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11 Oct 13 | Vimeo, Ecology, Cosmos & Consciousness
Videos from the University of Kent, 2011 and University of Greenwich, 2013 conferences.
7 Oct 13 | Emma Crichton Miller, Aeon
What fantasies are we playing out in our various idealisations and realisations of gardens – a piece of paradise, a refuge from urban mayhem – but can a garden embody something deeper and wilder?
7 Oct 13 | Cadell Last, H+ Magazine
Part 2 out of 5 articles about a possible future of humanity: Waking up.
7 Oct 13 | Jessica Aldred, Guardian
A reforestation scheme by the poet and publisher Felix Dennis marks its 10% milestone with an oak sapling planted in the heart of England.
7 Oct 13 | Rob Dickins, Psychedelic Presss UK
A psychedelic psychogeography with a look at the invisible landscape; imaginal territories through the psychiatric axioms of ego, Self, and the structure of one’s psyche.
1 Oct 13 | Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think
, argues that our technological tools are now inextricably linked to our minds, and this is a promising rather than perilous thing.
1 Oct 13 | The Right Livelihood Award
This year’s award goes to Paul Walker, USA, Raji Sourani Palestine, Denis Mukwege, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Hans Herren/Biovision Foundation, Switzerland.
1 Oct 13 | Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering
Interdisciplinary team creates ‘microbial battery’ driven by naturally occurring bacteria that evolved to produce electricity as they digest organic material.
1 Oct 13 | Wendy Leopold, Northwestern University
The surprising link between music, rhythmic abilities and language skills.
27 Sep 13 | Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine
Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.
27 Sep 13 | Tania Singer, Project Syndicate
It is time to replace the framework of homo economicus with a model that reflects humans’ capacity for altruism, pro-social behavior and human cooperation.
27 Sep 13 | Frances Moore Lappé, Yes!
Scary stories of kidnappings and explosions lead our news feeds, but it’s the good news that helps break down the myth of our own powerlessness.
27 Sep 13 | Cadell Last, H+ Magazine
Introduction to Cybernetics – First of 5 articles about a possible future of humanity by science writer and evolutionary theorist Cadell Last.
23 Sep 13 | Steve Connor, Independent
Discovery dispels notion that gears are a human invention – evolution got there first. Toothed gears enable young plant hoppers to synchronize limbs for jumping. Video
23 Sep 13 | MAPS
The videos from over three days of conference presentations last April in Oakland, California, are now available online.
17 Sep 13 | Michael Graziano, Aeon
Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the mystery that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory about how the brain – a biological machine – generates consciousness, cracked it?
17 Sep 13 | Dick Pelletier, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Based on the belief that eternal health and youth can be realized, scientists are on the brink of developing interventions for all of its life-destroying processes.
11 Sep 13 | Canadian Science Publishing
Scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint where these mushrooms fit in the fungal family tree, but emerging research is helping them understand the evolutionary development of “magic” mushrooms.
11 Sep 13 | John Tierney, The New York Times
It was first thought to be a “neurological disease of essentially demonic cause,” but it turns out that nostalgia is good for your brain.
5 Sep 13 | Fariss Samarrai, University of Virginia
A new study strongly suggests that we are hardwired to empathize because we closely associate people who are close to us – friends, spouses, lovers – with our very selves.
5 Sep 13 | McKenna Forum
Interview on DMT with Andrew R. Gallimore, biochemist at Cambridge University. Audio.
1 Sep 13 | Maraya Karena, Reality Sandwich
Festivals evolve, but individuals evolve faster. Nature unites and diversifies to unite again at a higher level of complexity. Festivals are not dead; they are poised to undergo the next process of evolution.
1 Sep 13 | Jim McAllister, Psychedelic Press UK
A specific look at some lesser known, legal inhabitants of that original benevolent pharmakos – nature – with all its myriad nuances, included the production of psycho and somatically ameliorative medicines.
28 Aug 13 | Vlatko Vedral, Aeon
Dead matter has no goals of its own, yet life is constantly striving. That makes it a deep puzzle for physics.
28 Aug 13 | Teri S. Krebs, Pål-Ørjan Johansen, NUST, PLOS
A scientific analysis shows that the use of LSD, psilocybin, or peyote does not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems. Long ago presented evidence of beneficial effects of psychedelics have been reconfirmed.