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We need to put an end to monocultures, both on land and in the human mind, and we need to urgently assess the true costs of industrial agriculture and the true benefits of biodiverse, ecological farming.

Vandana Shiva
 
A Powerful Manifesto

21 july 16 | Shiva, Who Really Feeds the World?
Author and activist Vandana Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small famers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world’s food.

 

 

 

Knowledgable information, inspiring reading

7 july 16 | Roberts, Acid Drops
A collection of essays, interviews, and fiction by renowned historian Andy Roberts. As well as being an extraordinary record of British psychedelic culture over the last sixty years, the book is a very frank account of the author’s personal experiences of LSD and the world of the counterculture.

 

 

 

Storytelling for our times

27 june 16 | Kastrup, More Than Allegory
This book is a three-part journey into the rabbit hole we call the nature of reality. Its ultimate destination is a plausible, living validation of transcendence. Each of its three parts is like a turn of a spiral, exploring recurring ideas through the prisms of religious myth, truth and belief, respectively.

 

 

 

Music of the Spheres

11 june 16 | Alexander, The Jazz of Physics
Whether you are more familiar with Brian Greene or Brian Eno, John Coltrane or John Wheeler, there is a new discovery on every page. Covering the entire history of the universe from its birth to its fate, its structure on the smallest and largest scales, the book reveals the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.

 

 

 

Philosophy of mind

27 may 16 | Sjöstedt-H, Noumenautics
Philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-H’s book traverses the mindscape of metaphysics, nihilism and psychedelic phenomenology. It navigates through subjects such as the sentience of cells, the constrictions of consciousness, the metaphysics of might, the magic of mushrooms, the narcotics of Nietzsche, and the neologism of neo-nihilism.

 

 

 

Radical new perspectives

17 may 16 | Lanza, Berman, Beyond Biocentrism
Acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader on an intellectual thrill-ride as they re-examine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself, in fields ranging from plant biology and cosmology to quantum entanglement and consciousness.

 

 

 

A deeper look at a psychedelic

9 may 16 |Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar, Peyote
This book explains the role that peyote – a hallucinogenic cactus – plays in the religious and spiritual fulfillment of certain peoples in the United States and Mexico, and examines pressing issues concerning the regulation and conservation of peyote as well as issues of indigenous and religious rights.

 

 

 

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A Psychedelic Revaluation of all Values

mind | 27 may 16 | Interview: Psychedelic Press
A talk with Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-H, who specialises in the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson and Whitehead, and within the field of Philosophy of Mind; author of Noumenautics.

A trick of the mind

science | 25 may 16 | Adam Bear, Paul Bloom, Yale University
The results of two psychology experiments suggest that what we believe to be a conscious choice may actually be constructed, or confabulated, unconsciously after we act – to rationalize our decisions.

Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology

science | 23 may 16 | Peter Hoffman, Nautilus
Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.

A Map of the Mind

mind | 21 may 16 | Kevin Randall, The New York Times
The Dalai Lama has commissioned scientists for a lofty mission: to help turn secular audiences into more self-aware, compassionate humans.

The Social Construction of Stories

life | 19 may 16 | Interview: Edge
How narratives can get in the way of being happier. A conversation with Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and author of Happiness by Design.

The Illusion of Reality

science | 17 may 16 | Amanda Gefter, Quanta Magazine
The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.

The World In a State of Extreme Transition

culture | 15 may 16 | Daniel Pinchbeck, Schuyler Brown, Medium
Reevaluating the language of climate change can offer a fresh perspective on where we are and where we’re headed, and supports moving from sustainability to Regenerative Design.

There is no death …

mind | 13 may 16 | Robert Lanza and Bob Berman, Aeon
…only a series of eternal ‘nows’. By the authors of Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death.

Mushroom Sacraments in the Cults of Early Europe

science | 13 may 16 | Carl A. P. Ruck, NeuroQuantology
The folkloric traditions of Europe about mushrooms indicate a taboo upon directly naming a substance employed to access mystical vision involving many of the most ancient religions of antiquity, dating back at least to the Neolithic Period.

When does the future begin?

mind | 11 may 16 | Daphna Oyserman, Aeon
The answer to the question  – which, by the way, is not right now – matters because humans are attuned to focus on the ‘right now’ situation. A study in maximising motivation.

How the brain produces consciousness in 'time slices'

science | 9 may 16 | Michael H. Herzog et al., EPF, Lausanne
According to a new model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between.

Psychedelics and Systems Change

culture | 7 may 16 | Charles Eisenstein, MAPS Bulletin
Many arguments for the legalization of psychedelics draw on their relative harmlessness. Compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, psychedelics are extremely safe.

Earth may be home to one trillion species

life | 5 may 16 | Indiana University, ScienceDaily
Largest-ever analysis of microbial data reveals an ecological law concluding 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered.

Mapping the Brain to Build Better Machines

science | 3 may 16 | Emily Singer, Wired
A race to decipher the brain’s algorithms could revolutionize machine learning.

Electrical Brain Stimulation Enhances Creativity

mind | 1 may 16 | Adam Green et al., Georgetown University
Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new study.

Modern Fictions

culture | 29 apr 16 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
How the sacred manifests in chaos, superheroes and outer spaces.

What LSD tells us about human nature

mind | 27 apr 16 | Marc Lewis, The Guardian
Our brains, with their intrinsic tendency to segregate, are designed to veer toward over-control. Psychedelics blow all that apart – and we can learn from them.

New Tree of Life

science | 25 apr 16 | Laura A. Hug et al., Nature Microbiology
Scientists have dramatically expanded the tree of life, which depicts the variety and evolution of life on Earth, to account for thousands of new microscopic life forms discovered over the past 15 years.

Sexy beasts

life | 23 apr 16 | Alex Riley, Aeon
Male flamboyance does more than ruffle a few feathers – it helps the female choose a mate in top metabolic health.

The Light of the Toad of Light

mind | 23 apr 16 | Sebastian Job, Entheogenesis
The anthropologist from the University of Sidney talks about some transpersonal dimensions of 5-MeO-DMT.

Kenya to reverse deforestation

eco | 21 apr 16 | Mike Gaworecki, Mongabay
Kenya aims to plant a total of 20 million trees around Mount Kenya and other highland forests, known as Water Towers because of their role in conserving the country’s rivers, lakes and fresh drinking water.

The Platonic Bifurcation

culture | 19 apr 16 | Ralph H. Abraham
Two roots of the Platonic cosmology join in a subtle bifurcation in Ancient Greece. The Yogic tradition of Vedic Sanskrit, perhaps transmitted by Pythagoras, and the Homeric of Archaic Greek, are yoked by Plato.

LSD-Induced Ego Dissolution

science | 17 apr 16 | Robin Carhart-Harris et al., Current Biology
When people take LSD, they sometimes feel as though the boundary that separates them from the rest of the world has dissolved. Now, the first functional magnetic resonance images of people’s brains while on LSD help to explain this phenomenon.

Popular Theories of Consciousness Are Worse Than Wrong

mind | 15 apr 16 | Michael Graziano, The Atlantic
Most of them play to our intuitions, but don’t actually explain anything.

Beyond hashtags

life | 13 apr 16 | Athina Karatzogianni, The Conversation
How a new wave of digital activists is changing society.

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A New Story for Humanity

The film was inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation: a multicultural, multigenerational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries.




Going Furthur
Fifty years after the iconic first Trip, Ken Kesey’s son Zane took Furthur - and his father’s legacy - back on the road for its longest running tour in history, armed with a new band of Merry Pranksters.




Our Beautiful Planet

A breathtaking portrait of Gaia from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.




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Silent Went The Sea

A preview of Offthesky’s new album. A lethargic ocean that pauses to breathe and then stays there, halfway through its eternal cycle. The sea is an ageless, prehistoric body, as old as the Earth itself.




beyond

New York producer kj sets wake in between a period of restful sleep and gradual awakening. The delayed romanticism of beyond is an all-too-short, sugar-sweet dream, tinted with a pink sky.




Delicate Power

A hypnotic rhythmic tune from Antonymes’ sublime new album For Now We See Through A Glass Dimly, and the release features of the original album version plus five re-workings.




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