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Living systems require matter-energy, needing specific types of it, in adequate amounts. Heat, light, water, minerals, vitamins, foods, fuels, and raw materials of various kinds, for instance, may be required. Energy for the processes of living systems is derived from the breakdown of molecules (and, in a few recent cases, of atoms as well).

James Grier Miller

The Nature of Living Systems
1965

Living systems require matter-energy, needing specific types of it, in adequate amounts. Heat, light, water, minerals, vitamins, foods, fuels, and raw materials of various kinds, for instance, may be required. Energy for the processes of living systems is derived from the breakdown of molecules (and, in a few recent cases, of atoms as well).

James Grier Miller

The Nature of Living Systems
1965

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The Essence of the Democratic Idea

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The Essence of the Democratic Idea

1949

“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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Studio 2 Interview

Carl Sagan

Studio 2 Interview

1995

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

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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

1947

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

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Pursuit of Pleasure

Alan Watts

Pursuit of Pleasure

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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World as Play

Alan Watts

World as Play

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.

Lecture
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The Power of Myth, Part 3: The First Storytellers

Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers

The Power of Myth, Part 3: The First Storytellers

1988

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.

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Nature is the Center of the Mandala

Terence McKenna

Nature is the Center of the Mandala

1987

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.

Lecture
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New and Old Maps of Hyperspace

Terence McKenna

New and Old Maps of Hyperspace

1982

Held at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness.

Workshop
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Promises and Pitfalls of the Spiritual Path

Ram Dass

Promises and Pitfalls of the Spiritual Path

1988

Lecture
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Upstream

Mary Oliver

Upstream

2016

Poem
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The Biosphere and the Noösphere

Vladimir Vernadsky

The Biosphere and the Noösphere

1945

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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Psychedelics in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Terence McKenna

Psychedelics in the Age of Intelligent Machines

1999

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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