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When comparing Leary's early writings with his later writings from the late 1960s and early 1970s ne is struck by his willingness to seriously consider the boundless and utopian possibilities of the drug experience … For Leary, the experience of taking psychedelic drugs was not simply "recreational."

James Penner
 
Basic Psychedelic Research

17 sep 14 | Penner, Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years
Presenting the first collection of Leary’s writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965, this book offers rare articles from Leary’s time as a professor in Harvard’s Psychology Department, including writings from the Harvard Psilocybin Project, the Concord Prison Project, and the Good Friday Experiment.

 

 

 

Archetypal Psychology

9 sep 14 | Butler, Pathways to Wholeness
By drawing on the work of Stanislav Grof and Richard Tarnas, Butler systematically describes the archetypal themes and qualities associated with each of the major planetary combinations studied in astrology and considers how these themes might manifest and be supported in deep psychological self-exploration.

 

 

 

What Makes Us Different

1 sept 14 | Davis, The Compatibility Gene
A scientific adventure story set in a new field of genetic discovery – that of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality. Daniel M. Davis, one of the leading scientists in the field, tells us the story of its groundbreaking developments that have the potential to change us all.

 

 

 

Understanding Gaia

25 aug 14 | Buhner, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm
Earth poet Stephen Harrod Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to initiate communication in return, connection with Nature by using our hearts rather than our heads.

 

 

 

True Self Discovery

19 aug 14 | Waite, Back to the Truth
The author compares the scriptures of traditional Advaita with the words of contemporary sages and neo-Advaita. Should we ignore the mind? Is the world real? Is there anything we can do to become “enlightened”? These questions and many more are addressed, with explanations from those who discovered the truth.

 

 

 

Life as an Act of Healing

9 aug 14 |  Jodorowsky, The Dance of Reality
Retracing the spiritual and mystical path he has followed since childhood, Alejandro Jodorowsky re-creates the incredible adventure of his life as an artist, filmmaker, writer, and therapist – all stages on his quest to push back the boundaries of both imagination and reason – to find an inner light that can help through life’s most difficult tests.

 

 

 

A Holistic Worldview

25 july 14 | Capra, Luisi, The Systems View of Life
A new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of ‘systemic’ thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework.

 

 

 

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Quantum Physics As Spiritual Path

science | 17 july 14 | Paul Levy, Reality Sandwich
Science is the wisdom tradition par excellence of our modern age. Quantum physics can be likened to a genuine spiritual path in that its study becomes a “royal road” beyond both physics and the physical dimension into the realm of metaphysics.

Atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke

mind | 17 july 14 | Nury Vittachi, Science 2.0
Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.

Homni

life | 14 july 14 | Gaia Vince, BBC
Is our species evolving into something new? Is a new superorganism taking over Earth. A provocative argument that humanity is transforming, already having a huge effect on life on our planet.

Biological basis for magic mushroom ‘mind expansion’

mind | 14 july 14 | Francesca Davenport, Imperial College London
New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during mind-expanding drug trips with psilocybin or the chemically related LSD.

What Have Germs Ever Done for Us?

life | 9 july 14 |  Andrew Beattie, MAHB
On an individual level they regulate the development and physiology of our bodies while on a global level they underpin our food supply and provide the basic resources for many industries essential to human wellbeing.

I Am the Knowing of All Experience

mind | 9 july 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
Exploring the question “Who am I?” What is known may change, but the knower, the true Self, never does.

Life’s Restlessness

life | 4 july 14 | Addy Pross, Aeon
Why does life resist disorder? Because ever since the first replicating molecules, another kind of stability has beckoned.

Entheogenic Education

culture | 4 july 14 | Kenneth W. Tupper, Maps
The educational value of psychedelics may be their capacity to reliably evoke experiences of wonder and awe, to stimulate transcendental or mystical experiences, and to catalyze a sense of life meaning or purpose.

Narcissists are only human

mind | 1 july 14 | Peter Kinderman, The Conversation
The academics reported that “individuals high in narcissism are capable of reporting higher empatf instructed to take that person’s perspective.

Bonobos Reveal Evolution of Human Kindness

life | 1 july 14 | James Owen, National Geographic
Marked by their kindness to strangers, the currently endangered bonobos are helping scientists solve the mystery of a particularly human quality: our altruistic nature.

Surprising Rule of Threes

science | 25 june 14 | Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine
More than forty years after a Soviet nuclear physicist proposed the theory that trios of particles can arrange themselves in an infinite nesting-doll configuration, experimentalists have verified this bizarre state of matter.

Philosophy’s Greatest Opportunity

mind | 23 june 14 | Thomas B. Roberts, Academia
What is philosophy’s biggest problem? Answer: Just as we can design and install digital apps in our electronic services, we can design and install mindapps in our minds.

Sacred Sexuality and Sex

life | 19 june 14 | Michael Picucci, Psychology Tomorrow
How can we elevate sex to a higher plane, yet keep our strongest physical desires intact? Discussing the four primary sexual energies – love, pleasure, lingum, and yoni – helps us to understand this “Sexual-Spiritual Split.”

A Fascinating Tale

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.

Living Symphonies

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.

The Alchemical Legacy of Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin

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.

Beneficial Sense of Purpose

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

Just Say Yes

culture | 6 june 14 | Interview: Dennis Trainor, Jr, Acronym TV
Amber Lyon, a 3 time Emmy Award winning journalist, on radical transformation through psychedelics.

Cultivating Empathy

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.

Votes for the Future

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.

The Power of Imagination

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.

How to Become Productively Generous

mind | 1 june 14 | Adam Grant, Psychology Today
The three biggest myths about giving.

The Paradox of Wu-Wei

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.

Interactions Matter for Longevity

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.

Empathy Between Algae

life23 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”.

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Architecture of Life

This animation highlights work from the Ingber lab, which has revealed that living cells use tensegrity architecture to control their shape and mechanical properties.




Abiogenesis

In this science fiction spectacle by Richard Mans, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.




The Ridge

Filmed by Anson Fogel in the Denali National Park for the movie The Sanctity of Space, directed by Freddie Wilkinson and Renan Ozturk, music by HECQ, "Above" from the album NightFalls.




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Shristi

The percussion piece by composer Sandeep Das "enacts the creation of the universe by Shiva and his drum" – a live performance by the Silk Road Ensemble.




And we let go ...

The final instalment of Futuresequence’s legendary Sequence compilations; another carefully curated glimpse into the world of ambient and drone-related music as it stands today.



 
GRB Suite
An astronomer and a graphic artist have teamed up to turn powerful explosions in distant galaxies into spellbinding psychedelic music and – good to see – animations.


 

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