Once we become comfortable with the concept of conscious evolution, then the need to design our personal and cultural evolutionary processes becomes clear, similar to designing an evolutionary algorithm on a computer. This is what biologists call “the evolution of evolvability.” If we don’t become wise managers of evolutionary processes, then evolution will still take place but will lead to outcomes that are not aligned with our normative goals.

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A Weekend with Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

A Weekend with Terence McKenna

1993

Recorded at the Esalen Institute in California.

Lecture
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Amherst Press Conference

Richard Buckminster Fuller, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Amherst Press Conference

1971

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

Discussion
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26:05 2,510 1

On Nature and Media: A Dialogue of Effects

Marshall McLuhan

On Nature and Media: A Dialogue of Effects

1978

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

Lecture
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01:51:43 12,421 6

The Medium is the Massage

Marshall McLuhan

The Medium is the Massage

1967

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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Conscious Evolution: Our Next Stage

Barbara Marx Hubbard

Conscious Evolution: Our Next Stage

2015

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.

Lecture
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01:00:26 7,392 6

The Spirituality of Science

Kevin Simler

The Spirituality of Science

2013

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

Article
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3,756

The Nature of Living Systems

James Grier Miller

The Nature of Living Systems

1965

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.

Article
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Metapatterns: Across Space, Time, and Mind

Tyler Volk

Metapatterns: Across Space, Time, and Mind

1995

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.

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The Atomism of Spirit

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The Atomism of Spirit

1941

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

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

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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

1950

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

Essay
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The Human Rebound of Evolution and its Consequences

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The Human Rebound of Evolution and its Consequences

1947

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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Evolving Times

Terence McKenna

Evolving Times

1995

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.

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