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The secret of what anything means to us depends on how we’ve connected it to all the other things we know. That’s why it’s almost always wrong to seek the “real meaning” of anything. A thing with just one meaning has scarcely any meaning at all.

Marvin Minsky

The Society of Mind (1985)

The secret of what anything means to us depends on how we’ve connected it to all the other things we know. That’s why it’s almost always wrong to seek the “real meaning” of anything. A thing with just one meaning has scarcely any meaning at all.

Marvin Minsky

The Society of Mind (1985)

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Reality Isn't

Donald Hoffman

Reality Isn't

2019

What if the way our senses perceive reality is not at all representative of its true nature, but rather a highly abstracted interface? Donald Hoffman is working on a mathematical theory to find out.

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Prague Gnosis (Part 2)

Terence McKenna & Ram Dass

Prague Gnosis (Part 2)

1992

Shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the International Transpersonal Conference in June 1992, this two-part series features Terence McKenna in dialogue with some of the foremost thinkers of the Global Consciousness movement of the time: Ram Dass, Angeles Arrien, Kenneth Ring, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, David Whyte and Alexander Shulgin.

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What is Extended Mind?

David Chalmers

What is Extended Mind?

2018

Chalmers makes a compelling argument that our definition of “mind” is too constricted. Objects in our environment augment and take over certain functions for our brains, extending our cognitive processes out into the physical world beyond our bodies.

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Added 2 weeks ago.
05:39 1,030 3

No Frames, No Boundaries

Russell Schweickart

No Frames, No Boundaries

1974

Delivered at the first Lindisfarne Association conference, astronaut Russell Schweikart spoke about his transformative experience in outer space when a camera malfunctioned and he had an unscheduled moment to contemplate his home planet. During his “glimpse of the big picture” he reflected on the implications of humanity looking back on itself from the perspective of space, and his consciousness began to identify with the whole planet Earth.

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The Vision of a Better World

Barbara Marx Hubbard

The Vision of a Better World

2008

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Man in Universe

Richard Buckminster Fuller

Man in Universe

1963

The first chapter of the Inventory of World Resources, Human Trends and Needs publication.

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Christmas Sermon on Peace and Nonviolence

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christmas Sermon on Peace and Nonviolence

1967

The fifth and last lecture of the Massey Lecture series, delivered at King's home church, Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Added 9 weeks ago.
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On Money, Guilt, and The End

Alan Watts

On Money, Guilt, and The End

A lucid examination of money (exploring topics such as technological automation and universal basic income), the origins of guilt, as well as the question: “Are we going to make it?”

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Added 10 weeks ago.
51:47 5,998 5

The Noösphere: A Cosmic Network

Alan Watts

The Noösphere: A Cosmic Network

Alan takes us from the very small to the very large, explaining the interrelatedness of all things in the universe. Then he takes the argument a step further to examine the implications for humanity: how is networking technology reshaping human consciousness?

Lecture
Added 10 weeks ago.
01:40:41 11,942 6

My View of the World

Erwin Schrödinger

My View of the World

1951

A Nobel prize winner, a great man and a great scientist, Erwin Schrödinger has made his mark in physics, but his eye scans a far wider horizon: here are two stimulating and discursive essays which summarize his philosophical views on the nature of the world. Schrödinger's world view, derived from the Indian writings of the Vedanta, is that there is only a single consciousness of which we are all different aspects. He admits that this view is mystical and metaphysical and incapable of logical deduction. But he also insists that this is true of the belief in an external world capable of influencing the mind and of being influenced by it. Schrödinger's world view leads naturally to a philosophy of reverence for life.

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Added 11 weeks ago.
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From Mechanistic to Systemic Thinking

Russell Ackoff

From Mechanistic to Systemic Thinking

1993

Presented at the Systems Thinking in Action conference, Ackoff states that humanity is in the early stage of a transition from the Machine Age to the Systems Age. The Machine Age was characterized by belief in complete understandability of the universe, analysis as a method of inquiry, and cause and effect as a sufficient relationship to explain all. The dilemma that disrupted such beliefs was systems thinking. The Machine Age began to die when humanity gave up the principle of understandability. Gradually, it’s become accepted that there can be no complete understanding of the universe because nothing can be understood independently of its environment—all is environmentally relative. While analysis produces knowledge, it is synthesis that produces understanding. Furthermore, the Systems Age recognizes that cause and effect is just one way of looking at reality among an infinite number.

Lecture
Added 12 weeks ago.
01:12:33 11,260 3

A Weekend with Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

A Weekend with Terence McKenna

1993

Recorded at the Esalen Institute in California.

Lecture
Added 15 weeks ago.
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