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We feel separated. We can’t be. We’re just facets of the diamond of consciousness, experiencing different ways to be. Our ultimate reality is interconnectedness. Our true selves are whole and a part of everything.

Ann Betz, Karen Kimsey-House
From fragmented to connected

1 sept 15 | Betz, Kimsey-House, Integration
The authors examine how we came to be polarized in our dealing with self and other, and what we can do to move from an either/or state to a more effective and fulfilling way of being, to finally reaching our full potential within ourselves, with each other, in groups and organizations and with society at large.




A Human Decision

27 aug 15 | Markoff, Machines of Loving Grace
Science writer John Markoff offers an unmatched perspective on the most drastic technology-driven societal shifts since the introduction of the Internet. On the brink of the next stage of the computer revolution he urges us to remember that we still have the opportunity to design ourselves into the future – before it’s too late.




Why are we as we are

21 aug 15 | Lane, The Vital Question
Biochemist Nick Lane reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists. To explain how life evolved on Earth, he explores the deep link between energy and genes, the emergence of multicellular organisms, leading to deep insights into our lives and deaths.




A "mind manifesting" Anthology

13 aug 15 | Dickins & Read, Out of the Shadows
This collection of original papers from the Psychedelic Press UK journal takes us on a fascinating journey through such topics as: Use of psychedelics in medicine and psychotherapy; Archetypal psychology and spiritual awakenings; Creative surges – literature, myth and visionary art; The great questions of life and death.




Progress of Humanity

3 aug 15 | Shermer, The Moral Arc
In his latest book, Michael Shermer explains how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism –scientific ways of thinking – have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world. Epic in scope, The Moral Arc is the Cosmos of human history.




Spiritually Open Minded

29 july 15 | Badiner, Grey, Zig Zag Zen
Both Buddhism and psychedelics are inevitable subjects encountered on the journey to wisdom. Examined together, the reader may understand more deeply the essence of each. Zig Zag Zen features numerous essays, interviews, and art, that lie outside the scope of mainstream anthologies.




Nonviolent ways to respond to violence

23  july 15 | Braatz, Peace Lessons
For students, this book is an introduction to the field of Peace Studies. For scholars, it is a study in how to apply Peace Theory to history. Instructors will appreciate the classroom exercises that dramatize the book’s conceptual lessons. The general reader will gain a new understanding of nonviolence.




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Inevitable or Accident?

science | 23 june 15 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The “anthropic principle” makes the claim that not just life, but life of ever growing complexity and intelligence is not just likely, but the inevitable result of the laws of nature.

Backyard Evolution

life | 17 june 15 | Victoria Schlesinger, Aeon
Evolution works through tiny corridors of space and time, transforming species before our eyes. In 100 years we might not find the same adapted groups thriving in our proverbial backyards.

It’s Not a 'Stream' of Consciousness

mind | 17  june 15 | Gregory Hickok, The New York Times
We actually perceive the world in rhythmic pulses rather than as a continuous flow, as famously stated by the American psychologist William James back in 1890, comparing it with the flow of a river, a stream.

Biodegradable computer chips

eco | 15 june 15 | John Steeno, University of Wisconsin-Madison
In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, scientists have develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.

The Benefits Of Doing Nothing

life | 11 june 15 | Shelley M. White, Collective Evolution
Sitting in stillness and silence, void of any stimuli, is seen as doing nothing – a view with the implication that doing nothing is synonymous with being nothing. However, this could not be further from the truth.

Non-computability of Consciousness

science | 5 june 15 | Daegene Song, PRNewswire
A Korean quantum physicist has shown that computers will never be able to duplicate human consciousness or be programmed to do so, because they lack the fundamental … well, humanity.

End of the car age

eco | 5 june 15 | Stephen Moss, The Guardian
Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles?

The Consciousness Revolution

mind | 1 june 15 | Graham Hancock, Reality Sandwich
Consciousness is one of the great mysteries of science. Yet no one can really claim to have understood and explained it completely. An excerpt from Graham Hancock’s new book The Divine Spark.

We Need A Modern Origin Story

culture | 28 may 15 | David Christian, Edge
We’re now at the point where, across so many domains, the amount of information, of good, rigorous ideas, is so rich that we can tease out an origin story that works for humans in Beijing as well as in Buenos Aires – A Big History.

Happily never after

life | 26 may 15 | Katherine May, Aeon
Messy plots, audience participation and uncertain endings: how digital storytelling revives the ancient art of gossip.

Explanation of our existence

science | 19 may 15 | Michael Slezak, New Scientist
Giant magnetic spirals in the sky could explain why there is something rather than nothing in the universe, according to an analysis of data from NASA’s Fermi space telescope.

Higher Consciousness

mind | 15 may 15 | The School of Life
‘Higher consciousness’ sounds mystical and possibly irritating. It shouldn’t. It just captures how we see things when we go beyond our own egos. Video.

Ecological Corridor

eco | 13 may 15 | Giles Constantine, Eye On Latin America
Colombia proposes an ambitious plan that would establish the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’, protecting vast swathes of Amazon rainforest stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic coast.

Psilocybe germanica

science | 11 may 15 | Jochen Gartz, Georg Wiedemann, Drug Testing and Analysis
Discovery of a new caerulescent Psilocybe mushroom in Germany. Paper.

The Reality Nervous System

mind | 7 may 15 | Bernardo Kastrup, Reality Sandwich
One of the most important ideas discussed in Bernardo Kastrup’s book Brief Peeks Beyond, is the notion that empirical reality – all things we see, hear, touch, smell and taste – can be understood as a nervous system.

Inevitable or Accident?

science | 1 may 15 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The “anthropic principle” makes the claim that not just life, but life of ever growing complexity and intelligence is not just likely, but the inevitable result of the laws of nature.

How to Save the Universe

life | 27 apr 15 | Michael Hanlon, Aeon
We are doomed. Our best efforts to reproduce, to conserve, protect and survive will, in the end, come to nought. It is only a matter of time before our Universe goes black, cold and dies. Must this be the end of the road for life?

The Toad Prophet

mind | 21 apr 15 | Vice Mexico
In search of Bufo alvarius – a species that contains a very high dosage of the powerful hallucinogen 5-MEO-DMT in its body – with Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa.

Health Benefits of Urban Nature

eco | 17 apr 15 | American Institute of Biological Sciences, ScienceDaily
Could a dose of nature be just what the doctor ordered? There is a well-established link between time spent in nature and better human health.

Swearing is good for you

life | 17 apr 15 | Chris Riotta, Elite Daily
People who curse all the time are hotter, confident and less stressed.

Safe as Riding a Bike or Playing Soccer

science | 13 apr 15 | Hayley Richardson, Newsweek
Psychedelic drugs like MDMA and Psilocybin are as safe as riding a bike or playing soccer, and bans against them are “inconsistent with human rights”.

Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

eco | 13 apr 15 | Adele Peters, Co.Exist
Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.

New light on origins of consciousness

science | 7 apr 15 | Melanie Moran, Vanderbilt University
In a recent brain imaging study researchers discovered global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.

Going Vegan Could Save The World

life | 7 apr 15 | Amanda Froelich, True Activist
According to a new UN report, “A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.”

The road map to the Universe

science | 1 apr | Ollie Gillman, Daily Mail
Pathways between our Milky Way and 100’000 other far away galaxies have been revealed by scientists after a 10-year quest into the unknown.

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In the Zen tradition Kensho signifies the first insight – the moment that one intuitively perceives their true nature. Aaron Paradox’s film celebrates with an audio-visual pointing out instruction second to none, with a narration by Alan Watts.

The Scientist
The documentary traces the story of Dr Raphael Mechoulam, the father of modern cannabis research; he ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system.

Nature's Wisdom
Plants that teach us sacred geometry at its finest.

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Liquid Transmitter is the ambient electronic project of Berlin-based, Canadian artist Jamie Drouin, the piece is from his new album Tidal Locking.

What is Creativity?

Media artist, futurist, philosopher Jason Silva inspires us to reflect about the creative process and to gain creative insight in our modern, connected, technological world.

Should Have Been Done By Now

Album sampler from Tehran based Nima Pourkarimi's – aka Umchunga – debut album. He's using guitar, synths and vocals along with field recordings and electronic processing.

Just let go

The piece, featuring Natasha Khan, is taken from British composer and musician John Metcalfe’s new album The Appearance of Colour.

Dreamland Security

David Westbom, aka Asteroids and Earthquakes studied electronic production and design at Berklee College of music; his debut album was released this spring.

Uncertainty, Green

Fabio Perletta’s new album Unseed takes its name from the Japanese tradition of contemplating the transient beauty of nature. Green tea and sandals are recommended, but not required.

Divine Waves

From the opening cymbal swoosh and laconic bass riff, Cory Allen’s new album The Source breathes a deep, ritualistic air.

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