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By using an interdisciplinary focus, inspired by three great minds - John Coltrane, Albert Einstein, and Pythagoras - we can begin to see that the “magial” behavior of the blossoming cosmos is based in music.

Stephon Alexander
 
Music of the Spheres

11 june 16 | Alexander, The Jazz of Physics
Whether you are more familiar with Brian Greene or Brian Eno, John Coltrane or John Wheeler, there is a new discovery on every page. Covering the entire history of the universe from its birth to its fate, its structure on the smallest and largest scales, the book reveals the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.

 

 

 

Philosophy of mind

27 may 16 | Sjöstedt-H, Noumenautics
Philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-H’s book traverses the mindscape of metaphysics, nihilism and psychedelic phenomenology. It navigates through subjects such as the sentience of cells, the constrictions of consciousness, the metaphysics of might, the magic of mushrooms, the narcotics of Nietzsche, and the neologism of neo-nihilism.

 

 

 

Radical new perspectives

17 may 16 | Lanza, Berman, Beyond Biocentrism
Acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader on an intellectual thrill-ride as they re-examine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself, in fields ranging from plant biology and cosmology to quantum entanglement and consciousness.

 

 

 

A deeper look at a psychedelic

9 may 16 |Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar, Peyote
This book explains the role that peyote – a hallucinogenic cactus – plays in the religious and spiritual fulfillment of certain peoples in the United States and Mexico, and examines pressing issues concerning the regulation and conservation of peyote as well as issues of indigenous and religious rights.

 

 

 

Challenges for the Sciences

27 apr 16 | Brockman, Life
Scientists’ understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. The book explains just how far we’ve come – and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we’re heading.

 

 

 

Transformational teachings

19 apr 16 | Puett, Gross-Loh, The Path
Professor Michael Puett’s course at Harvard challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish; so he says to his students: “The encounter with these ideas will change your life.” As one of them told his collaborator, author Christine Gross-Loh, “You can open yourself up to possibilities you never imagined were even possible.”

 

 

 

"Techniques of ecstasy"

11 apr 16 | Turner, Sky Shamans of Mongolia
Part travelogue, part experiential spiritual memoir, Kevin Turner takes us to visit with authentic shamans in the steppes and urban centers of modern-day Mongolia. Along the way, the author, a practicing shaman himself, tells of spontaneous medical diagnoses, all-night shamanic ceremonies, and miraculous healings.

 

 

 

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Electrical Brain Stimulation Enhances Creativity

mind | 1 may 16 | Adam Green et al., Georgetown University
Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new study.

Modern Fictions

culture | 29 apr 16 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
How the sacred manifests in chaos, superheroes and outer spaces.

What LSD tells us about human nature

mind | 27 apr 16 | Marc Lewis, The Guardian
Our brains, with their intrinsic tendency to segregate, are designed to veer toward over-control. Psychedelics blow all that apart – and we can learn from them.

New Tree of Life

science | 25 apr 16 | Laura A. Hug et al., Nature Microbiology
Scientists have dramatically expanded the tree of life, which depicts the variety and evolution of life on Earth, to account for thousands of new microscopic life forms discovered over the past 15 years.

Sexy beasts

life | 23 apr 16 | Alex Riley, Aeon
Male flamboyance does more than ruffle a few feathers – it helps the female choose a mate in top metabolic health.

The Light of the Toad of Light

mind | 23 apr 16 | Sebastian Job, Entheogenesis
The anthropologist from the University of Sidney talks about some transpersonal dimensions of 5-MeO-DMT.

Kenya to reverse deforestation

eco | 21 apr 16 | Mike Gaworecki, Mongabay
Kenya aims to plant a total of 20 million trees around Mount Kenya and other highland forests, known as Water Towers because of their role in conserving the country’s rivers, lakes and fresh drinking water.

The Platonic Bifurcation

culture | 19 apr 16 | Ralph H. Abraham
Two roots of the Platonic cosmology join in a subtle bifurcation in Ancient Greece. The Yogic tradition of Vedic Sanskrit, perhaps transmitted by Pythagoras, and the Homeric of Archaic Greek, are yoked by Plato.

LSD-Induced Ego Dissolution

science | 17 apr 16 | Robin Carhart-Harris et al., Current Biology
When people take LSD, they sometimes feel as though the boundary that separates them from the rest of the world has dissolved. Now, the first functional magnetic resonance images of people’s brains while on LSD help to explain this phenomenon.

Popular Theories of Consciousness Are Worse Than Wrong

mind | 15 apr 16 | Michael Graziano, The Atlantic
Most of them play to our intuitions, but don’t actually explain anything.

Beyond hashtags

life | 13 apr 16 | Athina Karatzogianni, The Conversation
How a new wave of digital activists is changing society.

The Many Lives of Mongolian Shamanism

culture | 11 apr 16 | Kevin Turner, Reality Sandwich
For thousands of years, Mongolia has been a nexus of Eurasian shamanisms that competed, mixed, and meshed across our planet’s largest continent. An excerpt from Sky Shamans of Mongolia by the author.

Secret Earths

mind | 7 apr 16 | Erik Davis, Techgnosis
A catalog essay on the contemporary reframing of animism, from an art show devoted to rare earth elements.

Where do minds belong?

life | 3 apr 16 | Caleb Scharf, Aeon
Intelligence could have been moving back and forth between biological beings and machine receptacles for aeons.

The Beasts That Keep the Beat

science | 1 apr 16 | Ferris Jabr, Quanta Magazine
New insights from neuroscience – aided by a small zoo’s worth of dancing animals – are revealing the biological origins of rhythm.

The Psychedelic Paradox

mind | 29 mar 16 | Fisher, Psychological Medicine, volteface
Ask anyone who has ever tried LSD, and they will tell you that ‘paradoxical’ is a fitting descriptor of its effects. Seeing, feeling and thinking seemingly impossible scenarios are the characteristic symptoms of this and other psychedelic drugs.

The Mattering Instinct

life | 29 mar 16 | Interview: Edge
A conversation with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about that commitment to one’s own life that is inseparable from pursuing a coherent human life.

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

science | 25 mar 16 | Chris Baraniuk, BBC
A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.

Decriminalization of all drugs

life | 25 mar 16 | Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
A group of 22 medical experts convened by Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet have called today for the decriminalization of all nonviolent drug use and possession.

When Myth Became Fact and Men Became Mythmakers

culture | 23 mar 16 | David C. Downing, Patheos
Both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were engaged in mythopoesis, “myth making,” finding new stories in which to embody spiritual intuitions that seem to go as far back as humanity itself.

AI & The Future Of Civilization

culture | 21 mar 16 | Interview: Edge
A conversation with Stephen Wolfram, distinguished scientist, inventor, author, about how pretty obvious it is that we can automate many of the things that we humans have been proud of for a long time. What’s our future in that situation?

Enlightenment Through Fear of Dying

mind | 17 mar 16 | Interview: Gilles Farcet, Reality Sandwich
The following is excerpted from Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness: The Radical Wisdom of Jodo by Alejandro Jodorowsky with Gilles Farcet.

Consciousness: the product of balanced chaos?

mind | 15 märz 16 | David Schultz, Science
Our experience of reality may be the product of a delicate balance of connectivity between neurons – too much or too little and consciousness slips away.

Selfish or altruistic?

science | 11 feb 16 | Grit Hein et al., University of Zurich
Researchers have shown how peoples’ motives can be identified as they are characterized by a specific interplay between different brain regions, and how empathy motives increase altruistic behavior in selfish people.

Half-Earth

eco | 9 feb 16 | Edward O Wilson, Aeon
Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future. See also Edward O Wilson’s latest book Half-Earth.

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A New Story for Humanity

The film was inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation: a multicultural, multigenerational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries.




Going Furthur
Fifty years after the iconic first Trip, Ken Kesey’s son Zane took Furthur - and his father’s legacy - back on the road for its longest running tour in history, armed with a new band of Merry Pranksters.




Our Beautiful Planet

A breathtaking portrait of Gaia from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.




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beyond

New York producer kj sets wake in between a period of restful sleep and gradual awakening. The delayed romanticism of beyond is an all-too-short, sugar-sweet dream, tinted with a pink sky.




Delicate Power

A hypnotic rhythmic tune from Antonymes’ sublime new album For Now We See Through A Glass Dimly, and the release features of the original album version plus five re-workings.




Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love

The Tape Loop Orchestra's unique project displays the panoramic influence of Ozu, Neuer Deutscher Film, Weldon Kees and Yves Klein, as well as forming of a larger arch with TLO’s ongoing body of work.




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