The universe is aware of itself through all of us. Come get lost in The Library’s virtual aisles to find out more about this astounding revelation.

If there is any question about the inevitability of a society of man that will carry the individual to his personal fulfillment, there is no question of the inevitability of a superorganism of a thousand minds that will ecologically cradle such persons.

If there is any question about the inevitability of a society of man that will carry the individual to his personal fulfillment, there is no question of the inevitability of a superorganism of a thousand minds that will ecologically cradle such persons.

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Future of Art

Terence McKenna

Future of Art

1998

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The World-Wide Web as a Super-Brain: From Metaphor to Model

Francis Heylighen & Johan Bollen

The World-Wide Web as a Super-Brain: From Metaphor to Model

1996

If society is viewed as a super-organism, communication networks play the role of its brain. This metaphor is developed into a model for the design of a more intelligent global network. The World Wide Web, through its distributed hypermedia architecture, functions as an “associative memory”, which may “learn” by the strengthening of frequently used links. Software agents, exploring the Web through spreading activation, function as problem-solving “thoughts”. Users are integrated into this “super-brain” through direct machine interfaces and the reciprocal exchange of knowledge between individual and Web. (Published in Cybernetics and Systems ’96, p. 917–922.)

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On Second-Order Observation and Genuine Pretending: Coming to Terms with Society

Hans-Georg Moeller

On Second-Order Observation and Genuine Pretending: Coming to Terms with Society

2017

This paper discusses the meaning of the concept of ‘second-order observation’ used by Niklas Luhmann (1927–1998). Luhmann identifies second-order observation as a defining characteristic of modern world society. According to Luhmann, all social systems construct a social reality on the basis of the observation of observations. Rating agencies in the economy or the peer-review process in the academic system are examples of social mechanisms manifesting second-order observation. Social media also represent organized second-order observation. The paper suggests that in a society based on second-order observation, ‘genuine pretending’ is an adequate mode of existence. This notion is derived from the Daoist text Zhuangzi. It indicates a disassociation from social roles which allows their performers to exercise these roles with ease and, at the same time, maintain a state of sanity. (Published in Thesis Eleven 2017, Vol. 143(I) 28–43.)

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Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren

John Maynard Keynes

Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren

1930

Published in Essays in Persuasion (1932).

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The Psychedelic Experience

Alan Watts

The Psychedelic Experience

Lecture
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02:51:19 22,295 16

Order through Fluctuation: Self-Organization and Social System

Ilya Prigogine

Order through Fluctuation: Self-Organization and Social System

1976

A thorough mathematical analysis of the spontaneous arising of new order in a fluctuating system, and how insights from dissipative chemical systems may be applied to large-scale social contexts. Published in the book Evolution and Consciousness.

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The World Wide Web and the Millennium

Terence McKenna & Ralph Abraham

The World Wide Web and the Millennium

1998

Seldom do we have an opportunity to test the accuracy of oracular predictions, but this fascinating conversation between two great thinkers has already proven to be right on target. Speculations include the future evolutionary development of the Internet, whether it is an embryonic intelligence, whether it will merge our minds into a planetary consciousness, or whether it is an alien brain waiting for humanity to cross an evolutionary threshold. Let the bard and the chaos theorist weave an exquisite cybernetic fantasy for you in this evening seminar.

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The Economy of Attention

Georg Franck

The Economy of Attention

1993

This article outlines a theory of the economy of attention constituting the logic of the mass media in contemporary social life, focusing on celebrity as the key manifestation of the accumulation of attention capital. I explain how the mass media exchange information and entertainment for attention, which is in turn monetised via advertising. The field of celebrity is a ‘vanity fair’ functioning as a stock exchange of attention capital – measured in circulation and viewing figures, ratings, likes, visits and so on – a form of capital that earns interest and generates additional income for those in its proximity. Overall, I argue that we are living in an era of ‘mental capitalism’ in which the relations of production themselves have inverted the relationship between the material and mental worlds, so that the realm of ideas is now the driving economic force. The article concludes by outlining the shape of a new, quaternary sector of the economy, characterised by de-materialisation and virtualisation, and raise the question of whether a focus on new forms of virtual and ideational value might possibly improve the sustainability of the world we live in, if the struggle for attention replaces the struggle for material goods. (Originally published in Merkur, vol. 47, issue 534/535, pages 748–761. Translated to English by Silvia Plaza.)

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In The Valley Of Novelty

Terence McKenna

In The Valley Of Novelty

1998

A weekend workshop revolving around many topics, including mind's imminent conquering of matter.

Workshop
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08:10:59 57,873 28

Progress Through Fear

Richard Buckminster Fuller

Progress Through Fear

1969

A talk on the impact of science and technology on man's role in the natural world.

Lecture
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39:09 5,620 3

Reawakening our Connection to the Gaian Mind

Terence McKenna

Reawakening our Connection to the Gaian Mind

1993

Presented at the fifth annual Seeds of Change conference, titled The Bioneers.

Lecture
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Why Socialism?

Albert Einstein

Why Socialism?

1949

An essay written for the first issue of Monthly Review. In it, Einstein addresses problems with capitalism, predatory economic competition, and growing wealth inequality. He highlights control of mass media by private capitalists making it difficult for citizens to arrive at objective conclusions, and political parties being influenced by wealthy financial backers resulting in an "oligarchy of private capital". Einstein concludes that these problems can only be corrected with planned economies to maintain a strong democracy and protect the rights of individuals.

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