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Know the truth: There is neither death nor birth; no creation; no multiplicity; nothing apart from Consciousness.

Dennis Waite
Discover your true nature

13 oct 15| Waite, A-U-M
Gaudapada was one of the world’s greatest philosophers in seventh-century India. He invokes the mystical symbol ‘AUM’ pointing to the three states of consciousness (waking, dreaming and deep sleep) and the nature of reality itself. All three states are the result of ignorance and error. Who we really are is the fourth aspect.




Medieval hallucinogenic practices

5 oct 15 | Hatsis, The Witches’ Ointment
Examining trial records and the pharmacopoeia of witches, alchemists, folk healers, and heretics of the 15th century, Thomas Hatsis details how a range of ideas from folk drugs to ecclesiastical fears over medicine women merged to form the classical “witch” stereotype and what history has called the “witches’ ointment.”




The new standard work

25 sept 15 | Cardeña, Palmer, Marcusson-Clavertz, Parapsychology
This book is the first in almost 40 years to provide a comprehensive scientific overview of research in the field of parapsychology, explaining what we know and don’t know about so-called psi phenomena, such as “telepathy,” “precognition” or “psychokinesis.”




The world is a work of art

21 sept 15 | Wilczek, A Beautiful Question
The mind-shifting book by Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. When we find that our sense of beauty is realized in the physical world, we are discovering something about the world, but also something about ourselves.




Visionary Art meets Depth Psychology

15 sept 15 | Grof, Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art
Psychiatrist and consciousness researcher Stanislav Grof takes readers on an enchanting tour of the human psyche and a visual tour of the artwork of H.R. Giger. In this book he illuminates themes related to dreams, trauma, sexuality, birth, and death, by applying his penetrating analysis to the work of Giger and other visionary artists.




Who they really are

9 sept 15 | Safina, Beyond Words
Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina’s landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening, the book is ultimately a graceful examination of our place in the world.




From fragmented to connected

1 sept 15 | Betz, Kimsey-House, Integration
The authors examine how we came to be polarized in our dealing with self and other, and what we can do to move from an either/or state to a more effective and fulfilling way of being, to finally reaching our full potential within ourselves, with each other, in groups and organizations and with society at large.




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The Sustainability Conundrum

eco | 27 july 15 | Richard Hamption, Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere
Both human population and consumption drive the impacts we are having on the Earth, but how do we reduce both to sustainable levels at the same time?

Human Brain 2.0

life | 23 july 15 | Hank Pellissier, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Our human brains obviously needs improvement, in multiple different capacities. But – what is the most important upgrade? Increased Rationality? Increased Empathy? Elevated Happiness?

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

mind | 17 july 15 | Johann Hari, TEDGlobalLondon
What really causes addiction – to everything? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari’s questions unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

In the beginning

science | 13 july | Ross Andersen, Aeon
There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies. Science has limits. One day, we might feel ourselves pressing up against those limits, and it might be necessary to retreat into the realm of ideas.

Traditional medicine encyclopedia

eco | 13 july 15 | Jeremy Hance, Mongabay
The 500-page encyclopedia marks the first time that a tribe in the Amazon – the Matsés peoples of Brazil and Peru – have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words.

What is the Duration of a Thought?

science | 9 july 15 | Tim Welsh, The Conversation
As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the speed of various things, like light and sound. But what about the speed of thought? It’s a challenging question that’s not easily answerable – but we can give it a shot.

Why Materialism Fails

mind | 7 july 15 | Larry Dossey, Open Sciences
The dogma of physicalism suffers from two fatal defects: the sheer poverty of evidence that brains produce consciousness, and the enormous human costs of a world that is sanitized of a spiritual outlook, which the dogma forbids.

Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden Life

science | 1 july 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Quanta Magazine
The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world. The study underscored just how necessary microbial activity is to plant health and productivity.

Initiatives for a better world

culture | 29 june 15 | Catherine Taibi, The Huffington Post
An alliance of 45 newspapers from all around the world participate in a day dedicated to focusing on solutions-based stories about people, places and events, inspiring change on a global level.

Imagination Beats Practice

mind | 29 june 15 | Association for Psychological Science
Practice may not make perfect, but visualization might. People who imagined a visual target were faster at finding it in a display than those who did an actual practice run.

Aboriginal people …

eco | 29 june 15 | David Suzuki, The Vancouver Sun
… not environmentalists, are our best bet for protecting the planet.

A Thread in the Vine

mind | 23 june 15 | Jeff Baker, ResearchGate
This thesis uses the philosophy of deep ecology as a theoretical framework to explore ecospiritual themes as a key feature of increasing discourse around the ayahuasca phenomenon. The broad objective of the research is to use contemporary ayahuasca discourse to reveal the way cross-cultural seekers engage with and discuss shamanic practices that inform a postmodern ecosophical ontology and deep ecological praxis.

Inevitable or Accident?

science | 23 june 15 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The “anthropic principle” makes the claim that not just life, but life of ever growing complexity and intelligence is not just likely, but the inevitable result of the laws of nature.

Backyard Evolution

life | 17 june 15 | Victoria Schlesinger, Aeon
Evolution works through tiny corridors of space and time, transforming species before our eyes. In 100 years we might not find the same adapted groups thriving in our proverbial backyards.

It’s Not a 'Stream' of Consciousness

mind | 17  june 15 | Gregory Hickok, The New York Times
We actually perceive the world in rhythmic pulses rather than as a continuous flow, as famously stated by the American psychologist William James back in 1890, comparing it with the flow of a river, a stream.

Biodegradable computer chips

eco | 15 june 15 | John Steeno, University of Wisconsin-Madison
In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, scientists have develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.

The Benefits Of Doing Nothing

life | 11 june 15 | Shelley M. White, Collective Evolution
Sitting in stillness and silence, void of any stimuli, is seen as doing nothing – a view with the implication that doing nothing is synonymous with being nothing. However, this could not be further from the truth.

Non-computability of Consciousness

science | 5 june 15 | Daegene Song, PRNewswire
A Korean quantum physicist has shown that computers will never be able to duplicate human consciousness or be programmed to do so, because they lack the fundamental … well, humanity.

End of the car age

eco | 5 june 15 | Stephen Moss, The Guardian
Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles?

The Consciousness Revolution

mind | 1 june 15 | Graham Hancock, Reality Sandwich
Consciousness is one of the great mysteries of science. Yet no one can really claim to have understood and explained it completely. An excerpt from Graham Hancock’s new book The Divine Spark.

We Need A Modern Origin Story

culture | 28 may 15 | David Christian, Edge
We’re now at the point where, across so many domains, the amount of information, of good, rigorous ideas, is so rich that we can tease out an origin story that works for humans in Beijing as well as in Buenos Aires – A Big History.

Happily never after

life | 26 may 15 | Katherine May, Aeon
Messy plots, audience participation and uncertain endings: how digital storytelling revives the ancient art of gossip.

Explanation of our existence

science | 19 may 15 | Michael Slezak, New Scientist
Giant magnetic spirals in the sky could explain why there is something rather than nothing in the universe, according to an analysis of data from NASA’s Fermi space telescope.

Higher Consciousness

mind | 15 may 15 | The School of Life
‘Higher consciousness’ sounds mystical and possibly irritating. It shouldn’t. It just captures how we see things when we go beyond our own egos. Video.

Ecological Corridor

eco | 13 may 15 | Giles Constantine, Eye On Latin America
Colombia proposes an ambitious plan that would establish the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’, protecting vast swathes of Amazon rainforest stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic coast.

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What is it that makes us human? Filmmaker a Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries, capturing deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all.

Evolution Will Change How You See The World

This entertaining video by Lawrence Rifkin with its stirring blend of words and images, inspires awe, and conveys a deep understanding of the human experience.

The Scientist
The documentary traces the story of Dr Raphael Mechoulam, the father of modern cannabis research; he ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system.

This Changes Everything
Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, the epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change is inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller.

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What Is a Species?

David Kaplan explores why a simple definition of species is hard to come by.

Renewed Brilliance
The second album from The Balustrade Ensemble is the sound of infinity. A gorgeous, ever-present sound opens previously unknown doorways that then lead into new, alternate dimensions.

Liquid Transmitter is the ambient electronic project of Berlin-based, Canadian artist Jamie Drouin, the piece is from his new album Tidal Locking.

What is Creativity?
Media artist, futurist, philosopher Jason Silva inspires us to reflect about the creative process and to gain creative insight in our modern, connected, technological world.

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