The Library of Consciousness

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It is absolutely absurd to say that we came into this world. We didn’t. We came out of it.

Alan Watts

Myth of Myself
1965

It is absolutely absurd to say that we came into this world. We didn’t. We came out of it.

Alan Watts

Myth of Myself
1965

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Technology as Extension of Human Faculties

Philip Brey

Technology as Extension of Human Faculties

2000

Marshall McLuhan, Ernst Kapp, and David Rothenberg have each written book-length studies developing theories of technology as an extension of bodily and mental faculties: tools act as prosthetics, amplifying the reach of arms or legs; computers extend memory, calculation, and other cognitive capacities. Philip Brey analyzes these extension theories and asks if the metaphor is valid. Do technologies truly stretch out innate human abilities, or is this mere rhetorical flair? Brey investigates whether there is a substantive sense in which gadgets and gizmos can be seen as extensions of natural human organs. As we increasingly integrate tech into our lives, addressing this question becomes pressing: where does the human end and the technical begin? Brey dives into this ambiguous intersection of person and product.

Essay
8,494 9

Manifesto on the Spirit of Planetary Consciousness

Ervin László

Manifesto on the Spirit of Planetary Consciousness

2023

Our future is in our hands. László’s manifesto calls on each of us to embrace creativity, diversity, and responsibility to evolve society toward stability and sustainability. By shifting our individual and collective values to recognize how we all depend on and impact each other, we can build a peaceful world where all people thrive. It starts with transforming our own minds and spirits.

Article
2,310 7

Understanding and Imagination in the Light of Nature

Terence McKenna

Understanding and Imagination in the Light of Nature

1987

The Great Mystery whispers through psychedelics as it unfurls revelations beyond language’s grasp. Here, ego-bound shells crack open as cosmic minds reborn beyond confines of space and time. We thus commune with the endless Imagination—holographic spirit-stuff whereof worlds are wrought. Invariants of the eternal suffuse temporal shadow-play, the mundane ever aflame in subtler dimensions. All form awakens, ascends, drawn unto consummate transcendence as history’s fever dream blossoms into timeless infinitude.

Workshop
03:36:31 23,367 5

Unserious Wisdom

Alan Watts

Unserious Wisdom

(Buddhist Mysticism)

While Pure Land Buddhism promises easy enlightenment through faith in Buddha Amitābha, Alan Watts explains how its eccentric followers, the myōkōnin, found wisdom by goofing off. With playful tales of the monk Ryōkan’s antics, from imitating tigers to forgetting letters mid-juggle, Watts shows how these rascal sages attained childlike wonder by ditching spiritual bootstraps for carefree acceptance of their flawed humanity. For the myōkōnin, the path to Buddhahood involved more fun and games than pious efforts.

Lecture
29:10 3,840 1

World as Lover, World as Self

Joanna Macy

World as Lover, World as Self

1991

This overview of Joanna Macy’s innovative work combines deep ecology, general systems theory, and the Buddha’s teachings on interdependent co-arising. A blueprint for social change, World as Lover, World as Self shows how we can reverse the destructive attitudes that threaten our world.

Book
61,573 9

Theory of Collective Mind

Garriy Shteynberg

Theory of Collective Mind

2023

The human mind harbors wondrous capacities. Beyond understanding individual minds, we can represent unified awareness across souls, feeling strands of consciousness intertwine. As one, we comprehend realities; as one, we hold intentions. Synchronous experiences spin these mental webs, binding our fates and etching shared worlds upon our hearts. Though fragile, such unions nurture cooperation’s tender bloom. Let us marvel at this collective mind—a tapestry of perspectives, stronger than its threads. In this oneness we find hope, for it whispers: even in darkness, we need not walk alone.

Research Article
6,050 1

Whole Earth Models and Systems

Donella Meadows

Whole Earth Models and Systems

1982

An accessible essay by Meadows that serves as a fast-paced introduction to systems thinking, particularly its archetypes.

Article
7,355 20

The Computer and the Brain

John von Neumann

The Computer and the Brain

1958

John von Neumann’s unfinished book, begun shortly before his death and published posthumously. He discusses how the brain can be viewed as a computing machine, touching on several important differences between brains and computers of his day (such as processing speed and parallelism), as well as suggesting directions for future research.

Book
20,598 3

The Computational Boundary of a “Self”

Michael Levin

The Computational Boundary of a “Self”

Developmental Bioelectricity Drives Multicellularity and Scale-Free Cognition

2019

All epistemic agents physically consist of parts that must somehow comprise an integrated cognitive self. Biological individuals consist of subunits (organs, cells, and molecular networks) that are themselves complex and competent in their own native contexts. How do coherent biological Individuals result from the activity of smaller sub-agents?

Research Article
15,248 6

Light of the Third Millennium

Terence McKenna

Light of the Third Millennium

1997

Speaking at the Whole Life Expo in Palmer Auditorium, Terence says our task is to surf the accelerating wave of novelty to dissolve cultural delusions. Psychedelics and technology can download new perspectives, stripping away outdated assumptions. Through imagination, language, and art we can meet the eschaton: the transcendental object at the end of time. Our task is liberate ourselves, take responsibility for our ideas, make visionary art, and find community without fear.

Workshop
01:21:54 9,550 12

Building The Earth

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Building The Earth

1965

A visionary and hopeful book on humanity’s future relationship to the planet from which it arose, Teilhard outlines a new psychological state of awareness in which individual humans unite into planetary Personhood. Paragraphs are arranged in verse and interspersed with delicate graphic illustrations.

Book
8,840 22

A Symbiotic View of Life

Scott Gilbert

A Symbiotic View of Life

We Have Never Been Individuals

2012

For animals, as well as plants, there have never been individuals. This new paradigm for biology asks new questions and seeks new relationships among the different living entities on Earth. We are all lichens.

Article
6,699 16

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