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Research has shown that creativity is both spontaneous and controlled, and that the creative process involves a delicate balance of effort and ease, seriousness and play, daydreaming and mindfulness, solitude and collaboration.

Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
 
The many faces of creativity

11 feb 16 | Kaufman, Gregoire, Wired to Create
Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Each chapter explores one of ten attributes and habits of highly creative people.

 

 

 

The amazing potential of psychedelics

29 jan 16 | Richards, Sacred Knowledge
The author makes the most of experiential phenomena that stretch our concepts of reality and advances new frontiers in the study of belief, spiritual awakening, psychiatric treatment, and social well-being. His work is based on nearly three decades of legal research with volunteers aged twenty-four to eighty-one.

 

 

 

Dedicated to Our Earth

21 jan 16 | Suter, Rainforest Hero
Ruedi Suter’s biography of Bruno Manser charts the extraordinary story of the man who brought tropical deforestation to the world’s attention. From a young man who escaped civilization for the peace of the jungle to a campaigner who would stand up to oligarchs and timber barons, and lead protests around the globe.

 

 

 

Challenging fundamental assumptions

11 jan 16 | Smart, Beyond Zero and One
Can we build a robot that trips on acid? This is not a frivolous question, according to neuroscientist Andrew Smart. If we can’t, he argues, we haven’t really created artificial intelligence. Andrew Smart convincingly makes the case that true intelligence, and artificial intelligence, requires an appreciation of what is beyond the computational.

 

 

 

Mapping our Mind

5 jan 16 | Marcus, Freeman, The Future of the Brain
An unprecedented look at the quest to unravel the mysteries of the human brain, The Future of the Brain takes readers to the absolute frontiers of science. Original essays by leading researchers shed light on the breathtaking implications of brain science for medicine, psychiatry, and even human consciousness itself.

 

 

 

A unique social project

29 dec 15 | Fitzpatrick, Skateistan
Through a balanced mix of words and photographs, the book shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists; new education opportunities to girls and boys in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif; to be expanded in Phnom Penh and Johannesburg.

 

 

 

The Huichol Legacy

21 dec 15 | Endredy, Teachings of the Peyote Shamans
This book offers a rare look at the inner workings of Huichol shamanism, which is permeated with the use of the sacred peyote cactus. It reveals the key tenants of the Huichol worldview, their beliefs in the afterlife, and their spiritual work on behalf of humanity.

 

 

 

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LSD Microdosing

culture | 17 dec 15 | Andrew Leonard, Rolling Stone
Regular doses of acid have become the creativity enhancer of choice for some professionals.

The search for happiness

mind | 15 dec 15 | Wataru Sato et al., Kyoto University
Researchers have mapped out using MRI where happiness emerges in the brain. The study paves the way for measuring happiness objectively, and also provides insights on a neurologically based way of being happy.

Human Identity on Trial

science | 11 dec 15 | Amanda Gefter, Nautilus
If our particles have no identity, how can we?

What if we were free to work?

culture | 9 dec 15 | Olivier Schneller, TEDxBSEL
To Olivier, today’s common perception of work is one of the biggest misconceptions of our time; he illustrates why he strongly believes that rethinking work may unlock an immense hidden potential in our society.

Paradigms lost

life | 7 dec 15 | David P Barash, Aeon
Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change.

The Trip Planners

mind | 3 dec 15 |  Emily Witt, The New Yorker
The unusual couple – Earth and Fire – behind an online encyclopedia, documenting the complex relationship between humans and psychoactive substances – Erowid.

The Information Theory of Life

science | 1 dec 15 | Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine
The polymath Christoph Adami is investigating life’s origins by reimagining living things as self-perpetuating information strings.

The Holy Trinity

eco | 1 dec 15 | Melati Kaye, Mongabay
How Wakatobi’s corals stay healthy and diverse. A soon-to-be under-resourced national park administration is fighting to protect marine life along one of Indonesia’s most diverse coastlines.

Demanding a Post-Work World

culture | 27 nov 15 | John Danaher, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Those who are truly interested in a postwork world would be well-advised to think about what it takes to live a meaningful life, and to assess whether that will be possible when people lack the economic motivation to work.

Floating Alone

mind | 27 nov 15 | Luke Stoddard Nathan, The Awl
The weird, slightly grim history of the sensory deprivation tank, from John C. Lilly to Richard Feynman to Michael Hutchison and even the Simpsons.

DMT Research from 1956 to the Edge of Time

mind | 24 nov 15 | Andrew R. Gallimore and David P. Luke, Reality Sandwich
Although six decades have passed since the very first DMT trip, the experience continues to confound and remains fertile ground for speculation regarding its significance and meaning.

Why Alien Life Will Be Robotic

science | 21 nov 15 | Martin Rees, Nautilus
If life off Earth exists it has probably transitioned to machine intelligence. Perhaps the galaxy already teems with advanced life, and our descendants will “plug in” to a galactic community.

Art, Ayahuasca, and Climate Change

culture | 17 nov 15 | Jill Ettinger, Reset Me
Worlds are intersecting at unexpected points these days. The latest juncture: Can street art and psychedelics like ayahuasca steer us away from abdication and help us to reclaim our planet and our health?

World's newest national park

eco | 13 nov 15 | Morgan Erickson-Davis & Apoorva Joshi, Mongabay
With the official declaration from the Peruvian government, Sierra del Divisor National Park spans 1.3 million hectares of largely primary forest, and contains unique wildlife habitat and uncontacted indigenous communities.

'Love hormone' helps produce 'bliss molecules'

science | 9 nov 15 | University of California, Irvine
The hormone oxytocin, which has been associated with interpersonal bonding, may enhance the pleasure of social interactions by stimulating production of marijuana-like neurotransmitters in the brain.

The New Holism

mind | 5 nov 15 | Glen Martin, Reallity Sandwich
During a time of fundamental paradigm-shift from fragmentation to holism, the great question is whether the shift to holism will happen in time to save us from self-extinction. An excerpt from Glen Martin’s new book On World Renaissance.

The free-will scale

mind | 1 nov 15 | Stephen Cave, Aeon
Like IQ or EQ, there should be FQ: a freedom quotient to show how much free will we have – and how to get more.

Reimagine agriculture to rewild the land

eco | 3 nov 15 | EcoHustler
Thinking differently about how we grow food creates a world of opportunity – boosting planetary health, enriching our lives and protecting us from environmental change.

Nuclear-Free Future Award 2015

life | 1 nov 15 | Nuclear-Free Future Award
This year the prices in the categories Resistance, Education, Solution, go to the USA, Switzerland, the Marshall Islands, Austria and Canada.

Is Gaia only the beginning?

science | 28 oct 15 | Space Telescope Science Institute
Earth came early to the party in the evolving universe. When our solar system was born only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed. 92 percent have yet to be born.

The Nature of the DMT Entities and their Relation to Us

mind | 28 oct 15 | Peter Meyer, Serendipity
In a long philosophical discourse the author suggests that before each of us humans were born into this natural world we were entities in the DMT World, to which we will return upon the death of the body.

Solving Problems With Collective Intelligence

culture | 25 oct 15 | Michael Hrenka, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
How can technology help us to solve the big problems of individuals, organizations, and the world at large? More specifically: How can we use the internet in the best way to improve our collective problem-solving capabilities?

Psychedelics, Transgression and the End of History

mind | 23 oct 15 | Alan Piper, Academia
Transgression was the essence of the twentieth century avant-garde and the royal road to insight, self-transformation and special knowledge from Baudelaire to William Burroughs and beyond. A presentation.

A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction

eco | 19 oct 15 | Gabriel Popkin, Quanta Magazine
Complex natural systems defy standard mathematical analysis. A strange attractor helps predict what will happen in a chaotic system beyond equations.

Healthy people don’t die

life | 15 oct 15 | Interview: Simone Achermann, Web for Interdisciplinary Research and Expertise
Aubrey de Grey, founder of SENS Research Foundation, explains why longevity is just a side-effect of health and what people will do with their lives when they become 1000 years old.

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Embrace of the Serpent

The film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, and was inspired by the real-life journals of the explorers Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred psychedelic Yakruna plant.




Biosphere 2
This overview explains why a private entity built the world's largest laboratory for global ecology, and how eight people lived and worked inside it for two years growing their food, recycling their air, water and wastes.




Thermonuclear Art

The 30-minute, ultra-high definition 4K video of the sun was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, and is set to a trippy soundtrack from German musician Lars Leonhard.




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Warehouse

Aaron Parker’s pieces are as much ‘environments’ as ‘compositions’: rich ecosystems where strata of fibrous acoustic and electronic sound are overlaid in undulating cycles at once mechanical and utterly natural.




Fratello Mare

The tune, a reference to Folco Quilici’s classic film of the same name, is the latest tropical opus from UK born, Italian based musician Mike Cooper..




A New Synergy With Music

Semaya artfully weaves startling and extremely rare images of the Kataragama tribe in southern Sri Lanka alongside electronic music that is matched carefully to the ceremonial tenor. Text by Mitch Mignano.



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