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culture | 17 june 14 | Michael Horowitz, Lisa Rein, Boing Boing
The story of Marshall McLuhan and Timothy Leary’s friendship and an unpublished letter from the Leary Archives.
eco | 13 june 14 | Noah Baker, Nature
Artists create a simulation of forest plot’s web of life and turn it into a sound installation which aims to represent an ecosystem, in real time, as a dynamic ever changing musical composition.
mind | 11 june 14 | Daniel Appel, Ultraculture
The father of psychedelic research, died on 2 June at the age of 88. His contributions to the fields of rational drug design and phenomenology earned him a place in scientific history as a biochemical pioneer.
life | 6 june 14 | Association for Psychological Science
Finding a purpose in life lowers risk of mortality above and beyond other factors that are known to predict longevity. A new research showed that having a purpose may help you live longer, regardless of your age
culture | 6 june 14 | Interview: Dennis Trainor, Jr, Acronym TV
Amber Lyon, a 3 time Emmy Award winning journalist, on radical transformation through psychedelics.
mind | 3 june 14 | Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, ScienceDaily
An unprecedented research has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to train brain patterns associated with empathic feelings – more specifically, tenderness.
culture | 1 june 14 | Thomas Wells, Aeon
Democracies are notoriously short-sighted. Yet with one simple device, we could give unborn citizens a say in our present.
mind | 1 june 14 | Chris Hedges, Truthdig
Through imagination we can face our mortality and the brevity of existence. Through imagination we can recover reverence and kinship. Through imagination we can see ourselves in our neighbors and the other living organisms of the earth.
mind | 1 june 14 | Adam Grant, Psychology Today
The three biggest myths about giving.
mind | 27 May 14 | Edge
A conversation with Edward Slingerland, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity
, about wu-wei, the Chinese concept of effortless action.
science | 27 May 14 | Brown University
A new study shows that complex interactions among diet, mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA appear to influence lifespan at least as much as single factors alone.
life | 23 May 14 | Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation, livescience
Darwin “was obsessed with competition,” biologist Bradley Cardinale says, “but we found that one-third of the species of algae we studied actually like each other. It may be that nature has a lot more mutualisms than we ever expected”.
science | 23 May 14 | University of Zurich
Researchers have now shown that the bioactive component in the Mexican magic mushroom, influences the amygdala, thereby weakening the processing of negative stimuli.
culture | 21 May 14 | Dieter Duhm, Reality Sandwich
Both halves of the human being, man and woman, have searched for one another for generations and always missed each other. Is there a solution for the apparent contradiction between free sexuality and marriage?
life | 19 May 14 | Jeff Warren, Psychology Tomorrow
Where human empathy and imagination go, the law eventually follows. Are whales on the verge of a civil-rights movement and, if so, what is the science? What would a “Cetacean Nation” even look like?
life | 14 May 14 | Frank Swain, BBC
If more and more people are living past 100, how much older can we survive to, in theory. And what would it take to achieve this in practice? Ideas and thoughts for prolonging life.
mind | 12 May 14 | Peter Russell, You Tube
One thing we know for sure is that we are aware. Yet this very fact is an anomaly for the current scientific worldview. A talk by Peter Russell.
culture | 7 May 14 | Mohan Matthen, Aeon
In every culture on Earth, people decorate their possessions and themselves, and enjoy visual art. They stare in awe at vast landscapes and the starry sky, and they sing and dance, and make instrumental music. Why? It gives them pleasure.
mind | 5 May 14 | Nathan Heflick, The Conversation
Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often?
culture | 1 May 14 | Barry Levine, VentureBeat
Once, the Internet was the paradigm of decentralized, anonymous, citizen-based, secure communication. Now, mesh networks are being touted for that role.
mind | 1 May 14 | Jeffrey J. Kripal, The Chronicle of Higher Education
How ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness.
mind | 1 May 14 | Interview: Zoe Helene, Reality Sandwich
A conversation with ethnobotanist and ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna. He and his late brother, Terence, began their lifelong curiosity-driven quest for exotic hallucinogens in Amazonian jungles in 1971.
mind | 1 May 14 | Steve Taylor, Psychology Today
There are some good reasons for being open to the idea that telepathy and pre-cognition may genuinely exist.
science | 28 Apr 14 | Carl Zimmer, The New York Times
If you could shrink down to the size of a molecule and fly into a cell, what would you see? In 2006, a team of scientists and illustrators offered a gorgeous answer in the form of a three-minute video called The Inner Life of the Cell.
culture | 25 Apr 14 | Charles Eisenstein, Open Democracy
Substance abuse has less to do with the substance than it has to do with the lives we live. But what has the War on Drugs done to us, and what will follow it?