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We have the greatest technological knowledge of any civilization, but we have forgotten what it means to be alive in the world, to be alive in a living universe. Yet without this living connection to the world our lives become trivial, routine, and mechanical.

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Humanity’s Creative Role

27 jan 15 | Fideler, Restoring the Soul of the World
Drawing upon the most important scientific discoveries of recent times, David Fideler shows that even at the molecular level, natural systems engage in self-organization, self-preservation, and creative problem solving, mirroring the ancient idea of a creative intelligence that exists deep within the heart of nature.

 

 

 

Scientific examination

19 jan | Broderick, Goertzel, Evidence for Psi
The body of psi research, while complex and frustrating, is shown to contain sufficiently compelling positive evidence to convince the rational open-minded observer that psi is real, and that one or more physical processes probably underlie observed psi phenomena. This collection of essays provides a detailed, science based survey.

 

 

 

Our Multifunctional Mind

7 jan 15 | Thompson, Waking, Dreaming, Being
A renowned philosopher Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of the mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain. He shows that the self is a changing process, not a static thing.

 

 

 

Female Eroticism

1 jan 15 | Troeller, Schneider, Orgasm
In this volume, photographer Linda Troeller collaborates with scholar and artist Marion Schneider to discuss and portray women’s feelings upon orgasm through personal narratives and photographs. The project involves 25 women of different ages, nationalities, and cultural and social backgrounds.

 

 

 

From Myth to Science

23 dec 14 | Benson, Cosmigraphics
The first book to explore the visual side of our greatest imaginative achievement as a species: the unveiling of a vast universe that is largely invisible to our senses. A magnificent treasure trove for lovers of cosmic imagery, for readers interested in the history of science, the visualisation of information, graphic design and mapping.

 

 

 

Our Eternal Existence

17 dec 14 | Laszlo, Peake, The Immortal Mind
Based on a new scientific paradigm in sync with experience-based spirituality, Ervin Laszlo and Anthony Peake explore how consciousness is continually present in the cosmos and can exist without connection to a living organism and the purpose of consciousness is to manifest in living beings in order to continuously evolve.

 

 

 

Endless Movements

12 dec 14 | Berman, Zoom
The planet you are sitting on is whizzing through space thirty-five times faster than the speed of sound. Natural motion dominates our lives and the intricate mechanics of the world around us. in his inspiring new book, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, from the ground up.

 

 

 

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World Peace Through Technology

science | 7 nov 14 | Amon Twyman, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Most obviously “World Peace” means finding ways to avoid war and other forms of destructive conflict, and the impulse underlying that idea is to reduce involuntary suffering as much as possible.

How One Plant Spread Through the World

culture | 1 nov 14 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, lifescience
From the sites where prehistoric hunters and gatherers lived, to ancient China and Viking ships, cannabis has been used across the world for ages, and a new report presents the drug’s colorful history.

Meditation on Forgiveness

mind | 1 nov 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
True forgiveness comes from letting go of our beliefs about how others should have behaved or how they’ve done wrong; releasing the grip this has on our consciousness. Video.

The Rise of Empathic Consciousness

mind | 30 oct 14 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
The accelerating changes occurring across our planet right now will have no alternative but to force a mind-change on a global and individual level. We are coming together as a global species like never before.

Identity, A Neurobiological Perspective

science | 30 oct 14 | William Skaggs, h+ Magazine
The philosophical problem of identity is epitomized by the paradox known as the “Ship of Theseus.” Suppose a ship is rebuilt by removing one plank at a time and replacing it with an identical new plank. Is it still the same ship?

A closed loop

life | 28 oct 14 Jamie Davies, Aeon
The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image.

A potential role of education in commons management

science | 28 oct 14 | Ralph H. Abraham
An extended version of the mathematician and chaos theorist’s paper on the demise of the oceans ecosystem, and an educational approach to turning it around.

Curiosity enhances learning

life | 21 oct 14 | Cell Press, ScienceDaily
The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued.

Does the nervous system have an intrinsic archaic language?

science | 13 oct 14  H. Umit Sayin, NeuroQuantology
The paper reviews the possibility of an ancient forgotten visual sign and symbol language, which is genetically existent in the human brain and that, emerges out during trance states and the consciousness altered by the psychoactive plants.

Music's origins

culture | 7 oct 14 | Colin Barras, BBC
There is striking evidence, that music may have pre-dated modern man and originated with animals, allowing our distant ancestors to communicate and build societies.

How to avoid drowning in the Library of Babel

mind | 1 oct 14 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Sometimes the best way to see the future is by using the same tools we use in understanding the present.

The Thermodynamic Theory of Ecology

eco | 1 oct 14 | Veronique Greenwood, Quanta Magazine
The Western Ghats of India are one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. They were also the first testing ground of an unusual new theory in ecology that applies insights from physics to the study of the environment.

Right Livelihood Award

life | 29 sep 14 | Right Livelihood Award Foundation
The “Alternative Nobel Prize” 2014 goes to Edward Snowden, Alan Rusbridger, Asma Jahangir, Basil Fernando und Bill McKibben, honoring their efforts for human rights, freedom of press, civil liberties, and for mobilising a global movement against climate change.

Jaguar Harmonics

mind | 29 sep 14 | Steven Taylor, Reality Sandwich
“Poems often come out of ritual and are rituals themselves. They are rituals that can be redone and redone. That’s what ritual is. It came out of an all-night practice with an entheogen and note-taking during an accretion of sounds and images and language. … It’s not about ecstasy particularly but a very lucid understanding of the interconnectedness of everything …”

Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace

eco | 25 sep 14 | Terry Macalister, Guardian
Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22% of the world’s electricity.

Nature Connection

eco | 19 sep 14 | Daniel Crockett, Huffpost
Reconnection with nature has the ability to transcend previous environmental movements and reshape our world. It will be the next big human trend; a revolution of belonging.

The cetacean brain and hominid perceptions of cetacean intelligence

mind | 15 sep 14 | Paul Watson, The Ecologist
The founder of Sea Shepherd questions man’s monopoly on advanced brain power, and finds a planet suffused with a far deeper intelligence than our own.

Animal Magnetism

life | 11 sep 14 | David P Barash, Aeon
Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound? The author is a psychologist and an evolutionary biologist.

Why Walking Helps Us Think

mind | 11 sep 14 | Ferris Jabr, The New Yorker
What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? An essay along Henry David Thoreau’s journal entry: “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

Take an E – plant a tree

eco | 9 sep 14 | The Admiral, Ecohustler
Under prohibition, drug supply is unregulated and handled by gangsters. As such, our highs often come with immense ecological harm. It doesn’t have to be like this. Plea for ethical and ecologically sound products.

Duck Sex, Aesthetic Evolution, and the Origin of Beauty

science | 9 sep 14 | Interview: Edge
The way nature is – the nature of flowers, birdsong and bird plumages – implies that subjective experiences are fundamentally important in biology. A conversation with evolutionary ornithologist Richard Prum.

Jellyfish Uses Supercomputing Strategy

life | 5 sept 14 | Elizabeth Palermo, Discovery
To locate the best possible meal in the vast waters of its marine habitat, the barrel jellyfish uses a strategy commonly associated with an approach known as fast simulated annealing.

Human altruism traces back to the origins of humanity

science | 5 sept 14 | Michael Balter, sciencemag
Humans are generally highly cooperative and often impressively altruistic, quicker than any other animal species to help out strangers in need.

I Contain Multitudes

mind | 1 sept 14 | Kat McGowan, Quanta Magazine
Your DNA is supposed to be your blueprint, your unique master code, identical in every one of your tens of trillions of cells. It is why you are you, indivisible and whole, consistent from tip to toe.

Death of the Car

eco | 1 sept 14 |  Eeva Haaramo, Norse Code
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.

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Macro Photography

Nicky Bay went on 46 different shooting excursions in 2014 and discovered creatures that seem more at home in an Avatar movie than here on Earth.




Huicholes

The Last Peyote Guardians" of Wirikuta launch a spiritual crusade to protect their life against the internal contradictions in our materialistic world.




The Immortalists

Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” Their scientific journeys ultimately become personal as they battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones.




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Light Folds

Bill Seaman and Craig Tattersall have worked for approximately one year on their large scale project – the result is fascinating.




Adder Stone

The music of composer and cellist Jo Quail reaches beyond conscious boarders and invites you to explore a constantly shifting landscape.




Om Asatoma

A dreamy downtempo track, touching on aspects of earthen existence and the galactic unknown, by experimental electronic music talent David Tipper.




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