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An Advanced Guide to Microdosing
San Francisco Psychedelic Society
The Microdosing Advanced Masterclass with Dr. James Fadiman
Online | 5 January – 1 April 22

Iboga & Ibogaine: Traditional Use, Mental Health, and Ethical Considerations
Double Blind presents Juliana Mulligan & Blessings of the Forest
Online | Friday 7 January 22 | 10 a.m. PT

Entheowheel
Discover the Wisdom & Healing Power of Psychedelics & Sacred Plants Medicines with Paul Stamets, Bia Labatte, Louie Schwartzberg, and many others
Online | from 16 January 22

A Journey Through the Psychedelic Revival. An Introduction to Psychedelics
Psychedelic Revival Virtual Learning Series | University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Online | from 19 January 22

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Floating Points. Movement I
Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans. Although he made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane’s late ensembles of the mid-’60s, Sanders’ later music is guided by more graceful concerns. Sanders made his first record as a leader in 1964. After John Coltrane’s death in 1967, Sanders worked briefly with his widow, Alice Coltrane. From the late ’60s, he worked primarily as a leader of his own ensembles. In the decades after his first recordings with Coltrane, Sanders developed into a more well-rounded artist, capable of playing convincingly in a variety of contexts, from free to mainstream.
Luaka Bop | March 21


Live in Niamey, Niger
Mdou Moctar
The video’s narrative is about something intangible. We get glimpses, and feel the connection between the band members, and their friends and neighbors at home through a series of deliberately raw and candid moment on video. This love song’s simple beauty is amplified by the patient, lingering moments that trail off like a thought you’re OK to let go, because everything around you seems familiar and comforting. This ethereal non-linear music video is all about that familiar feeling, and how universal it can be – whether it’s in Niger or wherever the viewer maybe sharing these moments. Included are friends and family in the Tuareg community around Niamey as well as Hausa people from villages in the Dosso region. It shows the love between friends are for our home country.
Matador Records | June 21


Toubouk Ine Chihoussay
Etran de l’Aïr
Etran de L’Aïr is one of the most respected bands in Agadez, the capital city of the Saharan guitar scene. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class. This changes in Fall 2021, as the band heads to Europe for their first-ever tour, including appearances at Le Guess Who and Festival Face Z. Etran de L’Aïr is one of the longest-running wedding bands in a city renowned for guitar. Constantly performing at outdoor weddings, both in the city and the surrounding countryside, Etran plays exhaustive concerts, late into the night. Even for a guitar band, they push the instrument to the extreme, with three guitars playing simultaneously, soloing over one another, creating a dreamy cacophony of sound. (Bandcamp)
Sahel Sounds | October 21


Barn
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
The grandfather of grunge surprises us with an album that sounds exactly like he used to sound when he started out. And he has mobilized his original band at least as much as possible: “…Barn is probably the least frustrating new Young album in some time. These are 10 cogent songs about love and life, about the recent past, the years long gone and our future, delivered with verve, emotion and snarls of six-string authority. Infamously, Young’s one-time label Geffen sued this prolific but bloody-minded artist in 1983 for delivering records that “were not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of Young’s previous records”. Laughably, Barn actually fulfils most of those criteria. This is a Crazy Horse record that is both raucous and highly tuneful, saturated with in-band bonhomie.» (The Guardian)
Warner Brothers | December 21


Good Morning Music
Team Peaceful Piano Music
Soft piano Music for effective relaxation, healing meditation music
Peaceful Piano Music – for early morning lovers morning music playlist – a list of songs to keep you energized, motivated and happy for the day – It’s time to rise and shine. Whether you’re looking for soothing tunes to get you out of bed or fun songs to start your day, we’ve got the perfect music for every mood. – Wake up to great music from around the world. It’s a free service with a library of over 2,000 songs from over 50 different cultures. – Wake up to soothing sounds of soothing music, melodies and soothing sounds. Start your day with a smile and the knowledge that you will be refreshed and ready to take on whatever happens today.
EMVN | All Songs Are Our Owners | December 21

goodnews editorial

how woke are you?

There are countless things that we, as supposedly informed citizens, must be aware of before we are allowed to have an opinion. Should we cancel everybody who doesn’t know about matriarchy and patriarchy, antiquity and modernity, colonial times, and industrialization, about slavery and racism, of weapons laws and genocides, parallel moons, and space missions, about responsibility and freedom, epidemics and murders, gender and sex, green hope and sustainability, the future, and mass extinction, and about how A leads to B? The problem seems to be that the conclusions we draw from our knowledge or lack thereof leads to lives in more than one reality, difficult as this may seem. There certainly is a plethora of beliefs and life models inside and outside of the mainstream that intersect, overlap, and run parallel, that align, clash, unite, fall apart, and reorganize. Is that why everybody needs a ready-made opinion about everything nowadays? To brandish it in front of them like a shield or a sword? How much power do I give others over my thoughts? How much am I influenced by what I – selectively – read, hear, or see? Do I need external mediators to know what is wrong and what is right for me? For the society in which I live? I trust myself to be able to distinguish between good and bad, truth and lies. But what about the others? To learn something about the state of the world in which I live, I must compare my opinions with outside insights. That is the practice. In addition, there are libraries full of theory. We want to stay in conversation with each other so that we can openly and effectively take responsibility for the world we want to live in.
Wishing you a blessed, healthy, and peaceful 2022

Yours,
Susanne G. Seiler


Winter Lullabies

Winter speaks
in blusters
and lullabies fall
with the snow.
Some float
through the air
like flecks
of magic,
and some
settle like dreams
that didn’t want
to be caught.

Sabina Laura

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The Dawn of Everything. A New History of Humanity

David Graeber & David Wengrow
For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike – either free and equal, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a reaction to indigenous critiques of European society, and why they are wrong. In doing so, they overturn our view of human history, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery and civilization itself. The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society.
Penguin | October 2022

Psyche Unbound. Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof

Rick Doblin et al.
In honor of Grof’s 90th birthday this year, the contributions begin with Joseph Campbell’s remarkable 1971 lecture in the Great Hall at Cooper Union setting forth the importance of Grof’s findings, and Huston Smith’s 1976 summary of their significance for the study of religion and mysticism, all the way through to the 2021 reflections by psychiatrists and researchers Charles Grob and Michael Mithoefer as part of the current renaissance of psychedelic therapy. Further essays include transpersonal sexual experiences (Jenny Wade), implications for social and cultural change (William Keepin), comparative studies with Asian religious systems (Jeffrey Kripal, Tom Purton), the perinatal dimensions of Jean-Paul Sartre’s transformational 1935 mescaline experience (Thomas Riedlinger), and parallel findings from quantum and relativistic physics (Fritjof Capra).
MAPS | January 22

Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals. The Future of Food

Roxanne van Voorst
Though increasing numbers of people know that eating meat is detrimental to our planet’s health, many still can’t be convinced to give up eating meat. But how can we change behavior when common arguments and information aren’t working? A massive shift is already taking place—everything van Voorst covers in this book has already been invented and is being used today by individuals and small organizations worldwide. Combining the ethical clarity of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals with the disquieting vision of Alan Weissman’s bestseller The World Without Us, a thought-provoking, entertaining exploration of a future where animal consumption is a thing of the past. Hopeful and persuasive, this book offers a vision of what is not only possible but perhaps inevitable.
Harper Collins | January 22

The Fifties. An Underground History

James R. Gaines
A bold and original argument that upends the myth of the Fifties as a decade of conformity to celebrate the solitary, brave, and stubborn individuals who pioneered the radical gay rights, feminist, civil rights, and environmental movements. In a fascinating and beautifully written series of character portraits, The Fifties invokes the accidental radicals; people motivated not by politics but by their own most intimate conflicts; who sparked movements for change in their time and our own. Among many others, we meet the legal pathfinder Pauli Murray, who was tortured by both her mixed-race heritage and her in between sexuality, and we hear the prophetic voices of Rachel Carson and Norbert Wiener, and Harry Hay. Change often begins in the lives of de-centered, often lonely individuals.
Simon & Schuster | January 22

Violeta

Isabel Allende
Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth. Through her father s prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses everything and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. Violeta’s life is shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and ultimately not one, but two pandemics.
Random House | January 22

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The Journal of Wild Culture
The Journal of Wild Culture is published by The Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture and grew out of founder Whitney Smith’s experience of foraging for wild foods and selling to chefs in hotels and restaurants.

The Robert Anton Wilson website

Legal Graffiti
An augmented reality media app that lets you place and discover art, music, history, and culture while walking around from anywhere.

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Safe injection
life | boingboing | 1 December 21
New York is opening the first site in the US

Serenade
nature | reasons to be cheerful | 1 December 21
Fish and corals benefit from friendly sounds

Revealing
psychoactive  | APA PsycNet | 3 December 21
Spiritual experiences in psychedelic-assisted therapy

Shrinks & shrooms
psychoactive | The Walrus | 6 December 21
Medical promises of psilocybin, and why is it still illegal?

Mysticism & weirdness in science
psychoactive |  Microdosing | 6 December 21
Five questions for Joost Breeksema

Hitchhikers
eco | Smithsonian Magazine | 6 December 21
The big garbage patch hosts a variety of organisms

Hydrogen
eco | pv magazine | 7 December 21
Chile, China, Australia, and Spain are global leaders

Psylocybe allenii
psychoactive | Double Blind | 8 December 21
Hiding in plain sight on the West Coast

I’ll see you in my dreams…
science |  PrzeKrój | December 21
An introduction to lucid dreaming

Sustainable
eco | reasons to be cheerful | 9 December 21
Cargo ships are going green(er)

Big business
psychoactive | The Observer | 12 December 21
The rich get richer, and the poor stay poor (L. Cohen)

Renovation
culture | The Observer | 14 December 21
Paris approves controversial make-over of the interior of Notre Dame

Conflicting views
psychoactive | neo.life | 14 December 21
Spiritual interconnectedness vs sober neurochemistry

Edibles
psychoactive | Vice | 17 December 21
Berlin subway tickets infused with cannabis oil

Heavenly sounds
science | Inverse | 21 December 21
The frequencies Juno got off Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon

Port Townsend
psychoactive | Double Blind | 21 December 21
The 13th city to decriminalize natural psychedelics

Sister act
psychoactive | Rolling Stone | 25 December 21
Self-proclaimed feminist order uses cannabis as a sacrament

Mainstream
psychoactive |  The New Yorker | 29 December 21
Ketamine therapy for the masses

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