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Health only finds itself in the authentic. There is no beauty without authenticity.

Alejandro Jodorowsky
 
Healing the Unconscious Mind

17 apr 15 | Jodorowsky, Manual of Psychomagic
The legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self, and he provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions.

 

 

 

New light on social behavior

9 apr 15 | Wilson, Does Altruism Exist?
One of the world’s leading evolutionists shows that altruism is not categorically good, and how a social theory that goes beyond altruism by focusing on group function can help to improve the human condition in a practical sense. The book puts old controversies to rest and will become the center of debate for decades to come.

 

 

 

Self-Help for Gaia

1 apr 15 | Basar, Coupland, Obrist, The Age of Earthquakes
The future is happening to us far faster than we thought it would and this quick-fire paperback explains why. Harnessing the images, language and perceptions of our unfurling digital lives, the authors and over 30 contemporary artists invent a glossary of new words to describe how we are truly feeling today.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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Technature

eco | 25 feb 15 | Christian Schwägerl, Reality Sandwich
Future technology has to consist of machines, materials and molecules that adapt to the biologic cycles of earth. An excerpt from Christian Schwägerl’s book The Anthropocene.

Eternal Youth for All!

life | 20 feb | Ronald Bailey, reason.com
Why I want to live forever and you should too. Once rescued from the ravages of aging, all people will be endowed with the life and the liberty to truly pursue their happiness.

Hacking the Tripping Mind

mind | 20 feb 15 | Jason Silva, The Daily Beast
Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

Like friends on Facebook

science | 17 feb 15 | Lee Cossell et al., University of Basel
Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network. Each nerve cell has links with many others, but the strongest bonds form between the few cells most similar to each other.

Digital Reality

science | 17  feb 15 | Edge
A conversation with physicist Neil Gershenfeld about how bits and atoms relate – the boundary between digital and physical.

How your eyes trick your mind

mind | 13 feb 15 | Melissa Hogenboom, BBC
Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.

Activism in the New Story

culture | 13 feb 15 | Charles Eisenstein
Play and celebration seem a bit frivolous in the face of a relentless world-destroying machine. We need to get serious and, not waste our time in escapist play. And celebration – shouldn’t that wait until we have something to celebrate?

Our Brain’s GPS

science | 9 feb 15 | Theresa Burt de Perera, Tim Guilford, The Conversation
Having a basic sense of direction seems instinctive for human beings, and it is. If we delve a little deeper into the subject, we may question how our brains make it possible to understand where we are.

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.

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Wizards of Oz

World's cutest, smallest and most awesome spiders.




Mother

The film reveals the compelling challenges we face in a world of 7 billion, featuring world-renowned experts to help explain one of the most persistent controversies in our culture that touches gender equity, religion, reproductive health and the environment.




Nature Is Speaking

A series of short films delivering a message people everywhere need to hear: Nature doesn't need people, but people desperately need nature.




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.



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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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