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Regardless of the country, creed or social status of the person I approach, provided the same flame of expectation burns in us both, there is a profound, definitive and total contact instantly established between us. It matters nothing that differences of education or training cause us to express our hopes in different ways. We feel that we are of the same kind, and we find that our very differences are a common armor, as though there were a dimension of life in which all striving makes for nearness, not only within a corporate body but heart to heart.

Regardless of the country, creed or social status of the person I approach, provided the same flame of expectation burns in us both, there is a profound, definitive and total contact instantly established between us. It matters nothing that differences of education or training cause us to express our hopes in different ways. We feel that we are of the same kind, and we find that our very differences are a common armor, as though there were a dimension of life in which all striving makes for nearness, not only within a corporate body but heart to heart.

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A Note on Progress

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

A Note on Progress

1920

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

Essay
Added 7 days ago
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I Have Had An Experience

William Shatner

I Have Had An Experience

2021

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.

Speech
Added 1 week ago
10:37 1,135 1

The Psychedelic Explosion

Alan Watts

The Psychedelic Explosion

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.

Lecture
Added 5 weeks ago
03:51:11 27,706 25

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.

Essay
Added 7 weeks ago
1,686 2

Studio 2 Interview

Carl Sagan

Studio 2 Interview

1995

Discussion
Added 7 weeks ago
16:23 2,295 6

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)

Essay
Added 7 weeks ago
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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?

Lecture
Added 7 weeks ago
03:26:23 22,887 31

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
Added 9 weeks ago
03:28:59 24,581 13

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.

Television Episode
Added 10 weeks ago
54:44 7,722 3

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
Added 11 weeks ago
01:27:56 9,485 8

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
Added 11 weeks ago
01:23:36 10,223 4

Promises and Pitfalls of the Spiritual Path

Ram Dass

Promises and Pitfalls of the Spiritual Path

1988

Lecture
Added 13 weeks ago
01:17:10 10,744 4

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