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By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable.

Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception
1954

By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable.

Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception
1954

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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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Not What Should Be, But What Is

Alan Watts

Not What Should Be, But What Is

Alan reminds his audience that our mental image of the world is just an internal fairy tale loosely related to the truth of reality. Paying attention to our sensory experiences can therefore help us lift this thought-tainted veil, an action which reveals the magic of being far better than any words ever could.

Lecture
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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
Added 11 weeks ago
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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
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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
Added 14 weeks ago
01:37:04 11,030 13

Turning the Head, or Turning On

Alan Watts

Turning the Head, or Turning On

1966

Talking to an audience at San José State University, Alan Watts recounts the first time he tried consciousness-altering substances after meeting Aldous Huxley. He argues that Western society largely isn’t ready for the mystical experience which can be triggered in these mental states, but nonetheless advocates for them, as they may arouse positive transformation in the human collectivity.

Lecture
Added 15 weeks ago
53:01 6,321 8

The Next Development in Mankind

Lancelot Law Whyte

The Next Development in Mankind

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 16 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
Added 19 weeks ago
01:01:13 9,512 22

How I Made Friends With Reality

Emily Levine

How I Made Friends With Reality

2018

With her signature wit and wisdom, Emily Levine meets her ultimate challenge as a comedian/philosopher: she makes dying funny. In this personal talk, she takes us on her journey to make friends with reality—and peace with death. Life is an enormous gift, Levine says: You enrich it as best you can, and then you give it back.

Workshop
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Thusness

Alan Watts

Thusness

Seminar
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02:48:48 22,232 18

Clarity of Mind

Alan Watts

Clarity of Mind

1973

Delivered at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lecture
Added 26 weeks ago
44:08 4,304 10

Connections, Episode 2: Death in the Morning

James Burke

Connections, Episode 2: Death in the Morning

1978

How did a test of gold’s purity revolutionize the world 2500 years ago and lead to the atomic bomb? Standardizing precious metal in coins stimulated trade from Greece to Persia, causing the construction of a huge commercial center and library at Alexandria. This wealth of nautical knowledge aided navigators 14 centuries later. Mariners discovered that the compass’s magnetized needle did not point directly north. Investigations into the nature of magnetism led to the discovery of electricity, radar and to the atomic bomb.

Television Episode
Added 27 weeks ago
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