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Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu (506 B.C.E.)
1 6,523

Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Te Ching is one of the true classics of spiritual literature. It is a guide to cultivating a life of peace, serenity, and compassion. Through aphorisms and parable, it leads readers toward the Tao, or the “Way”: harmony with the life force of the universe. (This version was translated/interpreted by Stephen Mitchell in 1988.)

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Be Here Now

Ram Dass (1971)
22 27,972

This book is a classic text on Hindu spirituality that bloomed open like a lotus flower in the wake of the hippie movement. The seed for this book was planted in the mind of Harvard psychiatrist turned Indian mystic, Ram Dass, and was written—with the blessings of his guru Neem Karoli Baba—for a Western audience who were, for the most part, materially rich but spiritually poor. Be Here Now offers its readers and followers a drug-free alternative for attaining higher states of consciousness, while its simple message to live in the present encourages the pursuit and cultivation of inner peace.

3

Arcology: The City In The Image Of Man

Paolo Soleri (1969)
15 42,122

In what is considered his literary magnum opus, visionary architect Paolo Soleri challenges us to think of cities as biological entities, and introduces us to a philosophy for a new kind of urban living: the arcology, a city-sized organism designed to exist in harmony with nature. Split into two sections, the book first explains the moral and economic necessity for humanity’s transition to arcological urban landscapes, and proposes that the general purpose of life is aesthetogenesis: the universe progressively complexifying and interconnecting, consciously reshaping itself into compassionate structures. In the second section, Soleri showcases 30 potential arcologies (including one space habitat) through the use of incredibly detailed diagrams, and explains how each was carefully designed to integrate itself economically and ecologically into the world.

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan Watts (1951)
24 34,302

This book explores our quest for psychological security, examining efforts to find spiritual and intellectual certainty in the realms of religion and philosophy. The Wisdom of Insecurity underlines the importance of our search for stability in an age where human life seems particularly vulnerable and uncertain. Watts argues our insecurity is the consequence of trying to be secure and that, ironically, salvation and sanity lie in the recognition that we have no way of saving ourselves.

5

Mr. X

Carl Sagan (1969)
6 2,946

Written under the pseudonym Mr. X to avoid the heavy social stigma associated with marijuana consumption at the time, Carl Sagan documented his personal experiences with cannabis in this essay in order to dispel common misconceptions about the drug. It was later published in the 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered by Lester Grinspoon. Sagan enjoyed cannabis on a regular basis for the rest of his life, but never spoke of it publicly.

6

Game Theory of Ethics

Alan Watts
13 6,518 56:03

Alan Watts asks whether playing the game of life is worth the effort required. But by turning the argument around and investigating the alternative, he instills within the audience an appreciation for the gamble with fate that every life ultimately takes on.

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The Power of Myth, Part 1: The Hero’s Adventure

Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (1988)
13 7,461 54:38

Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell begin their groundbreaking and timeless conversation with an exploration of the classic hero cycle, including consistent and enduring hero patterns in literature, real life, and even the Star Wars films. Campbell also encourages the audience to view parts of their own lives as heroic journeys.

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The Tao of Philosophy 2: Images of God

Alan Watts
5 2,822 25:16

Alan Watts talks on the impact of various models of the ultimate reality, and the contrasts between male and female symbolism.

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Out Of Your Mind 03: The Web Of Life (Part 1)

Alan Watts
6 6,308 56:16

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The Myopic View of the World (We as Organism)

Alan Watts
8 5,798 43:58

Alan Watts argues that we spend most of our life in a sort of myopia; that is, only perceiving a microscopic subsection of the reality which we occupy. By mentally “zooming out,” humans can begin to see (and enjoy) the marvelous universal dance that has been unfolding since the Big Bang—and which now expresses itself in and through us at this very moment.

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Out Of Your Mind 02: The Nature of Consciousness (Part 2)

Alan Watts (1969)
15 8,270 01:03:55

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Out Of Your Mind 04: The Web Of Life (Part 2)

Alan Watts
4 8,342 01:03:13

13

A True Materialist Society

Alan Watts
7 7,629 01:02:26

Alan presents his argument that the United States—often referred to as the ultimate materialist society—is anything but: it lacks a sincere appreciation for the material world and inadvertently destroys it in an attempt to “live the good life.”

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The Tao of Philosophy 6: Man In Nature

Alan Watts (1965)
7 6,696 54:24

Alan Watts explains that how we define the borders of our self determines our relationship to the environment and our role in the universe.

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The Tao of Philosophy 5: Myth of Myself

Alan Watts (1965)
7 4,891 41:34

Alan Watts explains how we are not born into this world, but grow out of it; for in the same way an apple tree apples, the Earth peoples.

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Out Of Your Mind 05: The Inevitable Ecstasy (Part 1)

Alan Watts
11 8,750 01:18:20

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The Veil of Thoughts

Alan Watts (1965)
17 13,975 02:01:23

In this seminar, Alan describes the ways in which we have concealed truth behind a veil of thoughts. He talks about how and why we mistake symbols for reality, argues that civilization may be a misguided experiment, offers observations about the way in which abstractions have become more powerful than the realities they are referencing, and explains how we can become “unbamboozled” from these ways of thinking.

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Essential Lectures 08: Death

Alan Watts (1972)
4 3,509 29:15

Alan Watts comments on the circle of life and our response to the surprising event of being born in the first place.

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Being Far Out (Spiritual Alchemy)

Alan Watts
4 5,197 40:31

Alan Watts touches upon a peculiar tendency wherein psychedelic drugs may ignite mystical experiences similar to those known in the Eastern philosophies. However, wheras Buddhism, Hinduism, and Zen accompany these mystical experiences with discipline in order to cultivate positive outcomes, psychedelically induced insights may lead to unhealthy misinterpretations and possibly even delusions of grandeur if not handled properly.

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Out Of Your Mind 11: The World as Emptiness (Part 1)

Alan Watts
16 8,066 01:17:04

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Out Of Your Mind 07: The World As Just So (Part 1)

Alan Watts
1 9,088 01:15:52

22

Lecture on Zen

Alan Watts
5,951

23

Q and A With God

Alan Watts (1971)
12 13,320 01:45:21

After discussing the nature of consciousness, the human mind, and the philosophical viewpoint that every person is God, Alan Watts assumes the role of God himself for the latter half of this lecture, answering each question his audience serves with wit and insight.

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Out Of Your Mind 01: The Nature of Consciousness (Part 1)

Alan Watts (1969)
7 8,134 01:02:39

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Ecological Awareness

Alan Watts
30 27,338 03:53:00

When Alan Watts talked about the ‘mystical experience’ among scientific circles, he preferred to call it ‘ecological awareness’—referring to a state of mind in which a person ceases to feel separate from the environment in which he or she exists.

26

The Joker

Alan Watts
14 20,436 03:08:18

One of Alan’s most popular seminars, and for good reason—in The Joker, listeners will find out why every society needs fools in order to remind itself not to take life so damn seriously.

27

Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship

Alan Watts (1964)
40 59,781

Alan Watts examines the theme that our normal sense of the person as a lonely island of consciousness is a dramatic illusion based on theological imagery. In a global context, the meaning of this imagery inevitably changes, yet without losing its unique values.

28

Who Is It That Knows There Is No Ego?

Alan Watts
5 5,487 50:41

Alan explores the idea of separateness, and whether our language has tricked us into falsely believing that things are individual, independent, and comprehensible all on their own.

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Out Of Your Mind 06: The Inevitable Ecstasy (Part 2)

Alan Watts
4 8,673 01:16:55

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The Tao of Philosophy 1: Slices of Wisdom

Alan Watts
2 3,395 25:33

Highlights from the "The Love of Wisdom" radio series by Alan Watts

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Cultural vs. Natural Behavior

Alan Watts
2 7,329 51:18

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Essential Lectures 01: Nothingness

Alan Watts (1972)
2 3,374 27:11

Basing his ideas on sensory perception and physical experience, Alan Watts makes a compelling argument that everything actually depends upon nothing for its very existence.

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Out Of Your Mind 09: The World As Self (Part 1)

Alan Watts
9 8,702 01:18:30

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Out Of Your Mind 08: The World As Just So (Part 2)

Alan Watts
2 8,921 01:10:34

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Out Of Your Mind 12: The World as Emptiness (Part 2)

Alan Watts
2 7,094 01:05:01

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The Tao of Philosophy 3: Coincidence of Opposites

Alan Watts
5 2,604 21:08

Alan Watts explains the sense in nonsense and how to enjoy the playfulness of life while sincerely participating in the human game.

37

The Houseboat Summit

Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder (1967)
5 11,375 01:07:02

An extended conversation between Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder on the problem of whether to “drop out or take over,” conducted on Alan Watts’ houseboat in 1967.

38

Individual and the World

Alan Watts
15 24,344 03:21:12

This seminar covers a variety of topics, from the illusion of our separation from the environment and the futility of trying to be genuine, all the way to the discipline required to handle mystical experiences in order to bring something back from them to share with the rest of the world. The presentation ends with his endorsement of insanity, saying a healthy amount of craziness in old age is necessary to prepare for a joyous death.

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This Is It (and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience)

Alan Watts (1960)
25 31,971

Six revolutionary essays exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us. With essays on “cosmic consciousness” (including Alan Watts’ account of his own ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.

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Essential Lectures 04: God

Alan Watts (1972)
3,491 27:56

To many of us the image of God as a gray-bearded omnipotent and omnipresent supreme being has become implausible, yet the common sense notions of divine authority surrounding that image persist.

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Essential Lectures 03: Meditation

Alan Watts (1972)
4 3,094 28:32

As Alan Watts explains, “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts and loses touch with reality.” He covers basic mediation techniques, including listening without naming and mantras or sonic meditations.

42

Out Of Your Mind 10: The World As Self (Part 2)

Alan Watts
2 9,158 01:18:06

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The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Alan Watts (1966)
37 42,273

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. In The Book, philosopher Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe. In this mind-opening and revelatory work, Watts has crafted a primer on what it means to be human—and a manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.

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The Tao of Philosophy 7: Symbols and Meaning

Alan Watts
2 2,682 25:10

45

Mysticism and Morality

Alan Watts
2 5,425 51:21

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The Tao of Philosophy 8: Limits of Language

Alan Watts (1973)
2 2,778 26:00

Alan Watts explains how language helps to construct reality, and what to do about it. He then follows up with the challenges of expressing the ineffable.

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Essential Lectures 06: Time

Alan Watts (1972)
1 2,563 20:26

Here Alan Watts points out that our insistence that the past determines the present is nonsensical.

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Essential Lectures 12: Conversation With Myself

Alan Watts (1971)
13 3,122 27:59

While walking in a field above Muir Woods, Alan Watts points to humankind's attempts to straighten out a wiggly world as the root of our ecological crisis.

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Essential Lectures 07: Work and Play

Alan Watts (1972)
4 3,517 28:39

Alan Watts swirls an orange on a string and shoots an arrow high into the air before explaining why the art of living is being paid to play–and to the extent that we feel compelled to work and survive, life becomes a drag.

50

Mind and Matter

Erwin Schrödinger (1956)
26 25,140

Based on the Tarner Lectures delivered at Trinity College in Cambridge, Mind and Matter is Erwin Schrödinger's investigation into a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times.

51

The Medium is the Massage

Marshall McLuhan (1967)
21 7,306

The Medium is the Massage is Marshall McLuhan’s prophetic perception on life in the age of electronic information, exhibiting his understanding of the power of media long before those in control did. The Medium is the Massage presents some of McLuhan’s most amazing insights and cognitive observations on the global village: the rear-view mirror, the invisible environment, the end of nature, and sensory impact set against the everyday imagery of mass media, consumer goods, the press, advertising, and the arts. Although originally printed in 1967, the art and style in The Medium is the Massage seem as fresh today as in the summer of love, and the ideas are even more resonant now that computer interfaces are becoming gateways to the global village.

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A Weekend with Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna (1993)
36 86,239 12:09:02

The session for true McKenna enthusiasts: twelve hours with the bard himself, in which he touches upon practically all of his trademark topics. Recorded at the Esalen Institute in California.

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Cosmos 01: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
10 5,603 01:00:24

Carl Sagan opens the program with a description of the cosmos and a "Spaceship of the Imagination" (shaped like a dandelion seed). The ship journeys through the universe's hundred billion galaxies, the Local Group, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, our Solar System, and finally the planet Earth. Eratosthenes' successful calculation of the circumference of Earth leads to a description of the ancient Library of Alexandria. Finally, the "Ages of Science" are described, before pulling back to the full span of the Cosmic Calendar.

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Who Are You

Ram Dass (1976)
1 8,590 01:01:17

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The Meaning of Happiness

Alan Watts (1940)

Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something. Here, Alan Watts offers a more challenging thesis: authentic happiness comes from embracing life as a whole in all its contradictions and paradoxes, an attitude he calls the “way of acceptance.” Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Western mysticism, and analytic psychology, Watts demonstrates that happiness comes from accepting both the outer world around us and the inner world inside us—the unconscious mind, with its irrational desires, lurking beyond the awareness of the ego. Although written early in his career, The Meaning of Happiness displays the hallmarks of his mature style: the crystal-clear writing, the homespun analogies, the dry wit, and the breadth of knowledge that made Alan Watts one of the most influential philosophers of his generation.

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Future of Privacy and Human Organization

Alan Watts
4 6,496 55:00

Alan Watts calls into question whether our desire of privacy is justified, and how we can organize ourselves into resilient structures (or metaorganisms) that are less susceptible to corruption.

57

Self and Other

Alan Watts
38 20,657 02:55:10

Alan coaxes the listener’s mind to simultaneously zoom in and zoom out in an effort to demonstrate that identity is merely an intellectual hallucination. Instead, personal identity is fluid, ranging from one’s constituent atoms and molecules all the way out to the farthest bounds of cosmic existence. Overcoming this mental myopia leads to greater harmony, contentment, and a desire to playfully dance with this universal energy system.

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Do You Do It Or Does It Do You?

Alan Watts
23 19,089 02:37:23

Alan explores the meaning of personal free will in the context of core tenets in Eastern mythology: how is it possible to control anything when preexisting conditions outside of our influence determine our present situation? It is a realization of the hidden unity behind our apparent diversity and a relinquishing of obsessive control that enables us to unlock a pathway leading out of the conundrum and towards a celebration and reverence of life.

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The Tao of Philosophy 4: Seeing Through The Net

Alan Watts (1969)
3 5,367 44:17

In a talk given to the IBM Systems Group, Alan Watts describes the wiggly world of nature and the net we cast over it.

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Spectrum of Love

Alan Watts (1969)
2 3,576 26:54

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On G. K. Chesterton

Alan Watts
2 5,310 41:01

62

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 01: Man and Nature

Alan Watts (1959)
27:43

Alan Watts speaks on the contrast between classical Chinese and historic Western attitudes in regard to man's place in nature. Do we see ourselves as nature's conquerors or collaborators?

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Essential Lectures 02: Ego

Alan Watts (1972)
3 3,609 28:44

Alan Watts was concerned with the way we trap ourselves in words. He considered it unfortunate that we separate the “I” from reality and think of “I” in terms of how others see us or the image that we want to project. What is the answer?

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The Nature of Reality

Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore (1930)
2 2,351

Einstein invited Rabindranath Tagore to his home in Caputh, near Berlin, for a stimulating intellectual conversation on the topic of science and religion. According to Einstein's step-son-in-law Dmitri Marianoff, “it was interesting to see them together—Tagore, the poet with the head of a thinker, and Einstein, the thinker with the head of a poet. It seemed to an observer as though two planets were engaged in a chat.” The conversation was recorded and subsequently published in the January 1931 issue of Modern Review.

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Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal

Alan Watts (1974)
34 48,648

Over the course of nineteen essays, Alan Watts ruminates on the philosophy of nature, ecology, aesthetics, religion, and metaphysics. Assembled in the form of a mountain journal, written during a retreat in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais in California, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown is Watts' meditation on the art of feeling out and following the watercourse way of nature, known in Chinese as the Tao. Embracing a form of contemplative meditation that allows us to stop analyzing our experiences and start living into them, the book explores themes such as the natural world, established religion, race relations, karma and reincarnation, astrology and tantric yoga, the nature of ecstasy, and much more.

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Essential Lectures 10: Clothing

Alan Watts (1972)
1 4,119 28:52

In this whimsical presentation, Alan Watts demonstrates a variety of cultural garb and points out how each influences the way we live and feel. His choices of attire include a western business suit, kimonos, and a sarong.

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Essential Lectures 05: Cosmic Drama

Alan Watts (1972)
2 3,382 28:06

Alan Watts further explores the Hindu dramatic view of the universe, in which God plays all of the parts – all the while pretending not to know who he/she/it is!

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Critical Path

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1981)
44

Critical Path is Fuller's master work—the summing up of a lifetime's thought and concern—as urgent and relevant as it was upon its first publication in 1981. The book details how humanity found itself in its current situation—at the limits of the planet's natural resources and facing political, economic, environmental, and ethical crises. The crowning achievement of an extraordinary career, Critical Path offers the reader the excitement of understanding the essential dilemmas of our time and how responsible citizens can rise to meet this ultimate challenge to our future.

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The Religion of Man

Rabindranath Tagore (1922)
70 43,727

The Religion of Man is a compilation of lectures by Rabindranath Tagore, edited by him and drawn largely from his Hibbert Lectures given at Oxford University. A Brahmo playwright and poet of global renown, Tagore deals with the universal themes of God, divine experience, illumination, and spirituality.

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Future of Communications (Part 1)

Alan Watts
9 7,371 01:09:13

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Shunryū Suzuki (1970)

In the thirty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much re-read, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics—from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality—in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It's a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice.

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Human Civilization and AI

Elon Musk, Joe Rogan (2018)
7 3,124 22:30

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The Phenomenon of Man

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1955)
116 97,981

Visionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect, and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile religion with the scientific theory of evolution. In this timeless book (whose original French title better translates to ‘The Human Phenomenon’), Teilhard argues that just as living organisms sprung from inorganic matter and evolved into ever more complex thinking beings, humans are evolving toward an "omega point"—defined by Teilhard as a convergence with the Divine.

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Four Ways to the Center

Alan Watts
16 18,613 03:00:38

Can an ego overcome egocentrism? Can a self become selfless? Is there even any value in this pursuit, and if so, how should one approach it? Through renunciation and repentance, or through acceptance and merging into it? Many consciousnesses encounter this conundrum on the brisk seas of being, and Alan invites us to take a closer look at our so-called individuality.

75

The Omega Seed: An Eschatological Hypothesis

Paolo Soleri (1981)
66 81,081

The Ωmega Seed brings together Paolo Soleri’s writings on eschatology, that branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of mankind. Soleri believes that the simulation of the divine will provide man with a blueprint for creation not only of our physical environment but also of a new stage in the evolution of mankind. His work is against the things of a materialistic society, toward a redesigning of the urban civilization of Earth.

76

On Money, Guilt, and The End

Alan Watts
5 5,998 51:47

A lucid examination of money (exploring topics such as technological automation and universal basic income), the origins of guilt, as well as the question: “Are we going to make it?”

77

Does Matter Create Consciousness?

Swami Sarvapriyananda (2019)
1 2,450 17:40

Many Eastern views of reality posit that it is consciousness that lies at the foundation of existence, not the material world.

78

The Symbolic and the Real

Alan Watts
4 5,224 45:11

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Essential Lectures 09: The More It Changes

Alan Watts (1972)
1 3,767 29:15

Alan Watts speaks on our fascination with reproduction through media, and on the far out notion that human beings may just be one star's way of becoming another star!

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My View of the World

Erwin Schrödinger (1951)
10 29,735

A Nobel prize winner, a great man and a great scientist, Erwin Schrödinger has made his mark in physics, but his eye scans a far wider horizon: here are two stimulating and discursive essays which summarize his philosophical views on the nature of the world. Schrödinger's world view, derived from the Indian writings of the Vedanta, is that there is only a single consciousness of which we are all different aspects. He admits that this view is mystical and metaphysical and incapable of logical deduction. But he also insists that this is true of the belief in an external world capable of influencing the mind and of being influenced by it. Schrödinger's world view leads naturally to a philosophy of reverence for life.

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Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism

Gregory Stock (1993)
75 126,793

In this visionary book, Gregory Stock gives us a new way of understanding our world and our future. He develops the provocative thesis that human society has become an immense living being: a global superorganism in which we humans, knitted together by our modern technology and communication, are like the cells in an animal's body. Drawing on impressive research, Stock shows this newly formed superorganism to be more than metaphor: it is an actual living creature, which he has named Metaman, meaning beyond and transcending humans.

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The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications of the Emerging Paradigm of Evolution

Erich Jantsch (1980)
91 118,246

The evolution of the universe—ranging from cosmic and biological to sociocultural evolution—is viewed in terms of the unifying paradigm of self-organization. The contours of this paradigm emerge from the synthesis of a number of important concepts, and provide a scientific foundation to a new world-view which emphasizes process over structure, nonequilibrium over equilibrium, evolution over permanency, and individual creativity over collective stabilization. The book, with its emphasis on the interaction of microstructures with the entire biosphere, ecosystems etc., and on how micro- and macrocosmos mutually create the conditions for their further evolution, provides a comprehensive framework for a deeper understanding of human creativity in a time of transition.

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Conversations with Paolo Soleri

Paolo Soleri, Lissa McCullough (2012)
12 18,381

84

Eros and the Eschaton

Terence McKenna (1994)
6 12,232 01:58:21

Delivered in Kane Hall at the University of Washington, Terence points out the universe's peculiar tendency to seek out complexity and novelty, and that humanity seems to be the focal point of this process.

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Visionary Experience

Aldous Huxley (1961)
6,830 52:29

Presented at the 14th Annual Congress of Applied Psychology, which was held in Copenhagen. Aldous Huxley had been invited to the symposium by Timonthy Leary and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass). The two had met some months earlier, when Tim invited the author of the first two major works of modern psychedelic literature (The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell) to participate in the Harvard research program. Huxley agreed and was “Subject no.11” in a group psilocybin session run by Leary in November 1960.

86

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Timothy Leary (1966)
8 4,855 59:28

Aimed specifically at young people, this hour-long, soft-spoken piece explores Leary's early research into LSD in New York and Mexico, how new ideas spread throughout society over the course of generations, his vision of a future society in which the psychedelic experience is revered and respected, the effects of marijuana, and how seekers can launch their own journey to tune in, turn on, and drop out of the modern rat race.

87

Towards the Unknown

Terence McKenna, Michael Toms (1983)
5 5,477 43:40

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Who Are We?

Aldous Huxley (1955)
5 8,000 01:09:06

A lecture held at the Vedanta Society of Southern California’s Hollywood temple, in which Huxley goes into some depth about core issues about human existence, asking the primal question: what is our true nature?

89

Vertigo at History’s Edge

Terence McKenna (1994)
13 7,753 01:21:40

A lecture held at the Open Center in New York City with the subtitle “Nothing comes unannounced.”

90

Evolving Times

Terence McKenna (1995)
20 13,475 02:01:20

This evening address in Sacramento is one of Terence’s funniest, in which much is said about monkeys, mushrooms, plants, and people. The question and answer session gets good and lively, with his unique analysis of UFOs, governments, and possible evolutionary pathways for us and the planet.

91

Power of Space

Alan Watts
12 20,926 03:15:26

92

On Self-Organizing Systems and Their Environments

Heinz von Förster (1959)
3 6,430

An adaptation of an address given at The Interdisciplinary Symposium on Self-Organizing Systems in Chicago, Illinois, originally published in Self-Organizing Systems. M.C. Yovits and S. Cameron (eds.), Pergamon Press, London, pp. 31–50 (1960).

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The Primacy of Direct Experience

Terence McKenna (1994)
12 7,293 01:07:57

In this, the closing session of a June 1994 workshop, Terence McKenna tells us directly what he thinks this human life is actually about: the primacy of direct experience; a focus on the present-at-hand.

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Letter to Dr. Robert Marcus

Albert Einstein (1950)
1 102

Einstein wrote this letter of condolence to a grieving father named Robert S. Marcus, whose son had succumbed to polio a few days earlier.

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The Doors of Perception

Aldous Huxley (1954)
10 16,460

The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay, released as a book, by Aldous Huxley. First published in 1954, it details his experiences of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon in May 1953. The book takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's 1793 poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the "purely aesthetic" to "sacramental vision". He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion.

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Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity

Gregory Bateson (1979)
28 74,199

Renowned for his contributions to anthropology, biology, and the social sciences, Bateson asserts that man must think as Nature does to live in harmony on the earth and, citing examples from the natural world, he maintains that biological evolution is a mental process.

97

Destination Unknown

Adyashanti (2005)
1 3,983 36:45

98

Essential Lectures 11: Do You Smell?

Alan Watts (1972)
2,972 27:42

Alan Watts speaks about our most repressed sense. Here he introduces viewers to the intricacies of incense in front of a small Buddhist altar, while commenting on the types of incense used in Church rituals and all across Asia.

99

The Noösphere: A Cosmic Network

Alan Watts
6 11,943 01:40:41

Alan takes us from the very small to the very large, explaining the interrelatedness of all things in the universe. Then he takes the argument a step further to examine the implications for humanity: how is networking technology reshaping human consciousness?

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Cosmos 13: Who Speaks for Earth?

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
9 5,458 01:02:11

Sagan reflects on the future of humanity and the question of "who speaks for Earth?" when meeting extraterrestrials. He discusses the very different meetings of the Tlingit people and explorer Jean-Francois de La Perouse with the destruction of the Aztecs by Spanish conquistadors, the looming threat of nuclear warfare, and the threats shown by destruction of the Library of Alexandria and the murder of Hypatia. The episode ends with an overview of the beginning of the universe, the evolution of life, and the accomplishments of humanity and makes a plea to mankind to cherish life and continue its journey in the cosmos. The Cosmos Update notes the preliminary reconnaissance of planets with spacecraft, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, and measures towards the reduction of nuclear weapons.

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Cosmos 03: Harmony of the Worlds

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
58:33

Beginning with the separation of the fuzzy thinking and pious fraud of astrology from the careful observations of astronomy, Sagan follows the development of astronomical observation. Beginning with constellations and ceremonial calendars (such as those of the Anasazi), the story moves to the debate between Earth and Sun-centered models: Ptolemy and the geocentric worldview, Copernicus' theory, the data-gathering of Tycho Brahe, and the achievements of Johannes Kepler (Kepler's laws of planetary motion and the first science-fiction novel).

102

From Mechanistic to Systemic Thinking

Russell Ackoff (1993)
3 11,260 01:12:33

Presented at the Systems Thinking in Action conference, Ackoff states that humanity is in the early stage of a transition from the Machine Age to the Systems Age. The Machine Age was characterized by belief in complete understandability of the universe, analysis as a method of inquiry, and cause and effect as a sufficient relationship to explain all. The dilemma that disrupted such beliefs was systems thinking. The Machine Age began to die when humanity gave up the principle of understandability. Gradually, it’s become accepted that there can be no complete understanding of the universe because nothing can be understood independently of its environment—all is environmentally relative. While analysis produces knowledge, it is synthesis that produces understanding. Furthermore, the Systems Age recognizes that cause and effect is just one way of looking at reality among an infinite number.

103

How to Grow Old

Bertrand Russell (1956)
1,077

In this essay (written for his book Portraits From Memory And Other Essays), Russell uses his logical thinking to lay out his advice for achieving a successful old age.

104

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

Alan Watts (1962)
33 19,397

The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts' exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline and psilocybin can facilitate when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding. More than an artifact, it is both a riveting memoir of Alan's personal experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred.

105

Krishnamurti's Notebook

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1976)
14

When Krishnamurti’s Notebook first became available in 1976, it was soon realized that it was a spiritually unique document giving his perceptions and experiences and describing his states of consciousness. It is a kind of diary, but one that is little concerned with the day to day process of living, though very much aware of the natural world.

106

The Varieties of Scientific Experience

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (2006)
3 53,565

Carl Sagan's prescient exploration of the relationship between religion and science, and his personal search for God.

107

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 02: Things and Thinks

Alan Watts (1959)
27:05

Alan Watts presents an explanation of the East Indian idea of māyā: the division of the world into separate things and events is a work of human thought and not a fact of nature. Watts examines the disastrous consequences of confusing thought with fact.

108

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 03: Time

Alan Watts (1959)
26:58

This program looks at the East Indian concept of time and the illusion of living for the future as the tomorrow that never comes. Plans for the future are only useful for those able to live fully in the present.

109

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 04: The Void

Alan Watts (1959)
28:15

Buddhism symbolizes its basic spiritual experience as a void, but Alan Watts explains this must not be taken literally. Watts explores the void as a symbol of freedom and of a world feeling which can be described poetically though not logically as the "absolute rightness" of every moment.

110

Cosmos 07: The Backbone of Night

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
55:42

Carl Sagan teaches students in a classroom in his childhood home in Brooklyn, New York, which leads into a history of the different mythologies about stars and the gradual revelation of their true nature. In ancient Greece, some philosophers (Aristarchus of Samos, Thales of Miletus, Anaximander, Theodorus of Samos, Empedocles, Democritus) freely pursue scientific knowledge, while others (Plato, Aristotle, and the Pythagoreans) advocate slavery and epistemic secrecy.

111

Our Cyberspiritual Future

Terence McKenna (1997)
21 54,688 07:57:33

A weekend workshop held at Esalen.

112

The Society of Mind

Marvin Minsky (1985)
16

Marvin Minsky (one of the fathers of computer science and cofounder of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT) gives a revolutionary answer to the age-old question: How does the mind work? Minsky brilliantly portrays the mind as a 'society' of tiny components that are themselves mindless. Mirroring his theory, Minsky boldly casts The Society of Mind as an intellectual puzzle whose pieces are assembled along the way. Each chapter, presented on a self-contained page, corresponds to a piece in the puzzle. As the pages turn, a unified theory of the mind emerges, like a mosaic. Ingenious, amusing, and easy to read, The Society of Mind is an adventure in imagination.

113

Participatory Universe

John Archibald Wheeler (1983)

An attempt to illustrate the universe’s reflective, metacognitive nature.

114

Culture and Ideology are not Your Friends

Terence McKenna (1999)
10 8,948 01:09:08

Delivered at the Whole Life Expo, Terence focuses on one of his favorite questions: what does it mean to be human in this cosmos?

115

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 06: On Death

Alan Watts (1959)
27:08

Alan Watts explores Buddhist ideas of the value of death as the great renovator, including the Wheel of Life, and the idea of reincarnation as it is understood by philosophical Buddhists.

116

Cosmos 02: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
4 6,181 57:19

Sagan discusses the story of the Heike crab and artificial selection of crabs resembling samurai warriors, as an opening into a larger discussion of evolution through natural selection (and the pitfalls of intelligent design). Among the topics are the development of life on the Cosmic Calendar and the Cambrian explosion; the function of DNA in growth; genetic replication, repairs, and mutation; the common biochemistry of terrestrial organisms; the creation of the molecules of life in the Miller-Urey experiment; and speculation on alien life (such as life in Jupiter's clouds). In the Cosmos Update ten years later, Sagan remarks on RNA also controlling chemical reactions and reproducing itself and the different roles of comets (potentially carrying organic molecules or causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event).

117

Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Gregory Bateson (1972)
1

Steps to an Ecology of Mind is a collection of Gregory Bateson's short works over his long and varied career. Subject matter includes essays on anthropology, cybernetics, psychiatry, and epistemology.

118

Awakening to Archaic Values

Terence McKenna (1990)
22 36,798 04:53:55

A weekend workshop in which Terence encourages humanity to return to harmonic habits which have been lost in the tide of time.

119

Cosmos 10: The Edge of Forever

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
1 6,616 01:03:06

Beginning with the origins of the universe in the Big Bang, Sagan describes the formation of different types of galaxies and anomalies such as galactic collisions and quasars. The episodes moves further into ideas about the structure of the Universe, such as different dimensions (in the imaginary Flatland and four-dimensional hypercubes), an infinite vs. a finite universe, and the idea of an oscillating Universe (similar to that in Hindu cosmology). The search into other ideas such as dark matter and the multiverse is shown, using tools such as the Very Large Array in New Mexico. Cosmos Update shows new information about the odd, irregular surfaces of galaxies and the Milky Way perhaps being a barred spiral galaxy.

120

A Great Event Foreshadowed: The Planetization of Mankind

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1945)
15 4,744

Written in Peking in December 1945. Published in the August-September 1946 edition of Cahiers du Monde Nouveau with the title La planétisation humaine.

121

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 05: The Silent Mind

Alan Watts (1959)
28:12

One who talks all the time can never hear what others say. And one who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. Alan Watts examines the value of silent-mindedness or the practice of meditation in Hinduism and Buddhism.

122

123

Man on his Nature

Charles Scott Sherrington (1940)
4

Sherrington had long studied the 16th century French physician Jean Fernel, and grew so familiar with him that he considered him a friend. In the years of 1937 and 1938, Sherrington delivered the Gifford lectures at the University of Edinburgh; these focused on Fernel and his times, and came to form the principal content of Man on His Nature. The book was released in 1940, and a revised edition came out in 1951. It explores philosophical thoughts about the mind, the human existence, and God, in connection with natural theology. In his ideas on the mind and cognition, Sherrington introduced the idea that neurons work as groups in a "million-fold democracy" to produce outcomes rather than with central control.

124

Appreciating Imagination

Terence McKenna (1994)
22 43,860 05:31:41

A workshop conducted at Esalen in 1994.

125

The Bridge Between Matter And Spirit is Matter Becoming Spirit: The Arcology of Paolo Soleri

Paolo Soleri (1973)
15 61,277

This volume brings together the essays of Paolo Soleri in which he sets forth his philosophy of arcology (architecture ecology) and pleads for a new stage in the evolution of human society—a move toward compactness, or miniaturization, of our cities. To do so we must build solids rather than veneers; we must flee from a “flat” cityscape that debilitates and suppresses the individual. Arcologies, three dimensional macrostructures, are for populations of thousands or of millions.

126

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 09: Pain

Alan Watts (1959)
28:06

Alan Watts discusses the Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist ideas about physical and moral pain, emphasizing the art of accepting pain by ridding it of its contextual associations.

127

World Brain

Herbert George Wells (1938)
2

World Brain is a collection of essays and addresses dating from the period of 1936–1938. Throughout the book, Wells describes his vision of the World Brain: a new, free, synthetic, authoritative, permanent “World Encyclopædia” that could help world citizens make the best use of universal information resources and make the best contribution to world peace.

128

Transformation of Man, Part 1: Are We Aware That We Are Fragmented?

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
2 9,296 01:00:43

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

129

The Formation of the Noösphere

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947)
15 9,448

From the Revue des Questions Scientifiques (Louvain).

130

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1969)
19 22,948

In this essay on man, Mr. Fuller expresses what may well be his penultimate view of the human condition. Here, in a mood at once philosophical and involved, Mr. Fuller traces man's intellectual evolution and weighs his capability for survival on this magnificent craft, this Spaceship Earth, this superbly designed sphere almost negligible in dimension compared to the great vastness of space. Mr. Fuller is optimistic that man will survive and, through research and development and increased industrialization, generate wealth so rapidly that he can do very great things. But, he notes, there must be an enormous educational task successfully accomplished right now to convert man's tendency toward oblivion into a realization of his potential, to a universe-exploring advantage from this Spaceship Earth.

131

Ecology of Souls

Terence McKenna
9 9,504 01:27:47

Beginning with a comparison of reason and logic to intuition, Terence works his way towards exploring the idea of a purposeful goal in the universe which evolution is progressing towards, and humanity's role in this journey. Next, in a nod to the solstice which occurred at the time of the lecture, he plays with the idea of a precessional calendar and argues that it would remind us of the one constant in life, which is flux. Q&A topics include future social myths, morphogenesis, globalization, and psychedelic encounters with the dead.

132

The Mystique of Enlightenment

Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti (1982)
3

Here is perhaps the most straightforward, no-nonsense book yet written about that truth which many 'spiritual seekers' are seeking - what most gurus call 'enlightenment', and what U.G. Krishnamurti calls the 'natural state'. U.G. maintains, in this selection from his conversations, that 'so-called enlightenment' is a purely biological phenomenon, that only when we are completely free of culture, conditioning, religious thinking and intellect, can the body, with its own 'extraordinary intelligence', free the human being to be in the natural state. U.G. has been living in this state since the experience he calls the "calamity" happened to him in Switzerland on his 49th birthday. He has since become widely known, both in Europe and in India, as one who speaks with authority on the subject. U.G.'s 'talks' are informal and take place wherever he happens to be. He is no relation to J. Krishnamurti, the famous spiritual leader, whose teachings he once admired, and now considers 'archaic hogwash'. He is probably the most controversial of all the experts in such matters, gurus or non-gurus. He has been called 'outrageous', 'infuriating,' and a 'prophet of anti-wisdom'.

133

Realizing Human Potential

Aldous Huxley (1960)
51:43

134

Beyond Success

Ram Dass (1987)
12 19,449 02:00:54

Ram Dass investigates the effect of success upon our individual consciousnesses and how one may see beyond mere egocentric opportunism.

135

Dreaming Awake at the End of Time

Terence McKenna (1998)
12 12,615 01:56:57

Join Terence in Fort Mason, California, for an eclectic think along the deconstruction of the deepening worldwide weirdness. With his characteristic hope and humor, McKenna examined time and its mysteries, the nature of language, the techniques of ecstasy, high technology and virtual cyberspace, the role of hallucinogenic plants in shamanism and the evolution of human cultures, and the foundations of postmodern spirituality.

136

On Intelligence

Jeffrey Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee (2004)
80,954

From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machines.

137

Cosmos 09: The Lives of the Stars

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
59:37

The simple act of making an apple pie is extrapolated into the atoms and subatomic particles (electrons, protons, and neutrons) necessary. Many of the ingredients necessary are formed of chemical elements formed in the life and deaths of stars (such as our own Sun), resulting in massive red giants and supernovae or collapsing into white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, and even black holes. These produce all sorts of phenomena, such as radioactivity, cosmic rays, and even the curving of spacetime by gravity. Cosmos Update mentions the supernova SN 1987A and neutrino astronomy.

138

Metapatterns: Across Space, Time, and Mind

Tyler Volk (1995)
47 72,806

In the interdisciplinary tradition of Buckminster Fuller’s work, Gregory Bateson’s Mind and Nature, and Fritjof Capra’s Tao of Physics, Metapatterns embraces both nature and culture, seeking out the grand-scale patterns that help explain the functioning of our universe. Metapatterns begins with the archetypal patterns of space, both form-building and relational. Tyler Volk then turns to the arrows, breaks, and cycles that infuse the workings of time. With artful dexterity, he brings together many layers of comprehension, drawing on an astounding range of material from art, architecture, philosophy, mythology, biology, geometry, and the atmospheric and oceanographic sciences. Richly illustrating his metapatterns with a series of sophisticated collages prepared for this book, Volk offers an exciting new look at science and the imagination. As playful and intuitive as it is logical and explanatory, Metapatterns offers an enlightening view of the functional, universal form in space, processes in time, and concepts in mind.

139

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 10: Nonsense

Alan Watts (1959)
27:06

Sense or meaning is a property ascribed to symbols rather than the real word. Alan Watts uses this differentiation as a prelude to the Taoist and Zen Buddhist idea of the perfectly "purposeless" life and its parallels in Christianity.

140

Transcending Duality

Alan Watts
3 3,247 27:01

Alan Watts explores the male and female symbolism of Tantric yoga and explores the unity of polar opposites as a form of resonance.

141

The Art of Contemplation

Alan Watts (1972)
8 4,492

A manuscript with doodles, handwritten by Alan Watts. Published as a limited edition by the Society of Comparative Philosophy.

142

You Are Not What You Look Like

Douglas Harding (1991)
1 1,381 11:46

143

A Beautiful Death

Laura Huxley (1963)
4,054

When Aldous Huxley was on his deathbed, he asked his wife Laura to administer him with LSD. She agreed. Two weeks after her husband’s death, Laura wrote this moving and detailed account of Aldous’s last days to her brother-in-law, Julian.

144

The Convergence of the Universe

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1951)
15 4,378

145

Future of Communications (Part 2)

Alan Watts
2 7,049 57:14

146

This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution

David Sloan Wilson (2019)
48 72,737

It is widely understood that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution completely revolutionized the study of biology. Yet, according to David Sloan Wilson, the Darwinian revolution won’t be truly complete until it is applied more broadly—to everything associated with the words “human,” “culture,” and “policy.” In a series of engaging and insightful examples—from the breeding of hens to the timing of cataract surgeries to the organization of an automobile plant—Wilson shows how an evolutionary worldview provides a practical tool kit for understanding not only genetic evolution but also the fast-paced changes that are having an impact on our world and ourselves. What emerges is an incredibly empowering argument: If we can become wise managers of evolutionary processes, we can solve the problems of our age at all scales—from the efficacy of our groups to our well-being as individuals to our stewardship of the planet Earth.

147

Eco Zen

Alan Watts
9 6,138 51:58

148

Image of Man

Alan Watts
4 6,126 48:22

149

The Evolutionary Mind

Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham (1998)
15 24,345 03:09:42

What could have been the cause for the breakthrough in the evolution of human consciousness around 50,000 years ago? Part of the Trialogues at the Edge of the Unthinkable.

150

Cosmic Life

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1916)
33 22,463

Cosmic Life was the first of Teilhard’s extant writings in his characteristic style. Knowing what risks he was exposed to at the warfront, he wrote it as his ‘intellectual testament,’ and it contains in embryo all that was later to be developed in his thought; the ‘fire in his vision’ which he tried to communicate. The essay was posthumously published in the 1955 book Writings in Time of War.

151

Cosmos 04: Heaven and Hell

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:03

Sagan discusses comets and asteroids as planetary impactors, giving recent examples of the Tunguska event and a lunar impact described by Canterbury monks in 1178. It moves to a description of the environment of Venus, from the previous fantastic theories of people such as Immanuel Velikovsky to the information gained by the Venera landers and its implications for Earth's greenhouse effect. The Cosmos Update highlights the connection to global warming.

152

The Advanced Course

Ram Dass (1993)
13 8,584 01:08:22

153

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 07: Recollection

Alan Watts (1959)
27:05

This program focuses on the East Indian idea that we have forgotten who or what we really are through identifying ourselves with the individual personality. The person or "persona" is also discussed as the social or dramatic mask assumed in daily life.

154

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 11: On Being Vague

Alan Watts (1959)
27:57

The idea of clear-cut "definiteness" reflects as a sharp and somewhat hostile attitude to life. In this talk, Alan Watts shows the value of the vague and gentle approach reflected in Far Eastern poetry and painting.

155

Survival, Part 1: Before Life Came

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1961)
3 2,036 18:41

156

Cosmos 11: The Persistence of Memory

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
58:35

The idea of intelligence is explored in the concepts of computers (using bits as their basic units of information), whales (in their songs and their disruptions by human activities), DNA, the human brain (the evolution of the brain stem, frontal lobes, neurons, cerebral hemispheres, and corpus callosum under the Triune Brain Model), and man-made structures for collective intelligence (cities, libraries, books, computers, and satellites). The episode ends with speculation on alien intelligence and the information conveyed on the Voyager Golden Record.

157

State of the Stone

Terence McKenna (1995)
9 8,117 01:16:35

In this talk, McKenna gives one of his more hopeful presentations about love and the state of humanity at the end of the millenium.

158

The Nature of Things

David Bohm (1979)
6 6,439 38:23

159

Cosmos 08: Journeys in Space and Time

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:37

Ideas about time and space are explored in the changes that constellations undergo over time, the redshift and blue shift measured in interstellar objects, time dilation in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, the designs of both Leonardo da Vinci and spacecraft that could travel near light speed, time travel and its hypothetical effects on human history, the origins of the Solar System, the history of life, and the immensity of space. In Cosmos Update, the idea of faster-than-light travel by wormholes (researched by Kip Thorne and shown in Sagan’s novel Contact) is discussed.

160

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 12: Law And Order

Alan Watts (1959)
27:05

Alan Watts speaks on the contrast between organic and legalistic views of the order of nature, the former being based on visual pattern intelligence and the latter on verbal conventions.

161

No Frames, No Boundaries

Russell Schweickart (1974)
8 7,053 56:37

Delivered at the first Lindisfarne Association conference, astronaut Russell Schweikart spoke about his transformative experience in outer space when a camera malfunctioned and he had an unscheduled moment to contemplate his home planet. During his “glimpse of the big picture” he reflected on the implications of humanity looking back on itself from the perspective of space, and his consciousness began to identify with the whole planet Earth.

162

Relevance of Oriental Philosophy

Alan Watts
7 6,424 46:32

163

Prague Gnosis (Part 2)

Terence McKenna, Ram Dass (1992)
6 8,155 59:52

Shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the International Transpersonal Conference in June 1992, this two-part series features Terence McKenna in dialogue with some of the foremost thinkers of the Global Consciousness movement of the time: Ram Dass, Angeles Arrien, Kenneth Ring, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, David Whyte and Alexander Shulgin.

164

Cosmos 05: Blues for a Red Planet

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:14

The episode, devoted to the planet Mars, begins with scientific and fictional speculation about the Red Planet during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction books, and Percival Lowell's false vision of canals on Mars). It then moves to Robert Goddard's early experiments in rocket-building, inspired by reading science fiction, and the work by Mars probes, including the Viking, searching for life on Mars. The episode ends with the possibility of the terraforming and colonization of Mars and a Cosmos Update on the relevance of Mars' environment to Earth's and the possibility of a manned mission to Mars.

165

The Edge Runner

Terence McKenna (1990)
11 13,603 01:54:08

A presentation revolving around the question: what is going on in the universe? Special emphasis is given to the human condition, the accelerating complexification of the cosmos, and options for the human collectivity as it faces the future.

166

On Nature and Media: A Dialogue of Effects

Marshall McLuhan (1978)
6 12,421 01:51:43

Marshall McLuhan explains the effects of accelerating communication speeds on human society.

167

Swimming Headless

Alan Watts
6 5,908 52:01

168

Survival, Part 3: Thought

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1961)
6 2,638 22:13

169

What Is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell

Erwin Schrödinger (1944)
16 26,421

This book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schrödinger in February 1943, under the auspices of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. The lectures attracted an audience of about 400, who were warned "that the subject-matter was a difficult one and that the lectures could not be termed popular, even though the physicist’s most dreaded weapon, mathematical deduction, would hardly be utilized." Schrödinger's lecture focused on one important question: How can the events in space and time—which take place within the spatial boundary of a living organism—be accounted for by physics and chemistry?

170

The Rites of Spring

Terence McKenna (1986)
16 31,191 04:17:52

Delivered at the Ojai Foundation in California.

171

Conversations on the Edge of Magic

Terence McKenna (1994)
5 7,049 01:01:52

Terence’s first workshop at Starwood Festival XIV where he brings a unique perspective to being in the world that assumes an impending transformation of the human world that will involve everyone. With humor and in depth we will examine human attitudes toward the Other, time and its mysteries, the nature of language, and the techniques of ecstasy that have developed in non-Western societies to navigate to and from invisible worlds. We will discuss making reasonable choices about spiritual development and techniques. Terence explains that what he calls the 'Archaic Revival' is the process of reawakening awareness of traditional attitudes toward nature, including plants and our relationship to them. The Archaic Revival spells the eventual breakup of the pattern male dominance and hierarchy bassed on animal organization, something that cannot be changed overnight by a sudden shift in collective awareness. This is a think-along experience for those who have taken a few moments to chill out from the dance of life.

172

Māyā's Many Faces

Alan Watts
3 2,699 23:33

Watts explores the different meanings of the Sanskrit word māyā and explains them to the Western audience.

173

Unpreachable Religion

Alan Watts
2 3,339 26:40

174

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 18: Buddhism And Christianity

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

Alan Watts brings his expertise to bear in this presentation of Mahayana Buddhist and traditional Christian world views (he was once an Episcopal priest), and how to bring the two together.

175

176

Transformation of Consciousness

Alan Watts
11 28,065 03:53:53

Alan discusses the different states of consciousness which the human mind can attain, and some of the chemical compounds which may serve as tools to reach these mental realms.

177

Everything I Know (Part 01)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
12 19,720 02:26:39

178

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 14: The Life Of Zen

Alan Watts (1959)
27:53

A look inside Zen monastic life and practice reveals a culture of dialog and subtle humor between master and student.

179

Hard Problem of Consciousness

David Chalmers (2016)
2 1,323 09:05

Philosopher David Chalmers on the combination problem, dualism, and panpsychism. You can watch the original video on YouTube.

180

World as Play

Alan Watts
13 24,581 03:28:59

Watts presents a core Eastern philosophy of the world as a dramatic illusion, and that it exists for no other reason except to be experienced in a playful manner.

181

Fun To Imagine

Richard Feynman (1983)
01:05:56

In this video, Richard Feynman looks at the mysterious forces that make ordinary things happen and, in doing so, answers questions about why rubber bands are stretchy, why tennis balls can't bounce for ever and what you're really seeing when you look in the mirror.

182

The Power of Myth, Part 3: The First Storytellers

Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (1988)
3 7,722 54:44

Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell discuss the importance of accepting death as rebirth as in the myth of the buffalo and the story of Christ, rites of passage in primitive societies, the role of mystical Shamans and the decline of ritual in today’s society. Campbell explains how ancient myths were designed to “put the mind in accord with the body, and the way of life in accord with the way nature dictates.” As one example, Campbell explains how myths bring humans to understand and accept birth, growth and death.

183

From Psychedelics to Cybernetics

Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna (1990)
1 01:28:03

Timothy Leary invited Terence McKenna to this evening lecture held at the Feuerwache in Mannheim, Germany.

184

Transformation of Man, Part 2: A Mechanical Way of Living Leads to Disorder

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
9,832 01:00:15

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

185

The Phyletic Structure of the Human Group

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1951)
23 11,703

186

Where Do We Go From Here?

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)
17 7,625 01:07:16

Delivered at the 11th Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, about seven months before King's assassination.

187

A Man Has To BE Something

Hunter S. Thompson (1958)
8 1,442

188

Intelligent Mindlessness

Alan Watts
9 6,645 01:22:49

Alan discusses ways in which Western civilization confuses symbols with reality and introduces meditation and its associated gadgets as tools to get in touch with reality. Then he encourages his audience to cast off their reliance on symbols by guiding them through various mantra in a half-hour demonstration of this intelligent mindlessness.

189

The Power of Myth, Part 2: The Message of the Myth

Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (1988)
8 8,009 54:43

Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell compare creation myths from the Bible and elsewhere, and talk about how religions and mythologies need to change with time in order to maintain their relevance in peoples’ lives.

190

Analogy as the Core of Cognition

Douglas Hofstadter (2006)
55:18

In this Presidential Lecture, cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter examines the role and contributions of analogy in cognition, using a variety of analogies to illustrate his points.

191

Swampland Flowers [Excerpts]

Dahui Zonggao (2006)

The writings of the twelfth-century Chinese Zen master Dahui Zonggao (Ta Hui) are as immediately accessible as those of any contemporary teacher, and this book, which introduced them to the English-speaking world in the 1970s, has become a modern classic—a regular feature of recommended reading lists for Zen centers across America. Contributed by u/YouAreTimeless.

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Pursuit of Pleasure

Alan Watts
31 22,887 03:26:23

Where does pleasure come from? What are we trying to achieve in our frantic day-to-day activities? Why are we in such a hurry? And why do all of our efforts to pin the universe down and bring it under our control dial up the misery?

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The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman (2021)
4 724 05:53

Delivered at the inauguration of U.S. president Joe Biden, Gorman's eloquent poem reminds us that progress is a never-ending project, setbacks are all but guaranteed, and that a coming-together of humans in acts of love, compassion, and siblinghood will allow us to perservere in the face of any challenge.

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Cosmos 06: Travellers' Tales

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:08

The journeys of the Voyager probes is put in the context of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, with a centuries-long tradition of sailing ship explorers, and its contemporary thinkers (such as Constantijn Huygens and his son Christian). Their discoveries are compared to the Voyager probes' discoveries among the Jovian and Saturn systems. In Cosmos Update, image processing reconstructs Voyager’s worlds and Voyager’s last portrait of the Solar System as it leaves is shown.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 08: Queries and Sources

Alan Watts (1959)
28:59

Alan Watts reveals his research resources for the series of Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life thus far, and he answers questions about points in the previous programs. He recommends books for further study.

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Global Mind Change: The Promise of the 21st Century

Willis Harman (1988)

Revolutions are generally thought of as large-scale, bloody upheavals involving whole countries and societies. But there are quieter revolutions that begin in the individual mind and create the kind of change that may be even more significant. By deliberately changing their internal image of reality, people are transforming the world. Right now we are living through one of the most fundamental shifts in history—a change in the actual belief structure of Western industrial society.

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The Supreme Art

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1985)
1 855 17:04

Krishnamurti's opening statement during the third Q & A meeting in his 1985 Saanen lecture series. You can watch the full session on the Krishnamurti Foundation's website.

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Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan, NASA (1990)
1 362

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Build Your Own Damn Wagon

Terence McKenna (1994)
5 10,245 01:27:15

Delivered at a workshop in Esalen.

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Cosmos 12: Encyclopædia Galactica

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
57:55

Questions are raised about the search for intelligent life beyond the Earth, with UFOs and other close encounters refuted in favor of communications through SETI and radio telescope such as the Arecibo Observatory. The probability of technically advanced civilizations existing elsewhere in the Milky Way is interpreted using the Drake equation and a future hypothetical Encyclopedia Galactica is discussed as a repository of information about other worlds in the galaxy. The Cosmos Update notes that there have been fewer sightings of UFOs and more stories of abductions, while mentioning the META scanning the skies for signals.

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A Cyborg Manifesto

Donna Haraway (1985)
22 14,300

Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto is a key postmodern text, widely taught in many disciplines as one of the first to embrace technology from a leftist and feminist perspective using the metaphor of the cyborg to champion socialist, postmodern, and anti-identitarian politics. She criticized traditional notions of feminism, particularly its emphasis on identity rather than affinity, and explored the potential of the cyborg concept in order to construct a postmodern feminism that moves beyond dualisms and the limitations of traditional gender, feminism, and politics. Until Haraway’s work, few feminists had turned to theorizing science and technology and thus her work quite literally changed the terms of the debate. This article continues to be seen as hugely influential in the field of feminism, particularly postmodern, materialist, and scientific strands. It is also a precursor to cyberfeminism and posthumanism and perhaps anticipates the development of digital humanities.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 16: Zen In Gardens And Architecture

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

Alan Watts speaks about the remarkable integration of traditional Japanese homes and gardens within the rural landscape, and the celebration of natural forms of mountains and waters in Zen gardens.

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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Douglas Hofstadter (1979)
3 301,497

By exploring common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, this book expounds concepts fundamental to mathematics, symmetry, and intelligence. Through illustration and analysis, the book discusses how self-reference and formal rules allow systems to acquire meaning despite being made of 'meaningless' elements. It also discusses what it means to communicate, how knowledge can be represented and stored, the methods and limitations of symbolic representation, and even the fundamental notion of 'meaning' itself.

204

What Is Now?

Rupert Spira (2014)
1,625 37:34

Rupert invites us to take a direct look at the present moment. His succinct investigation leads to stunning revelations about the nature of pure consciousness.

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Global Perspectives and Psychedelic Poetics

Terence McKenna (1993)
9 9,785 01:21:06

This lecture was given to a small gathering of people in New York.

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Evolution and Consciousness: Human Systems in Transition

Erich Jantsch, Conrad Hal Waddington (1976)
21

Evolution and Consciousness is one of the first, still rare, truly transdisciplinary books: it deals with a totality, not a sector of it. Therefore, it defies any disciplinary labeling. It is a scientific book, yet also deals with topics until now reserved for books of mysticism and poetry. It bridges the gap between science and other forms of knowledge. It deals not just with scientific questions, but with existential questions which concern all mankind, such as the meaning of life and the evolutionary significance of human design and action. It challenges the whole dominant Western world view: process thinking instead of structural thinking, dynamic instead of static, evolution instead of permanency.

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The Natural State, Part IV

Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti
1 8,734 42:28

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On The Probable Existence Ahead Of Us Of An ‘Ultra-Human’

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1950)
2 3,177

An originally unpublished essay, written in Paris, in which Teilhard talks about a vast realm of the Ultra-Human which lies ahead of us: a realm in which we shall not be able to survive, or super-live, except by developing and embracing on earth, to the utmost extent, all the powers of common vision and unanimazation that are available to us. Eventually published in The Future of Man.

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The Overview Effect: Awe and Self-Transcendent Experience in Space Flight

David Yaden (2016)
9 4,976

Viewing the Earth from space has often prompted astronauts to report overwhelming emotion and feelings of identification with humankind and the planet as a whole. In this article, we explore this experience, known as the “overview effect.” We examine astronaut accounts of the overview effect and suggest existing psychological constructs, such as awe and self-transcendent experience, that might contribute to a psychological understanding of this experience. We argue that the overview effect suggests directions for future research on altered states of consciousness in new contexts, with potential implications for better understanding well-being in isolated, confined, extreme (ICE) environments such as space flight.

Published in the March 2016 issue of Psychology of Consciousness by the American Psychological Association.

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Psychedelics in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Terence McKenna (1999)
21 9,345 01:24:55

Terence's last public appearance before falling seriously ill to brain cancer a month later. A techno-centric evening (alternately titled Shamans Among the Machines) in which he explores the inevitable merging of humanity with its AI offspring.

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The Place of Technology in a General Biology of Mankind

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947)
11 2,810

Teilhard argues that biology and technology are the same thing: technology is simply advanced biology which has reached a minimum threshold of self-awareness, allowing it to influence its evolutionary development through intelligent organization of matter and energy. Written after an address given in Paris at the Salle d’horticulture (National Society of Horticulture).

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The Psychedelic Explosion

Alan Watts
25 27,706 03:51:11

Alan talks about the upcoming revolution in which Western society will have to come to grips with the existence of the psychedelic/mystical experience, and how to integrate it into our culture in a productive, fulfilling, and responsible manner. Included are personal recollections of DMT and LSD trips experienced by Watts himself, why the utilization of psychedelic drugs should be seen as a tool, his vision of a psychedelic campus for guided mystical experiences, and why prohibition is doomed to failure.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 17: Zen In Fencing And Judo

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

Alan Watts demonstrates how the Taoist influence in Aikido and Judo also influenced swordsmanship.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 15: Zen In Painting

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

This program focuses on Zen-inspired brush painting in the Chinese and Japanese traditions, and it looks at the approach of the contemporary artist Sabro Hasegawa in his inspired return to primitivity in the arts.

216

Inner Perspective

Ernst Mach (1914)

Ernst Mach's illustration of the subjective visual experience.

217

Thought is an Abstraction

David Bohm (1988)
5,371 33:51

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 13: Omnipotence

Alan Watts (1959)
26:51

Watts explores the contrast between organic and mechanical world views and the difference between the growing process and the making process, and he explains why one corresponds to a democratic principle and the other to a monarchical hierarchy.

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Hot Concepts and Melting Edges

Terence McKenna (1994)
33 40,133 05:35:16

A weekend workshop held at Esalen, with the alternate titles of Deeper and Broader Questions and Eros, Chaos, and Meaning's Edge.

220

Christmas Sermon on Peace and Nonviolence

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)
5 2,998 29:02

The fifth and last lecture of the Massey Lecture series, delivered at King's home church, Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

221

Mind As Society

Marvin Minsky, Jeffrey Mishlove
11 5,078

Conscious intelligence may be viewed as a computer system composed of many smaller parallel processing programs. Marvin Minsky, Ph.D., is one of the acknowledged founders of the mathematical theory of computation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. He argues that understanding the individual as a very sophisticated machine actually affirms human dignity.

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Survival, Part 4: Survival

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1961)
8 1,971 19:34

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Conscious Evolution: Our Next Stage

Barbara Marx Hubbard (2015)
6 7,392 01:00:26

Presented at the 2015 International Forum on Consciousness, Barbara explored the ideas of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and the possibilty of humanity gradually giving birth to a new planetary-scale consciousness, which she called Homo universalis.

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Survival, Part 2: Life

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1961)
2 1,190 10:37

225

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Carl Sagan (1994)
101,081

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds. This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception of who we are and where we stand, and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge.

226

Prague Gnosis (Part 1)

Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake (1992)
01:02:46

Shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the International Transpersonal Conference in June 1992, this two-part series features Terence McKenna in dialogue with some of the foremost thinkers of the Global Consciousness movement of the time: Ram Dass, Angeles Arrien, Kenneth Ring, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, David Whyte and Alexander Shulgin.

227

A Continuum of Persistent Non-Symbolic Experiences in Adults

Jeffery Martin (2013)
8,021

Persistent forms of nondual awareness, enlightenment, mystical experience, and so forth (Persistent NonSymbolic Experience/PNSE) have been reported since antiquity. Though sporadic research has been performed on PNSE, the research reported here represents the initial report from the first larger scale cognitive psychology study of this population.

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Amherst Press Conference

Richard Buckminster Fuller, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1971)
1 2,510 26:05

Mr. Fuller and Maharishi came from different traditions of knowledge, but both talked about the universal basis of life, the individual, and the cosmos.

229

The Inherent Compassion of a Self-Organizing Universe

Neil Theise (2019)
7 3,501 21:12

Buddhism teaches the emptiness of inherent existence: "everything is not a thing." Contemporary physics, chemistry, and biology—seen through the simplifying lens of complexity theory—shows us that the non-dual realm is in complementarity with all of duality, that the presence/absence of boundaries, of separation, is dependent on perspective. "Wisdom" is seeing the world without delusion, and science is one means to washing delusion from one's mind. In doing so, the inherent compassionate nature of the universe and of every being within and of that universe is revealed.

230

Rap Dancing into the Third Millennium

Terence McKenna (1994)
1 14,954 01:55:03

Terence’s second workshop at Starwood Festival XIV. The approaching new millenium, its perils, and its promise will be the theme of this intimate workshop. We will analyze and review the past thousand years with an eye to trends and opportunities that the future may bring. Western civilization is caught in a phase transition to the first planet-wide, species-wide civilization. Does the emergence of a shared set of universal values—democracy, free markets, and the dignity of the individual—have to mean the end of diversity and pluarlism? What does human self-imaging through technology portend to each of us? Is the human race down for the count, or on the brink of its greatest adventure? Psychedelics, virtual reality, and the transformative power of magic and language will be topics for discussion.

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Uncarved Block, Unbleached Silk

Alan Watts
7 4,502 42:32

A delightful seminar in which Alan introduces his listeners to the details of Japanese and Chinese aesthetics.

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Talk on Non-Self (Anatta)

Ajahn Brahm (2013)
59:25

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From the Pre-Human to the Ultra-Human: The Phases of a Living Planet

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1950)
1 2,475

First published in Almanach des Sciences, 1951, then in The Future of Mankind.

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Saanen 1979, Part 2: Can We Together Create a Good Society?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
21 4,923 01:04:44

When we think together, is there a sense of fulfilment, division or frustration? What happens to relationship? If there is no psychological time at all, what is relationship between people? Do you say, ‘I will love you tomorrow’? Will belief or authority bring us together? Is there security in separateness? When we think together, out of that a good society will be created. A good society can only come into being when you are responsible for another.

235

Learning to Think in a New Way

Gregory Bateson (1975)
9 8,236 01:34:00

Delivered at the second Lindisfarne Association conference, Bateson challenged the relationship between “consciousness” and “evolution” and suggested what it might mean to “learn to think in a new way.”

236

The Nature of Living Systems

James Grier Miller (1965)
9 11,271

General systems behavior theory is a set of related definitions, assumptions, and propositions which deal with reality as an integrated hierarchy of organizations of matter and energy. General systems behavior theory is concerned with a special subset of all systems: the living ones. Even more basic to this presentation than the concept of “system” are the concepts of “space,” “time,” “matter,” “energy,” and “information,” because the living systems discussed in this paper exist in space and are made of matter and energy organized by information.

237

Who Am I?

Ramana Maharshi (1923)

A set of questions and answers on Self-enquiry that were put to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi by Sri M. Sivaprakasam Pillai in 1902.

238

Countdown Into Complexity

Terence McKenna (1996)
19 48,489 06:43:35

A weekend workshop with the alternate title "Briefing for a Descent Into Novelty".

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Interview with Erik Davis

Terence McKenna (1999)
4 15,295 02:16:16

The final recorded interview of Terence McKenna, conducted by Erik Davis for Wired magazine.

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Saanen 1979, Part 3: Is There Security At All, Psychologically?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
9 4,062 58:45

Has the desire for psychological security taken over physical demands? Is there security in a belief, ideal or experience? Can you listen so completely that you see the absurdity of living in illusion and end it? Can we stay with fact and have no relationship to non-fact? What is the quality of the mind that is facing what is happening? If you have no images, what is your relationship to the mind which is still seeking security? In thinking together, isn't there total security? When you put aside choice, is there insight into the whole of illusion?

242

Developing an Inclusive Consicousness

Sadhguru (2016)
13 8,926 01:06:19

Renowned yogi, mystic, and visionary humanitarian Sadhguru addresses points and concerns around inclusiveness raised by a panel of VPs and Google employees, explaining how individuals can create a quality of inclusiveness within themselves. By elaborating how such an attitude can impact our work places, homes, and communities, he provides practical thoughts and tools to create a more inclusive consciousness—the most important aspect that’s needed in the world today.

243

General System Theory

Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1969)
1 39,641

An attempt to formulate common laws that apply to virtually every scientific field, this conceptual approach has had a profound impact on such widely diverse disciplines as biology, economics, psychology, and demography.

244

Walking Out Of The Ordinary

Terence McKenna
11 17,107 01:53:27

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Transformation of Man, Part 5: Your Image of Yourself Prevents Relationship

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
57:46

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

246

USA 2000

Alan Watts (1968)
6 3,236 27:32

Beginning with his prophecy that the United States of America will no longer exist in the year 2000, Alan introduces us to a possible utopia which he discerned in his vision of the future. Topics include automation, guaranteed universal incomes, the confusion of money with wealth, changing work ethics, and the grim necessity of our learning how to sensuously enjoy luxury if we want to avoid total destruction.

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Ultra Deep Field

NASA (2004)
332

This view of nearly 10,000 galaxies, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. Called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, this galaxy-studded view represents a deep core sample of the universe, cutting across billions of light-years.

249

Madras Public Talk 2: An Action That Is Not The Outcome Of Thought

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
4,513 01:10:00

Is there an action which is not fragmentary, which has no regrets and no sense of incompleteness? Is there security in the things of thought? Is all psychological security an illusion? Can one attend without concentration and effort? Does the very thought which concentrates also distract? Have you ever given attention in which there is no otherness, deviation or distraction? To attend implies there is no centre from which you are listening. When you have an insight into the nature of thought it finds its right place.

250

The Ascent of Man 07: The Majestic Clockwork

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:35

Newton and Einstein, the two giants of physics, imposed great systems of order on the world. This episode illustrates the revolution that occurred when Einstein's theory of relativity turned Newton's elegant description of the universe inside out.

251

Art Meets Science and Spirituality: From Fragmentation to Wholeness

David Bohm (1990)
1 49:38

This film features the Dalai Lama speaking on the nature of mind and on his personal feelings as leader of the Tibetans in exile, the physicist David Bohm, who explains his theory of the "implicate order;" and interviews with artist Robert Rauschenberg and Russian economist Stanislav Menshikov. Artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists gathered in Amsterdam in 1990 to explore the emerging paradigm of a holistic world view and the implications for a global economy. The five day confernce was inspired by the artists Joseph Beuys and Robert Filliou, and manifested by Louwrien Wijers, who called it a "mental sculpture."

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Essays in Science and Philosophy

Alfred North Whitehead (1948)
2

This is a collection of many of Whitehead’s papers that are scattered elsewhere. It was the penultimate book he published, and represents his mature thoughts on many topics. The first three chapters consist of Whitehead’s personal reflections illumined by flashes of his lively humor. They are picturesque and amusing. The remainder of the book consists of chapters on Philosophy, Education, and Science. They cover in depth his positions on many scientific and philosophical matters in an extraordinarily unified way. The final section of the book is devoted to excellent surveys of Geometry and Mathematics as well as a paper on Einstein’s theories.

254

On Nuclear Weapons and World Government

Albert Einstein (1946)
3 1,141 10:23

Addressing a federal world government rally via radio from his home in Princeton, Einstein talked about his personal views on the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the need for a global human government.

255

Log of Earth

William Irwin Thompson (1986)

From William Irwin Thompson's book Pacific Shift.

256

Madras Public Talk 1: Organisations Have Not Saved Man

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1978)
5,854 01:23:26

There is outer and inner fragmentation. Who is going to change man? Have organisations of any kind helped? To go very far we must begin very near, which is with ourselves. Is one aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, fears and pleasures? Can one listen purely, without any distortion? Is there a responsibility to listen to the world and to your own anxiety and sorrow? Can you observe without any prejudice? To learn, mustn’t the brain be free of knowledge? What is action in your life? In relationship, has knowledge any place at all? Can the brain only register what is necessary?

257

The Atomism of Spirit

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1941)
20 11,702

An attempt to understand the structure of the stuff of the universe, written in Peking (Beijing). Published in Activation of Energy.

258

Promises and Pitfalls of the Spiritual Path

Ram Dass (1988)
4 10,744 01:17:10

259

The Circle of Sex

Alan Watts (1965)
3,573

An ingenious delineation of the age-old magnetism between male and female in which a clock face is used to chart the 12 libidinal types that attract and repel. Originally printed in issue 144 of Playboy magazine.

260

Youniverse Explorer

Douglas Harding (1970)
12:47

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Nature is the Center of the Mandala

Terence McKenna (1987)
8 9,485 01:27:56

Presented at the Shared Visions bookstore, Terence talks about humanity's path towards greater consciousness, and attempts to take a glance at what comes after the Omega Point.

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Religion for the Nonreligious

Tim Urban (2014)
19 8,486

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The Ascent of Man 04: The Hidden Structure

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
49:38

From ancient Oriental metallurgy, through mystical alchemy this program traces the roots of chemistry. Shang bronze craftsmen and Samurai sword smiths are the starting point for a journey leading from medieval Europe to Dalton's atomic theory and our modern knowledge of the elements.

265

Man in Universe

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1963)
7 3,805

The first chapter of the Inventory of World Resources, Human Trends and Needs publication.

266

The End of the Species

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1952)
3 1,926

Written in New York and published a year later in Psyché.

267

Upstream

Mary Oliver (2016)
8 1,023

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The Ascent of Man 11: Knowledge or Certainty

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:37

Bronowski's statement on information and responsibility's a moral dilemma to scientists. Principle of certainty in physics applies to all knowledge. Examines implications of bombing Japan. Contrasts humanist tradition of Göttingen University with the inhumanities of Auschwitz.

269

Man Thinks God Knows, God Knows Man Thinks

Terence McKenna
7 10,151 01:26:23

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The Ascent of Man 06: The Starry Messenger

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
49:25

A closer look at humanity's attempts to map the forces which move the planets. The static nature of South American astronomy is contrasted with ideas of Renaissance Europe. Tracing the origins of the scientific revolution in the conflict between truth and dogma, symbolized by the trial of Galileo.

271

The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness

Christof Koch (2014)
9 13,175 01:17:03

The science of consciousness has made great strides by focusing on the behavioral and neuronal correlates of experience. However, such correlates are not enough if we are to understand even basic facts. Moreover, correlates are of little help in many instances where we would like to know if consciousness is present: patients with a few remaining islands of functioning cortex, pre-term infants, non-mammalian species, and machines that are rapidly outperforming people at driving, recognizing faces and objects, and answering difficult questions. To address these issues, we need a theory of consciousness–one that says what experience is and what type of physical systems can have it.

272

Life and the Planets

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1945)
4 8,468

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin explores the concept of complexification in the universe, focusing on the ever-increasing combination of smaller elements into larger structures, and then extrapolates this behavior to humanity's current situation. What if the human species is an intermediary evolutionary stage, and what would the next rung on the ladder look like? Teilhard suggests that it will involve the merging-together of all humanity into a divine, planetized consciousness. Originally delivered as a lecture at the French Embassy in Peking (Beijing), China, later published in Études and The Future of Man.

273

Still the Mind

Alan Watts
11 6,446 01:08:57

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Madras Public Talk 3: Is Freedom A Matter Of Time?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
5,839 01:22:38

Is there psychological time at all? How do we deal with a problem? Is time involved in love? Is time, a movement in division, necessary? Can we change fundamentally, radically, not through evolution or time? Can hurt be abandoned instantly? Can one act without effort or time? Is there a perception which ends the image without allowing time? What takes place when you observe only the fact and do not invent the opposite? Can you resolve a problem as it arises? Are problems produced from a centre?

275

Matter, Mind and Models

Marvin Minsky (1965)
4 2,966

276

The Limits to Growth

Donella Meadows (1972)

In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. Their results shocked the world and created stirring conversations about global 'overshoot,' or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet.

277

Spirituality and Technology

Terence McKenna
5 5,720 48:41

278

The Ascent of Man 08: The Drive for Power

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:06

This episode focuses on the industrial and political revolutions of the 18thh century. Forces of nature were harnessed and the basics of political power shifted. Bronowski argues that in man's progress, the Industrial Revolution was a step forward as significant as the Renaissance.

279

Science and Ethics

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1928)
10 6,465

Science and Ethics was the title of the Conway Memorial Lecture delivered by English biologist, scientist and mathematician John Burdon Sanderson Haldane at Essex Hall in London.

280

The Biosphere and the Noösphere

Vladimir Vernadsky (1945)
11 4,709

A general intellectual outlook of one of the most remarkable scientific leaders of the early 20th century, focusing on a predicted historical and planetary phase transition in which humanity becomes a united force. Published in American Scientist Vol. 33, No. 1.

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How May We Conceive And Hope That Human Unanimization Will Be Realized On Earth?

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1950)
4 2,125

Written in Paris and published posthumously in The Future of Man.

282

Linear Societies and Nonlinear Drugs

Terence McKenna (1999)
7 7,287 01:06:15

Delivered at the 1999 Palenque Ethnobotany Conference.

283

Madras Public Talk 6: The Movement of Meditation

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
01:27:36

Putting death in opposition to life, are we afraid to live and afraid to die? Attachment implies continuity. If it does not end, what happens to the whole movement of consciousness of man? Is love within this consciousness? Has love a continuity? Is death the ending of attachment? When there is complete order in one's life, that can look at cosmic order. What is attention, inattention and distraction? Does attention have continuity, a centre? In silence comes that which is eternally, timelessly sacred.

284

Madras Public Talk 4: What Brings About Disorder In Relationship?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
5,575 01:27:46

What is our relationship with each other? In that relationship, is there order? How will you bring order there? Is desire, the sensory responses with images thought has created, a factor of disorder? When pain is over, can one totally forget it, totally non-register it? When there is no relationship, isn’t there fear? Are you aware at the moment of fear, not to let thought come into it, to realize it has no place at the moment of action? Why has there been so little beauty and communication with nature in our lives? At the instant of pleasure is there recording? Culture means to grow, develop the totality of one's life.

285

The Ultimate Unity for Thought is the Society of Minds

William Henry Chamberlin (1906)
17 12,615

William Henry Chamberlin's thesis written in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the Master's Degree of Arts at the University of California.

286

The Extended Mind

Andrew Clark, David Chalmers (1998)
11 6,024

Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin? The question invites two standard replies. Some accept the boundaries of skin and skull, and say that what is outside the body is outside the mind. Others are impressed by arguments suggesting that the meaning of our words ‘just ain't in the head,’ and hold that this externalism about meaning carries over into an externalism about mind. Clark and Chalmers propose the pursuit of a third position: active externalism, based on the active role of the environment in driving cognitive processes.

287

Why Explore Cosmos and Consciousness?

Roger Penrose (2007)
20:21

Cosmos and consciousness seem utterly different, cosmos encompassing the vast universe, consciousness emerging from tiny brains. Yet consciousness is the basis of religion, and some cosmologists speak quietly, profoundly, about consciousness. A few scientists and philosophers claim that, even without God, consciousness can be something of a cosmic imperative.

288

Saanen 1979, Part 1: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis in the World?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
7 3,564 01:01:51

Is there another kind of thinking which is not about something? When you give attention completely, is there a center from which you attend? Can self-centered problems be solved without a different quality of thinking? When there is no tomorrow, psychologically, what happens to the quality of your mind? Then what is your relationship to another? In thinking together, is there opposition? Where does thinking together lead in my relationship to another?

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The Spirituality of Science

Kevin Simler (2013)
3,756

Is science a religion? No... but maybe it should be.

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The Ascent of Man 13: The Long Childhood

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
5 51:44

In this final episode, Bronowski—poet, playwright, mathematician, philosopher—draws together many threads of the series. He takes stock of man's complex, sometimes precarious, ascent, and argues that man's growth to self-knowledge is the longest childhood of all.

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The Story of Us

Tim Urban (2019)
7

A whimsical and thought-provoking look at how large numbers of interthinking brains turn individual organisms into a larger, coherent superorganism, and how easy it is for such a superorganism to deteriorate if its constituent cells neglect it.

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Reality Isn't

Donald Hoffman (2019)
2 12,215 01:02:36

What if the way our senses perceive reality is not at all representative of its true nature, but rather a highly abstracted interface? Donald Hoffman is working on a mathematical theory to find out.

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Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age

Esther Dyson, Alvin Toffler, George Gilder, George Keyworth (1994)
7 7,161

Published in Volume 12, Issue 3 of The Information Society.

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The Ascent of Man 02: The Harvest of the Seasons

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:20

In the long spring following the Ice Ages man develops agriculture and domesticates animals, imposing his will on wild wheat and horses. With the Neolithic cultivators come the mounted Nomads, the predators, and the roots of human warfare. Shot largely in central Iran.

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The Ascent of Man 03: The Grain in the Stone

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:36

Man splits a stone and reassembles the pieces to build a wall, a cathedral, a city. This program is about man, the architect, builder, and sculptor. Shots of Greek temples of Paestum, cathedrals of medieval France, Inca cities of Peru juxtaposed with shots of modern cities.

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The Vision of a Better World

Barbara Marx Hubbard (2008)
4 6,006 43:03

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The Ascent of Man 01: Lower Than The Angels

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
49:27

Jacob Bronowski begins his series by examining intellectual, cultural, and scientific breakthroughs in man's four-million-year evolution, and demonstrates the importance of new ideas and how they transcend other historical events in their cumulative, irreversible effects.

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The Ascent of Man 05: Music of the Spheres

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:24

In this episode, Jacob Bronowski covers the evolution of math. Pythagoras, father of Greek math, considered numbers the language of nature. We follow the spread of Greek ideas through the Islamic Empire to Moorish Spain and Renaissance Europe, and explore the alliance of math to music, astronomy, and painting.

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What is Extended Mind?

David Chalmers (2018)
3 1,030 05:39

Chalmers makes a compelling argument that our definition of “mind” is too constricted. Objects in our environment augment and take over certain functions for our brains, extending our cognitive processes out into the physical world beyond our bodies.

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Madras Public Talk 5: What Is A Religious Mind?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
01:27:36

Have the gods been created from our sorrow and fear? In an inquiry, are you free of fear? Freedom is observation without conclusion. Can you observe the whole nature of sorrow? When there is no motive in your examination, is sorrow different from you? Can a new culture only be born out of a religious mind? Psychological transformation is the only revolution. A religious mind has no philosophy because it is with that which is eternally sacred. Sorrow has to end to understand the religious mind.

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New and Old Maps of Hyperspace

Terence McKenna (1982)
4 10,223 01:23:36

Held at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness.

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Permitting Smart People to Hope

Terence McKenna (1994)
8 9,855 01:21:24

Delivered at Esalen in California.

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Everything I Know (Part 02)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:10:09

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Zen Buddhism

Alan Watts (1947)
8 6,105

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Transformation of Man, Part 6: Images and Consciousness

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
56:42

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

307

Transformation of Man, Part 3: Can I Completely Change at the Very Root?

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
49:54

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

308

The Human Rebound of Evolution and its Consequences

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947)
20 5,513

This essay, published in Revue des Questions Scientifiques in 1948 and reprinted in The Future of Man, follows Teilhard's train of thought on the aftermath of a potential fusing-together of humanity.

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2018 Human Brain Project Keynote

Jeffrey Hawkins (2018)
50:40

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The Ascent of Man 10: World Within World

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:35

In the vaults of ancient Polish salt mines Bronowski embarks on a journey to the hidden world inside the atom. He traces the history of the men and the ideas that made 20th century physics the greatest achievement of the human imagination.

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The Ascent of Man 12: Generation Upon Generation

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:34

Math and physics brought revolution to man's ideas of life. From Mendel's work to discoveries of today, Bronowski unravels complex code of human inheritance. Sees sex as an instrument of evolution that makes every human unique yet breeds care between individuals.

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The Evolution of a Psychedelic Thinker

Terence McKenna (1989)
5 9,697 01:26:23

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Transformation of Man, Part 4: In Aloneness You Can Be Completely Secure

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
57:33

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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Synesthesia

Terence McKenna (1992)

Terence visited Granary Books’ exhibition of books and prints by Timothy C. Ely in July 1991, and his empathetic and eloquent understanding of Ely’s work inspired a collaboration. Philip Gallo typographically interpreted McKenna’s text, which was printed letterpress on Rives BFK. The text appears on, around, and between Ely’s original painted and drawn images, which Ely describes as “articulated glossolalia refracted from the writing.” Only 75 copies were printed.

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The Essence of the Democratic Idea

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1949)
2 1,686

“A biological approach to the problem.” Written in response to a questionnaire from UNESCO and later published in The Future of Man.

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Transformation of Man, Part 7: Life is Sacred

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
56:44

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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Zen for Beginners

Alan Watts
12 4,903 46:30

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The Plot Thickens, the Stakes Rise

Terence McKenna (1994)
6 14,268 02:03:56

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Everything I Know (Part 06)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:29:22

320

Studio 2 Interview

Carl Sagan (1995)
6 2,295 16:23

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Everything I Know (Part 03)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:09:26

322

The Position of Man in Nature and the Significance of Human Socialization

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947)
10 4,175

Is there in the universe a main axis of evolution? (An attempt to see clearly)

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The Contemplative Endeavor

Adyashanti (2018)
2 973 08:23

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Everything I Know (Part 04)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
02:33:39

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Everything I Know (Part 05)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
02:15:54

326

The Burning Question

Rupert Spira (2014)
2 1,752 15:13

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The Omega Point as Eschaton: Answers to Pannenberg's Questions for Scientists

Frank Tipler (1989)
12 17,502

Frank Tipler presents an outline of the Omega Point theory, which is a model for an omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, evolving, personal God who is both transcendent to spacetime and immanent in it, and who exists necessarily. The model is a falsifiable physical theory, deriving its key concepts not from any religious tradition but from modern physical cosmology and computer science; from scientific materialism rather than revelation. Four testable predictions of the model are given. The theory assumes that thinking is a purely physical process of the brain, and that personality dies with the brain. Nevertheless, he shows that the Omega Point theory suggests a future universal resurrection of the dead very similar to the one predicted in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition. The notions of “grace” and the “beatific vision” appear naturally in the model.

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The Dream of the Earth

Thomas Berry (1988)

Noted cultural historian Thomas Berry provides nothing less than a new intellectual-ethical framework for the human community by positing planetary well-being as the measure of all human activity. Drawing on the wisdom of Western philosophy, Asian thought, and Native American traditions, as well as contemporary physics and evolutionary biology, Berry offers a new perspective that recasts our understanding of science, technology, politics, religion, ecology, and education. He shows us why it is important for us to respond to the Earth’s need for planetary renewal, and what we must do to break free of the “technological trance” that drives a misguided dream of progress. Only then, he suggests, can we foster mutually enhancing human-Earth relationships that can heal our traumatized global biosystem.

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Shedding the Monkey

Terence McKenna (1986)
2 10,570 01:30:54

Presented at the Shared Visions bookstore.

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Nature and Life

Alfred North Whitehead (1933)
12 12,557

Two lectures delivered by Alfred North Whitehead at the University of Chicago on the complex relationship between nature, philosophy and science. Later published as part of the Cambridge Miscellany series in 1934.

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The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul

Douglas Hofstadter, Daniel Dennett (1981)

Brilliant, shattering, mind-jolting, The Mind's I is a searching, probing cosmic journey of the mind that goes deeply into the problem of self and self-consciousness as anything written in our time. From verbalizing chimpanzees to scientific speculations involving machines with souls, from the mesmerizing, maze-like fiction of Borges to the tantalizing, dreamlike fiction of Lem and Princess Ineffable, her circuits glowing read and gold, The Mind's I opens the mind to the Black Box of fantasy, to the windfalls of reflection, to new dimensions of exciting possibilities.

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I Have Had An Experience

William Shatner (2021)
1 1,135 10:37

Immediately after landing on Earth, actor William Shatner recounts his experience seeing our planet from space for the first time during his trip on Blue Origin's NS-18 suborbital flight.

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Process and Reality

Alfred North Whitehead (1929)
5

One of the major philosophical texts of the twentieth century, Process and Reality is based on Alfred North Whitehead’s influential lectures that he delivered at the University of Edinburgh in the 1920s. In it, he propounds a philosophy of organism (or process philosophy), in which the various elements of reality are brought into a consistent relation to each other. It is also an exploration of some of the preeminent thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as Descartes, Newton, Locke, and Kant.

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Interview on Cybernetics

Heinz von Förster (1989)
4 3,816 24:53

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The Ascent of Man 09: The Ladder of Creation

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:26

From the countryside of Wales to the jungles of the Amazon, Jacob Bronowski follows the stories of Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin who had the same idea simultaneously—evolution by natural selection. Their ideas helped others to probe the nature and origins of life.

336

The Chief Characteristics and Doctrines of Mahayana Buddhism

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1950)
65,650

In this paper, written for G. W. Davis’s course History of Living Religions at Crozer Theological Seminary, King explores the tenets of Mahayana Buddhism and implicitly associates that religion’s morality and popular appeal with the ideals of Christianity. King drew chiefly on S. Radhakrishnan’s Indian Philosophy and J. B. Pratt’s The Pilgrimage of Buddhism. (King later met Radhakrishnan during his 1959 trip to India.) Davis gave King an A for the paper, calling it “a clear statement,” and a B+ for the course overall.

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From Being to Becoming: Time and Complexity in the Physical Sciences

Ilya Prigogine (1980)

How has order emerged from chaos? In this book, intended for the general reader with some background in physical chemistry and thermodynamics, Ilya Prigogine shows how systems far from equilibrium evolve elaborate structures: patterns of circulation in the atmosphere, formation and propagation of chemical waves, the aggregation of single-celled animals. In an effort to understand these phenomena, he explores the philosophical implications of the work for which he received the 1977 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. From Being to Becoming explains how order can develop and offers a new approach to the asymmetry between past and future—the irreversibility of time. Prigogine presents an evolving rather than static world. This imaginative work is sure to arouse controversy and may change the way that the reader sees the laws of science and the world that those laws seek to explain.

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The Joyous Cosmology

Alan Watts
9 6,294 01:07:52

What kind of a theory of the universe would it take for us to willingly accept the pain, turmoil, chaos, heartbreak, and suffering that comes with the state of being a consciously aware and individuated Self?

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Everything I Know (Part 12)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
04:47:41

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Everything I Know (Part 07)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:34:01

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Everything I Know (Part 08)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:39:38

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Everything I Know (Part 09)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:40:34

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Everything I Know (Part 11)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:20:48

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World as System Self-Synthesized by Quantum Networking

John Archibald Wheeler (1988)
9,040

The quantum, strangest feature of this strange universe, cracks the armor that conceals the secret of existence. In contrast to the view that the universe is a machine governed by some magic equation, we explore here the view that the world is a self-synthesizing system of existences, built on observer-participancy via a network of elementary quantum phenomena. The elementary quantum phenomenon in the sense of Bohr, the elementary act of observer-participancy, develops definiteness out of indeterminism, secures a communicable reply in response to a well-defined question. The rate of carrying out such yes-no determinations, and their accumulated number, are both minuscule today when compared to the rate and number to be anticipated in the billions of years yet to come. The coming explosion of life opens the door, however, to an all-encompassing role for observer-participancy: to build, in time to come, no minor part of what we call its past-our past, present, and future-but this whole vast world.

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Opening the Doors of Creativity

Terence McKenna (1990)
9 10,327 01:41:45

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Understanding Understanding

Heinz von Förster (2002)

A collection of essays by Heinz von Förster discussing some of the fundamental principles that govern how we know the world and how we process the information from which we derive that knowledge. Included are path-breaking articles concerning the principles of computation in neural nets, the definition of self-organizing systems, and the nature of cognition.

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Collier's Interview with Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla (1926)
2 1,000

An interview conducted by John B. Kennedy and published in the January 30, 1926 issue of Collier's magazine.

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Everything I Know (Part 10)

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
04:09:00

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A Note on Progress

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1920)
6 4,502

Written in Paris and published posthumously in The Future of Man.

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Sense of Nonsense

Alan Watts (1960)
1 2,675 21:52

In this public radio broadcast, Alan explores the origin of the desire for meaningfulness. In the search for satisfaction, what is it that is really sought for or yearned after? The talk turns from academic discussion into poetry. What is the meaning of significance?


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