epistemology and ontology concerning indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon have spread to Western societies, and of how indigenous, mestizo, and cosmopolitan cultures have engaged with and transformed these forest traditions.

 

 

 

Navigating the Information Flood

15 oct 14 | Levitin, The Organized Mind
With lively, entertaining chapters Daniel J. Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives, and how we can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way organizing our homes, workplaces, and our time.

 

 

 

Strategies for change and progress

9 oct 14 | Cowsill, Safe Planet
What is the greatest challenge facing humanity this century? The answer is, how we can produce the energy and resources we need without endangering the future of human life on the planet. This optimistic book by a concerned environmental activist is a compelling and clear narrative about the crisis and its solution.

 

 

 

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Human altruism traces back to the origins of humanity

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.

I Contain Multitudes

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.

Death of the Car

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.

Rehearsing for the Future at Boom Festival

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.

One

mind | 27 aug 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
Seven different perspectives on Oneness.

Should we have a right not to work?

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.

Feeling Groovy

mind | 25 aug 14 | David Pearce, YouTube
Discussion on mental health in the third millennium, MDMA and beyond.

It’s not magic, it’s quantum mechanics

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.

The first smile

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.

Over 10 000 reptiles logged

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.

Better to give than to receive

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.

2 Billion Trees, 300 000 Jobs

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.

Spiritual Growth and Psychedelics

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.

Beauty Will Save the World

culture | 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.

Praise them!

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.

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

science | 25 july 14 | Carl Zimmer, Quanta Magazine
Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.

Touched By The Tremendum

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.

Wild Ride Ahead

culture | 21 july 14 | Dick Pelletier, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Imagine if you could jump into a parallel universe where another you is living a more exciting life than yours; and you could swap places if you like. Glimpse at humanity’s long range future.

Organic food is better for you

eco | 21 july 14 | Carlo Leifert, Cambridge University Press
In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food.

Quantum Physics As Spiritual Path

science | 17 july 14 | Paul Levy, Reality Sandwich
Science is the wisdom tradition par excellence of our modern age. Quantum physics can be likened to a genuine spiritual path in that its study becomes a “royal road” beyond both physics and the physical dimension into the realm of metaphysics.

Atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke

mind | 17 july 14 | Nury Vittachi, Science 2.0
Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.

Homni

life | 14 july 14 | Gaia Vince, BBC
Is our species evolving into something new? Is a new superorganism taking over Earth. A provocative argument that humanity is transforming, already having a huge effect on life on our planet.

Biological basis for magic mushroom ‘mind expansion’

mind | 14 july 14 | Francesca Davenport, Imperial College London
New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during mind-expanding drug trips with psilocybin or the chemically related LSD.

What Have Germs Ever Done for Us?

life | 9 july 14 |  Andrew Beattie, MAHB
On an individual level they regulate the development and physiology of our bodies while on a global level they underpin our food supply and provide the basic resources for many industries essential to human wellbeing.

I Am the Knowing of All Experience

mind | 9 july 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
Exploring the question “Who am I?” What is known may change, but the knower, the true Self, never does.

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Crystal Beauty

To reveal the structure of molecules, scientists use a process called X-ray crystallography. Now a photographer has captured images featuring details of the technique, illuminating the structure of matter itself.




The Transcendental Object At The End Of Time

A new movie encompassing the life and works of writer, philosopher, psychonaut and ethnobotanist Terence McKenna.




Transformations

The animal kingdom is full of beautiful and mysterious processes, but there are few that are more captivating and wonderful than the metamorphoses that caterpillars undergo to become moths or butterflies.




Chemistry is Beautiful

Discover the most beautiful chemical structures in 3D, and the stunning beauty of chemical reactions in 4K Ultra-HD. A happy marriage of science and art.




Solar Energy

Light is the primary product of Sun to reach this planet; without it there could be no life on Earth. An inspirational video narrated by Gregory Sams.




Nature is Speaking

A new campaign from Conservation International delivers a message people everywhere need to hear: Nature doesn't need people, but people desperately need nature.




Path of the Sun

A two-part documentary film series about shamanism, consciousness and medicinal plants: Q'ero Mystics of Peru and Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift.




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Algae Bloom In Seven

A dreamy downtempo track, touching on aspects of earthen existence and the galactic unknown, by experimental electronic music talent David Tipper.




Museum of Consciousness

Shpongle's new album is a gigantic sound complex, with each room a different and unique experience into higher multi dimensional realms.




Adrift

With this album preview Pascal Savy continues to plumb the depths of a balanced and weighted ambient music making.




Heart Dance

Visionary Biospheric Funk & Eco-Fusion music by multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and performer Ignat Karmalito – CitiZen of Peace.




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