The Library of Consciousness

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To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. Running away from fear is fear, fighting pain is pain, trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. There is no escape. But so long as you are not aware of the inseparability of thinker and thought, you will try to escape.

Alan Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity
1951

To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. Running away from fear is fear, fighting pain is pain, trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. There is no escape. But so long as you are not aware of the inseparability of thinker and thought, you will try to escape.

Alan Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity
1951

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Reflection of Energy

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Reflection of Energy

1952

Published in Revue des Questions Scientifiques, and later in Activation of Energy.

Essay
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Simulation, Consciousness, Existence

Hans Moravec

Simulation, Consciousness, Existence

1998

Like organisms evolved in gentle tide pools, who migrate to freezing oceans or steaming jungles by developing metabolisms, mechanisms, and behaviors workable in those harsher and vaster environments, our descendants, able to change their representations at will, may develop means to venture far from the comfortable realms we consider reality into arbitrarily strange worlds. Their techniques will be as meaningless to us as bicycles are to fish, but perhaps we can stretch our common-sense-hobbled imaginations enough to peer a short distance into this odd territory.

Article
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The Global Superorganism: An Evolutionary-Cybernetic Model of the Emerging Network Society

Francis Heylighen

The Global Superorganism: An Evolutionary-Cybernetic Model of the Emerging Network Society

2002

The organismic view of society is updated by incorporating concepts from cybernetics, evolutionary theory, and complex adaptive systems. Global society can be seen as an autopoietic network of self-producing components, and therefore as a living system or “superorganism”. Published in the Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems.

Research Article
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The Global Brain as an Emergent Structure from the Worldwide Computing Network

Gottfried Mayer-Kress

The Global Brain as an Emergent Structure from the Worldwide Computing Network

1994

We propose that the existence of a globally and tightly connected network of computer workstations such as the Internet can lead to the emergence of a globally self-organized structure which we refer to as the Global Brain. Published 1995 in The Information Society, Volume 11, Number 1.

Research Article
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A Crisis in Consciousness

Terence McKenna

A Crisis in Consciousness

1995

Terence argues that a solution to our collective planetary crisis has emerged, and it lies in a commitment to shamanistic, feminized, cybernetic, and caring forms of being—to take what each of us is in our very best moments and extend it to fill whole lifetimes.

Workshop
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Computing Machinery and Intelligence

Alan Turing

Computing Machinery and Intelligence

1950

Computing Machinery and Intelligence is a seminal paper written by Alan Turing on the topic of artificial intelligence. The paper, published in 1950 in Mind, was the first to introduce his concept of what is now known as the Turing test to the general public.

Article
Added 14 weeks ago
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The Theory of the Organism-Environment System

Timo Järvilehto

The Theory of the Organism-Environment System

1998

In any functional sense, organism and environment are inseparable and form only one unitary system. The organism cannot exist without the environment, and the environment has descriptive properties only if it is connected to the organism. Separation of organism and environment cannot be the basis of any scientific explanation of human behavior. The theory leads to a reinterpretation of basic problems in many fields of inquiry and makes possible the definition of mental phenomena without their reduction either to neural or biological activity or to separate mental functions. According to the theory, mental activity is activity of the whole organism-environment system, and the traditional psychological concepts describe only different aspects of organization of this system.

Research Article
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Understanding the Chaos at History's End

Terence McKenna

Understanding the Chaos at History's End

1989

Delivered at the end of McKenna’s first month as scholar-in-residence at Esalen, when he began a new phase in his public speaking career. This weekend workshop provides an early glimpse at Terence’s description of the looming “transcendental object at the end of time,” and the psychedelic insights which led him to become an oracle.

Workshop
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Modes of Thought

Alfred North Whitehead

Modes of Thought

1938

Whitehead believed that reality consisted of organic processes within processes, all interrelated and overlapping. These processes are the basis on which human experience, conscious and otherwise, becomes an ongoing center of integrated and novel freedom. In this collection of lectures he urges us to consider “Importance” as an ultimate notion underlying our impulse to create the various modes and sub-generalities of thought which guide our planning and acting.

Book
Added 30 weeks ago
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Imagination in the Light of Nature

Terence McKenna

Imagination in the Light of Nature

1987

Terence claims that “the boundless creativity of the human mind will be tapped into and come to our aid.” His bold statement is followed by an inspirational pep-talk about how miraculous the appearance of consciuosness in this universe is, and what a valuable potential humans represent in future cosmic evolution.

Lecture
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The Next Development in Man

Lancelot Law Whyte

The Next Development in Man

1944

This searching examination of human development provides new perspectives on the moral, political, scientific, emotional, and intellectual divisions of our time. A physicist by profession, Whyte looked beyond the boundaries of specialization for creative ways to approach the basic problem facing modern Western civilization: Why are we so competent technically and yet unable to order our own affairs, socially and personally? He takes the reader with him on a journey that is nothing less than a new interpretation of the general development of human consciousness.

Book
Added 32 weeks ago

Crafting Destiny, Exploring the Unknown

Sadhguru

Crafting Destiny, Exploring the Unknown

2021

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey asks Sadhguru about karma, crafting one’s destiny, the connection between yoga and religion, and exploring the unknown. Sadhguru offers insights on how we should not confuse our lifestyle (a consequence of the times we live in) with life, the real thing!

Discussion
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