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A shaman is a man or a woman who has special powers as a messenger between the spiritual realm and our material world. They consult and negotiate with spirits on behalf of their clients, villages and the environment to bring about change in the world.

Itzhak Beery
 
Natural Intuition and Inner Powers

21 may 15 | Beery, The Gift of Shamanism
Each of us has shamanic powers. Glimpses of them can arise at any age in the form of intuitive dreams, déja vu, spontaneous visions, and out-of-body experiences. Most people dismiss these experiences. However, by embracing these gifts, we can unlock our shamanic potential to change ourselves and the world around us.

 

 

 

Entheogenesis

15 may 15 | Metzner, Allies for Awakening
This monograph is based on 50 years of experience as a participant-observer in the international underground sub-culture involved with entheogenic, consciousness-expanding substances, discussing the multifold uses and values of such substances for spiritual awakening, psychotherapy, healing, and the enhancement of creativity.

 

 

 

Overcoming Materialism

7 may 15 | Kastrup, Brief Peeks Beyond
This book is a multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested. It addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics.

 

 

 

A Modern Cultural Exegesis

1 may 15 | Davis, TechGnosis
How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In the updated cult classic Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. 
 

 

 

Our Origins, Our Futures

27 apr 15 | Harari, Sapiens
A groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

 

 

 

Healing the Unconscious Mind

17 apr 15 | Jodorowsky, Manual of Psychomagic
The legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self, and he provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions.

 

 

 

New light on social behavior

9 apr 15 | Wilson, Does Altruism Exist?
One of the world’s leading evolutionists shows that altruism is not categorically good, and how a social theory that goes beyond altruism by focusing on group function can help to improve the human condition in a practical sense. The book puts old controversies to rest and will become the center of debate for decades to come.

 

 

 

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

science | 9 mar 15 | Association for Psychological Science
With our uniquely large brains and extended childhoods, humans are a bit of an evolutionary puzzle. Romantic love and the pair-bonding that it motivates may be part of the answer to this riddle.

The Elastic Brain

science | 6 mar 15 | Rebecca Boyle, Aeon
A child’s brain can master anything from language to music. Can neuroscience extend that genius across the lifespan?

Forever Young

science | 6 mar 15 | Mark Wheeler, UCLA
Potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy. Paper.

The Cosmic Tug of Love

mind | 2 mar 15 | D.J. MacLennan, h+ Magazine
Love exerts such a profound force upon us – on our interactions, on our aspirations, on our enterprises, and ultimately on the fabric of our world. And when we push out into our solar system then on into interstellar space?

Real works of art are machines for destroying ideologies

culture | 2 mar 15 | Interview: Matt Cardin, The Teeming Brain
The numinous, subversive power of art in an artificial age. A conversation with Canadian writer and filmmaker J.F. Martel, author of the book Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice.

The Neural Correlates of Consciousness

science | 27 feb 15 | Susan Blackmore, Science & Nonduality
Consciousness is a hot topic in neuroscience and some of the brightest researchers are hunting for the neural correlates of consciousness – but they will never find them.

The Manual of Psychedelic Support

life | 27 feb 15 | Psychedelic Care Publications
A comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. Free download.

Intoxicated Dinosaurs?

science | 25 feb 15 | David Stauth, Oregon State University
The grass spikelet is about 100 million years old, preserved in amber as the earliest fossil ever found of the evolution of grass, and is covered on its tip by the parasite ergot, the source fungus to produce LSD.

Technature

eco | 25 feb 15 | Christian Schwägerl, Reality Sandwich
Future technology has to consist of machines, materials and molecules that adapt to the biologic cycles of earth. An excerpt from Christian Schwägerl’s book The Anthropocene.

Eternal Youth for All!

life | 20 feb | Ronald Bailey, reason.com
Why I want to live forever and you should too. Once rescued from the ravages of aging, all people will be endowed with the life and the liberty to truly pursue their happiness.

Hacking the Tripping Mind

mind | 20 feb 15 | Jason Silva, The Daily Beast
Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

Like friends on Facebook

science | 17 feb 15 | Lee Cossell et al., University of Basel
Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network. Each nerve cell has links with many others, but the strongest bonds form between the few cells most similar to each other.

Digital Reality

science | 17  feb 15 | Edge
A conversation with physicist Neil Gershenfeld about how bits and atoms relate – the boundary between digital and physical.

How your eyes trick your mind

mind | 13 feb 15 | Melissa Hogenboom, BBC
Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.

Activism in the New Story

culture | 13 feb 15 | Charles Eisenstein
Play and celebration seem a bit frivolous in the face of a relentless world-destroying machine. We need to get serious and, not waste our time in escapist play. And celebration – shouldn’t that wait until we have something to celebrate?

Our Brain’s GPS

science | 9 feb 15 | Theresa Burt de Perera, Tim Guilford, The Conversation
Having a basic sense of direction seems instinctive for human beings, and it is. If we delve a little deeper into the subject, we may question how our brains make it possible to understand where we are.

Can LSD make you a billionaire?

mind | 9 feb 15 | Erica Fink, CNNMoney
In Silicon Valley, there is a premium on creativity, and tools thought to induce or enhance it are avidly sought. Some view psychedelics as a way to approach problems differently.

The End of Religion

life | 2 feb 15 | John G. Messerly, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
History is littered with dead gods. The Greek and Roman gods, and thousands of others have perished. Yet Allah, Yahweh, Krishna and a few more survive. But will belief in the gods endure? It will not.

Solving the mystery of consciousness

mind | 28 jan 15 | Oliver Burkeman, Guardian
Philosophers and scientists, the world’s greatest minds, have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots. Why can’t they solve an obvious mystery?

The power of story

mind | 23 jan 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Aeon
Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains.

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology

mind | 2 feb 15 | Peter Sjöstedt-H, Psychedelic Press UK
The aim of this text is to introduce readers to an unimaginable universe of cognition to which ingestion of psychoactive chemicals will open the portal. This universe can modify and augment Philosophy itself.

Pantheistic Insights

mind | 19 jan 15 | Henrik Dahl, Reality Sandwich
When looking into the subject of psychedelics and their influence on dietary choices, one soon finds a recurring thread in psychedelic culture: vegetarianism. From a historical perspective, several groups and individuals in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s and onwards have adopted plant-based diets.

All Forms of Life Are Sacred

life | 19 jan 15 | Chris Hedges, truthdig
The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields worldwide.

The music in you

culture | 13 jan 15 | Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Aeon
You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

Free Money for Everyone

culture | 13 jan 15 | Rutger Bregman, TEDxMaastricht
Dutch historian Rutger Bregman explains why we should give everyone a basic income.

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