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Biologists’ knowledge of the human microbiome has exploded in the last decade, driven by advances in big data and DNA testing. The richness of the information collected raises myriad new and exciting questions for scientists. … In the end, virtually no aspect of human biology is likely to remain untouched by microbiome research.

Jon Turney
 
The Human Microbiome

23 june 15  | Turney, I, Superorganism
Science writer Jon Turney explores the microbiome, a living, shifting system of previously unimagined importance and complexity. His explorations will make you think again about your relationship with your body, your habits – even your sense of who and what you are – as it reveals what it means to be a 21st century superorganism.

 

 

 

Bringing Balance to Gaia

17 june 15 | Ingerman, Roberts, Speaking with Nature
Renowned shamanic teachers Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts explain how anyone can access the spirit of nature . By tapping into the feminine wisdom of the Earth, we evoke a deep sense of belonging with the natural world and cultivate our inner landscape, planting the seeds for harmony and a natural state of joy.

 

 

 

Exploring Altered States

1 june 15 | Hancock, The Divine Spark
In this anthology, edited by Graham Hancock, 22 writers discuss psychedelics and their myriad connections to consciousness. Travel to South America, the American Southwest, outer space, inner space, and back in time to revisit Pahnke’s The Good Friday experiment, and explore the effects of ayahuasca and LSD

 

 

 

Our Role in the Collective Transition

26 may 15 | Macy, Johnstone, Active Hope
The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.

 

 

 

Natural Intuition and Inner Powers

21 may 15 | Beery, The Gift of Shamanism
Each of us has shamanic powers. Glimpses of them can arise at any age in the form of intuitive dreams, déja vu, spontaneous visions, and out-of-body experiences. Most people dismiss these experiences. However, by embracing these gifts, we can unlock our shamanic potential to change ourselves and the world around us.

 

 

 

Entheogenesis

15 may 15 | Metzner, Allies for Awakening
This monograph is based on 50 years of experience as a participant-observer in the international underground sub-culture involved with entheogenic, consciousness-expanding substances, discussing the multifold uses and values of such substances for spiritual awakening, psychotherapy, healing, and the enhancement of creativity.

 

 

 

Overcoming Materialism

7 may 15 | Kastrup, Brief Peeks Beyond
This book is a multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested. It addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics.

 

 

 

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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.

Technology and the human imagination

mind | 1 apr | Interview: Jason Silva, YouTube
A chat with author Erik Davis about the intersectionality of technology, the human imagination and the phenomenon Davies coined “Techgnosis.”

Singularity, Psychedelics and Technoculture

culture | 27 mar 15 | Interview: Jeremy D. Johnson, Reality Sandwich
A conversation with R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell about their new book, Transcendence, exploring the shared trippy history between psychedelic counterculture and the technological dreams of transhumanism.

How to design the future

science | 27 mar 15 | Jon Turney, Aeon
As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want.

The Reality of Quantum Weirdness

science | 23 mar 15 | Edward Frenkel, The New York Times
Is there a fixed reality apart from our various observations of it? Or is reality nothing more than a kaleidoscope of infinite possibilities? Experimental research supports the latter scenario.

Seeing the mind of a star?

mind | 23 mar 15 | Gregory Sams, YouTube
Why is viewing a solar eclipse such an exciting and inspiring event? Author and social pioneer Gregory Sams looks at our local star through ancient lenses, adding a new dimension to our understanding of the heavens.

Fractal Patterns & Golden Ratio Pulses in Stars

science | 17 mar 15 | Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American
Nature has revealed peculiar mathematical objects that connect order and chaos. A pulsating star in the constellation Lyra generates a unique fractal pattern that hints at unknown stellar processes.

Death Is Optional

life | 17 mar 15 | Yuval Noah Harari, Daniel Kahneman, Edge
“Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface … when brains and computers can interact directly, that’s it, that’s the end of history, that’s the end of biology as we know it.” A conversation.

Genetic Geometry Takes Shape

science | 17 mar 15 | Ivan Amato, Quanta Magazine
Inside the cell’s nucleus, the double helix folds up in myriad loops and twists. The quest to unravel this structure is revealing the subtle genetic orchestration of all life on Earth.

Mental time travel

mind | 17 mar 15 | Vanderbilt University, ScienceDaily
Neuroscientists explore areas of the brain responsible for the recollection of memories so rich in detail regarding the time and place of an original experience that it is much like traveling through time.

Wired and wild

eco | 11 mar 15 | Matt Mellen, Ecohustler, Positive News
Global connectivity means we now have the means, motive and opportunity to radically reorganise society to enable citizens to thrive within an abundant biosphere.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

science | 9 mar 15 | Association for Psychological Science
With our uniquely large brains and extended childhoods, humans are a bit of an evolutionary puzzle. Romantic love and the pair-bonding that it motivates may be part of the answer to this riddle.

The Elastic Brain

science | 6 mar 15 | Rebecca Boyle, Aeon
A child’s brain can master anything from language to music. Can neuroscience extend that genius across the lifespan?

Forever Young

science | 6 mar 15 | Mark Wheeler, UCLA
Potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy. Paper.

The Cosmic Tug of Love

mind | 2 mar 15 | D.J. MacLennan, h+ Magazine
Love exerts such a profound force upon us – on our interactions, on our aspirations, on our enterprises, and ultimately on the fabric of our world. And when we push out into our solar system then on into interstellar space?

Real works of art are machines for destroying ideologies

culture | 2 mar 15 | Interview: Matt Cardin, The Teeming Brain
The numinous, subversive power of art in an artificial age. A conversation with Canadian writer and filmmaker J.F. Martel, author of the book Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice.

The Neural Correlates of Consciousness

science | 27 feb 15 | Susan Blackmore, Science & Nonduality
Consciousness is a hot topic in neuroscience and some of the brightest researchers are hunting for the neural correlates of consciousness – but they will never find them.

The Manual of Psychedelic Support

life | 27 feb 15 | Psychedelic Care Publications
A comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. Free download.

Intoxicated Dinosaurs?

science | 25 feb 15 | David Stauth, Oregon State University
The grass spikelet is about 100 million years old, preserved in amber as the earliest fossil ever found of the evolution of grass, and is covered on its tip by the parasite ergot, the source fungus to produce LSD.

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.

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The Universe as a Fruitcake

Where did the universe come from? David Kaplan explores the leading cosmological explanation with the help of a baking metaphor.




Metaphysical Features of Reality

Ben Ridgway has been making experimental animations since 1992 and worked as a 3D artist in the video game industry.




Reverence

Zana Briski's project is a traveling exhibit of large-scale photographs, film and music housed in a movable 10,000 square ft. structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban.




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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.




Electric

The Chilean band Föllakzoid is famous for its looping riffs stretching across deeply repetitive percussion, creating an atmosphere somewhere between psychedelic trance and stupor.




Lead Us to the Sound

Erothyme douses all of his beats in multiplicitous melting layers of homebrewed extra-sultry sweetsauce.




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